Clinical instructional faculty (preceptor) play a vital role during the clinical year for students in our program. The clinical setting synthesizes concepts and application of principles for quality health care delivery. Students work closely with preceptors, progressively developing the skills and clinical judgment necessary to become a practicing PA.

Benefits of being a clinical instructional faculty

There are many benefits to becoming a clinical instructional faculty for the PA program. Other than paying it forward to the future of medicine, we also offer our preceptors additional benefits listed below:

Adjunct Faculty Appointment:

We are able to offer our clinical instructional faculty a zero-dollar appointment within the Department of Allied Health Sciences. The appointment we can offer is that of adjunct faculty. In order to be eligible for this appointment, preceptors need to have served as instructional faculty for an average of eight weeks (two rotation blocks) or more per year for the past two years. This includes access to the UNC Health Sciences Library online resources (journals, eBooks, UptoDate, etc.).

Clinical Preceptor Recognition Program:

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) recognizes the hard work of preceptors through its Clinical Preceptor Recognition Program, developed in cooperation with the PA Education Association (PAEA). We are pleased to endorse those instructional faculty who are current AAPA fellow or sustaining members and have served as an instructional faculty for an average of eight weeks or more per year for the past two years. You will receive recognition on the AAPA website as a clinical receptor, a professional designation of clinical preceptor AAPA after your name (e.g., CPAAPA), a certificate of recognition, and an AAPA clinical receptor lapel pin.

Category 1 CME:

Clinical instructional faculty can earn 0.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credit for every two weeks of clinical teaching. Clinical instructional faculty who have more than one student at a time may be awarded an additional 0.25 CME credit for each additional student for every two weeks of teaching. A four-week rotation can earn one credit of category CME credit. A maximum of 10 Category 1 CME credits per calendar year may be awarded to each instructional faculty.


Thank you for your interest in supporting our mission to educate Physician Assistant students to be competent providers of primary care medicine with a special focus on the medically underserved and rural population of North Carolina!  Please complete and submit the form below.  We will be in touch soon to discuss opportunities.


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Contact us

Jason Hrdina, PA-C
Director of Clinical Education

Meg Beal, PA-C
Associate Director of Clinical Education