Program Criteria

General Program Criteria

The following criteria must be met for all Global Learning Opportunities, whether they meet the requirements as a credit-bearing clinical education course, are imbedded in the curricular content of a credit-bearing course, or are a standalone volunteer experience.

  1. Occurs in a setting in which the predominant culture of the patients and/or local providers is substantially different from a SoHS student’s own culture and may include a structured cultural educational experience.
  2. The experience must include both a cultural component and a patient care or other professionally relevant learning opportunity.
  3. The site must include a qualified contact person to oversee the student’s activities.
  4. The site is accessible/available to any interested or qualified SoHS student.
  5. The site includes viable options for housing, transportation and food
  6. The site has support services including but not limited to interpreters, access to the Internet, library and support staff (within reasonable expectations based on the type of experience)
  7. All sites must be approved by the GLO Committee.
  8. Participating students must remain in good academic standing to participate in a GLO.

Clinical Education Criteria

In order for a clinical education opportunity to be considered a GLO, the following criteria must be met in addition to the general program requirements:

  1. Occurs in a setting in which the predominant culture of the patients and/or local providers is substantially different from a SoHS student’s own culture AND includes a structured cultural educational experience (the site will provide a structured cultural learning experience in addition to a clinical experience). 
  2. The site must align with that profession’s national organization’s policies or position statements.  (Equivalent of APTA and ARC-PA).
  3. Site meets criteria for clinical experience credit for the DPAS or DPTE. 
  4. Site has a completed Clinical Learning Contract/Clinical Affiliation Agreement in place with Elon University.
  5. Clinical Instructors, preceptors and facility staff provide services competently and professionally in an ethical and legal manner, as outlined by the country’s standards of practice, clinical education site policies and procedures.
  6. The site will complete the requested student evaluations.
  7. The site will utilize a strategy to mitigate the effects of communication barriers on quality of patient care. 
  8. The site will orient student to the site and required procedures, setting expectations for the student that are consistent with accepted professional competencies for students.
  9. Clinical instructors or preceptors are selected based on specific criteria – e.g. desire to participate in clinical education, skills and expertise to provide supervision, maintenance of certification and licensure as required in the host country. 
  10. The site should have an internal processes which helps to define and evaluate the quality of the supervised clinical experience it offers.

Approved Course Criteria

In order for an approved course to be considered a GLO, the following criteria must be met in addition to the general program requirements:

  1. Proposed projects can be completed in the allotted time frame for the experience and have the approval of the primary faculty member for the course.
  2. A site contact person is specifically designated as the liaison with the primary faculty member.  

Approved Volunteer Activity Criteria

In order for a volunteer activity to be considered a GLO, the following criteria must be met in addition to the general program requirements:

  1. Student must show proof of general and professional liability insurance for the duration of the trip (funding can be used to offset the cost of insurance).
  2. Proposed projects can be completed in the allotted time frame for the experience.
  3. A site contact person is specifically designated as the liaison with the University counterpart. 
  4. Elon SoHS faculty do not need to be involved in experience for it to be an “approved” volunteer experience.