About the JCI Practicum
Prepare for accreditation with JCI’s most comprehensive educational program
The International Practicum makes accreditation preparation as simple as possible, by explaining JCI’s methods and standards while also highlighting the best practices and processes needed to achieve accreditation success. Most importantly, the practicum promotes survey success by inviting participants to observe a simulated JCI tracer in a local healthcare organization. It is the most comprehensive introduction to the accreditation process offered by JCI.
What Does the Practicum Teach?
The Practicum teaches everything you need to start on your accreditation or reaccreditation effort. This comprehensive program is used by some organizations to understand if JCI accreditation is right for them. Others use it as part of their initial preparation for the accreditation or reaccreditation process. Many accredited organizations use the practicum to teach new staff about the accreditation process and standards.
In general, the Practicum focuses on:
- An overview of JCI
- The JCI standards
- JCI’s International Patient Safety Goals (IPSG)
- Lessons learned from accredited organizations
- How to get started with JCI accreditation
- JCI’s tracer methodology (including in-hospital demonstrations of tracer)
- JCI’s overall survey process
- Recent changes in the JCI standards
- JCI’s post-survey process for determining whether or not an organization should receive accreditation, including our decision rules.
- The most challenging standards
- Quality improvement tools
- Continual Improvement
- The costs of accreditation
**All of our practicums use a slightly different agenda and focus on slightly different topics, so please see our individual program pages to make sure that the practicum you are considering contains the topics you need.
The Practicum Schedule
The typical Practicum is a five day program. Although each of our program agendas are different, in general, the following pattern explains what you can expect from a typical practicum:
|The JCI Process and Standards—Learn about the process JCI uses to develop and assess compliance. Explore JCI’s patient centered and organizational management standards, while also discussing the most difficult standards to meet.
|The Survey Process—Learn how the accreditation survey works through lectures and workshops with JCI experts. Also, explore our International Patient Safety Goals in detail.
|The Survey and Continual Improvement—Deepen your understanding of the accreditation process by viewing a survey demonstration in a local organization. When not participating in the survey, JCI will conduct small case study workshops and learn to use quality improvement tools that proactively reduce risk.
|The Survey and Lessons Learned—Hear what other organizations that have achieved JCI accreditation have learned about the process. Then, discuss JCI’s innovative Library of Measures. Finally, work in small groups to learn to use the Root Cause Analysis tool to understand and eliminate failures in your system.
|Tools and Techniques—Learn about the true costs and benefits of the JCI process, and discover the best ways to begin your accreditation or reaccreditation effort.
Who Should Participate?
- Those new to the accreditation process will benefit from the clear explanation of the preparation required to succeed on the first survey.
- For those familiar with the accreditation process, the JCI practicum also discusses the newest and most frequently cited International Standards. Those who already attended a practicum or already have a thorough understanding of the JCI standards and processes should consider attending JCI’s Executive Briefings program.
- JCI’s practicum is open to any staff member of an organization that is seeking or considering JCI accreditation.
- Organizations often find great value in sending multiple participants to this program—see our individual program pages for more information about special group registration discounts.
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