Health Professions Education Center
Computer-Assisted Instructional Packages (CAIs)
Interactive electronic learning can help you stay up-to-date with information. The best computer-assisted instructional (CAIs) packages allow you to control the pace and the sequence of instruction.
The HPEC features hundreds of health-related CAI programs and interactive multimedia discs. Our staff works closely with students, ensuring their awareness of these resources, especially our materials on in preparation for licensing or certification exams. For a complete list of CAIs, download our CAI Score Booklet (PDF) CAI Score Booklet (PDF), which allows you to track your progress.
What CAIs can offer you:
- Reduced learning time. Research shows that interactive technologies reduce learning time by an average of 50 percent. You can move through the program at your own pace, skipping areas you're familiar with and concentrating on ones you are weak in.
- Increased retention. Because electronic learning requires your participation, you'll retain information longer than with passive learning.
- Accessibility. Unlike a teacher, a computer is available around the clock.
- Consistent, current content. Computer assisted instruction equipment doesn't tire and always delivers content in a consistent, reliable manner. The software is updated regularly to ensure timeliness and accuracy.
- Safety. Novices can practice assessment and other clinical skills without jeopardizing a patient.
- Privacy and patience. Good CAI software doesn't judge you-and you learn in private. Although the system may lack a sense of humor, it doesn't lose patience.
- Enhanced motivation. As you take control of the learning process, you may want to explore new areas of interest and actively seek to broaden your knowledge. With CAI, you're challenged to move to higher levels of expertise.
Understanding CAI formats:
Commercial computer-assisted instruction software comes in three formats.
- Interactive menu-driven tutorials - After you view the information on the screen you press a key or click a computer mouse to advance to the next screen. You may have to answer questions about the material presented.
- Clinical simulations - With these systems you initiate and implement a sequence of assessments and decisions in a changing clinical simulation. The simulation can be linear (forcing you to take an optimal path as the patient management problem advances) or branching (allowing varied approaches to the problem).
- Drill and practice - This system is similar to flash cards. You're presented with a question; you then choose an answer from several options. You can get feedback on overall scores and specific topic performance. This format is especially useful for learning patterns such as arrhythmias, and preparing for licensing or certification exams.
Administration of Online Tests
In conjunction with the School of Nursing, the HPEC administers a number of Pre-NCLEX practice exams. These timed exams include the NLN Diagnostic Readiness Test for RN Licensure, the Pharmacology Exam in Clinical Nursing and the Alternate-Item RN Practice Examination and serves as preparation for the NCLEX. Upon receiving their scores, students are able to use the exam breakdown as an assessment of their knowledge, determining which areas need further improvement.
State Board Preparation Materials
The HPEC assists students in preparing for their State Certification tests by administering a number of commercially produced practice tests in all major disciplines.
Certification Practice Examinations are available for the following exams:
- Registered Examination for Dieticians
- American Board of Industrial Hygienist Certification Examination
- American Society of Clinical Pathologists Certification Examination for Medical Laboratory Technicians or Histologists
- Comprehensive Physical Therapist Licensure Examination
- Praxis Examination in Audiology or Speech Language Pathology
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
Introducing Hunter-Bellevue's Very Own Electronic Health Record: S.C.R.I.B.E.
Working together with Professor Alexandra Plavskin, the HPEC is developing S.C.R.I.B.E., (Systematic Computerized Record-Keeping in Baccalaureate Education), Hunter's very own beta Electronic Health Record (EHR). Electronic health records are an evolving concept defined as a systematic collection of electronic health information about individual patients or populations. Because of the ubiquity of EHRs in the health professions field, beta versions are essential for nursing schools, which must teach students how to use them properly and effectively. The HPEC will routinely continue to upgrade and add more elements to the S.C.R.I.B.E.. To access the latest version of S.C.R.I.B.E. please click here.
Communication Science Resources
The HPEC provides technical support for the Center on Communications Disorders. All clinical videotapes produced by the Center are cataloged and made available for student review and clinical evaluation though the HPEC. These video’s include evaluations and treatment sessions of both adult and child patients. Communication science students review these tapes as part of their clinical observation hours. A complete list of videos is made available to students at the front desk of the HPEC or at Communication Sciences Video List.
Becoming Excellent Students in Nursing (BESt 2.0)
The BESt 2.0 Program, a HRSA funded Workforce Diversity grant, offers pre-entry preparation and retention activities for students interested in careers in nursing and the health professions.
The mission of the BESt 2.0 program is to facilitate the transition of economically and educationally disadvantaged students into and through the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing (HBSON). Students will focus on achieving careers as baccalaureate nurses in service to New York City's neediest communities. Students from Manhattan Hunter Science High School (MHSHS), Hunter College, and HBSON will participate in educational activities to prepare them for careers in the nursing profession. Participants will be exposed to fundamental resources and course work vital for success. Workshops geared towards improving academic performance and culturally competent health care practices are part of an eight week high school academy and a college pre-entry prep program. Students will engage in mentoring relationships in preparation for a rigorous collegiate experience and will also learn foundational skills crucial for career preparation. Stipends and scholarships will be awarded to those students who demonstrate determination, dedication, and commitment to academic success. Pre-entry preparation, retention activities, tutoring and counseling are other components implemented by the BESt 2.0 program.
HPEC assists the School of Nursing in determining appropriate learning resources for BESt students. The HPEC computer lab has MathMedia educational software that provides BESt students with a comprehensive review in mathematics. The following instructional DVD series is available in our media collection through the BESt 2.0 program:
Medical Lab Sciences SupportThe HPEC works with faculty from the Medical Lab Sciences (MLS) to provide students with a wealth of study resources. Specialized imaging software is used to display, analyze, enhance, measure, and annotate microscopic images. The software provides faculty and students a powerful and complete image display environment.
For more information about the Medical Lab Sciences Program at Hunter College, please click here.
Anatomy and Physiology Resources
In conjunction with the Biology Department at Hunter College, the HPEC provides students with access to a large selection of educational multimedia programs for the study of anatomy and physiology. The collection includes numerous anatomical models, computer programs which render 3D anatomical images, clinical dissection videos, medical illustrations, and a medical image library with over 14,000 high definition photos.