Preceptor benefits

Apart from the satisfaction of investing in students and the profession, preceptors are eligible for Northwestern College benefits including a Northwestern College staff ID, as well as the following benefits in appreciation for their time and clinical instruction.

  • CME credit
  • Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) high-weighted improvement activity points for eligible preceptors
  • $1,000 Northwestern College PA Preceptor Scholarship available to participating clinic employees or preceptors*
  • Clinics who train NWC PA students will be invited to network with current and graduating students for employee recruitment
  • Admittance to Northwestern athletic, theatre and music events
  • Use of Rowenhorst Student Center fitness facilities
  • 15% discount at NWC Bookstore
  • Food and drink discounts at NWC cafeteria, Hub, and Learning Commons coffee bar

Preceptors who accept students at least three months out of the year are eligible for the title of Clinical Faculty Member. Clinical Faculty receive the following additional benefits.

  • Access to NWC library resources, including UpToDate and Access Medicine
  • Appreciation gifts, including stethoscopes and Northwestern PA Program apparel
  • Additional invitations to recruitment events with students and graduates, as well as other opportunities to be involved with the program

 *Specific terms apply

PA Preceptor Scholarship

In appreciation for precepting a Physician Assistant student, Northwestern College offers a $1,000 tuition scholarship. The scholarship may be applied by the preceptor or clinic site employee toward undergraduate or graduate tuition.

The PA preceptor, spouse or dependents of the preceptor may apply a $1,000 scholarship to be used within 12 months of the precepting student’s placement. Limit of one per year.

Clinical site employees
Permanent employees working at least 20 hours per week at the physical location of a student’s clinical rotation are eligible for a one-time $1000 scholarship to be used within 12 months of the last day of the precepting student’s placement.

Apply the scholarship
To confirm eligibility and apply the scholarship, the PA preceptor or employer of the clinical site employee will complete the PA Preceptor Scholarship form and return to:

Rick Loutsch
Director of Clinical Education, Physician Assistant Program 


The ARC-PA has granted  Accreditation-Provisional status to the  Northwestern College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by  Northwestern College

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA  Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the  Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.  Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at