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Practical Experiences - Practicum/Preceptorship & Co-Op

1. Group Clinical

This clinical experience provides the student with real-life exposure to workplace settings and ample opportunity for practice and mastering of provision of care, assisting clients, and communication with clients, families, and other health care team members. An instructor to student ratio of no greater than 1:8 allows for personal instruction and supervision when required. Over the course of the 168 hours, the student gradually assumes more responsibility in the real-life setting, as skills are mastered and comfort and confidence increases.

 

2. Community-based Clinical

This clinical experience provides the student with real-life exposure to workplace settings and ample opportunity for practice and mastering of provision of care, assisting clients, and communication with clients, families, and other health care team members. The student will work alongside a fellow team member to provide care to residents of group homes, or clients receiving home care services. A Pacific Coast instructor would be accessible, but the student would be directly supervised by their preceptor and supervisor of the setting.

 

3. Preceptored Practicum

This clinical experience provides the student with real-life exposure to workplace settings and ample opportunity for practice and mastering of provision of care, assisting clients, and communication with clients, families, and other health care team members. The student will work alongside a preceptor to provide care to residents in one setting, which will be determined by Pacific Coast while considering the students’ preferences. A Pacific Coast instructor would be accessible, but the student would be directly supervised by their preceptor and supervisor of the setting.

 

4. Monitored Co-Op

This monitored work experience is integral to the program of study.  It provides the student with real-life exposure to workplace settings and to not only put into practice, but master the provision of care, assisting clients and communication with clients, families, and other health care team members that the student learned during the HCA certification module with the goal of achieving the requisite hours and industry reference required to progress into the Acute Care Skills module.

 

The student will work as a member of the resident care facility team as a Health Care Assistant.  A Pacific Coast instructor would be accessible throughout the program but formally in one on one monthly performance assessments with the host/employer facility.

 

The student will be directly supervised by the facilities designated department supervisor and the Pacific Coast instructor/proctor will work on any difficiencies observed by the facility supervisor with the student to ensure their success in the program and progression to the next level of study; the Acute Care Skills module and to qualify for the next clinical practicum delivered in a public hospital Acute Care ward.

 

 

 
 

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