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    Income Tax Credit for Preceptors

    ​Income Tax Credit for Preceptors in Areas with Health Care Workforce Shortages



    The Preceptor Tax Credit Program is from Senate Bill 411 / House Bill 1474 (Chapters 385 and 386, respectively), 2016 Legislative Session. The Program is administered through the Department of Health (MDH) under the following Authority: Tax–General Article, §§10–738 and 10–739; Education Article, §18–803(b)(1) and (2), (e)(2) and (3); and Health Occupations Article, §8–206(b), Annotated Code of Maryland. This Program authorizes a credit against the State income tax for individuals who have served as a preceptor in certain preceptorship programs and work in certain areas of the State with a health care workforce shortage. Preceptorship program means an organized system of clinical experience, that, for the purpose of attaining specified learning objectives, pairs either 1) a Medical student in a Maryland medical school with a licensed Physician who meets the qualifications as a preceptor, or 2) a Nurse Practitioner student enrolled in a nursing education program that is recognized by the State Board of Nursing with a Nurse Practitioner or licensed Physician who meets the qualifications as a preceptor, or 3) a Physician Assistant student enrolled in a physician assistant program that is recognized by the state of Maryland. .  The list of eligible Physician programs is generated from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University while the list of eligible NP programs are generated by the Board of Nursing​. The list of eligible PA programs recognized by the state of Maryland are provided here.

    What is Health Care Workforce Shortage Area?


    • Physician, Physician Assistant, and Nurse Practitioners who provide preceptorship without compensation in an organized system of clinical experience for the purpose of attaining specified learning objectives.
    • Be recognized as a preceptor by a liaison committee on a medical education accredited medical school or program recognized by the Board of Nursing.
    • Act as a preceptor for a minimum of three rotations each consisting of 100 hours (a total of 300 preceptor hours within a taxable year) for medical, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner students.  
    • Practice location in a health care workforce shortage area.

    Credit Amount and Limits

    • The credit certificate will be issued by MDH in the amount of $1000 for each student whom the Physician, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner acted as a preceptor without compensation.
    • The tax credit amount for individual preceptor for any taxable year may not exceed $10,000.
    • The total amount of income tax credit certificates in total may not exceed $100,000 for any taxable year.


    The application cycle is currently closed. The application cycle will reopen on December 1, 2022.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Download a copy of the PDF of the FAQ document here​​​​.

    Where can I learn more?

    If you would like to sign up for our Workforce Listserv to receive updates about the Preceptor Tax Credit Program click h​e​re​​​​. 

    Sadé Diggs

    Maryland Department of Health

    201 W. Preston Street

    Baltimore, MD 21201

    Phone: 410-767-6123


    Sara Seitz

    Maryland Department of Health

    201 W. Preston Street

    Baltimore, MD 21201

    Phone: 410-767-6123

    Last updated: 2021 November 19