A preceptor is a teacher and mentor who guides students through their introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences, known as IPPEs and APPEs. IPPE students complete 300 hours, 100 hours per year, of service during their first three years of pharmacy school. APPE students complete a series of month-long rotations at a practice site gaining in-depth experience in the day-to-day issues faced by practicing pharmacists. Who makes a good preceptor? If you are committed to the success of the student and are interested in, and enthusiastic about your job, then precepting might be right for you. Visit our Preceptors of the Year page to learn more about those preceptors that have been selected by our students for their excellence and commitment. Precepting is a rewarding experience and you’ll find many benefits come with the experience. Contact the Office of Experiential Education or fill out our online interest form to learn more!
Preceptor Requirements and Responsibilities
- Licensure in good standing in the state where the site is located.
- A minimum of one year experience.
- Provide an orientation for the student to the practice site including schedules (days and hours), parking, evaluation methods, and overall responsibilities.
- Read the objectives and competencies, as specified, for the Pharmacy Experiential Education Program.
- Review the student’s portfolio in order to tailor activities based upon their previous exposure, goals and expectations, or areas of deficiency.
- Identify and assign appropriate activities and projects that are in alignment with the objectives and competencies for the rotation to enhance student learning.
- Monitor student progress to ensure stated objectives are adequately addressed and met.
- Serve as a role model and mentor for our student pharmacists.
- Answer student questions and serve as a resource to enhance student understanding of pharmacy and patient-related issues. Share your knowledge and skills with the student.
- Maintain student confidentiality.
- Facilitate or seek interactions with members of your staff and other health care professionals.
- Assess student competence to identify strengths and address weaknesses. At a minimum, complete written and verbal mid- and final-rotation evaluations with the student to communicate student progress and address any areas of concern.
- Complete in RxPreceptor the final online “student evaluation” and review this document with the student.
- Approve the online student attendance log in RxPreceptor and rectify any discrepancies with the student before the completion of the rotation.
- Use RxPreceptor to electronically document the mid- and final evaluations and to review assignments.
- Communicate with the UConn School of Pharmacy Office of Experiential Education with any concerns or questions regarding student progress or the pharmacy program as soon as issues arise.
- Maintain a current CV/resume and provide a copy to the Office of Experiential Education as requested. T his allows the University of Connecticut to maintain your adjunct academic appointment with our School of Pharmacy, and continue your benefits as a preceptor, such as access to the UConn library.
- The preceptor should be aware at all times that his/her role is as a teacher. The preceptor should strive to stimulate the student’s interest in all aspects of practice and encourage innovative thinking and approaches to practice.