MD as Preceptor?


Can a nurse practitioner student set up clinical preceptors with physicians or only NPs?


239 Posts

I would say it depends on your program, but most of the NPs I know did at least some of their clinicals with MDs.

kanzi monkey

618 Posts

Has 5 years experience.

On the flip side, my PCP (who is an NP) is precepting a med student. If you find a good match, I don't think it matters.


22 Posts

Specializes in IMC, ED.

Thank you for the info! I am hoping to start an online NP program in the next year. Any suggestions from personal experience?

Specializes in Emergency, MCCU, Surgical/ENT, Hep Trans. Has 20 years experience.

Doesn't matter. I would suggest trying all three (MD, NP, PA), but your professors will want you to focus more on NPs, as you are a graduate NP student. You'll learn a ton from the patients, any preceptor, it's the experience you need, not the credentials of your preceptor.

Most MDs would probably "let you fly" once you prove some compentence. I know several I would have loved to precept with/for. Its all in what you/they are comfortable with.

I actually had one NP preceptor that was scared to death to let me be in the same room w/o her. Guess what I learned from that???

Best wishes!

Christen, ANP

290 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care, Orthopedics, Hospitalists. Has 6 years experience.

My school allows NPs and MDs, but specifically excludes PAs for some reason.


175 Posts

I worked with a physician in internal medicine and I learned so much -it was great. I would not hesitate to recommend working with a Dr. as long as they like to teach!


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Specializes in Uromycetisis Poisoning.

I start my rotations in the next couple of weeks, and my first preceptor is an MD. The school allows us to use MD, DO, NP, and PA. I had hoped to work with a diverse group, and learn as much as possible from them.

I'm not sure why PAs would be excluded as preceptors by some schools. Can't be that it's because some of them have a BS degree instead of a masters because I know of some "experienced" (I didn't say older) NPs who don't have a masters degree. I know they have the whole medicine focus thing, but so do MDs. I would imagine that some PA schools exclude NPs as potential preceptors as well. The schools should require us to work with as many different professionals as possible. Maybe it would open our eyes to what the other providers actually do.

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