The Term 4 curriculum concludes with the Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation Preparation course which concludes with both a written and practical comprehensive exam. Students are required to successfully complete both aspects of the comprehensive exam to complete their education at CCMH and receive their diploma.
The comprehensive exam can also serve as a way to become familiar with the format of qualification exams in legislated provinces; an obvious benefit for graduates who will practice in one of these provinces.
1. MCQ- Multiple Choice Questionnaire
The Comprehensive MCQ is divided into two components, each administered over a 3-hour period. The MCQ is designed to evaluate the student’s theoretical knowledge in the three competency areas of health science, professional practice and clinical science. The percentage of questions allocated to each competency area will be provided in a content outline.
The overall score of the MCQ is the combination of grades from both written exams. Students who are unsuccessful at the Comprehensive Exams may request and schedule a remediation of the failed portions of the MCQ.
2. OSCE- Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation
The comprehensive OSCE is designed to test the knowledge and application of massage therapy skills as well as ensure safe and effective application of massage therapy principles. There are 7 test stations and the total examination time is approximately 90 minutes.
The combination of stations is designed to assess the student’s ability to safely and effectively obtain a case history, conduct an assessment, outline a treatment plan and obtain informed consent, perform a treatment, and assign therapeutic exercise and home-care.
Students must be focused in their approach and tailor their interaction to specifically address the presenting clinical problem. Students are expected to interact with the patient as they would in a real clinical setting, following standards of practice.