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Colorado Area Health Education Center, University of Colorado Denver

Health Professionals


What the heck is a preceptor?

  • Coach
  • Educator
  • Experienced professional
  • Role model

The preceptor is a coach in an educational relationship with a future health professional. The preceptor structures the learning process to achieve a set of formally identified skills. A role model and educator, the preceptor operates in the learner’s future work setting. The preceptor is an experienced professional who provides the student a structured learning experience, training and observation hat identify best practices and problem-solving situations. 

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health depend on the expertise of preceptors to prepare future health professionals.

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