Curriculum integration is a partnership amongst multidisciplinary members to create a cohesive curriculum and improve education. Basic and clinical science integration helps students learn deeply. Integrated curricula facilitate students to become lifelong learners. It encourages critical thinking and clinical reflection and helps students become active, self-directed learners. A comprehensive integrated exam was conducted at Aga Khan University, School of Nursing and midwifery to establish meaningful learning and enhance theoretical knowledge application in clinical practice, using competencies from four different courses in second year of study. Comprehensive Integrated Exam prepared students to assess a client and design complete nursing care based on health assessment, adult health nursing, pharmacology, and pathophysiology course concepts. This integrated exam was very effective as 97 % of students who took the exam passed on their first attempt. Faculty members involved found the comprehensive integrated exam a successful strategy to evaluate students learning, whereas the students related that this exam helped them to bridge the gap between applying theoretical concepts from different courses to clinical practice.
- Clinical reasoning
- Comprehensive integrated exam
- Integrated curriculum
- Rubrics for assessment
- Undergraduate nursing curriculum