With the July 23 announcement that all undergraduate courses at WSU Pullman will be delivered at a distance and completed remotely, it offers opportunity for WSU Health Sciences Spokane (WSU Spokane) to reiterate its plans for fall.
As previously announced on May 29, here again are summaries for each of our colleges:
College of Medicine
For the 2020-21 academic year, first- and second-year medical students in the WSU College of Medicine will use a “learn-in-place” model, which means elements of its curriculum (the didactic coursework) will take place virtually and students will learn from locations across Washington.
In-person learning will occur in small groups for clinical skills and other experiences best achieved face-to-face, with appropriate safety measures. The exact frequency and locations are still being determined but are anticipated to take place at clinical campus locations.
Third- and fourth-year medical students are in their clinical learning environments.
Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and Speech and Hearing Sciences are planning for a combination of in-person and virtual learning.
College of Nursing
For the 2020-21 academic year, classes that normally meet in classrooms or conference rooms will be delivered virtually. Nursing clinical skills development, simulation lab experiences, and clinical experiences will be held in-person utilizing appropriate safety measures.
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Fall 2020 PharmD classes that normally meet in classrooms or conference rooms will be delivered virtually. Skills-laboratory content will be delivered virtually as well, with the exception of some point-of-care evaluations.
- Spring 2021 PharmD classes that normally meet in classrooms or conference rooms will be delivered in-person, if safe to do so. Skills-laboratory content and assessments will be delivered in-person, again, if safe to do so.
- Fall 2020 semester PhD classes and seminars will be delivered virtually except for exams. Face-to-face research orientation and training will be conducted in laboratories.
College of Education
For next academic year, since most of the College of Education students at WSU Spokane are working in schools as either student teachers or principal interns, teaching and other learning experiences are highly dependent on decisions determined by the K-12 system with respect to face-to-face or virtual instruction.