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 experiences and 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. It is 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.
All of these. Program content and material have been designed for preceptors of:
Students still completing their formal academic and clinical rotations prior to graduation and licensure
Newly graduated students
Post-graduate Residents/Fellows (advanced practice)
Newly hired clinical staff orienting to new healthcare organizations or practices
Yes. Each module awards at least one (1) CE/CME credit. The entire program awards over 25 CE/CME credits. Participants must successfully complete a brief post-test and evaluation prior to receiving a certificate of completion.
The Preceptor Training Program has partnered with Healthcare SlideShare (www.healthcareslideshare.com) which is an approved provider for continuing education through the California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN) and a partnership with the American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA).
Continuing Education Provider #17098, CA BRN
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.
Certification is the process by which a nongovernmental agency or an association grants recognition to an individual who has met certain predetermined qualifications. Certification can be used for employment, validation of competence, recognition of excellence, and/or for regulation of preceptorships. Certification can be mandatory or voluntary. Certification validates an individual’s knowledge, skills, and abilities in a defined role, area of practice, and level of advancement based on predetermined standards.
AAPA preceptor certification is competency-based and requires a Preceptor Certification Portfolio (PCP). A PCP is a collection of all the materials you select or develop as you grow in your Preceptor Specialty roles, responsibilities, and accountabilities. It reflects your education, experiences, teaching, and preceptoring activities relevant to demonstrating your mastery of preceptoring at one of three levels of certification.
AAPA certified Preceptor Specialists must meet specified requirements to achieve, maintain, and renew certification every three (3) years. The purpose of certification renewal is to provide evidence of continued learning and application of professional knowledge and skills demonstrating evidence of continual competence in preceptoring specialty practice.
The AAPA PCP is comprised of five (5) categories:
Continuing Education Hours
Presentations and In-Services
Community and Professional Service
The simple completion of a course or passing a test alone is not strong enough evidence of mastery for certification in preceptor specialty practice. Portfolio development with documented evidences of mastery of core competencies in preceptoring provide a more complete assessment of knowledge, skills, and abilities achieved for certification at each level of advancement. Additionally, evidence is not limited solely to training or preceptored activities done through training or in an academic or clinical program, during orientation, or in transitioning students or employees to new roles. Preceptor certification based on a professional portfolio is documented evidence of competence and proficiency in the specialization of preceptoring, not how or where that expertise was developed.
The program is designed and structured to be taken sequentially in its entirety, consisting of 25 modules (on average, 60 minutes each) and awarding continuing education credit (CE/CME). The program is priced at $649.95 and includes unlimited access for a year.
Most modules are also available for purchase individually. Modules are priced at $29.95 each and include unlimited access for a year.
Volume-based discounts are available to organizations. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Yes, the Preceptor Training Program has a corporate licensing option. Volume-based discounts are available to organizations. Email email@example.com for more information.
No, all purchases are final. No refunds are offered for the Preceptor Training Program or any individual module.
A clinical preceptor is someone responsible for a supervised clinical experience who allows preceptees to apply knowledge, understanding, and critical thinking into practice. They are vital to acclimating preceptees to the unit/specialty, their role, staff, and the organization as a whole.
Preceptors provide valuable teaching and learning experiences, role model safe patient care, apply evidence-based practice, and assess competencies.
Preceptoring is a unique specialty with its own core of knowledge and expertise associated with competent and engaged preceptors. Clinical preceptors are essential in every role and specialty. In academia, they equip students with necessary role competencies and skill training. Within healthcare organizations, experienced clinicians serving as preceptors continue to help expand upon best practices and provide the requisite orientation & onboarding for both newly licensed graduates and experienced clinicians who are new to the organization.
The professional group of Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) encompasses Physician Assistants (PAs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), Nurse Midwives (CNMs), and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs).
These roles are also sometimes referred to as mid-level providers (MLPs), physician extenders, non-physician medical providers (NMPs), non-physician medical providers (NMPs), allied health practitioners (AHPs), or licensed independent practitioners (LIPs).
The audience includes Advanced Practice Providers (APPs), faculty, academic and clinical instructors, and ultimately anyone who is responsible for preceptoring APRNs and/or PAs. Most commonly this consists of other APRNs and PAs, but also includes physicians.