Clinical Faculty and Preceptor Academy (CFPA) Advisory Board

Nov 21, 2022

PA-AC, program of NNCC receives funding to develop training program for clinical faculty and preceptors across HHS Region 3.

The Pennsylvania Action Coalition (PA-AC), a program of the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC), is thrilled to announce their new collaboration with the Geisinger School of Nursing to address nursing faculty and instructor shortages by creating Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Clinical Faculty and Preceptor Academies (NEPQR-CFPAs). The collaborative will execute the program with funds awarded by the U.S Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), CDFA#93.359.

The purpose of the NEPQR-CFPA is to take steps to fill the faculty/instructor gap in schools of nursing and increase nursing workforce retention by leveraging staff nurses to participate as skilled preceptors and clinical instructors. The PA-AC and Geisinger, alongside numerous academic and health system partners, will build academic-clinical-community partnerships that develop and implement comprehensive and self-guided nurse education training curricula. The project will focus on HHS Region 3 (including Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C) to build a formal nurse education training curriculum to train clinical faculty and preceptors.

To develop this curriculum, the PA-AC will assemble an Advisory Board that is reflective of diverse practice areas, academic pathways, geographic location, and populations served. The advisory board will oversee curriculum development and determine metrics for review. The PA-AC will work with Advisory Board stakeholders to ensure that the course content is engaging, thoughtfully articulated, and caters to a wide audience. In Year Two of the project, Geisinger employees across the health system will pilot and evaluate the curriculum. The Advisory Board will use lessons learned to prepare the program for implementation across HHS Region 3 in Year Three.

The PA-AC will work with the Advisory Board and its extensive network to foster dialogue around the program’s goals and outcomes, promote the implementation of the program, and showcase the project as a model to bolster the nursing workforce. Ultimately, the purpose of the collaboration is to work across the region to improve the training, preparation, and availability of clinical nursing faculty and preceptors to better support nurses in advancing healthcare. 

About the PA Action Coalition

The Pennsylvania Action Coalition is a program of the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, a subsidiary of Public Health Management Corporation and was established in 2011 to promote a healthy Pennsylvania through improvements in the quality, accessibility, and safety of nursing. As part of the national Campaign for Action, established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AARP, and the AARP Foundation, the PA-AC works to implement the recommendations of the 2010 Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health and The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity report. The PA-AC fosters cross-sector collaborations to build a culture of health through nursing leadership. Its partners include leaders from health care institutions, academia, foundations, and nursing organizations including specialty and minority nursing organizations. For more information, visit

About NNCC

The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC), a subsidiary of Public Health Management Corporation, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit member-supported organization working to strengthen community health through quality, compassionate, and collaborative nurse-led care. The organization’s mission is to advance nurse-led healthcare through policy, consultation, and programs to reduce health disparities and meet people’s primary care and wellness needs. For more information, visit

About Geisinger

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) is a member of the Geisinger family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Atlantic City, Danville, Doylestown, Sayre, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) a Professional Science Master's (PSM), and degrees from the College of Health Sciences (coming August 2023). The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the nation. The school also has more than 500 residents and fellows in 31 accredited residency programs and 27 accredited fellowships. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. For more information, visit, or connect with them on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter.