Clinical Simulation Services

Welcome to Clinical Simulation Services, a component of the School of Health and Natural Sciences. Simulation-Based Training has emerged as a key component of the patient safety movement and is increasingly being used to improve clinical and teamwork skills in universities, hospitals and clinics.

Students at Clinical Simulations Lab

What is Simulation?

Simulation is a method of teaching that allows learners to experience a representation of a real healthcare event for the purpose of practice, learning, evaluation, or testing (SSH).

In the Clinical Simulation Center, our students learn to care for simulated "patients" mimicking the physical signs and symptoms of diagnoses such as stroke, cancer or diabetes. Students may practice a range of skills such as starting IV’s or suturing wounds without fear of patient harm – and they can keep practicing until they get it right.


Clinical Simulations Students
Clinical Simulations Students

Our goal is to use simulation as an educational tool to produce health care professionals who possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to succeed in the 21st century.

– Barbara McCamish
Director Clinical Simulation Services


At Dominican, simulation-based education is deeply woven into the curriculum of our Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies programs. In our Clinical Simulation Center labs students gain powerful insight as they practice their skills and apply their knowledge. Our experienced Clinical Simulation Services team works directly with faculty to provide students with safe, realistic, and challenging learning opportunities. Faculty and students from our Counseling Psychology and Global Public Health programs are also welcome to use this facility for hands-on learning. 


Interprofessional Education at Dominican
Interprofessional Education at Dominican2

Students actively engaged in hands on learning in the lab.


Interprofessional Practice

Educating Health Professions students for interprofessional practice is an important part of our work. The Clinical Simulation Center hosts a variety of learning activities, including Interprofessional Education Speed Networking events, where students network with practicing professionals from a wide variety of healthcare disciplines.

Interprofessional Education Speed Networking Event