M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies

Become a Preceptor

As a Preceptor, you will play a critical role in the clinical education of our PA students and help shape future providers to deliver quality, patient-centered care. You will have the opportunity to help our students develop their skills and clinical judgment throughout their clinical year and effectively apply the concepts they’ve learned during their didactic year. If you are a Physician, PA, or NP and you have a passion for your profession, life-long learning, mentoring and teaching, Carroll University is looking for you. Join our clinical education team! For more information about becoming a preceptor, contact the Clinical Education Coordinator for more information.

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Benefits of Being a Preceptor

  • Having a student encourages the pursuit of the latest in evidence-based medicine
  • You “pay it forward” by contributing to the profession through PA education
  • Develop leadership and management skills
  • Students often streamline outpatient office flow allowing clinicians to divide their time effectively (i.e. students can be visiting with one patient while the clinician sees another)
  • Students increase patient satisfaction by encouraging in-depth conversation, fostering communication and a group dynamic.
  • Connects you to the university and the next generation of clinicians.
  • Earn Continuing Medical Education credits for most professions
    • PAs may be awarded up to a maximum of 20 Cat 1 AAPA CME credits per calendar year, 2 credits per 40-hour week
    • Physicians may earn CME for their specific certifications

Requirements and Expectations

  • Hold the appropriate certifications and licensures
  • Have an interest in mentoring and teaching
  • Be committed to working with a student
  • Provide specified supervision
  • Provide ongoing feedback to the student
  • Complete student evaluations

Preceptor Resources


In addition to the AAPA program, our university offers an end of year “Preceptor of the Year Award” and “Distinguished Preceptor Award” in both outpatient and inpatient settings. The clinical students vote and select the awardees as a thank you for going above and beyond in their dedication to PA education.

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Dr. Daniel Gatlin, MD

General Surgery Preceptor of the Year Award 2020
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, MD

Psychiatry Preceptor of the Year 2020
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Shawn Hake, PA-C

Women’s Health Distinguished Preceptor of the Year 2020
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Lindsey Baldwin, NP

Emergency Medicine Distinguished Preceptor of the Year 2020
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Dr. Christopher Wagner

Surgery in Appleton Preceptor of the Year Award
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Dr. Elizabeth Davies

Family Medicine in Waukesha Preceptor of the Year Award Distinguished Preceptor of the Year Award
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