Welcome to the Interprofessional Simulation Center (IPSC) in the School of Health Sciences.

The Interprofessional Simulation Center was designed to provide healthcare students with a realistic clinical environment, bringing their medical textbooks to life, without ever leaving campus. The IPSC team is dedicated to upholding the simulation Standards of Best Practices as defined by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), which ensure learner psychological and physical safety. During simulation activities, learners are encouraged to suspend disbelief allowing themselves to be emerged into the simulation environment that has been designed to meet their learning objectives, programmatic competencies, and further developing psychomotor skills.

The IPSC is physically located in the Gerald Francis Center on the second floor of the building. The facility includes a simulation control area with a one-way window peering into a 7-bed hospital bay, two pre/debriefing rooms, a complete home healthcare setting, two hospital suites, a large ICU suite, and five standard clinical suites. The program also incorporates several simulation modalities including task trainers, mixed reality (AR/VR), medical mannequins, clients-to-class, and standardized patients. Each one of these modalities are utilized throughout the curriculum allowing students to incorporate their medical knowledge and skills as well as receive continued improvement through feedback.

In May 2024, the Interprofessional Simulation Center received full accreditation in the area of Teaching/Education from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). Accreditation standards were met by demonstrating evidence of SSH Core Standards and criteria of seven sections, including Mission and Governance, Program Management, Resource Management, Human Resources, Program Improvement, Ethics, and Expanding the Field.

Mission

The mission of the Interprofessional Simulation Center is to embed simulation-based techniques into education and training for all participants to improve patient care outcomes, education, research, and multidisciplinary team performance. 

Vision

The Interprofessional Simulation Center will achieve national recognition for collaborative team education and safety training.

Core Values

As a collaborative, inclusive community of students, faculty, and staff, we value:

  • Creativity and innovation among interprofessional education experiences. 
  • Experiential and active learning components to achieve high-level critical thinking/problem-solving skills.
  • Interprofessional education experiences allow students and healthcare professionals to achieve core ethics, teamwork, communication, and roles/responsibilities competencies. 
  • Professionalism at all times by demonstrating respect, continuous growth, reliability, and discipline.