The CAATE has compiled frequently asked questions for students, professionals and post-professionals. Find answers to your questions below.

PROFESSIONAL FAQS - 2012 Professional Program Standards

All sites where students are involved in patient care or observation-only experience (excluding the Program’s sponsoring institution) must have an affiliation agreement or memorandum(s) of understanding that is endorsed by the appropriate administrative authority (i.e. those bearing signature authority) at both the sponsoring institution and site. In the case where the administrative oversight of the preceptor differs from the affiliate site, formal agreements must be obtained from all parties.


The preceptor/supervisor does not need to sign the affiliation agreement. The person signing must have the authority to sign on behalf of the facility and their employees. For example, at a high school, signing authority might reside with the principle or superintendent, at a clinic it might be the CEO, etc. For colleges/universities, it is usually a president, dean or their designee. There may be a contracts office at the college/university that handles these types of agreements. Remember if the preceptor is employed by one facility (i.e., a clinic) and is supervising students at another facility (i.e., a high school) then there must be an affiliation agreement or MOU on file for both facilities.