The Preceptor Training Program, over the course of four (4) 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, medicine, advanced practice (PAs/NPs), and pharmacy. 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 preceptoring leaders, 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. In 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.
Additionally, the Preceptor Training Program has partnered with the American Academy for Preceptor Advancement (AAPA; www.preceptoracademy.com), the first and only organization to certify preceptors. Participants of the Preceptor Training Program are encouraged to continue on and become certified via a portfolio process, a collection of materials, information, and examples of education, experiences, teaching, and preceptoring activities relevant to demonstrating mastery of preceptoring.
The Advanced Practice Provider Preceptor Training Program, specifically tailored for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives and Clinical Nurse Specialists, and, presented by advanced practice leaders and APRN/PA preceptors is available now.
Preceptor training programs for the following professional roles are anticipated to be available beginning in late 2020 / early 2021:
- Nurses (RNs)
- Physicians (MDs/DOs)
- Pharmacists (PharmDs)