The Preceptor’s role is multidimensional – a role model, teacher, mentor, and co-worker.
The Preceptor should promote cooperation between student pharmacists and other health
care team members (i.e., physicians, nurses, social workers, lab technicians, etc.).
The Preceptor should indoctrinate the student pharmacist with the principles of professional
ethics by deeds and words.
The Preceptor should always explain, in detail, what is expected of a student pharmacist
concerning the appearance, attitude, and method of practice, and make certain that
both they and their associates adhere to the same standards.
The Preceptor must insist on communication with the student pharmacist at all times
and be willing to discuss any aspect of professional practice that does not violate
their responsibility to their employer or employees.
The Preceptor should afford the student pharmacist the mutual respect and patience
needed to ensure an optimal learning experience.
The Preceptor should never assume a student pharmacist’s competency but determine
it by reviewing their work profile and by discussion and experience.
The preceptor should provide constructive and empathetic criticism; it should be conveyed
to the student pharmacist privately, whenever possible.
The Preceptor should stimulate (simulate) a positive attitude in all aspects of professional
The Preceptor should promote, at all times, a constructive and positive attitude toward
fellow practitioners and other members of the health professions.
The Preceptor should not discuss personal matters with the student pharmacist unless
they relate to their professional practice.
The Preceptor must keep in mind that fair and constructive evaluation of the student
pharmacist’s ability to perform designated activities is a serious responsibility,
which affects the student pharmacist’s progress and performance as a future practitioner.