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
3.6 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Clinical Instructor make?

Confident
$113,248 /yr
Total Pay
$92,521
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$20,727
 /yr

Additional Pay

$113,248

 / yr
$57K$347K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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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.

L1
Assistant Clinical Instructor
$111,364/yr
L2
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
37%
2 - 4
39%
5 - 7
0%
8+
24%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Read what Clinical Instructor professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Madonna UniversityMadonna University
Clinical Instructor
Jun 25, 2020

“Great people to work with and I enjoy working with the students.”

Al-Ghad International CollegesAl-Ghad International Colleges
Nursing Clinical Instructor
Sep 10, 2021

“There is no job promotion”

ULUL
Cog In the Wheel
Apr 9, 2022

“Great idea for their personal job security.”

Keck Medicine of USCKeck Medicine of USC
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Aug 16, 2020

“Computer system was terrible.”

Pima Medical InstitutePima Medical Institute
Dental Instructor
Mar 21, 2022

“Pay keeps getting better and better!”

Kennesaw State UniversityKennesaw State University
Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Jul 30, 2020

“I have no cons for working for KSU”

Seattle UniversitySeattle University
Clinical Instructor
Feb 6, 2022

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

Wilshire Surgery CenterWilshire Surgery Center
Surgical Nurse
Jan 18, 2021

“Manager is helpful, no weekends”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles 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
  • Nursing Manager

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

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Home Health Nurse
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Licensed Practical Nurse
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