Preceptor requirements by specialty

The information and document links below contain the learning objectives, minimum required experiences for students and preceptor qualifications for each rotation specialty. Evaluation forms for each rotation specialty are also available for download.

This is an 8-week rotation designed to educate students about the diagnosis, management, and treatment of health problems and preventative care across the lifespan in the primary care setting.  Students will learn to address acute, chronic, routine, and preventative medical issues in this patient population.  This rotation may include inpatient as well as outpatient settings and will expose students to different social and economic factors encountered in a community-based patient population.  Students will work with clinical preceptors and the Director of Clinical Education to coordinate adequate student exposure to minimum requirements for diagnoses and procedures. Each student will complete this rotation course two times during the clinical year, at different clinical locations, to provide students with a range of experiences in the family medicine setting.

Family Medicine Preceptor Requirements & Objectives

Family Medicine Mid Rotation Student Evaluation Form

Family Medicine Student Evaluation Form

This is a 4-week rotation designed to educate students about the diagnosis, management, and treatment of health problems and preventative care of adult and elderly patients.  This rotation may include inpatient as well as outpatient settings and will expose students to different social and economic factors encountered in a community-based patient population.  Students will work with clinical preceptors and the Director of Clinical Education to coordinate adequate student exposure to minimum requirements for diagnoses and procedures.  

Internal Medicine Preceptor Requirements & Objectives

Internal Medicine Student Evaluation Form

This is a 4- week rotation designed to give students an introduction to the evaluation and management of surgical patients.  Students will spend time in both the inpatient (hospital and operating rooms) and outpatient (clinic) environments and will work with patients seeking pre-, intra-, and post-operative care and counseling.  Students will work with clinical preceptors and the Director of Clinical Education to coordinate adequate student exposure to minimum requirements for diagnoses and procedures.  

General Surgery Preceptor Requirements & Objectives

General Surgery Student Evaluation Form

This is a 4- week rotation designed to give students an introduction to the evaluation and management of behavioral and mental health conditions. This rotation may include inpatient as well as outpatient settings and will expose students to different social and economic factors encountered in a community-based patient population.  Students will work with clinical preceptors and the Director of Clinical Education to coordinate adequate student exposure to minimum requirements for diagnoses and procedures.

Psychiatry Preceptor Responsibilities & Objectives

Psychiatry Student Evaluation Form

This is a 4- week rotation designed to educate students about the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of emergency, urgent, and non-urgent medical problems that present to the emergency department.  Students will work with clinical preceptors and the Director of Clinical Education to coordinate adequate student exposure to minimum requirements for diagnoses and procedures.  

Emergency Medicine Preceptor Requirements & Objectives

Emergency Student Evaluation Form

This is a 2- week rotation designed to educate students about the preventative care, diagnosis, management, and treatment of health problems in women’s health. Students will learn to address acute, chronic, routine, and preventative medical issues in this patient population.   Students will provide prenatal and gynecologic care to patients.  This rotation may include inpatient as well as outpatient settings and will expose students to different social and economic factors encountered in a community-based patient population.  Students will work with clinical preceptors and the Director of Clinical Education to coordinate adequate student exposure to minimum requirements for diagnoses and procedures.  

Women's Health Preceptor Responsibilities & Objectives

Women's Health Student Evaluation Form

This is a 2- week rotation designed to educate students about the diagnosis, management, and treatment of health problems and preventative care of pediatric patients, including the newborns, infants, children, and adolescents. Students will learn to address acute, chronic, routine, and preventative medical issues in this patient population.   This rotation may include inpatient as well as outpatient settings and will expose students to different social and economic factors encountered in a community-based patient population.  Students will work with clinical preceptors and the Director of Clinical Education to coordinate adequate student exposure to minimum requirements for diagnoses and procedures.  

Pediatrics Preceptor Responsibilities & Objectives

Pediatrics Student Evaluation Form

Students will work with the Director of Clinical Education to select from a variety of specialty and sub-specialty practice sites. 

Elective Student Evaluation Form


Accreditation

Northwestern College has applied for Accreditation–Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Northwestern College anticipates matriculating its first class in May 2020, pending achieving Accreditation–Provisional status at the September 2019 ARC-PA meeting. 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. Should Northwestern College not receive Accreditation–Provisional, the program will not be permitted to start in May 2020.

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