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State-of-the-Art Technology

Research has shown that the use of simulation as an instructional model enhances student comfort, satisfaction, and competence with the learning experience.

The new Health Sciences Center’s clinical laboratories features highly sophisticated healthcare equipment that provides students with a distinct technological edge as they study modern clinical practice and medicine. Faculty monitor and record student performance in simulated medical settings that range from general examinations to major emergencies. In addition to smart classrooms, the new space is designed with customized teaching labs for specific skill acquisition and specialized student practice. These labs are unsurpassed in functionality and technology. The Health Sciences Center features:

Physical Skills Practice Labs
Physical Assessment Practice Labs
Four-Bed Technology Simulation Lab with Control Room
Two, Fully-Equipped Home Health Care Apartments

Students work in teams to solve patient problems that are identified in case scenarios. Based on the choices the students make for care of the patient, the faculty member adjusts the computerized simulators’ responses. If students make a serious error, fail to intervene in a timely fashion, or omit an important intervention, the faculty member controlling the simulator can produce a serious complication. With high fidelity simulation, students can see the consequences of errors and mistakes in a controlled environment.

The four high fidelity patient simulators will be at different developmental levels so simulations realistically reflect the needs of all age groups (i.e., that of an adult, child, infant or pregnant woman.) The simulators are capable of producing physiological responses such as pulse rates, respirations, eye blinking and even verbal communication.