Clinical Sites and Preceptors
Rotations occur at a variety of clinical sites throughout the state and provide PA students with exposure to teaching hospitals, private practices, and rural health care settings. Students at each site are supervised by a preceptor who is responsible for carrying out specific supervisory and evaluative tasks as established by the PA Program.
Preceptors are either active teaching physicians or private practice physicians who have offered supervised clinical experiences to PA students in a real-world setting of active practice. Courtesy faculty appointments may be extended to preceptors at their request.
The School’s Clinical Coordinator maintains close communication with the clinical sites in order to monitor students’ progress and troubleshoot problems which may occur.
Rotation at many clinical sites, particularly those in rural locations, are coordinated by staff of regional Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) who are familiar with the scope of practice of the various health care facilities in the area and who work closely with the Clinical Coordinator to arrange rotation schedules and attend to the needs of PA students during their rotations at AHEC sites.