University of San Francisco Now Offering Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation Online


Did you know that USF is now offering their MS in Healthcare Simulation Online with an in-person intensive once a semester in San Francisco?

The USF program will prepare students for a career in teaching, management, or operations of health care simulations. This unique program requires no previous experience and is designed for both clinicians and non-clinicians.

Simulation in healthcare has emerged as an integrated approach to educating and training professionals. Simulation labs are becoming more prevalent and individuals who understand the educational and administrative aspects will be key to their continued success.

USF’s School of Nursing and Health Professions is a top 40 nursing school (according to U.S. News & World Report) and a distinguished 4,500 graduate alumni network that spans the globe.

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  • Online format – Students attend courses and complete assignments online, adhering to relevant coursework deadlines
  • Designed to complete in four semesters (18 months)
  • Students attend one “intensive” per semester at USF in San Francisco
  • On-campus intensive will feature an expert speaker


The University of San Francisco is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Learn more by visiting the USF MS in Healthcare Simulation Webpage!

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Online Leadership in Simulation Instruction and Management Graduate Certificate Program from RMU

Looking to further your graduate level education in healthcare simulation? Check out the Leadership in Simulation Instruction and Management Certificate program from RMU:

This graduate-level certificate offers health sciences educators the opportunity to gain current knowledge and experience in techniques related to simulation facilitation, instruction, and leadership. This certificate program prepares graduates for the CHSE examination. Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective simulation facilitation/instructional strategies
  • Integrate standards for best practice within your simulation program
  • Incorporate simulation measurement and evaluation strategies to enhance program outcomes
  • Determine priorities for funding of simulation research projects
  • Identify leadership strategies to enhance success of a simulation program
  • Utilize innovative trends such as TeamSTEPPS teamwork training in designing experiences
  • Explore technologies appropriate for use in a simulation laboratory

You can earn this certificate with three convenient eight-week online classes designed for working professionals, the first of which we will cover today:

Class 1: Leadership in Simulation Facilitation and Instruction

This course explores current research in high fidelity simulation and education, through the use of both manikins and standardized patients. This course is taught by Donna McDermott, MSN, CHSE, who is an assistant professor of nursing at Robert Morris University. A Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE), Donna has a wealth of experience with simulation center accreditation and incorporating simulation throughout undergraduate and graduate curriculum.Special focus is given to:

  • Scenario facilitation and design
  • INACSL standards for best practices
  • Prebriefing and facilitation
  • Debriefing and evaluation

Stay tuned for more class breakdowns or
visit the RMU Sim Certificate Program Webpage to learn more now!

August 22nd-24th Healthcare Education Assessment Training & Technology (HEATT) Conference EXTENDS Early-Bird Rates!

After the SimGHOSTS 2014 USA (August 5th-8th) simulation technician training event, I will be speaking at HEATT 2014 alongside SimGHOSTS President James Cypert on the topic of ‘technician’s behind the technology’. If you are a healthcare educator, administrator, innovator or entrepreneur, I highly recommend this new unique learning event, put on by groups that leaders in aviation simulation training conferences worldwide! Best of all, I heard this morning that early-bird registration has been extended so you can still sign up for a discounted rate!

Act Now! Early-bird rates for this year’s Healthcare Education Assessment Training & Technology (HEATT) Conference HAVE BEEN EXTENDED – REGISTER TODAY!

Human performance is the single most important contributor to quality (and safety). Regardless of the spend on buildings, equipment, catering and the countless other contributors to ‘quality,’ whenever carers are not trained adequately standards of work could decline and all other investment is wasted. HEATT 2014 has a strong three-day program addressing the need for a renaissance in healthcare training, taking a closer look at modern education and training techniques, including simulation, that can make a huge difference to safety as it has in other high risk industries.

Discussion topics include:

  • The Business of Healthcare
  • The Future of Healthcare
  • Intersections: Healthcare Innovation through Simulation and Engineering
  • The Curricula Revolution in Medical Schools
  • Developing a Nurse Practitioner Simulation Program
  • Graduate Medical Education Federal Funding: CMS and HRSA
  • Surgical Simulation
  • How Can Simulation Centers Transform Healthcare?
  • Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery Curriculum Development
  • Using Audio-Based Simulation to Impact Kirkpatrick Level 4 Learning Results
  • And much more!

To view the complete program and a list of confirmed speakers click here.




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Clinical Simulation Educator Certificate Program

Bryan Health offers our community a certificate program for clinical facilitators of medical simulation.  Bryan Health’s website suggests that their graduate level certificarte program is the answer for faculty seeking to become better facilitators of high-fidelity simulation.

Certificate in medical simulation

This course is taught by faculty who include educators who have served on the INACSL board of directors! Their website continues to explains…

“Simulation as a Teaching Strategy

Simulation is a time-honored strategy in healthcare education and has been utilized for decades to help learners apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom. The addition of patient simulation allows educators an opportunity to provide hands-on application of learning in a safe, non-threatening environment without risk to human patients. Simulated clinical experiences are designed to help learners manage a variety of patient care situations that they might not otherwise encounter in the traditional clinical environment. Using state-of-the-art, high-fidelity patient simulators, the faculty at Bryan College of Health Sciences have become leaders in the use of this teaching and learning strategy.

While the use of high-fidelity patient simulation grows exponentially in healthcare education and practice environments, faculty continue to have a need to enhance their experience and expertise in using this teaching strategy. Bryan College of Health Sciences proudly offers a graduate level Certificate in Simulation Education with academic credit earned. This certificate program features online educational strategies and the opportunity for practicum experience with practical value.

This certificate program (three courses, nine credit hours) offers:

  • Online educational strategies
  • Program outcomes that contribute to the body of knowledge for patient simulation
  • A 10-week format that avoids the busiest times in academic schedules
  • Courses appropriate for academic and staff educators

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, visit their website and call Dr. Barbara Sittner 1-800-742-7844, ext. 18846 or e-mail Barbara Sittner.