What do preceptors want? A mixed methods study exploring pharmacist preceptor perceptions of their training and support needs at a regional Australian University





Community pharmacy, Pharmacy student, Preceptor development, Preceptor role, Preceptor Training, Preceptor support


Background: Global demand for work-ready pharmacy graduates has highlighted the role of pharmacy preceptors and the need for training and support from universities. There remains a lack of consensus on the ideal requirements for preceptor training programmes.

Objective: To assess community pharmacy preceptor training and support requirements at a regional Australian University.

Method: A mixed method study using an online survey of community pharmacy preceptors of James Cook University, followed by qualitative semi-structured interviews.

Result: 55 preceptors completed the survey, and ten interviews were conducted. Preferred programme content included role clarification, a curriculum outline and management of poorly performing students. Demands on individuals’ time and workloads support a flexible online approach to training and highlight the importance of institutional support for optimal preceptor engagement and retention.

Conclusion: Good teaching and communication skills were considered by preceptors to be essential for their primary role in linking theory to practice for pharmacy students during experiential placements.

Author Biographies

Gillian Jane Knott, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia

College of Medicine and Dentistry

Martina Mylrea, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia

College of Medicine and Dentistry

Beverley Glass, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia

College of Medicine and Dentistry


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How to Cite

Knott, G. J., Mylrea, M., & Glass, B. (2022). What do preceptors want? A mixed methods study exploring pharmacist preceptor perceptions of their training and support needs at a regional Australian University . Pharmacy Education, 22(4), p. 7–18. https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.224.718