OSCE (IENCAP / ARNAP) Exam Preparation Course
What is OSCE?
An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is a modern type of examination often used in health sciences. In addition to nursing, this form of testing is used in other faculties such as midwifery, occupational therapy, orthoptics, optometry, medicine, physician assistants/associates, physical therapy, radiography, athletic training, rehabilitation medicine, dietetics, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, chiropractic, paramedicine, podiatry, veterinary medicine, athletic training, etc.
It is a hands-on, real-world approach to learning that keeps examinees engaged, allows them to understand the key factors that drive the medical decision-making process, and challenges the professional to be innovative and reveals their errors in case-handling and provides an open space for improved decision-making, based on evidence-based practice for real-world responsibilities.
OSCE in Canada
In Canada, OSCE forms part of the evaluation process for internationally educated nurses (IEN). The other part comprises of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
These evaluation process go by various names in depending on the province:
- Alberta – ARNAP (Alberta Registered Nurses Assessment Program)
- Ontario – IENCAP (Internationally Educated Nurses Competency Assessment Program)
OSCE is designed to test clinical skill performance and competence in skills such as
- clinical examination
- ambulatory care
- community/public health
- complex continuing care
- emergency care
- intensive/critical care
- mental health
- paediatric and adolescent health
- palliative care
- surgical, etc.
The conceptual framework revolves around
- Professional responsibility and accountability
- Knowledge-based practice
- Specialized Body of Knowledge
- Competent application of knowledge
- Ethical practice
- Service to the public
CNCAP are the pioneers in the OSCE Preparation Courses in Ontario and Alberta.
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