Simulation Learning

Simulation Learning

Get up close and personal with authentic medical scenarios that stretch your skills, test your limits and grow your confidence.

In the world of health care, circumstances can change in the blink of an eye. When the moment comes to participate in a code blue, identify a heart attack or subdue a violent patient, proper preparation can make all the difference in a successful outcome. Enter the Center for Excellence in Practice: more than 20,000 square feet of immersive, interdisciplinary, hyper-realistic clinical simulation space.

Take a Closer Look

The Center for Excellence in Practice is the culmination of nearly a decade of planning and collaboration with some of the most forward-thinking experts in simulation education. Designed with the function and feel of any clinical environment, the Center strives to cultivate critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving by engaging learners in realistic scenarios, staged in realistic environments. Every inch of the Center is deliberately engineered to feel natural and authentic to learners from all facets of health care.

Our Sim Center is the first and only learning space of its kind in the region. It was one of 10 facilities across the nation chosen by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for a landmark simulation study.

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square feet of dedicated simulation space

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rooms including an intensive care unit

Simulation Lab Debriefing


conference rooms for observation and debriefing

Specialized equipment such as anesthesia machines and gas columns adds authenticity. Digital recording equipment makes it easy to review every simulation, and build your skills.

How Simulation Scenarios Work

Our simulations are designed in conjunction with subject matter experts so learners can master specific skills and achieve objectives in preparation for the clinical setting.

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1. 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.

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2. 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.

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3. Communication

Technicians work behind the scenes, providing the manikins’ voices and manipulating vital signs in response to learners’ actions.

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4. 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.

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5. Repeat

Learners often go through the scenario a second time to test what they learned during the debrief.

Study the Same Way You’ll Work

With simulation-based education, you’ll work with students from other programs in realistic scenarios simulations that mirror real-life health care settings.

Center for Excellence in Practice

Take a quick virtual tour walkthrough of the College’s simulation area, known as the Center for Excellence in Practice.