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 (prĭ-sĕp′tər, prē′sĕp′tər)
1. A teacher; an instructor.
2. An expert or specialist, such as a physician, who gives practical experience and training to a student, especially of medicine or nursing.
3. The head of a preceptory.

[Middle English, from Latin praeceptor, from praecipere, to teach; see precept.]

pre′cep·to′ri·al (prē′sĕp-tôr′ē-əl) adj.
pre′cep·to′ri·al·ly adv.


1. (Education) US a practising physician giving practical training to a medical student
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the head of a preceptory
3. (Education) rare a tutor or instructor
preˈceptorate n
preceptorial, preˈceptoral adj
preˈceptorˌship n
preˈceptress fem n


(prɪˈsɛp tər, ˈpri sɛp-)

1. an instructor; teacher; tutor.
2. the head of a school.
3. the head of a preceptory.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin]
pre`cep•to′ri•al (-ˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.preceptor - teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford)
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
instructor, teacher - a person whose occupation is teaching


[prɪˈseptəʳ] Npreceptor m


n (old, form)Lehrer m, → Präzeptor m (old)
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The terms of the agreement include collaboration in education and clinical research, training, preceptorships and clerkships, as well as scholarships and sponsorship for students from CMED and the pharmacy and health science disciplines.
Preceptorships are short-term relationships between new graduates, known as interns, and experienced nurses who have completed a specialised programme that supports them in creating a safe learning environment to practise theory, clinical skills and decision making.
Preceptorships are also more cost effective than traditional nursing education programs (Udlis), lead to the recruitment and retention of nurses by participating hospitals (Harrison et al.
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She first discusses the broader realm of lifelong learning, then the rationale for continuing professional development for legal and professional reasons and how to maintain competence in practice through professional portfolios, coaching, mentoring, preceptorships, reflection, collaborative and workplace learning, higher academic qualifications, writing, academic careers, and leadership, as well as learning strategies and learning for leisure and pleasure.
Students who do undertake rural preceptorships are typically longstanding rural insiders, often from the communities where they choose placement, although this does not invalidate the importance of prior, contextual training in rural nursing (Edwards, Smith, Courtney, Finlayson, & Chapman, 2004).
While most facilities provide orientation, preceptorships, and mentor programs to foster the transition from education to practice, formal transition programs are not the sole solution.
In addition to patient care, I have had the advantage of being exposed to numerous opportunities for growth in the profession, including conference planning, education, preceptorships, research and more.
Preceptorships are used in the undergraduate and master's level courses to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
Prior to the last century, surgeons perfected their craft through preceptorships.
The program will include a comprehensive evaluation to ensure that synthesis of preceptor concepts is sustained and nursing recruitment and retention is enhanced by preceptorships dedicated to teaching nursing students," says JaneKapustin, PhD, CRNP BC-DM, AFAANP, Assistant Dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master's programs, who co-directs the project with Janice Hoffman, PhD, RN, Assistant Dean for the baccalaureate program and Assistant Professor.
The requirements for articulated plans, preceptorships, mentorships, etc-are fairly complex to understand in their entirety.