Texas Chiropractic College's assessment center is a 4,000-square foot, state-of-the-art training center designed to enhance the training of doctors of chiropractic. At the core of the center is eight simulated treatment rooms. Each room contains typical furnishings and equipment found in most doctors’ offices with a few added extras such as private observation areas and the incorporation of video technology.
TCC’s assessment center stands out because it features an integrated digital audiovisual system that records student/patient encounters so that they may be reviewed by both faculty and students. These recorded encounters will be stored on a secure Web-based server allowing students and faculty to review the material for both learning and evaluation purposes. Additionally, computer based simulations and other learning tools are utilized to enhance the clinical training of students.
Another feature of the assessment center is the use of standardized patients. Standardized patients are community members who are hired to portray specific medical and psychosocial conditions. Student encounters with these “patients” can be used to both learn and evaluate their progress and ability.
The new center has several support areas such as waiting area for students, changing rooms with lockers for patients, room for conference and consultation and an observation hall around the perimeter of the assessment rooms to allow for faculty observation of student patient encounters.