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Core Learning Competencies and Outcomes

Samuel Merritt University Core Curriculum Task Force

Core Learning Competencies and Outcomes All Samuel Merritt University graduates are expected to demonstrate the outcomes and competencies identified in this document. The competencies are statements of minimal expectations. Departments and Programs may have additional competency requirements.

Competencies: Outcomes
A Samuel Merritt University graduate is: Undergraduate Level: Master's Level: First Professional/Entry Doctoral Level:
A Samuel Merritt University graduate is clinically competent and displays appropriate clinical reasoning skills. (not differentiated by degree)

Passes entry-level licensure/certification examination.

Demonstrates entry-level clinical skills and abilities for the discipline.

Makes sound clinical decisions based on reasoning processes that involve the patient/client, caregivers and health care team members that results in accurate diagnoses and patient-centered plans of care. Evaluates individual patient/client care, critiques the outcomes of care, and suggests improvements.

Critically analyzes data from populations of patients/clients, and implements processes and policies to guide care and evaluate outcomes.

Develops a plan for ongoing professional development to improve clinical competence.

Engages in professional development activities that enhance clinical skill sets.

A Samuel Merritt University graduate demonstrates leadership and service.

Demonstrates fundamental skills in leadership and management to improve health care and practice in the workplace.

Participates in professional associations and community service activities.

Demonstrates skills in leadership and management to improve health care and practice in the community.

Participates as an active member/associate of a professional association and in community service activities.

Initiates changes to improve health care and professional practice through leadership.

Advances the profession through leadership and community service activities.

A Samuel Merritt University graduate is a critical thinker. (not differentiated by degree)

Formulates relevant questions and proposes new ideas/care strategies based on integration and synthesis of data, practices and theories of related disciplines.

Critically examines own assumptions and suspends biased judgments.

Evaluates and justifies solutions to complex problems that lead to effective change or improved outcomes.
A Samuel Merritt University graduate is skilled in evidence-based inquiry.

Uses the research literature to identify clinical problems that improve practice.

Differentiates the level of quality and value among informational resources.

Completes a comprehensive literature review, and appropriately applies relevant findings to practice.

Serves as a resource of knowledge about the discipline.

Formulates questions and develops systematic methods to address them.

Evaluates clinical protocols, procedures, and practice guidelines applicable by those in the discipline in accordance with standards of best practice.

A Samuel Merritt University graduate is an effective communicator. (not differentiated by degree)

Effective communication is the ability to empathically, effectively and accurately exchange information with all parties in healthcare delivery.

Speaks, reads, writes and listens effectively.

Communicates effectively with clients, colleagues, and other relevant constituents.

Optimizes productive interpersonal relationships.

Efficiently receives and transfers pertinent knowledge.

Facilitates small group communication.

Models effective oral and written communication; includes non-verbal, behavioral and team building skills.

Plans, implements and evaluates organizational communication systems.

Respects personal, professional, cultural, social and economic values of those they serve and with whom they communicate in the healthcare setting.

A Samuel Merritt University graduate is culturally competent. (keep levels) Demonstrates awareness of cultural values and beliefs that affect health care delivery. Develops culturally competent approaches to problem solving that take into account individual differences. Independently manages health problems that incorporate principles of cultural competence.

Develops and promotes professional practice that recognizes and respects differences among patients in terms of their values, expectations, and experiences with health care.

A Samuel Merritt University graduate is compassionate and caring. Demonstrates respect, concern and empathy for others. Demonstrates respect, concern and empathy for others.

Implements a plan that addresses the humanistic care requirements of clients.

Demonstrates humanistic qualities which foster the formation of appropriate and effective patient/provider relationships.
A Samuel Merritt University graduate is skilled in information technology and systems.

Proficient in using information through common technologies of access.

Determines what data are needed, finds it in any medium, evaluates it, and uses it appropriately.

Competently applies information to improve patient and organizational outcomes.

Identifies emerging information technologies in the service sector that enhance clinical decision-making.

Demonstrates the ability to contribute to the evaluation and/or selection of healthcare information systems and patient technology.

A Samuel Merritt University graduate is ethical.

Clarifies personal values and behaves in accordance with professional values and codes of ethics.

Takes action based on sound ethical and moral principles and practices in the care of patients.

Uses ethical problem solving skills that enhance patient care through competent decision making. Implements and evaluates ethical decision making from individual, organizational, and societal perspectives.

4/6/2010 Reviewed, revised by Academic Council