Practice Education is a process of work-based learning that involves a partnership between the practice placement educator and the student in the hospital setting. All students are required to successfully complete 24 weeks (8 per discipline) of practice education in Stage 3 and 14 weeks in stage 4 under the supervision of a qualified clinical measurement physiologist. This is undertaken at the students’ own expense and may mean additional cost is incurred throughout the course.
Practice education allows students to observe and practice in a variety of settings and to experience the future work environment. During practice education the student develops, demonstrates and achieves professional competence and links theory to practice supporting the academic curriculum.
The experience provided in the placement should reflect the students’ level of training and competence.
Practice education facilitates the development and application of the knowledge, attitudes, values and skills needed for the execution of appropriate professional behaviours. It also gives the opportunity to practice under supervision, and be assessed on professional standards and behaviour, ethical practice and inter professional partnership.
The main aims of practice education are:
The academic and practice education curricula combine to from a complete educational programme which is designed to ensure that students develop and attain the abilities required of a clinical measurement science student, to be eligible to qualify as a basic-grade clinical measurement physiologist.
Practice Education Resources
The practice education element of the degree process could not take place without the support of our colleagues in the hospital setting. The following resources are available to support practice educators who take students on clinical placement.
An annual CPD Event is held on the second Friday of January each year which includes generic and discipline specific training for practice educators.
For further information on the practice education element of the degree programme please contact:
Practice Education Coordinator
School of Physics & Clinical & Optometric Science
T: 01 4024877