Similar to a small hospital, the Nursing Skills Lab contains six hospital beds with fully supplied medical equipment and life-size mannequins. In the lab, students are introduced to skills, concepts and procedures that they then take into their clinical settings.
The state-of-the-art Joseph R. Fink Science Center, named after Dominican’s former president, was officially unveiled in 2007. The two-story, 35,000 square foot building houses more than 30 classrooms and labs including teaching, biology, chemistry and computer technology labs for faculty and student use.
During the design phase, special attention was paid to the building’s details in order to ensure a harmonious addition to Dominican’s campus. Influences include Alemany Library’s copper roof and Guzman Hall’s deep, recessed windows. Outside, the entry plaza is linked via a footpath to the plaza outside Alemany Library, thus creating a true academic core on campus.
The Science Center serves students from all disciplines and helps in training students for careers in medicine and science. Faculty and students work together on research projects such as malaria, breast cancer, sudden oak death, alcohol addiction, and biofuels.
In 2006 it was renovated and equipped with a state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Lab that provides Dominican nursing students with clinical experience in a risk-free, virtual reality environment. The Nursing Assessment Laboratory is also housed in Ralph Minor Hall.