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Course Description

This summative course integrates the skills and knowledge developed in previous coursework and applies them to a project.  Students select an area of interest and location that can accommodate at least 40 hours. After completing an approved proposal and demonstrating compliance with the stipulations for off-site experiences, a preceptor and/or advisor is assigned. Students are required to submit a paper based on journal entries and learning throughout the 40-hour experience, identifying an aspect for improved patient care at their location.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Describes the role, learning objectives, and responsibilities of the learner prior to participating in the off-site experience. Documents compliance with same after at the end of the experience.
  2. Complies with all university, institutional, and program policies, privacy mandate, including attendance, and record keeping.
  3. Demonstrates the ability to analyze effectively and think critically throughout the experience.
  4. Accepts responsibility for his/her relationships with patients and all other members of the healthcare team that demonstrates awareness of multicultural and social differences.
  5. Displays initiative, self-discipline, and intellectual curiosity.
  6. Accepts instruction and constructive criticism and incorporates it into future practice.
  7. Demonstrates ethical behavior in all relationships.
  8. Displays a willingness to perform any assigned duties within the scope of the practicum agreement.
  9. Describe the elements that combine to define safe and competent care in their practicum institution.
  10. Identify leadership and management principles relevant to their practicum site experience.

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