Experiential Education
Preceptor Resources

Preceptor education and training is an integral component of PCOM’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.


Benefits of Precepting

  • Clinical faculty appointment (Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice appointment for PharmD and Clinical Instructor of Pharmacy Practice appointment for RPh. Appointments for non-pharmacist preceptors will be considered on an individual basis)
  • Online access to the PCOM library
  • Complimentary continuing education
  • Pharmacist's Letter preceptor modules
  • Preceptor modules developed by the Southeastern Pharmacy Experiential Education Consortium (SPEEC) through the University of Georgia

How to Become a Preceptor

PCOM School of Pharmacy 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 Assistant Dean for Experiential Education, Clinical Coordinator and students. The Assistant Dean 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.

PCOM School of Phramacy is interested in preceptors committed to patient care in a community setting.
Our preceptors 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.


All preceptor applicants must:

  • possess 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.
  • be able to provide appropriate feedback to students to ensure optimal growth of the students during the experience.

Preceptor Faculty Requirements

In order to be considered for the program, all preceptor applicants must:

  • complete an orientation to the program with the Assistant Dean for 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 interprofessional 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 lifelong learning as well as participate in professional organizations.

Preceptor Site Requirements

  • 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.

More Information

More information about precepting is available in the 2015–2016 Preceptor Handbook.

Interested in Becoming a Preceptor?

Download the Preceptor Application Form or contact us to discuss preceptor opportunities:

Dr. Julie Wickman - GA Campus
Assistant Dean for Experiential Education