Standard 55 (2012 Professional Program Standards): Is it acceptable to require students to return to campus (in early August) and tie that experience to a Clinical Course that will be taught during the fall/first semester (which would normally start 2-3 weeks after the students’ early return) and appears on the course syllabus?
A clinical experience can extend beyond the academic semester and during breaks as long as it is tied to an academic course. The aforementioned scenario could be considered compliant if all other criteria are met. For example, it is critical that this practice is approved by those in the institution with authority to do so to ensure students are not prohibited from returning early for a variety of reasons (e.g. liability insurance coverage).