The Health Science Simulation Center (HSSC) is made possible by $2.3 million in federal funding through the United States Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program. This state-of-the-art facility is outfitted with modern medical equipment and high-fidelity human patient simulators. Additionally, high-definition audiovisual recording gear provides for in-depth review of learning experiences for instructors and students.
The four labs are usually set up as hospital rooms but can be re-configured to represent other types of settings for students from any Health Science program. Beyond the hospital setting, students may find themselves practicing care for clients in their homes or in an assisted living facility or even on the side of a roadway.
Simulation Education in Healthcare
Simulation is an effective way to train people for high-risk occupations like aviation, nuclear power plant operation, and military roles. In healthcare education, simulation can give students very specific experiences that they might not get in a real-life clinical setting. Simulation also lets students practice complex procedures without any risk of harm to patients. Simulation learning helps students synthesize classroom and clinical experiences -- to "tie it all together".
The HSSC provides all health science students with world class simulation experiences to enhance their education and success in acquiring the skills, degrees, and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment while also meeting the needs of employers for skilled workers. Simulation helps students prepare for the complexity of modern healthcare by creating real-world scenarios in a controlled environment without a risk to patients.
It takes well-trained professionals working as a team to provide effective healthcare. At Casper College, the HSSC gives students from different Health Science programs the opportunity to practice team-based care with other professional disciplines before they enter a live clinical setting.