Preceptors play a vital role in the education of future physician assistants. They work with students on the proper evaluation and treatment of patients in the clinic or hospital setting. This clinical training teaches students to apply the knowledge learned during the didactic phase of their education.

Without preceptors, our program would not be a success. Clinical experiences are not only a requirement for accreditation, they provide invaluable learning opportunities for future physician assistants. The Dominican University Physician Assistant Studies program thanks you for your interest in becoming a preceptor, and it remains committed to strengthening and maintaining active preceptor relationships.

Preceptor Interest Form

Thank you for your interest in becoming a preceptor for the Dominican University Physician Assistant Studies Program! In order to be a preceptor you need to be a MD/DO, PA or NP who is licensed and board certified in your area of practice. If you are interested in becoming a preceptor please complete the Preceptor Interest Form.

Clinical Year Curriculum

The clinical year is comprised of ten 4-week rotations. Please see attached PAS 2020 Didactic and Clinical Handbook (pdf). These rotations occur in the following areas: Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Behavioral Health, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Primary Care Selective, and 2 Elective rotations. Please see syllabi associated with each clinical rotation below:

PAS 610 - Emergency Medicine PAS 615 - Internal Medicine PAS 620 - Women's Health (OBGYN)
PAS 625 - Pediatrics PAS 630 - Family Medicine PAS 635 - Behavioral Medicine
PAS 640 - General Surgery PAS 645 - Primary Care Selective PAS 650 & 655 - Electives I & II
Benefits of Being a Preceptor

There are many benefits to becoming a preceptor for the Dominican University Physician Assistant Studies Program. In addition to giving back, the following benefits are available:

  1. Appointment with University, Library Access
  2. Category 1 CME Credits (PA Preceptors only, coming 2020) - Earn two Category 1 credits per student per 40-hour week for up to 20 AAPA Category 1 CME credits per clinical year
  3. Category 2 CME Credits (Coming 2020)- Did you know that you can log Category 2 CME Credits for precepting? One hour of precepting = one credit. That is 160 credits for four weeks of precepting!
  4. AAPA Clinical Preceptor Recognition Program - Get recognized by the PAEA and AAPA for your efforts through the Clinical Preceptor Recognition Program. 
Preceptor Resources
Accreditation Statement

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Dominican University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Dominican University. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.