What does a Clinical Instructor do?

Clinical instructors provide practical instruction designed to give students on-the-job training and experience working in a professional environment or simulated settings where they can perform the actual job duties of their intended profession. They may be expected to establish or expand programs or develop new, innovative learning formats. These instructors may also treat patients or serve clients.

Clinical instructors typically have an MD or equivalent credential relevant to the area in which they are teaching. They must also possess all required state licenses in good standing, complete a variety of background checks or security clearances, and be board certified or board eligible. Instructors have extensive expertise and credentials in their field, along with teaching experience or an interest in teaching. These positions require good organizational, presentation, and communication skills, and a passion for motivating students.

What responsibilities are common for Clinical Instructor jobs?
  • Responsible for operating budget, profit and loss and supporting infrastructure for all clinical enterprise activity.
  • Participate in appropriate campus and system committees, meetings, projects, and activities.
  • Review and optimize clinical operations to decrease costs and/or improve quality of the clinical practice.
  • Ensure that safe and reasonable precautions are implemented to protect students, equipment, and facilities.
  • Maintain a desirable and safe classroom, laboratory, and clinical conditions.
  • Maintain a diagnostic and treatment caseload, provide consultation and deliver training programs locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Respond in a timely fashion to information requests and required reports from college.
  • Oversee and drive improvements in patient experience, patient satisfaction scores and adherence to national guidelines that support superior clinical outcomes.
  • Collect and submit required assessment of student learning data.
  • Develop and function as a leader and change agent and function within the educational environment.
  • must be fulfilled in accordance with rules and regulations of the state and federal regulatory and accrediting bodies.
  • Provide appropriate billing and documentation through the patient's electronic medical record.
  • Actively participate in medical student, resident and fellow education.
  • Develop and maintain a clinical learning environment conducive to effective learning with the limits of the resources provided.
What are the typical qualifications for Clinical Instructor jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in computer science.
  • Demonstrated experience with course development and problem solving.
  • Able to make decisions quickly and professionally using critical thinking and advocacy skills.
  • Can collaborate with others as well as take the lead.
  • Dedication to closure and continuous improvement.
  • Able to communicate with teams and students using systems such as email.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Clinical Instructor Salaries

Average Base Pay

$3,360 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $3K
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Clinical Instructor Career Path

Learn how to become a Clinical Instructor, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
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Read what Clinical Instructor professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Al-Ghad International CollegesAl-Ghad International Colleges
Nursing Clinical Instructor
10 Sept 2021

“There is no job promotion”

University of the West of EnglandUniversity of the West of England
Academic In Healthcare
9 May 2022

“The pay is quite good”

AIMST UniversityAIMST University
Clinical Instructor
17 Apr 2023

“Big campus as a university.”

HealthTrust Workforce SolutionsHealthTrust Workforce Solutions
Clinical Instructor
16 Mar 2023

“7. No work life balance.”

Pima Medical InstitutePima Medical Institute
Dental Instructor
21 Mar 2022

“Pay keeps getting better and better!”

Seattle UniversitySeattle University
Clinical Instructor
6 Feb 2022

“I love the department I work in, not perfect but respectful”

Wilshire Surgery CenterWilshire Surgery Center
Surgical Nurse
18 Jan 2021

“Manager is helpful, no weekends”

West Coast UniversityWest Coast University
Adjunct Clinical Instructor
17 Feb 2022

“Competitive pay.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Clinical Instructor

When working as a Clinical Instructor, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are BLS Certification, Teaching Experience, BCLS, Interpersonal and Communication and Meet Deadlines.

The most similar professions to Clinical Instructor are:
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Nurse Manager

The most common qualifications to become a Clinical Instructor is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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Home Health Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse
13% skills overlap
Clinical Nurse
25% skills overlap
Nurse Manager
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