Guidance for Institutions on clinical, lab-based, or hands-on coursework
Options to address clinical, lab-based, and hands-on coursework:
- Delay instruction of coursework that cannot be converted to alternative delivery methods until health crisis is over. This may delay term completion.
- Modify class structure to incorporate (see community mitigation measures)
- Provide alternative learning experiences to modify coursework in a manner that does not compromise the quality of education; i.e. term paper, video reports, etc.
- Continue instruction of coursework that can be modified to include additional health and safety protocols.
What the right option is will depend on the whether the clinical, lab-based, or hands-on coursework is:
- Required for licensure
- Accreditor or licensing board will not or has not approved for alterations to the learning requirement
- Necessity of the skills learned for employability in field
- Availability of faculty to modify class structure and staggering of classes
- Ability to initiate additional health and safety protocols like social distancing of 6 feet per person or cleaning of shared tools and lab materials
- Ability of students to attend or complete modified requirements
For more information, see Resources of alternative learning models