University of Southern Indiana

Clinical Simulation Program

Description of Program
Health care education in the United States is constantly changing. 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 creative 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. The program was designed using the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation.

Information regarding the national certification exam through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare can be obtained at

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 Content
The content is divided into modules. Each module utilizes instructor outlines, audio/video recordings, reading assignments, articles, web resources, case studies to augment the learning process. These methods provide the participant with flexibility in completing assignments and interacting with the faculty.  Each module has accompanying study guide(s) with questions (such as multiple choice, essay) for participants to submit to faculty.  Interaction with faculty may occur as feedback to study guides, within discussion boards, or via email. The modules cover history and needs of the simulation laboratory, creation and technology issues, scenario development, debriefing, measurement and data collection. 

A text is required for this program. Upon registration, you will receive detailed information to purchase the textbook.

Program Schedule
This six-week activity is offered two times a year. The deadline for registration is the Monday prior to the start date by 8 a.m. CDT.

2021 Dates
Start End
February 15 March 26
September 13 October 22

Learning Outcome
The learning outcome of this activity is to enable the participant to incorporate best practices in clinical simulation education for low and high fidelity scenarios and identify outcome measurements through interprofessional collaborative practice.  

Program Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, the 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.
  7. Assimilate evidence based interprofessional collaborative practice.

Delivery of Content
The content is delivered asynchronous via the online learning management system, Blackboard. The internet provides an opportunity for interaction with program faculty while in the comfort of learning in your own home and office.  Program staff are available during business hours by phone or email to assist participants with technical issues or concerns. 

Note: Many businesses, especially government agencies or health institutions, utilize security firewalls.  Access to web links within program and communication from the instructor, or other students may be blocked. We recommend not using your work email address for this course.

Contact hours
The University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning designates this activity for 30 contact hours for nurses

Successful completion of this program does not guarantee expertise in the content. Clinical experience and judgment coupled with an understanding of the content are necessary to attain competency. Achieving certification via a designated professional organization is an additional step to demonstrate competency.

Criteria for Successful Completion

  • Submit registration and payment.
  • A certificate for contact hours will be awarded following successful completion of study guides for each module, receive a passing score of 70% or better on comprehensive final, and submission of program evaluation.

The certificate of completion will be sent via email immediately upon the completion of the program evaluation.

Faculty Name and Credentials
We strive to provide interprofessional education by utilizing a variety of content experts, instructors, contributors, and reviewers. 

Carly Andrews, MHA
Anita Hagan, MSN, RN, CNS

Conflict of Interest Statement
There is no conflict of interest for anyone in a position to control content for this activity.

Accreditation Statements

In support of improving patient care, University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

State of Indiana
The University of Southern Indiana is an approved provider of continuing education for several professionals licensed in the state of Indiana, including social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and dental professionals.

State of California
The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.

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