The Preceptor Training Program, over the course of five (5) years, has developed an entirely evidence-based clinical preceptor training program based on the review and assessment of over 800 academic publications spanning over 40 years of research within the fields of nursing, pharmacy, medicine, advanced practice (APRNs & PAs), and education. Appropriately and well-trained clinical preceptors markedly improve key aspects of practice like safety and quality, as well as positively impacting retention, satisfaction, collaboration, institutional perception, resource utilization, and organizational wayfinding & navigation. Effective instructional and learning experiences guard against turnover, dissatisfaction, disappointment, and financial loss.
Our comprehensive program consists of 25 modules (on average, 60 minutes each), delivered by subject matter experts and leaders in preceptoring. It is designed to be taken in sequence. Modules are easily accessible online and can be done at the learner’s pace.
The vast majority of healthcare organizations and academic institutions provide absolutely no training for their clinical preceptors. For those that do, such training is limited to a few hours, 1-2 times annually, and centered around logistics, paperwork, checklists, and timelines rather than the fundamental purpose preceptoring: effectively imparting knowledge, understanding, adaptability, and critical thinking skills. The Preceptor Training Program was thoughtfully designed and developed as a solution to this gap in training. There are seven (7) series for preceptors in different professional roles:
- Registered Nurses (RNs)
- Pharmacists (PharmDs)
- Advanced Practice Providers (APPs: APRNs & PAs)
- Physicians (MDs/DOs)
- Physical/Occupational Therapists (PTs/OTs)
The first of these series (for advanced practice providers) began development in 2019 and will formally launch and be available in late 2023. Others will become available shortly after.
Additionally, the Preceptor Training Program has developed a pathway to becoming board certified as a preceptor. Those interested in certification can apply after they have successfully completed 25 credit hours (CE/CME) in courses directly related to preceptoring and successfully pass the standardized, multiple choice certification exam. Status as a Certified Preceptor (CP) is valid for a three (3) year period.