Purdue University Global and SIMTICS: blazing a trail in blended learning for Medical Assisting

When Kaplan University’s Chair of the Medical Assisting Program, Dr Tricia Berry, was first asked to teach medical assisting online in 2006, she thought, that’s crazy!

More than ten years down the track, and now part of Purdue University Global, Trish and her team have proven that their own special form of blended learning produces successful medical assisting professionals. How do they do it? By taking advantage of technological developments that deliver realistic simulations for students to learn their skills and then placing students directly into clinics to practice.

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There’s no such thing as the perfect clinical training environment – e-simulations bridge the gap

While a healthcare educator’s dream might be of labs available whenever and wherever students want them, fully-equipped sim centers, and patients obliging with the right symptoms for the procedure of the week during student externships, this is seldom the reality.

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