The Co-op, or Professional Practice, Program of the University of Cincinnati is designed to provide qualified students with the most comprehensive professional preparation available. The extension of classroom and laboratory teaching by practice in a chosen profession adds a unique dimension to the student's preparation for entering his or her chosen career area.
The dimension is provided by assignments requiring the application and demonstration of knowledge, attitude, judgment and techniques. These assignments, monitored by the appropriate Professional Practice Faculty member, alternates with periods of classroom study. Increased interest in the educational program develops as the student sees the relationship of academic studies to professional practice assignments.
For a student, the co-op education:
- Combines practical experience with academic studies, thus theory and practice are more closely integrated and students find greater meaning in their classroom experiences.
- Provides a smoother transition into career employment due to significant prior discipline-related work experience while still a student.
- Assists in overall maturity: development and strengthening of resourcefulness, self-confidence, self-discipline and a sense of responsibility.
- Stimulates faculty and student research through relationships with cooperating organizations.
- Enhances learning, frequently providing students with access to State-of-the-art equipment and technology.
- Provides a strong basis for pursuing employment opportunities after graduation.