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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 2021 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 Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Dominican University Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Dominican University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2030. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website.

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