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Also, what concerns me the most about these programs, is where is the quality control? I don't understand how institutions can be fine with having random people teach their students without investigating the facility first, the individuals,etc.
This is my concern, as well. What kind of idea (or control) do the schools have of what caliber clinical education the individual student is getting? In my graduate program (a CNS program, not an NP program, but the NP tracks operated the same way), every clinical instructor was a full- or part-time faculty member at the school -- they had been vetted during the hiring process, they were integrated into the school faculty, and their performance was monitored on an ongoing basis. How does a school know that the local preceptor a student lined up isn't some kind of slacker who takes lots of shortcuts (or is just an all-round poor quality clinician) and is teaching the student all kinds of bad habits and poor practices?
Clearly, these schools just don't care
about that possibility, or what kind of education students are getting in their program. I find that completely unacceptable, and would never
attend a program like that.
A big part of the problem, IMO, is that too many students want the convenience of attending an online program and arranging local clinicals, and they
don't seem to care that much about the caliber and rigor of the education they're receiving (and paying
for). If people stopped applying for the programs in which you arrange your own preceptors locally, schools would have to make other arrangements.