Preceptors and Clinical Sites

At Columbia Nursing, clinical sites and clinical preceptors are used in the undergraduate and Master’s level courses to bridge the gap between theory and practice.


Clinical Preceptors

The preceptor is an experienced registered nurse who is enthusiastic about the nursing profession and has a desire to teach. A preceptor prepares students using a variety of skills. Role modeling professional interactions on the care unit, demonstrating nursing actions, and giving timely and appropriate feedback to the student are ways of fulfilling this role. By becoming a preceptor, you can guide future nurse leaders.

New Preceptor Interest Form

Are you ready to take the next step in helping to develop future genreations of nurses? Fill out the New Preceptor Interest Form and we will contact you and guide you through the process of becoming a preceptor.


Faculty Appointment (Non-Salaried) 

Active Columbia Nursing preceptors are eligible for a non-salaried, faculty appointment as an Instructor in Clinical Nursing. If interested, please send an email to with your name and the program(s) for which you precept and we will send you an appointment packet to complete. Prior to approval, faculty appointments are reviewed to ensure they meet Columbia University requirements.

Clinical Sites

For more information about becoming a new clinical site, or to confirm the status of your clinical site, please contact the Division of Academic Affairs at (212) 342-3920 or email 

New Clinical Site Form

To initiate a new Clinical Placement Agreement (CPA) between the CUSON and a clinical site, please submit the clinical contract request form 2-3 months prior to the expected start of the clinical rotation.

New Vendor Forms

These forms are required for any individual/business who is receiving payment from the university.