Online Courses

Developing Your Skills as a CNS Preceptor

Registration is open for this course! Visit the menus below for more information about fees and registration. 

***NEW IN March 2020**:  Institution Group Rate- $499 flat rate for up to 10 preceptor registrants in one year (12 month period). See "Fees" below for more information. 

This online self-study course offers the opportunity to learn about many concepts and ideas you'll need to consider as a preceptor for a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) student, including best practices in communication, teaching and learning, and evaluating student performance.

Originally developed in 2016 by experienced CNS preceptors and faculty and reviewed and updated in 2019, you'll come away from this course comfortable and confident in guiding students through their clinical experiences, and be prepared to put students on a path to success in their CNS career.



  • Objectives & Evaluation

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

    1. Organize a student learning experience.
    2. Actively engage a student in appropriate learning experience.
    3. Provide useful and timely feedback and evaluation to students.

    You must complete the course and the course evaluation to receive a contact hour record. 


  • When
    This is a self-study course. You can register at any time and will have 30 days from the date of your registration to complete the course and course evaluation. 
  • Fees

    $129 per person

    $99 NACNS member rate
    To receive the member rate, email with your first and last name and member number. Please be sure to indicate in your e[mail that you are interested in receiving the member rate. We will confirm your membership status with NACNS and provide additional registration instructions. Please allow up to one week to receive a response and confirmation of membership status. 

    3 or more group rate: A group rate  of $99 each is available for 3 or more individuals from the same organization, taking the course during the same 30-day timeframe. For more information about the group rate, contact us at, indicating interest in the group rate for the CNS preceptor course.

    Institution Annual Group Rate: New in March 2020! We now offer a  highly discounted flat rate of $499 for up to 10 preceptors from an academic or healthcare institution to take the course during a 12 month period.  12 month period begins on the date the fee is paid, and organizations may enroll up to 10 individuals over the course of the 12 month period.  Institutions must assign a contact person who will serve as the communication lead with the IUSON and who will assist participants in setting up their online guest accounts through IU to allow us to add them to the course when requested.  No refunds or partial refunds are provided once this fee is paid, regardless of whether all 10 registrations are utilized in the 12 month period, or whether the registered individuals have completed the course as directed. Please email for more information and to get started!!!!

  • Faculty

    The CNS Preceptor Development Course was originally developed in 2016 by a team of clinical nurse specialists and faculty members from the Indiana University School of Nursing and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and updated in 2019 via expert review. 


  • Contact Hours & Disclosures

    4 contact hours

    Successful Completion of the Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Activity

    In order to receive contact hours for the CNE activity you must complete the online course evaluation at the end of the course period. 

    Conflicts of Interest

    A conflict of interest occurs when an individual has an opportunity to influence educational content about healthcare products or services of a commercial company with which they have a financial relationship.

    None of the planners, presenters, or faculty disclosed a conflict of interest related to this activity. 

    Commercial Company Support

    Commercial support is financial or in-kind contributions given by a commercial interest that are used to pay for all or part of the costs of a CNE activity.

    No commercial support has been received for this activity.

    The absence of commercial bias will be evaluated in the institute evaluation survey. 

    This course will expire on July 31, 2022, and will be reviewed and revised as appropriate at or before that date.


  • Registration


    Click here to register

    If you are eligible for discounted member or group rates, you must contact the IUSON at  PRIOR to registration to receive a promotional code. We are not able to issue refunds for the difference for those who register at the full rate and request the discounted rate after registration. Thank you for your understanding!

    For the institution large group rate ($499 for up to 10 participants in 12 months), please email for registration information.