Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Educational Leadership

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In Emergency Medical Services, training programs for paramedics, providers of Advanced Life Support emergency care, include a field internship where students are partnered with a preceptor for training and evaluation before program completion; The purpose of this study was to determine if certain attributes could be used as predictors for preceptor success measured by a preceptor performance evaluation. The quantitative descriptive, correlation study was based on data gathered from paramedic preceptors in Clark County, Nevada in the spring of 1999. The sample (n = 66) was drawn through a consensus survey of every paramedic preceptor employed by a provider agency in the Las Vegas valley; The findings of the study provided the basis for the conclusion that Instructor training was the key predictor in the scores of the paramedic preceptor performance evaluation. Certification as an Emergency Medical Services Instructor was the only single attribute to demonstrate a statistically significant regression correlation at the .001 level of significance. Training in other emergency medicine content specific instructor courses contributed to the overall predictive power but was not statistically significant in itself; Other demographic attributes grouped under social, education, and clinical experience were not predictive of preceptor evaluation score at the .05 level of significance. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).


Emergency; Medical; Paramedic; Preceptors; Preparation; Selection; Services

Controlled Subject

Adult education; Vocational education; Medical sciences--Study and teaching

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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