Linking Essential Learning Outcomes and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Competency in Health Science Undergraduates

Carole-Rae Reed, Luis Ivan Garcia, Margaret Slusser, Sharon Konowitz, Jewelry Yep


Abstract Assessing student learning outcomes and determining achievement of the Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCEP) Core Competency of Values/Ethics in a generic pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) program is challenging. A course level Student Learning Outcome (SLO) is: “….articulate the impact of personal values and professional ethics in healthcare decision-making”. A program level terminal learning outcome is to “….critically discuss the interface of values/ethics on health outcomes”. One university level Essential Learning Outcome (ELOs) that all baccalaureate students are expected to achieve by graduation is Ethical Reasoning. This was equivalent to the IPCEP Values/Ethics core competency. This paper describes a strategy to simultaneously measure the Values/Ethics competency at course, program, and university levels. A narrative analysis (n=94) using required ethical decision making BSHS student papers was conducted to determine achievement of SLOs/ELOs and the IPCEP Values/Ethics core competency. Eleven items in the grading criteria were linked to outcome criteria for university ELO competency. A point value was assigned to each of these items using a scoring rubric indicating level of achievement. Results indicated that most students were at the Skilled level for the majority of students, and demonstrated adequate achievement of university, program, and course level learning outcomes as well as achievement of the IPCEP Values/Ethics core competency. Keywords: Assessment; Essential Learning Outcomes; Ethics; Rubrics; Values; Student Learning Outcomes; Competency


Education; Learning Outcomes; Health Science: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Research

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