Preceptor education and training is an integral component of PCOM’s Doctor of Pharmacy
(PharmD) program and preceptor appointments are highly valued by both faculty and
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
BECOME A PRECEPTOR
Note: Enter institution code PCOM2021PA
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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 for those preceptors who precept two or more students
per academic year
- Complimentary continuing education
- Online Preceptor Development Modules
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.
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 Training Resources
The Southeastern Pharmacy Experiential Education Consortium offers an online preceptor training series. Preceptors are encourage to complete all modules prior to precepting Advanced Pharmacy
Practice Experience (APPE) students.
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
- 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
- There should be one primary preceptor for any given experience who assumes the responsibility
of student orientation, training and assessment.
For more information, please view the APPE Preceptor Information Manual (PDF).