What is a Preceptor?
A preceptor is an experienced health professional that provides a learning experience or "on-the-job training" to a student in the preceptor's workplace. Preceptorship involves teaching, demonstrating, and observing the student as well as providing feedback and support. Many health science students require a certain number of hours in one-to-one placement with a preceptor in order to graduate. A preceptor has a vital role in developing safe, skilled, ethical professionals for the future.
Am I eligible to be a preceptor?
As a qualified professional you are eligible to be a preceptor. Each profession has its own unique method of involving professionals in precepting. Even if you have worked in your profession for many years you may still need to develop your communication skills or learn more about being an effective preceptor. A good clinician is not automatically a good teacher. This website contains training modules, resources and links that will help you develop your skills and evaluate your readiness.
Do I evaluate the student?
Some student programs involve the preceptor in student evaluation. Check with the program to discover your role in student evaluation.
Why be a Preceptor?
Understand the benefits of preceptorship for both the preceptor and the student with this tip sheet.
This tip sheet outlines the interpersonal, clinical, and teaching skills that are important in being an effective preceptor.
Curious about the basic expectations of preceptors? This tip sheet will explain the roles and responsibilities of a preceptor.
Time for Reflection
Take some time to reflect on your preceptorship style with this list of thought provoking questions.
References and Further Reading
This is a list of the resources used to create the preceptor tips sheets by the University of Lethbridge. Many of these articles can be downloaded through SHIRP.