Interprofessional Learning Center

Simulation Labs

The cutting-edge simulation labs allow students to manage hypothetical patient cases using digitally enhanced mannequins that mimic real-life human health conditions.

Located on the fourth floor, the facility includes three fully-equipped patient rooms where students can practice procedures such as intravenous line insertion, breathing tube insertion and medication administration; three control rooms where instructors can manipulate the mannequins by raising their blood pressure or even sending them into cardiac arrest; and a debriefing room and classrooms where students and their instructors will gather to review and analyze a video recording of how the students reacted to the patient cases.

The simulation labs also house high-tech, computerized adults and child tetherless mannequins that mimic real patients and are able to talk and respond to the students. These life-like mannequins are controlled remotely by instructors who can make them cry out in pain, move about and even react to a student’s touch. They exhibit symptoms of minor or major injury, as well as mild to life-threatening diseases—almost anything clinical staff might see in live patients.

Skills Lab

The Skills Lab is designed to provide realistic, hands-on practice for students in areas that simulate a variety of realistic home medical facilty environments. There are numerous resources available to facilitate group or individual learning. The center area of the lab features six patient care areas to simulate hospital rooms equipped with items necessary for direct care.

The south end of the lab is equipped with a Population Health room for home care, four exam rooms and six exam tables to simulate a clinic environment.

On the north end are two classrooms where students can view what is happening in the simulation and exam rooms.

Physical Therapist Assistant Skills Lab

The Physical Therapist Assistant Skills Lab provides students with an opportunity to practice a variety of clinically related patient intervention techniques. Students have access to an assortment of therapeutic equipment reflective of the current practice of physical therapy. Lab time is scheduled as part of the curriculum and reserved lab hours can be established to allow students to complete required coursework and additional practice.

Radiography Energized Skills Lab

The Radiography Lab suite contains a classroom; two x-ray rooms, one of which is energized; a darkroom and a film library. The energized x-ray room is lead-shielded and the viewing window is constructed of leaded glass for student safety. The energized x-ray machine is capable of performing digital fluoroscopy and diagnostic examinations. Two methods of image acquisition are offered. A fully functional darkroom is available for film processing and a CR reader and imaging plates are available for digital acquisition. Completing the digital imaging chain is a quality control workstation and PACS workstation for image manipulation and storage. An energized mammography machine, portable x-ray machine and C-arm are also located within the suite to facilitate student learning.

Nurse Aide Center

Nurse Aide and Medication Aide courses are provided in a classroom-skills lab suite. This facility—located on the fourth floor of the main College building—offers students the ability to learn as they practice skills needed to provide high quality patient care.