Experiential Learning in Health Sciences

How and where health care services are delivered is changing. A team-based approach, in which professionals from various disciplines collaborate to provide a best-practice approach to individualized patient care, is being implemented at all levels. As many of our college and university clients know first-hand, these changes are impacting how the next generation of health care professionals are being trained.

In the March/April 2019 issue of College Planning & Management Magazine, Kahler Slater’s Larry Schnuck reviews the growing emphasis on experiential learning to address this shift. This approach combines the hands-on practice that has always been part of health sciences education with in-depth reflection—observing what happens during an exercise, receiving feedback, assessing the process, and understanding how to apply this knowledge in the future. The design of health sciences education facilities must support this approach. This CP&M article highlights key factors to consider when building or updating a facility to integrate experiential learning.