Office of the Vice Provost for Health

Preceptor Perks

Precepting GVSU Students

Thank you for being a preceptor.  As a preceptor with Grand Valley, you are looked upon as a teacher and mentor.  Due to the fact that GVSU students are highly motivated to learn, being a teacher and mentor to our students is extremely rewarding.  Preceptors not only provide students with an invaluable exposure to the "real world" of health care, but also influence the opinions and attitudes the students carry throughout their career.

How Preceptors Help Students

As a preceptor, you will provide both teaching and professional role modeling for the student.  Preceptors supervise students' clinical activities and monitor their educational process.  Specifically, you will assign patients, observe clinical skills, review documentation and serve as a resource for clinical questions and guidance.

How Preceptors Benefit

Clinical teaching encourages you to seek out and organize new knowledge.  Yet, in spite of thorough preparation, students will push your expertise to its limits and compel you to reflect on your own limitations.  Engaging in this process regularly can result in greater learning than teaching, making you a better clinician and providing patients with overall better quality of care.

In addition to the personal satisfaction of preparing the next generation of skilled workers, there are professional and personal incentives that Grand Valley State University offers in return for sharing your invaluable expertise with our students.  The Preceptor Perks program is specifically designated for our preceptors with the hope that you will take advantage of all it has to offer.


To receive any of the following Preceptor Perks, please register using the following link:  Preceptor Perks Registration Link

If you have any questions regarding the Preceptor Perks program, please contact Katie Branch at

The Perks:

GVSU Bookstore Coupon - 20% off a GVSU-imprinted item

GVSU Picture ID - Processed at either of the Student Assistant Centers:

  • Downtown Campus - 115C DeVos Center Room
  • Allendale Campus - 150 Student Services Building

Driving Directions, Maps, and Parking Information

GVSU Library Privileges - Preceptors may use their Grand Rapids Public Library card or Kent District Library card to check out materials at any of the GVSU libraries.  With your GVSU user ID and password you will have access to the library's online databases.

GVSU Athletic Events - 50% off all GVSU athletic events with your GVSU ID

GVSU Fieldhouse - Receive free access to the GVSU Fieldhouse the semester you preceptor a student with the option for immediate family members to purchase a membership at the reduced Alumni rate.  Preceptors must present their appointment letter with a completed membership form to the Recreation Center.  Preceptors will receive a parking pass from Public Safety for their time of the membership.  The preceptor will need to go to the GVSU Public Safety office with their appointment letter to pick up the parking permit.

The Meadows Golfcourse - Receive discounted greens fees at The Meadows golf course in Allendale for Preceptors with a GVSU ID and up to three (3) guests; 18 holes for $22 per person or 9 holes for $15 per person.

GVSU Employee Community Discounts - Present your GVSU ID to the business at the time of purchase and follow any special instructions provided by the business.

David D. Hunting Downtown Grand Rapids YMCA - Reduced membership rate, waived initiation fee and a one week guest pass to try out the facility.  To obtain this benefit, simply show your GVSU ID at the YMCA registration desk.

Continuing Education Opportunities - Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are welcome to attend Grand Rounds and will obtain CME credit through Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners (GRMEP).

The educational links listed below are resources that provide on-line sources for preceptors to utilize.  All of these continuing education modules are specific to the preceptor role or the preceptor/student relationship.

  • The Expert Preceptor Interactive Curriculum:  University of North Carolina - School of Medicine.  The Expert Preceptor Interactive Curriculum (EPIC) is a faculty development program in clinical teaching for community practitioners who serve as preceptors to health professional students.  This curriculum provides 10 modules that can be completed for continuing education credit. 
  • Effective Teaching in Clinical Settings: Quirk, M. This is a short flash-based presentation that covers the following topics: Motivating the learner, Organization and Interacting purposefully.  Includes video clips of representative techniques.
  • Preceptor Development Program Mountain Area Health Education Center. These downloadable modules are designed for both preceptors and faculty administrators.
  • Preceptor Development Program Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center.  This site provides resources and training in various topics of interest to preceptors and links to other sites of interest.
  • Simple Precepting Tools Dartmouth Medical School - Office of Community -Based Education and Research.  A guide for preceptors.
  • Precepting - The Chance to Shape Nursing's Future.  This is a fee based continuing education online module.


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