Experience PA College
Immerse yourself in the excitement of a real-life, cutting-edge clinical environment from day one of your education.
Every square inch of our new campus has been designed around the way you learn best.
Build your confidence and test your skills in the region’s most advanced simulation learning space. Our “Sim Center” is the region’s first and only one of its kind. It’s also one of only 10 in the nation chosen by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for a landmark simulation study.
Get up close and personal with authentic medical scenarios that stretch your skills, test your limits and grow your confidence. Specialized equipment such as anesthesia machines and gas columns add authenticity. And each simulation can be digitally recorded for future review.
square feet of dedicated simulation learning space
conference rooms for observation and debriefing
including an intensive care unit
high-fidelity simulation manikins
What to Expect During a Simulation
The setup. We work with experienced faculty and subject-matter experts to ensure each simulation meets learning goals and reflects on-the-job realities. Some learners participate, while others observe from a debriefing room.
The interaction. Learners interact with high-fidelity simulation manikins and patient actors. They can measure the manikin’s vital signs, from respiration to pulse and blood pressure, give an injection and even start an IV. Our manikins talk, sweat, bleed, cry, blink and more.
Communication. Technicians work behind the scenes, providing the manikins’ voices and manipulating vital signs in response to learners’ actions.
Feedback. At the end of the simulation, learners and leaders debrief on what went well, what could be improved, and what could be done differently.
Repeat. Learners often go through the scenario a second time to test what they learned during the debrief.
Our health sciences library and learner support services have everything you need to learn best, from online and print media to anatomical models and personalized study help.
Collaborate with other students in the library lounge. Drop in on a free tutoring session. Or grab a pair of headphones and focus on your own studies. Our learner support includes online and in-person help in math, writing, study skills, test-taking strategies and more. And it’s all right here on campus.
Success in health sciences starts with self-care. At PA College, your wellness is our top priority. Recharge at our student fitness center, take a walk around campus or meditate in a private rejuvenation room. Our health and wellness amenities include:
A fitness center with cardio and circuit training equipment
On-site yoga classes and other programming
Four tech-free rejuvenation rooms, perfect for quiet escapes
Lush grounds with outdoor seating and paved walking paths
Two lactation rooms for nursing mothers