University of Southern Indiana

Clinical Simulation Certificate Program


Health care education in the United States is constantly changing. It is evolving at a rapid rate and these changes, along with the large numbers of medication errors and the nursing shortage, make patient safety a national concern. After publication of the article "To Err is Human" the federal government made a commitment to creating a safer system of care. The ability of a health care provider to react prudently in an unexpected situation is one of the most critical factors in creating a positive outcome in a medical emergency. The skill required to react is not inborn but must be learned and developed through education, practice, training, and repetition. Clinical simulation is an exciting innovative way to educate health care professionals for the future. Simulation provides training and feedback methods that allow learners to practice tasks, develop important skills, and learn procedures in lifelike settings. Simulation technologies are revolutionizing healthcare education for students as well as seasoned practitioners. The techniques utilized can help to move health care from the "see one, do one, teach one" model to the "see one, practice many, do one" model of success. Just as pilot simulator training improved airline safety, by reducing errors, the use of clinical simulation for education can reduce errors, improve patient safety, and reduce overall health care costs.

Description of Program
This interactive Certificate Program is a six- week, 30 hour continuing education program for nurses, educators, pharmacists, physicians, physical and respiratory therapists, and other healthcare professionals interested in gaining knowledge pertaining to clinical simulation. The focus of the program is on the introduction to simulation, types of simulation, creation of a high fidelity simulation laboratory, strategies and scenarios utilized for clinical simulation education, and outcomes measurement. The program consists of four modules. Each module contains reading assignments, an instructor outline, audio-visual presentations, interactive learning components, and study guide questions. The course concludes with a comprehensive online exam and a program evaluation. During the program, learners interact with faculty who are expert in the area of clinical simulation. A certificate of completion is sent via email within 30 days of the end of the program. The program has been reviewed by local and national experts.

Who Should Enroll in this Program
The program is designed for English-speaking nurses, pharmacists, physical and respiratory therapists, physicians, educators, health facility administrators, and other healthcare providers interested in the creation of a simulation laboratory or in enhancement of knowledge and current methodologies utilized in clinical simulation.

Program Curriculum
Instruction will include the following content:

  • Introduction to simulation
  • Creation of a simulation laboratory
  • Technology requirements for a simulation laboratory
  • Teaching/learning strategies utilized in simulation
  • Competency assessment
  • Remediation
  • Outcome measures

Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to successfully design, manage, and evaluate activities in a clinical simulation laboratory.  At the conclusion of this program participants will be able to:

  1. Define clinical simulation.
  2. Discuss simulation in health care education.
  3. Discuss the needs of a clinical simulation program.
  4. Describe appropriate methodologies for teaching/learning in the simulation environment.
  5. Describe competency assessment and evaluation.
  6. Discuss technologies appropriate for use in a simulation laboratory.

Course Schedule
This six-week activity is offered two times a year.

Offering dates for 2016: February 15 & September 5

Offering dates for 2017: February 13 & September 4

We reserve the right to cancel any offering if there is insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified well in advance if this occurs.

For more scheduling information call 1-877-USI-HLTH (1-877-874-4584) or 812-461-5217.

Instruction Methods
A combination of delivery methods are used to facilitate learner and faculty communication including:

Internet via Blackboard
Provides online instructor-prepared materials and course assignments. Internet resources are used as an integral part of the instruction.

Computer Conferencing
Allows learners to interact with faculty and other course participants.

Allows learners to freely interact on an individual or group level with other learners and faculty.

The primary mode of communication will be through Blackboard, the learning management system utilized by the University. You will, however, be required to provide a personal email address. We recommend that you do not use your work email address for taking this course. Many businesses, especially government agencies, utilize security firewalls. Communication from the instructor, the University, or other students may not be possible and important announcements and other messages may be missed. We also do not recommend you use AOL, for similar reasons. AOL accounts include spam prevention-type filters and our communication with you may be filtered out. We recommend you obtain a separate email account for your course work. and offer free email accounts.

Telephone Consultation
Faculty will be available by telephone to assist learners.

Information on the textbook will be forwarded upon registration. The cost of the textbook is not included in the cost of the program.

Melissa Warthen, RN, MSN

Content Delivery
The program has four modules. Each module includes reading assignments, study questions, case studies and audio visual presentations. Learners interact with practitioners and faculty members who are experts in the area of clinical simulation. A comprehensive examination will be administered at the end of the program.

Why Enroll in an Interactive Internet Program?
The convenience of online instruction allows the participant to "attend" class at any hour or day of the week during the 6 week period. Participants will learn from experts in the area of high fidelity clinical simulation and have the opportunity to network with other course participants from across the country. Online instruction provides an opportunity for personal interaction with program faculty while providing the comfort of learning in your own home or office.

Continuing Education Credits
A Continuing Education Certificate will be awarded following successful completion of study guide questions, an online comprehensive examination (with a passing score of 70% or higher), and submission of a course evaluation. Certificates will be sent via email within 30 days after completion of the course.

Nurses will receive 30 hours.


ANCC Accredited Distincion Logo V6 ProviderThe University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited with distinction through November 30, 2018 as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is an enduring program which is reviewed annually in December.

The University of Southern Indiana has been approved by the Indiana State Board of Health Facility Administrators as a sponsor of continuing education programs for health facility administrators (License #98000033A).  Health Facility Administrators will receive 30 hours.

The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378. California nurses will receive 30 hours.


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