Updated Definition of Preceptor

PreceptorDuring the September 2016 Commission Meeting, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) voted to update the definition of Preceptor based on a recommendation from the Standards Committee.  The update was accidentally omitted from the Fall 2016 CAATE Insight Newsletter.  The changes to the definition are in red below:

Old Definition:

Preceptor: A certified/licensed professional who teaches and evaluates students in a clinical setting using an actual patient base.

New Definition:

Preceptor: A certified/licensed professional who teaches and/or evaluates students in a clinical setting using an actual patient base.

The update provides the clarification that preceptors are still required at clinical sites in which students are completing observation-only experiences, even if they aren’t evaluating the student. Questions about this change can be directed to the CAATE office at 1-844-GO-CAATE or support@caate.net.