The purpose of this article is to explain why and how the cooperative education method can be used in health occupations programs. Definitions are included for experiential learning, cooperative education and clinical experiences. Different types of cooperative education are explained and examples are given for cooperative education programs offered at secondary and postsecondary levels. A theory about differences in learning requirements in and outside of school settings is compared with cooperative education goals. Strategies are proposed for implementing the cooperative education method of instruction within existing health occupations education programs.



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