Comparison of Two Curricula for Training Basic Hospital Corps School Students.
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The objective of this work unit was to compare the costeffectiveness of a segment of the present subject centered curriculum with that of a new broad field organized curriculum Pharmacology and Patient Care PPC, for training Hospital Corps School students to prepare and administer medications. Presentation of PPC required 81 instructional hours while the conventional courses required 126 hours. During a pilot study, selected instructors were oriented to teaching PPC optimal content, content organization and sequence were determined time requirements for course segments were identified and evaluation instruments were assessed for validity and reliability. Comparison of scores on the criterion instruments showed statistically significant differences in favor of the experimental companies on the written tests a statistically significant difference in favor of control companies in performance of the subcutaneous injection procedure and no significant difference between the groups on performance of the intramuscular injection procedure. Feedback data on graduates obtained at their first hospital assignments showed a significant difference in scores on a knowledge test in favor of the experimental group and no significant difference between scores on a skill rating scale. The saving of 45 hours of instructional time through use of PPC represents a potential monetary saving of 140.40 per student. Author
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