Dallas Campus (Online)
Date of Award
Doctor of Education
Committee Chair or Primary Advisor
Dr. Irma Harper
Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor
Dr. Heather Rasmussen
Third Committee Member or Committee Reader
Dr. Scott Self
Professional practice experience in health information management education provides students with the opportunity to apply theory to practice and prepare for the workforce. Yet, problems exist with placing and precepting students at healthcare organizations. The purpose of this study was to identify the challenges and barriers that preceptors have with placing and precepting students at their organizations. For this action research study, a qualitative multicase study was carried out. Data were collected from six participants using pre-interview surveys and interviews. The sample population included credentialed health information professionals currently working in acute care hospital settings with a recent history of precepting students. Data analysis was conducted using the inductive coding method to identify emerging themes. The study findings revealed that organizational leadership and structure were the number one hindrance to placing and precepting students. Preparing for the professional practice experience, particularly the difficulties with securing affiliation agreements between the university and healthcare organization was a noted barrier. Additionally, preceptors described concerns with student engagement during the professional practice experience. Lastly, preceptors offered solutions to the problems of placing and precepting students that focused on advanced notice of the student’s arrival and creative ways to deliver virtual experiences.
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Branda, Darla D., "Exploring the Challenges and Barriers of Professional Practice Experience in Health Information Management Education" (2021). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 385.