There are many personal and professional satisfactions that come with being a preceptor, including:

  • professional involvement in the teaching/learning process
  • validates and reinforces professional values and practice
  • stimulates innovative and improved practice
  • the opportunity to step back and appreciate one's own contribution to the profession
  • contributions to future health care through influencing a student's practice
  • the opportunity to network with other preceptors.
I think, as a preceptor, I am passing on something of value to my students. I am passing on knowledge that not all people have. Some days I take my knowledge for granted, and teaching new professionals reminds me of the value of the things I have learned from my years of experience. Being a preceptor reminds me to look at things from a different perspective and with fresh eyes.
School of Health and Public Safety
The position of the preceptor has offered me a daily challenge in dealing with both the students and the work; rarely is the work boring. It has also forced me to learn the work thoroughly and to continue learning all aspects of the department; the student inadvertently pushes me to do better.
School of Health and Public Safety

Preceptor training

SAIT's School of Health and Public Safety offers a 20-hour course designed to meet the needs of novice and intermediate preceptors and provide a refresher for more experienced preceptors.

You will be enrolled in the course for a three-year term, allowing flexibility to attain any mandatory continuing competency requirements and the time to apply the content or discuss situations with other preceptors in the field.

Course topics

  • Roles of the preceptor
  • Planning and organizing learning experiences
  • Precepting strategies and methods
  • Assessment techniques
  • Communication strategies
  • Conflict management

Professional development credits

Each professional association determines the number of credits granted for professional development. Contact the SAIT instructor of your profession for details.


Registration is ongoing throughout the year. There are two ways to register:

  1. If you are precepting for a program in the School of Health and Public Safety, please get in touch with the SAIT Practicum Instructor for your discipline. They will assist you with course information and registration details.
  2. If you are interested in taking the PDEV 190 course and do not currently assist in precepting Health and Public Safety students, please call 403.284.SAIT to register for a fee of $50.

Practicum instructor contacts

Program SAIT Instructor(s) Contact
Advanced Care Paramedic Nicole Kashuba
Dental Assisting Anna King
Chelsey Dudley
Cheryl Nix
Kim Penner
Patricia Stoness
Salina Chhokar
Tracey Giustini
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Jennifer Chaudhary
Sandra Dobsen
Shannon Thomsen
Health Information Management Lisa Proudfoot
Stephanie Clack
Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Bushra Ihtasham
Heather Latreille 
Lorraine Kopchiuk
Medical Laboratory Assistant Lori Cucheron
Megan Cotterill
Nargis Hirji
Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk Lori Hanninen
Mariam Ghaffar
Sobia Ekram
Valerie Moldowin
Medical Laboratory Technology Donnell Wolff
Janifer Calvez
Kathleen Thompson
Keri Huwald
Luree Politsky
Paul Palmer
Medical Radiologic Technology Amy Farrier
Jennifer Burton
Sidsel Pedersen
Tammy Genier
Nuclear Medicine Technology Colby Bieber
Glenda Laser
Jessica Rutherford
Jodie Piercy
Ophthalmic and Optometric Assisting Jennifer Hugh
Laura Murray
Myra Madrilejos
Optician Jennifer Hussein
Pharmacy Assistant Joy Nelson
Sheri Shahid
Primary Care Paramedic Sheldon Thunstrom
Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant Jennifer Stodler
Nancy Pullan
Respiratory Therapy Brent Martin
Kara Groenendjik
Meredith Patey

Contact us

School of Health and Public Safety

R213, Senator Burns Building, SAIT Main Campus


Monday - Friday | 9 am - 4pm

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