Purdue University College of Pharmacy Office of Continuing EducationPurdue University College of Pharmacy Office of Continuing Education

Preceptors' Corner

Greetings Purdue Preceptors!

Welcome to the new continuing education (CE) page developed specifically for preceptors in our Experiential Learning Program. We value your commitment to the education of future pharmacists and are extremely grateful for your participation in the experiential learning portion of the PharmD curriculum.

In an effort to express our gratitude for your service, we are offering several CE programs for free or at a substantially reduced
cost – the content of which was determined based upon data obtained from a recent survey. As such, we are developing and/or compiling two types of CE, clinical practice updates and professional development, which will be placed on our webpage to have everything in one spot for your convenience.

  • Clinical Practice Updates

    Clinical practice updates span a variety of disease states and topics. The disease states are organized into individual modules in order to offer emphasis and address each in detail. You can gain access to these activities via the following link, www.distance.purdue.edu/icm.  Please contact me, sheplerb@purdue.edu, if you have any questions or would like additional information.

  • Professional Development

    The second type of CE offered falls under the professional development category and contains programs designed to further advance your teaching and mentoring skills. Several of these programs exist through other national organizations or colleges of pharmacy. We have assembled the links to the ones we feel are the most beneficial.  This list of available CE resources can be accessed here.

We are confident you will find a variety of CE opportunities available to match your interests through this site. Thank you again for your dedication to our students and to the profession.

Boiler Up!

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Brian M. Shepler, PharmD
Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Preceptor Development Programs/Resources

ACCP (http://www.accp.com/academy/index.aspx)

  • Certificate programs – 18-hours of CPE completed over a 2-year period available in the areas of:

    • Teaching and Learning (28 CE hours)

      • Effective teaching/Teaching and learning strategies/Assessing student learning

    • Career Advancement (26 hours)

      • Clinical career advancement/Mentoring and precepting/Establishing interprofessional and patient-centered roles/Entrepreneurship for career advancement

    • Leadership and Management (28 CE hours)

      • Leadership development/Attributes of a leader

    • Research and Scholarship (26 CE hours)

      • Primer/Basics of clinical research/Statistics/Regulatory and ethical issue

APhA Advanced Preceptor Training (www.pharmacist.com/apha-advanced-preceptor-training)

ASHP (http://www.ashp.org/menu/PracticePolicy/ResourceCenters/PreceptorSkills.aspx)

  • Online resource center with information and resources about preceptor development including:

    • Articles

      • 16 articles covering topics such as challenges with co-precepting/transitioning logistics between PGY1 and PGY2 residencies/How to be an efficient, effective preceptor/mentor vs. preceptor /feedback/managing difficult learning situations

    • Presentations and training

      • Educational presentations (14) 38-93 minutes covering topics such as improving skills/ time management/coaching/mentoring/handling difficult situations

    • Guidelines/policies/best practices

      • Includes topics such as leadership rotation/core values of preceptors/developing preceptor skills/preceptor tool kit

    • Books

    • External resources

      • Preceptor’s Playbook (developed in partnership with the University of Kentucky)

    • On-line program (31 modules)

      • 11 focus on traditional skills of precepting/20 focus on softer skills

      • 7.75 CE hours when all 31 modules are completed

Pharmacist’s Letter Preceptor Training and Resource Network:


  • Provides online platform of teaching resources, preceptor training programs and assists schools/colleges of pharmacy to enhance precepting being offered to pharmacists

  • Participants must have a subscription to Pharmacist’s Letter

The Collaborative Education Institute (CEI) http://www.gotocei.org/#Preceptor

  • Offers a variety of preceptor training materials

“American Journal of Pharmaceuticals Education 2012”; 76 (6) article S4 – Reviewed July 2015

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