The CAATE has compiled frequently asked questions for students, professionals and post-professionals. Find answers to your questions below.

PROFESSIONAL FAQS - General Questions

The preceptor does not need to sign the affiliation agreement. The person signing must have the authority to sign on behalf of the facility and their employees. For example, at a high school, signing authority might reside with the principle or superintendent, at a clinic it might be the CEO, etc. For colleges/universities, it is usually a president, dean or their designee. There may be a contracts office at the college/university that handles these types of agreements. Remember if the preceptor is employed by one facility (i.e., a clinic) and is supervising students at another facility (i.e., a high school) then there must be an affiliation agreement or MOU on file for both facilities.

There is no longer an ‘ACI’ designation or a requirement for the preceptor to be credentialed for a year. The program, however, should evaluate the newly credentialed healthcare professional’s ability to provide quality clinical education experiences for students in the program while they themselves are transitioning to practice.

PROFESSIONAL FAQS - 2012 Professional Program Standards


Please refer to the Glossary terms Preceptor and Health Care Professional located in the 2012 Standards.

The directory information (clinical site, faculty, and preceptor profiles) are dynamic and can be updated at all times. Programs are encouraged to put in the most recent training date. The reviewers will not be concerned with the training date occurring within the reporting year.

It is assumed that the CEC and/or PD will evaluate students so it is not necessary for you to list yourself as a preceptor.

Only students enrolled in the program should be included.

With the Mutual Agreement between CATA and BOC, the CAATE does not see an issue with using a preceptor who is CATA Certified. It would be treated like Texas licensure (non-BOC) where they would need a majority of their clinical experience with the BOC-credentialed individual.