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Working As A Clinical Instructor

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $121,317

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Instructor Do

A Clinical Instructor supervises care provided by a group of students, usually six to eight students in a group. They work in healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, diagnostic labs, and academic settings.

How To Become A Clinical Instructor

Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.

Education

Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.

Advancement

A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Clinical Instructor Career Paths

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Instructor Senior Technician Specialist Licensed Practical Nurse
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Family Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Registered Nurse Supervisor Nurse Manager
Career Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Medical Director
Chief Medical Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Physical Therapist Clinical Manager Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Family Nurse Practitioner Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor Clinical Pharmacist
Director Of Pharmacist
10 Yearsyrs
Physical Therapist
Director Of Rehabilitation
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director
Director Of Staff Development
8 Yearsyrs
Dental Hygienist Registered Nurse Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Director Senior Consultant Risk Manager
Risk Management Director
7 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Program Director Senior Consultant
Risk Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Instructor Case Manager
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Instructor Personal Trainer
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Clinical Instructor Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    73.1%
  • Male

    25.0%
  • Unknown

    1.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    77.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.6%
  • Asian

    8.6%
  • Unknown

    2.3%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    56.0%
  • French

    9.4%
  • German

    4.7%
  • Italian

    4.2%
  • Hindi

    3.7%
  • Arabic

    3.7%
  • Chinese

    2.1%
  • Polish

    2.1%
  • Mandarin

    1.6%
  • Russian

    1.6%
  • Malayalam

    1.6%
  • Portuguese

    1.6%
  • Vietnamese

    1.0%
  • Korean

    1.0%
  • Filipino

    1.0%
  • Albanian

    1.0%
  • Cantonese

    1.0%
  • Croatian

    1.0%
  • Japanese

    1.0%
  • Swedish

    0.5%
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Real Clinical Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Instructor In Anesthesiology & Perioperative MED. The Curators of The University of Missouri Columbia, MO Jul 01, 2015 $300,000 -
$350,000
Clinical Instructor In Anesthesiology & Perioperative MED. The Curators of The University of Missouri Columbia, MO Jan 11, 2015 $300,000 -
$350,000
Clinical Instructor--Hospitalist The University of Kansas Physicians Kansas City, KS Jan 07, 2016 $262,500 -
$275,000
Clinical Instructor-Hospitalist The University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City, KS Jan 07, 2016 $262,500 -
$275,000
Clinical Instructor University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation Madison, WI Jan 07, 2016 $260,875
Clinical Instructor Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Boston, MA Jan 07, 2016 $242,238
Clinical Instructor University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Aug 22, 2016 $240,000
Clinical Instructor University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Jun 08, 2016 $240,000
Clinical Instructor University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Aug 06, 2016 $240,000
Clinical Instructor Leland Stanford Jr, University Stanford, CA Jan 09, 2016 $225,000
Clinical Instructor The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. University Stanford, CA Jun 01, 2015 $225,000
Clinical Instructor University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation Madison, WI Jul 01, 2015 $208,700 -
$271,310
Visiting Clinical Instructor University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Jul 01, 2015 $151,594
Instructor, Clinical Psychiatry Dartmouth College Lebanon, NH Jul 30, 2015 $150,000 -
$250,000
Clinical Instructor In Psychiatry The Curators of The University of Missouri Columbia, MO Jul 01, 2015 $146,090 -
$260,875
Instructor of Clinical Medicine LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, LA Nov 01, 2015 $145,080
Clinical Instructor/Hospitalist University of Pittsburgh Physicians Pittsburgh, PA Nov 16, 2016 $141,600
Clinical Instructor of Medicine LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, LA Oct 01, 2015 $140,000
Clinical Instructor UB Family Medicine, Inc. Buffalo, NY Jan 01, 2016 $140,000
Clinical Instructor The University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Mar 10, 2016 $81,807
Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group Los Angeles, CA Sep 15, 2016 $81,807
HS Clinical Instructor University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Jul 14, 2016 $80,407
Instructor In Clinical Medicine Columbia University New York, NY Jan 12, 2016 $80,294
Clinical Instructor Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Boston, MA Oct 15, 2015 $80,266
Clinical Instructor The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. University Stanford, CA Jul 22, 2015 $80,000
Clinical Instructor The University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City, KS Jan 07, 2016 $79,830
Clinical Instructor Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Boston, MA May 01, 2015 $78,000

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Top Skills for A Clinical Instructor

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Top Clinical Instructor Skills

  1. Medical Surgical
  2. Direct Patient Care
  3. Skills Lab
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Instructed junior level students in clinical medical surgical areas
  • Supervised and worked directly with new hire Certified Nursing Assistants' to deliver direct patient care.
  • Performed other academic duties as assigned, including helping in students' skills labs and simulation lab.
  • Developed and implemented academic/clinical curriculum for hospital rotation.
  • Provided clinical supervision of senior level, baccalaureate program, nursing students.

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