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Instructor, Prelicensure Clinical H

Western Governors University

Western Governors University

Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2024

The salary range for this role takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and organizational needs.

At WGU, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role, and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current range is:

Pay Range: $34.85 - $52.25

If you’re passionate about building a better future for individuals, communities, and our country—and you’re committed to working hard to play your part in building that future—consider WGU as the next step in your career.

Driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU is also committed to being a great place to work for a diverse workforce of student-focused professionals. The university has pioneered a new way to learn in the 21st century, one that has received praise from academic, industry, government, and media leaders. Whatever your role, working for WGU gives you a part to play in helping students graduate, creating a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: Act as a steward for carrying out WGU’s mission and strategic vision. This faculty must:

This position is located in Topeka, Kansas

  • Demonstrate a high level of commitment, effectiveness, and consistency.
  • Serves as a professional role model for students in communication, ethical comportment, and problem-solving.
  • Provides expertise in an assigned content area and maintains current knowledge in their field.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of, and participates in, the implementation of the philosophy and goals of the program.
  • Fosters students learning through innovative teaching practices; to include how to perform duties in the clinical setting.
  • Responds with urgency to meet student needs and communicates professionally and respectfully with students and all other members of the WGU community.
  • Makes appropriate student referrals for remediation or other needs, utilizing WGU policies and procedures.
  • Communicates with the student's assigned coach/preceptor as needed to discuss student progress and concerns.
  • Provide final review and approval for student's clinical time.
  • Offers proactive support and outreach to assigned students.
  • Uses technology-based teaching and communication platforms to aid students in the development of competencies.
  • Submits electronic clinical student evaluation form(s) after completion of clinical intensive.
  • Collaborates with other professionals within the university to promote a positive, student-obsessed atmosphere.
  • Responsible for responding with urgency to changing requirements, priorities, and short deadlines.
  • Maintains a working knowledge and understanding of relevant state regulations.
  • Conducts both in-person and/remote methods of student evaluation

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Must be able to work well under stress and meet deadlines.
  • Capacity for self-motivation and working independently.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Aptitude for learning innovative technology.
  • Must comply with site specific orientation and onboarding requirements.
  • Problem Solving Skills: Investigates appropriate resources and involves partners when appropriate; future-oriented; assesses what will help/hinder achieving goals; focuses on what is important.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Deals with others in a considerate, respectful, and unbiased manner; approaches conflict proactively; solicits and shares feedback openly; listens with empathy and maintains composure.
  • Accuracy: Draws on information garnered from careful cultivation of a broad knowledge of WGU’s goals and processes; investigates beyond assumptions.
  • Adaptability: Course corrects behaviors and communication style to meet the needs of a wide range of situations; tackles obstacles appropriately; is comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Reliability: Accountable to others; does what it takes to get the job done; actions are consistent with words; follows through on commitments; exhibits exceptional integrity.
  • Attitude: Displays commitment to the organization and to personal growth; self-motivated and able to motivate and inspire others; asserts self appropriately to champion ideas; tells the truth in a direct and constructive manner.
  • Initiative: Self-directs with a strong bias for action; leads the way in improvement of performance or processes; displays keen interest in students and organization.


Organizational or Student Impact:

  • Accountable for decisions that impact individual students.
  • Creates or facilitates learning experiences that support student's attainment of knowledge and skills.
  • With specific guidance from senior faculty and program leaders, acts independently in executing teaching practice.

Problem Solving & Decision Making:

  • Works on diverse matters of limited complexity.
  • This position receives general direction from their immediate supervisor or manager.
  • Able to effectively utilize resources to address student concerns and inquiries.
  • Supports student needs to help them achieve course or program outcomes at the individual student level.
  • Follows university and department established policies and best practices.

Communication & Influence:

  • Communicates with students as appropriate to support student questions and needs.
  • Communicates with fellow faculty members as appropriate within and outside of the department.
  • Expected to provide feedback regarding discipline and practice leadership.

Leadership & Talent Management

  • Considered a contributing and collegial team member.
  • Adheres to learning and operational quality guidance and instruction
  • Supports initiatives within the area of specialty.
  • Displays a positive attitude toward change and supports change management practices

Job Qualifications:


This position is located in Topeka, Kansas

  • MSN degree and current, unencumbered license
  • Two years of relevant professional experience.
  • This role will serve as a demonstrated subject matter expert in job-relevant content or practice area


  • Doctorate, or terminal degree in a specific content area.
  • Strong experience with distance education and distance learning students is preferred.
  • Terminal degree and all applicable licenses or certifications.
  • Prior experience in clinical teaching/nursing education.

Department Specific Minimum Qualifications, Leavitt School of Health:

  • Master's degree in nursing; Education is verified.
  • Two years minimum Nursing experience
  • Work history demonstrating continuous advancement and success in roles requiring creative problem solving and collaboration.
  • Unencumbered RN license
  • Active, unencumbered license in designated state
  • State and federal legislative requirements and college accreditation requirements may apply to maintain the necessary credentialing for this role.
  • Work history demonstrating continuous advancement and success in roles requiring creative problem solving and collaboration.
  • As needed, support the Health Placement Team to secure clinical partnerships.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.
  • Specific requirements of the job such as travel and the environment in which the job is performed.


As an equal opportunity employer, WGU recognizes that our strength lies in our people. We are committed to diversity.