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PA Phoenix Preceptors

Information for PA Program Preceptors

At the Creighton University PA Program – Phoenix, preceptors provide hands-on clinical learning experiences in various specialties throughout our students’ training. Preceptors must be licensed physicians (MD or DO), PAs, nurse practitioners, or certified nurse-midwives. In addition, preceptors should be board certified and have at least one year of clinical practice experience. We request that all preceptors provide the program with a current CV to demonstrate academic preparation and/or clinical experience.

All students will complete six-week clinical rotations in the following specialties:

  • Family Practice
  • Internal Medicine
  • Women’s Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Psychiatry/Behavioral Health

Additionally, students will complete a selective in-patient rotation and two elective rotations in various specialties and subspecialties across medicine.

Become a preceptor

Creighton is always looking for an excellent site for our students. To meet our program’s requirements, we need high-quality physicians, PAs, and NPs to serve as preceptors in various practice settings. We look for providers who will serve as teachers, mentors, and role models for our students.

Practicing providers who serve as preceptors play a critical role in educating and training students in real-world clinical practice. In addition to medical knowledge, these experiences are essential to ensuring that students become competent and caring professionals.

The benefits of being a clinical preceptor are numerous, most notably the personal satisfaction of giving back to the medical profession. As a preceptor, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and skills while supervising student activities, evaluating performance, and providing meaningful feedback.

View the Preceptor Handbook.


Serving as a Creighton preceptor is a rewarding experience:

  • Rewarding both personally and professionally. Current preceptors enjoy giving back to the medical profession.
  • Preceptors play a crucial role in developing future PAs and the profession. High-quality preceptors and educational experiences are vital in training students to provide excellent patient care, which leads to highly skilled PAs continually improving their practice.
  • Preceptors can learn from PA students by having students share information about new medications, updated clinical guidelines, and novel approaches to treatment.
  • Preceptors can market their practice site as an attractive future place of employment for graduates. Many graduates select jobs in hospitals and clinics where they participated in a clinical education experience.
  • Enjoy free Category I and II CME credit. Self-log hour-for-hour Category II CME credit for time spent teaching PA students. PA preceptors are eligible for unlimited Category I AAPA CME credits.
  • Take advantage of opportunities for continuing professional development. Preceptors with faculty appointments can access CME programs (online and webinars) and various teaching resources.
  • Request a faculty appointment. Preceptors who routinely take Creighton students are eligible for our Contributed-Service faculty appointment (Clinical Instructor rank) in Creighton’s School of Medicine. This appointment includes free access to the online Health Sciences Library. A few of the resources offered include electronic full journal access, drug information references, textbooks, and access to Medline.

Become a Preceptor Site

If you are interested in working with the next generation of PAs, please contact or complete our Preceptor/Site Profile form.

The following one-pagers are available on the PAEA website to help streamline and enhance this essential experience:

  • Incorporating Students into Patient Care/Workflow
  • The One-Minute Preceptor
  • Ask-Tell-Ask Feedback Model
  • SNAPPS: A Six-Step Learner-Centered Approach to Clinical Education
  • Introducing/Orienting a PA Student to Your Practice
  • Tailoring Clinical Teaching to an Individual Student