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F E AT U R E

Critical
Clinicals
Hands-On Learning
at Clinical Sites
Though the College has undergone many changes throughout
its 115-year history, one aspect of our curricula has remained
constant: clinical rotations. No matter what program or specialty
a student is enrolled in, every PA College student enrolled in a
clinical program goes through many clinical rotations during
their education.
Clinical rotations are part of a three-pronged approach to
educating future health care professionals, in addition to
classroom theory and simulation practice. Students first learn

PA College
students are

guaranteed
a clinical
spot. This

is a major differentiator
for our programs - other
colleges do not always
have a clinical spot for their
students when they reach
that point in their education.

Though Penn Medicine Lancaster
General Health remains our primary
clinical affiliate, PA College works
with nearly 100 additional partners to
provide clinical experiences for our
learners.

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about clinical skills in the classroom, where they are introduced
to the theory behind the mechanics of each skill and procedure.
Then, skills are perfected in the Center for Excellence in Practice,
either in a skills lab focused on hands-on learning or during a
simulation exercise. As students gain confidence in their abilities
as clinicians, they begin to perform skills and procedures in
the clinical setting. Each semester builds on the knowledge
developed in the semester before, expanding the abilities of
each student until they are able to function independently and
confidently as an entry-level professional.

Every program has an

Clinicals are often
referred to
as a two-

advisory board

of clinical instructors
or preceptors, clinical
department leaders, current
clinicians, students and
alumni. These
groups
help guide
program and
curricular
development.

year job
interview, but

they're also an
opportunity for
students to
try different sites and
specialties to discover the
best fit for them.

Affilia Home Health Facilities * Albright Life Facilities *
Altoona Regional Health System Facilities * Arch Street
Center Facilities * Behavioral Healthcare Corporation *
Brandywine Hospital-Coatesville Hospital Corporation
* Cardinal Health * Carlisle Regional Medical Center *
Carol Pugh Midwifery Services * Central Pennsylvania
Alliance Laboratory * Chester County Hospital *
Christiana Care Health Services * College Hill Children's

Clinical
days
last
eight
hours.

That
doesn't include site visits or
some prep work the night
before.

Center * Colonial Manor * Columbia Catholic Housing
for the Elderly * Community Homes of Lebanon *
Conestoga Valley School District * Conestoga View *
Diagnostic Imaging Services * East Pennsboro School
District * Easton Hospital * ELANCO School District *
Ephrata Community Home Care * Ephrata Community
Hospital (WellSpan) * Evangelical Community Hospital
* Garden Spot Village * Garrett County Memorial

Hospital * Geisinger Health Systems * Good Samaritan
Hospital * Grace Family Healthcare * Head Start of
Lancaster County * Health Network Laboratories LP
* Hempfield High School * Holy Spirit Hospital * Hope
Within Ministries * Horizon Healthcare Services LLP *
Hospice and Community Care * Housing Development
Corp * Lampeter Strasburg School District * Lancaster
City Housing Authority * Lancaster Co-Op Extension *



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