Employing Blended Learning Health Sciences Graduates in Saudi Arabia: Community Preceptors’ Evaluation of Interns

Bussma Bugis


Background Studies about internships are mostly done on the internship experiences of interns who received traditional face-to-face education, but limited studies were done on interns who studied under a blended learning educational style. Similarly, most studies on the professional competencies of health sciences graduates are done on the graduates of traditional schools. This study aims to describe the professional competencies of blended learning health sciences graduates through community preceptors’ evaluations of interns in Saudi Arabia. Methods This study is a secondary analysis of existing data that are available from the College of Health Sciences at the Saudi Electronic University. The study population consists of 96 community preceptors who evaluated 90 health sciences undergraduate interns during the last six months of 2019. Results Data analysis is a descriptive method that provides simple statistics related to evaluation variables. The study tested the technical competencies, nontechnical competencies, and employment perceptions of interns. The mean scores for technical and nontechnical competencies represent positive evaluations of health sciences interns who graduated from undergraduate programs. The standard de...Continue Reading

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