Fast Facts

Precepting Physician Assistant (PA) Students

Fast Facts
Precepting Physician
Assistant (PA) Students

Fast Facts

Precepting Physician Assistant (PA) Students

Interested in becoming a preceptor for the ECPI University PA program?

Complete the information below and a representative from the program will contact you soon.

If you are interested in becoming a partner with ECPI University and precepting the next generation of PAs, contact us at: 877-959-1142

What kind of experience is needed for a PA student in their clinical year?

Clinical rotations are 4 weeks in duration in the following areas:

  • Family medicine and Internal medicine
  • Surgery
  • Women’s health
  • Emergency medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Behavioral medicine

Students are also required to have experience during the clinical year in the following settings/patient demographics:

  • Inpatient/Outpatient/Emergency room/Operating room
  • Care across the lifespan: from pre-natal to the elderly
  • Preventive, emergent, acute, and chronic patient care encounters


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What do the students need to do during the rotation?

  • Actively practice taking a history and performing a physical examination.
    • Shadowing is discouraged, active learning with supervision is best.
  • Giving an oral presentation including a detailed patient management plan to the preceptor
  • Practice documentation in an electronic health record (as allowed by the facility).
  • Practice common clinical skills such as suturing, incision and drainage, etc.
  • Assist with pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative management of patients.
  • Participate in rounding on patients in a hospital.
  • Calling patients with laboratory results and giving patient education.
  • Observe ancillary staff in their office functions such as referrals, x-ray, lab, coding & billing, etc.
  • Develop and sharpen clinical problem-solving skills.

Do I qualify to be a PA student preceptor?

We require that our students rotate with either NCCPA certified physician assistants, physicians who are board certified, or other licensed healthcare providers qualified in their area of instruction.