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Bridging the Classroom-to-Practice Gap: How to Best Prepare Students for the Reality of Healthcare 


Are you looking for ways to help your health science students bridge the gap between classroom learning and clinical practice? 

Many health science instructors are finding that there is a growing gap between what students gain in the classroom and what they need to know to be successful in the clinical setting.   

Using research findings and real-world examples from guest speakers, this webinar will explore the reasons for this gap and discuss the best techniques educators can immediately implement to close this classroom-to-practice gap for healthcare students and professionals. 

Closing this gap addresses the importance of fostering a culture of competence, collaboration, and patient-centered care in healthcare education.

  • A secondary or post-secondary health science instructor 
  • A healthcare employer who partners with one or more educational institutions 

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What is the classroom-to-practice gap? 

As educators it is important to understand what the classroom-to-practice gap is and why it exists so we can effectively manage and change our teaching strategies to support more effective learning. By understanding this gap, educators can provide solutions that deliver the knowledge, skills and practice healthcare professionals need.  

Why does the classroom-to-practice gap matter? 

To best prepare students to perform in the workplace, it is key to identify the impacts that can result from the inability to transfer knowledge to practice. Besides the ultimate goal of improving patient safety, closing the classroom-to-practice gap can influence work culture, professional development, and inequality in career opportunities. 


What are three actionable steps to close the classroom-to-practice gap? 

  1. Implement a gap analysis to assess your program
  2. Right-size the most important content
  3. Explore general teaching tactics and learning techniques 


Jessica Langley-Loep, MS

Executive Director of Education & Advocacy

Jessica Langley-Loep, MS, is the Executive Director of Education and Advocacy for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), a leading allied health education and certification exam provider. Her role at NHA puts her at the forefront of national efforts to influence allied health education and training, certification acceptance and regulation throughout the United States. Langley-Loep, a clinician by trade with tenure as a health science education leader has also held national certifications for 25 years. Working alongside physicians, health care professionals, and educators, she is committed to guiding and enhancing certification and quality patient care across various health care settings. Langley-Loep has published an array of articles about and is regularly invited to speak on topics such as the role of certification, regulatory advances, and industry trends in the allied health.

Kelly Cobb, BSN, RN

Product Integration Specialist - Educator

Kelly Cobb, BSN, RN is a seasoned Product Integration Specialist and Educator at the National Healthcareer Association. With a diverse background in nursing and allied healthcare education across simulation, hospital, academic, and CTE settings, she's dedicated to advancing competency-based learning. Her impactful consulting and advocacy for shared resources have elevated the healthcare education community. In the upcoming webinar, she will draw on her extensive experience to share key strategies for bridging the theory-practice gap in healthcare education. Join us for an insightful session with this industry leader.

Sheri Gillis, MSN, RN

Associate Director of Nursing Education

Sheri Gillis, MSN, RN will join this panel to add her insights as an Associate Director of Nursing Education and an aspiring doctoral scholar with a focus on healthcare education. Sheri's multifaceted experience in nursing education has positioned her at the forefront of Building Cohesion between Theoretical Learning and Practical Application in Nursing Education. In her previous role as a Director of Clinical Simulation, she pioneered aligning academic content with clinical standards, enhancing the quality of allied health and nursing education. In her current leadership position, Sheri's innovative teaching methodologies continue to shape student success. Her doctoral pursuits underscore her dedication to evolving nursing education and supporting fellow educators. With a unique blend of hands-on expertise, scholarly insight, and a commitment to Strengthening the Link between Academic Concepts and Clinical Skills in Nursing and Allied Health, Sheri is poised to deliver an enlightening perspective in today's webinar.

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