Preceptors and clinical training
UC Davis has a long history of integrating clinical preceptorship with classroom education. Both the nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs emphasize community-based, primary-care clinical experiences with clinical rotation sites available in rural and urban settings throughout California.
The School of Nursing welcomes inquiries from potential preceptors in community settings who are interested in taking part in the education of physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Potential preceptors may contact the school directly to obtain a preceptor application or learn more. School of Nursing representatives evaluate and make decisions on the approval of all clinical sites.
Clinical preceptors and rotations are arranged and approved by the school; it is not the responsibility of the applicant or student to locate preceptor training sites or clinical rotations sites. If an applicant or student has a suggestion for a potential preceptor, the site may be evaluated. The student’s request for a specific preceptor may also be taken into consideration with the goal of coordinating training sites with individual student preferences.
Physician assistant students must complete at least 1,360 hours of clinical rotations and nurse practitioner students must complete at least 720 hours. Additionally, students in both programs are required to spend between 180 and 640 hours (depending on program) in a primary-care rotation.
For more information, contact the school’s clinical education coordinator, Amy Kaspari, at Amy.Kaspari@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu or (916) 734-8951.