Preceptor Development Program (PDP)

The Preceptor Development Program supports practicing pharmacists be effective preceptors for students in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. Offered jointly by Continuous Professional Development and the Office of Experiential Education, the Preceptor Development Program provides preceptors with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to supervise PharmD students during their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations where they apply knowledge and skills acquired in the program in real-world practice settings.


The goal of the program is to:

  • Apply specific teaching skills and principles to optimize APPE rotations
  • Access resources available within the APPE preceptor community
  • Incorporate learning styles theory to improve the quality of workplace learning
  • Use feedback techniques to enhance student performance
  • Apply principles of stages of learning, awareness of preceptor roles, and methods of clinical teaching and assessment to effectively conduct an APPE rotation
  • Reinforce the patient care process used by students in their provision of direct patient care

Required Modules for the UT LDFP APPE Preceptor Include: Core A, B, C,  and D (NDPC preceptor are excempt from Core D).

  • The Preceptor Development Program foundational course includes:Core A – Introduction to Learning Styles and Their Application to Clinical TeachingCore B – Feedback in Principle and in Practice

    Core C – Being the Preceptor: Roles, Clinical Teaching, and Assessments

    – This module is a combination of APPE Orientation and Preceptor Development components. Both aspects are considered necessary for APPE preceptors:

    • Introduction/Orientation to APPE (Required)
    • APPE Assessment (Required)
    • Update to Core C – New in April 2016 (Required)
    • Applying Practice-based Teaching
    • New Models of Precepting

    Core D – Patient Care Process (Required for all Direct Patient Care rotations)

To access these modules you must be a University of Toronto APPE preceptor. Please check your CORE ELMS (formerly RXpreceptor) account under the “External Resources” tab for the links to the modules. The modules are password protected, if you need the password contact