Preceptor education and training is an integral component of PCOM-GA’s PharmD program and preceptor appointments are highly valued by both faculty and students. As such, preceptors are expected to be competent practitioners who are committed to pharmacy education. Though most preceptors are pharmacists, applicants with other scientific training will be considered for a preceptor appointment on an individual basis. Those interested in becoming a preceptor should contact Dr. Julie Wickman, Director of Experiential Education, JulieWi@pcom.edu, to discuss preceptor opportunities.
Apply to Become a Preceptor
Download the School of Pharmacy Experiential Handbook.
How to Become a Preceptor
Interested in Becoming a Preceptor?
PCOM School of Pharmacy – Georgia Campus is interested in preceptors who
- Provide direct patient care to diverse patient populations
- Possess appropriate clinical and teaching skills
- Counsel patients on medication therapy and disease states
- Provide medication therapy management services
- Interact with other health care professionals while providing pharmacy care
Preceptors are evaluated by the Director of Experiential Education, Clinical Coordinator and students. The Director and Clinical Coordinator will periodically conduct site visits with the preceptor to assess student training opportunities and discuss student experiences with the preceptor. Students are also required to complete a formal assessment of the preceptor and training experience at the end of each experience.
All preceptor applicants must possess the following qualifications:
- A desire and willingness to educate and train student pharmacists within the pharmacist’s practice setting;
- be a licensed pharmacist and must be in good standing with the State Board of Pharmacy;
- be a positive role model for students by demonstrating professionalism, adhere to a pharmacist’s code of ethical conduct and show a caring attitude toward patients; and
- should be able to provide appropriate feedback to students to ensure optimal growth of the students during the experience.
Requirements of Preceptor Faculty
All preceptor applicants must meet the following expectations:
- Complete an orientation to the program with the Director of Experiential Education prior to having students.
- Be a current licensed practitioner for at least 12 months (includes residency training) with no license sanctions.
- Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and inter-professional communication and relationships.
- Have sufficient time to spend with students, providing one-on-one training and assessment in the specific area of pharmacy practice and communicate expectations to the students at the beginning of the rotation block.
- Allow the students to assume responsibilities of pharmacists’ functions under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist where permitted by law.
- Provide feedback to students both verbally and written throughout the training period.
- Be available to the students to answer questions and provide guidance throughout the training period.
- Serve as a role model with regards to continual professional development and life-long learning as well as participate in professional organizations.
Requirements of Preceptor Sites
- The training site should have adequate staff to support student training.
- Each site should also meet or exceed all standards set by accrediting bodies or governmental agencies and be in compliance with all state and federal laws pertaining to pharmacy practice.
- There should be one primary preceptor for any given experience who assumes the responsibility of student orientation, training and assessment.
Benefits of Precepting
- Courtesy Appointment
- Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice appointment for PharmD
- Clinical Instructor of Pharmacy Practice appointment for RPh
- Appointments for non-pharmacist preceptors will be considered on an individual basis
- Access to PCOM library on-line
- Complimentary Continuing Education
- Pharmacist Letter Preceptor Modules
- Preceptor modules thru the University of Georgia [developed by the Southeastern Pharmacy Experiential Education Consortium (SPEEC)