SLC outlines virtual hospital learning model in draft SMA:
In its proposed strategic mandate agreement, St. Lawrence College discusses the concept of a virtual hospital under its priority objective regarding technology and learning models. Through a virtual hospital, students are exposed to the full range of human conditions, many of which are not encountered in clinical placements. SLC states it is already using elements of the virtual hospital, which, as it evolves, can reduce the number hours of clinical placements required for students in health care and community service programs. While the college’s PN, BScN, and BPsych programs are consistently oversubscribed, enrolment is capped by placement opportunity availability. SLC says use of the virtual hospital will allow it to amortize conventional placement opportunities and grow its health-care enrolment. This approach to education offers significant opportunities for productivity gains, but it must first be endorsed by several accrediting bodies, SLC states. With such endorsement in place, this learning model could be adopted by every educational institution offering health-care education.