Presentation Title

Student Experience with a Co-Curricular Program Design to Enhance Personal and Professional Growth

Speaker Credentials

Instructor

Speaker Credentials

Ph.D.

College

College of Pharmacy

Location

Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida, USA

Format

Poster

Start Date

16-2-2018 12:15 PM

End Date

16-2-2018 1:15 PM

Abstract

Objectives: To assess student satisfaction of a structured co-curricular program designed to increase guidance in selecting experiences that foster personal and professional development. Background: Accreditation standards require the establishment of a co-curricular program to expose students to various types of Pharmacy practice. Method: Students were required to complete a minimum of 7 co-curricular activities divided between 5 specific areas of professional growth. P1 students completed an anonymous 17-item on-line questionnaire at the end of the first semester. A five-point Likert scale measured: impact on personal/professional growth, value of the experiences, development of problem solving skills, ability to work as a team member, interaction with other healthcare professionals and cultural awareness. Barriers to completing co-curricular experiences were also addressed. Results: 199 students, 67.3% female, 31.7% male and 1% gender neutral completed the questionnaire (74% response rate). 81% of students found the experiences helped them grow as a person/professional; 73% found the co-curricular experiences to be of value; 60% reported that their ability to problem solve increased and 79% stated that their ability to work as part of a team improved. 87% indicated co-curricular experiences allowed interaction with other healthcare professionals and 75% reported improved knowledge of individuals from other races/cultures. Academic obligations were the most common barrier to completing co-curricular experiences. Overall, 73% of students would complete co-curricular activities if not required. Implications: A co-curricular program structured to provide experiences focusing on personal/ professional growth is valued by students and promotes growth in these areas. Grants: None

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Student Experience with a Co-Curricular Program Design to Enhance Personal and Professional Growth

Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida, USA

Objectives: To assess student satisfaction of a structured co-curricular program designed to increase guidance in selecting experiences that foster personal and professional development. Background: Accreditation standards require the establishment of a co-curricular program to expose students to various types of Pharmacy practice. Method: Students were required to complete a minimum of 7 co-curricular activities divided between 5 specific areas of professional growth. P1 students completed an anonymous 17-item on-line questionnaire at the end of the first semester. A five-point Likert scale measured: impact on personal/professional growth, value of the experiences, development of problem solving skills, ability to work as a team member, interaction with other healthcare professionals and cultural awareness. Barriers to completing co-curricular experiences were also addressed. Results: 199 students, 67.3% female, 31.7% male and 1% gender neutral completed the questionnaire (74% response rate). 81% of students found the experiences helped them grow as a person/professional; 73% found the co-curricular experiences to be of value; 60% reported that their ability to problem solve increased and 79% stated that their ability to work as part of a team improved. 87% indicated co-curricular experiences allowed interaction with other healthcare professionals and 75% reported improved knowledge of individuals from other races/cultures. Academic obligations were the most common barrier to completing co-curricular experiences. Overall, 73% of students would complete co-curricular activities if not required. Implications: A co-curricular program structured to provide experiences focusing on personal/ professional growth is valued by students and promotes growth in these areas. Grants: None