Train Future Health Care Professionals.

University of the Pacific has a long history of educating health care professionals at our Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Conservatory of Music, and the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy. Additionally, Pacific's School of Health Sciences (SHS) now offers nine programs to further enhance our commitment to training the health care professionals that our communities need. 

SHS programs include Athletic Training, Audiology, Clinical Nutrition, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and Social Work.


Benefits of being a Clinical Educator

  • Share your clinical wisdom with enthusiastic students and keep up to date with new education
  • Experience the joy of seeing students learn
  • Develop leadership and mentoring skills
  • Receive Clinical Educator of the Month recognition

  • Participate in CEU workshops or learn about gaining CE/CME credit opportunities 
  • Train potential employees for your business 
  • Access to Pacific’s robust online library, including e-books, e-journals, publisher database and streaming videos

Clinical Education

Clinical education is also referred to as fieldwork education or experiential learning. It is the essential real-world exposure and training that students receive in professional settings. Some setting examples are health care facilities, hospitals, emergency centers, outpatient clinics, schools, athletic venues, community organizations, and private businesses.

Clinical education is a cornerstone of Pacific healthcare education and is integral in our commitment to training graduates to be practice ready.

Clinical Educator

A clinical educator, also known as a preceptor, clinical instructor, field instructor or field educator, is an experienced and passionate health care professional who provides supervision during a student’s clinical education experience in their field of study. Clinical supervision involves assessing learning needs and establishing clear goals. It also requires effective collaboration with Pacific’s Clinical Directors/Coordinators to structure learning strategies that foster the development of critical thinking, clinical practice skills, and independent clinical judgment.

Guidelines for a Good Learning Experience

Clinical learning is at the heart of Pacific’s health science education. We provide our students with a large volume and variety of clinical experiences with learning in authentic clinical settings. The role of our clinical or field educator is to support learners, help develop clinical practice skills, and provide constructive and regular feedback.

health sciences student talking with patient

Helpful Resources and References

"Structuring an Early Clinical Experience for Pharmacy Students: Lessons Learned from the Hospital Perspective," National Library of Medicine, July-August 2009

"Development of a Nurse Preceptor Program," National League for Nursing, April 21, 2018

"Become a successful preceptor," American Nurse Journal, August 14, 2014

"How Feedback Leads to Engagement," Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, September 1, 2012

"Guidelines and Self-Assessments for Clinical Education," American Physical Therapy Association, 2004