Health Professions Education Center

Learning Activities
The advent of interactive instructional technologies has greatly improved the ways in which we acquire and retain knowledge. The HPEC offers a variety of in-house and online resources for students including: new instructional computer software, state board test preparation materials, video and digital image libraries, private screening rooms, multimedia study carrels, and other reference materials.

Computer-Assisted Instructional (CAI) Programs

Interactive, electronic learning can help you stay up-to-date with information. The best computer-assisted instructional (CAI) programs allow you to control the pace and sequence of instruction.

The HPEC features hundreds of health-related CAI programs and interactive multimedia discs. Our staff works closely with students to ensure their awareness of these resources, especially those materials which aid students in preparing for licensing and certification exams. For a complete list of available CAI's and to track your progress, download our CAI Score Booklet (PDF).

What CAI's 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, skip areas you are familiar with, and concentrate on your areas of weakness.

  • Increased retention: Because electronic learning requires your participation, you will retain information longer than you would with more passive learning techniques.

  • Accessibility: Unlike a teacher, a computer is available 24/7, so you can review study materials at your convenience.

  • Consistent, current content: Computer-assisted instructional equipment doesn't tire and always delivers content in a consistent, reliable manner. The software is updated regularly to ensure that all information is accurate and current.

  • Safety: Novices can practice assessment and other clinical skills without jeopardizing a patient's safety.

  • Privacy and patience: Good CAI software doesn't judge you, and allows you to learn in private. Although the system may lack a sense of humor, it will not 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 are challenged to move up to higher levels of expertise.

Understanding CAI formats: Commercial computer-assisted instructional software comes in three formats:

  • Interactive, menu-driven tutorials: After you view 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 may be linear (forcing you to take an optimal path as the patient-management problem advances) or branching (allowing for varied approaches to the problem).

  • Drill and practice: This system is similar to flash cards. You are presented with a question and 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 in 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 are provided through HESI and are given throughout the semester to serve as preparation for the NCLEX. Upon receiving their scores, students are encouraged 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:

  • Comprehensive Physical Therapist Licensure Examination

  • 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, electronic collection of health information about individual patients or populations. Because of the ubiquity of EHR's in the field of health professions, beta versions are essential for nursing schools, where students must be taught how to use them properly and effectively. The HPEC will continue to routinely upgrade and add more elements to the S.C.R.I.B.E. program. 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 videos include evaluation 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.

Being Excellent Scholars in Transition to Nursing (BESt 4.0)

The BESt 4.0 Program, an HRSA-funded Workforce Diversity grant, offers pre-entry preparation and retention activities for students interested in careers in the fields of nursing and health professions.

The mission of the BESt 4.0 program is to facilitate the transition of economically and educationally disadvantaged students into the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing (HBSON). Students will focus on achieving careers as baccalaureate nurses, providing aid to New York City's communities that are most in need. Students from Manhattan Hunter Science High School (MHSHS), Hunter College, and HBSON will participate in educational activities that will prepare them for careers in nursing. Participants will be exposed to fundamental resources and coursework vital to their success. Workshops geared towards improving academic performance and culturally competent healthcare practices are part of an eight week high school academy and a college pre-entry preparation program. In preparation for a rigorous collegiate experience, students will engage in mentoring relationships , and will also learn foundational skills crucial to 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 4.0 program.

The HPEC assists the School of Nursing in determining appropriate learning resources for BESt students. The HPEC computer lab has MathMedia educational software which provides BESt students with a comprehensive review in mathematics. The following instructional DVD series is available in our media collection through the BESt 4.0 program:

Available at the HPEC:

  • (New!) Strategies for Problem Solving CAI - A tutorial designed to help learners problem-solve and make decisions with greater skill and confidence.

  • DVD# 8067: Focusing on the Patient

  • DVD# 8068: Communicating on the Job

  • DVD# 8069: Thinking Like a Health Care Worker

  • DVD# 8070: Doing the Right Thing

  • DVD# 8071: Professionalism for the Health Care Worker

  • DVD# 8072: Getting a Job in Health Care

Medical Lab Sciences Support

The 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. This software provides faculty and students with 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.

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Monday - Thursday
9:00am to 9:00pm
9:00am to 5:00pm
Please see calendar for any schedule changes.

Health Professions Education Center
425 East 25th Street
West Mezzanine
New York, NY 10010
Tel: 212.481.5129
Fax: 212.481.8798