We are grateful for the tremendous amount of support we continue to receive from preceptors and pharmacies throughout Oregon and beyond. Through their generous contribution, by way of precepting and mentoring IPPE and APPE students, we are able to deliver high quality rotations that are engaging, rigorous, and transformative.  

A preceptor is an experienced, competent, pharmacist, scientist, or health care provider who is selected and prepared to serve as a role model, teacher, supervisor and evaluator. Preceptors have the responsibility of ensuring that students have a valuable educational experience while guiding the student toward competence in providing compassionate, safe and effective pharmaceutical to patients in a health care setting. Preceptors are chosen on the basis of their commitment to innovative patient-oriented pharmacy practice, quality pharmacy education and the desire to be a mentor and teacher. Preceptors are encouraged to allow students independence and offer guidance and direction when needed. Teaching students should be a rewarding experience for the preceptor as well as the student.

Affiliate Faculty

The College of Pharmacy may name a preceptor as an affiliate faculty member because they contribute to and participate in major functions that achieve the mission of the College and the University.  Contributions are under the direction of or in collaboration with a regular faculty member such as the Assistant Dean of Experiential Education.

Examples include:

  • co-advising a graduate student with a regular faculty member
  • participating in joint programs with OSU faculty
  • providing guest lectures in classes or assisting in outreach activities
  • advising a student organization with a regular faculty member

An individual should be named to the affiliate faculty (as compared to courtesy faculty) when the relationship with the University is expected to be for one year or less.  There are circumstances, however, which merit issuance of the status for a period longer than one year.  The duration of the status will be specified in a letter of notice generated by the department head and given to the affiliate faculty member.  Affiliate faculty status will automatically terminate after three years unless renewed by the Assistant Dean of Experiential Education and Dean.  The status may be extended through the issuance of a new letter of notice.  Affiliate faculty status, however, can be revoked at any time by the Assistant Dean of Experiential Education or the Dean.


  • Must have a valid Board of Pharmacy preceptor license (if a Pharmacist, MD, Nurse, PA)
  • Must possess a terminal professional degree (if not a pharmacist)
  • Must complete preceptor (live or web based) orientation training that introduces the experiential program in terms of academic requirements, policies and procedures.
  • Be able to take responsibility for the professional and legal supervision of the student during the experience.
  • Understands that the relationship with the student is one of teacher-student rather than employer-employee.
  • Understands the goals and objectives of the pharmacy experiential program and its individual experiential courses.
  • Demonstrate the principles of professional ethics

Communication Skills

  • Possesses and demonstrates broad knowledge
  • Explains the basis for actions and decisions
  • Answers learner questions clearly and precisely
  • Open to conflicting ideas and opinions
  • Connects information to broader concepts
  • Communicates clear goals and expectation
  • Captures learner’s attention
  • Makes learning fun

Teaching Skills

  • Provides effective role modeling
  • Demonstrates appropriate professional interactions with patients
  • Generates interest in the subject matter
  • Presents information with organization and clarity
  • Organizes and controls the learning experience
  • Balances clinical and teaching responsibilities
  • Gives appropriate responsibility to the learner

Motivational Skills

  • Emphasizes problem solving
  • Translates specific cases into general principles
  • Promotes active involvement of the learner
  • Demonstrates enjoyment and enthusiasm for patient care and teaching
  • Develops a supportive relationship with the learner

Assessment Skills

  • Accurate assessment of learner's knowledge attitudes and skills
  • Uses direct observation of the learner
  • Provides effective formative and summative feedback
  • Performs fair and thoughtful evaluations

Preceptor Training

We are dedicated to providing our valued preceptors with the tools they need in order to create the best learning environment for our student and to ensure their success as clinical teachers.  

We provide preceptor development…

  • During State Association meetings  
  • By traveling to the site to deliver CE programs
  • By traveling to the site to facilitate small group discussions/meetings
  • By traveling to the site to conduct 1:1 meetings

From the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP)