Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type



Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Dr. Irma Harper

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Dr. Heather Rasmussen

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Dr. Scott Self


Professional practice experience in health information management education provides students with the opportunity to apply theory to practice and prepare for the workforce. Yet, problems exist with placing and precepting students at healthcare organizations. The purpose of this study was to identify the challenges and barriers that preceptors have with placing and precepting students at their organizations. For this action research study, a qualitative multicase study was carried out. Data were collected from six participants using pre-interview surveys and interviews. The sample population included credentialed health information professionals currently working in acute care hospital settings with a recent history of precepting students. Data analysis was conducted using the inductive coding method to identify emerging themes. The study findings revealed that organizational leadership and structure were the number one hindrance to placing and precepting students. Preparing for the professional practice experience, particularly the difficulties with securing affiliation agreements between the university and healthcare organization was a noted barrier. Additionally, preceptors described concerns with student engagement during the professional practice experience. Lastly, preceptors offered solutions to the problems of placing and precepting students that focused on advanced notice of the student’s arrival and creative ways to deliver virtual experiences.

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