Clinical Preceptor Training

A clinical preceptor provides students with clinical placement experiences that support learning and development to achieve competence. CSMLS acknowledges the vital role preceptors play in creating the next-generation workforce. We understand that preceptors need specialised training to obtain the skills, judgement and ability to optimize the preceptor-to-student learning experience.

A preceptor is an experienced practitioner who provides supervision during clinical practice and facilitates the application of theory to practice for students and staff learners (1). A preceptor works with the learner for a defined period of time to assist the learner in acquiring new competencies required for safe, ethical, and quality practice. They assist the learner by setting expectations, providing effective feedback about their performance, and providing appropriate opportunities to meet their learning objectives. A preceptor may also be known by another name (e.g., clinical instructor), depending on the profession, school or clinical employer.

In discussion with the CSMLS Research Network, it was identified that medical laboratory academic programs are using different training options, tailored to local needs. At this time, a national standard does not exist. However, there is a wide variety of existing programs available. The Research Network identified a need for a compiled list of such programs to support information sharing nationally.

In addition to the information in the table, many of the academic programs have internal documented processes. If you would like more information or want to make an addition to the table, email

CSMLS does not endorse the use of any particular preceptor training program.

Training Opportunities Description
Guidelines for the
Clinical Supervision of Students
of Medical Laboratory
Science Programs, College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO)
Practice Guidelines outline the general expectations and accountabilities for
members of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO) who are supervising students enrolled in medical laboratory science programs.
Preceptor Training, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
The interactive preceptor workshops include information on:
  • role of the preceptor
  • adult learning theories
  • communication and conflict
  • motivating the learner
  • the multigenerational workplace
  • evaluation and assessment 
Used by Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Preceptor Training - PDEV 190

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

The online course for Preceptor Training introduces concepts from the preceptor model which are central to the needs of novice and intermediate preceptors. Concepts such as the role of preceptors, communication barriers and conflict management strategies will be examined. In addition, a basic overview on adult education theory, motivating learners, organizing learning experiences, learner facilitation and assessment methods will be provided.

Used by Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Consortium national de Formation en Santé, Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS), Volet Université D’Ottawa 
A free series of online and in-class workshops for all internship supervisors working in Canada:
  • The Art of Supervising Trainees - Basic Series
  • The Art of Supervising Trainees - Advanced Series.
Used by Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick Dieppe
Preceptor eLearning Course, Dalhousie University Designed to provide comprehensive information and support for preceptors.
Used by Nova Scotia Community College
Preceptor Modules, Alberta Health Services Preceptor modules designed to support AHS preceptors. Modules include preparing for student’s arrival and the first week, establishing a professional relationship, helping the student become independent, preparing student for entry to practice. Free to anyone with computer access.
Preceptor Education Program for Health Professionals and Students, Western Health Sciences and Fanshawe College, Council of Universities An online interprofessional program that consists of 9 modules including downloadable resources, learning exercises, video case scenarios and references. 
Preceptor Information, Thompson Rivers University   Contains information for preceptors on site selection criteria, the assessment tool, and preceptor training information and requirements
Preceptor Education Program (PEP),
The Apereo Foundation
PEP is an on-line program designed to help prepare students and clinical instructors (preceptors) for clinical placements. PEP consists of eight learning modules.
Used by St Clair College

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