Preceptor Do’s and Don’ts

Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind as a preceptor.


  • Be an exemplary role model
  • Meet briefly with your student before daily assignments to discuss student goals and answer questions
  • Address issues immediately and appropriately
  • Notify student and school/faculty of unplanned absences
  • Remember what it felt like to be a student
  • Maintain professionalism in attitude, appearance, and confidentiality at all times
  • Attempt to offer your student adequate breaks and meal opportunities
  • Offer appropriate positive reinforcement (see Feedback and Evaluation Module)


  • Engage students in gossip
  • Impede student learning by assigning only ‘busy work’
  • Always use the same teaching methods (see the module on Learning Needs)
  • Do anything to the student you would not want done to you! [1]

[1] College of Southern Idaho Health Sciences and Human Services Paramedic Program. (n.d.). A Guide to Preceptorship. Available online at: