University of San Francisco Launches Online Healthcare Simulation Certificate Program

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The University of San Francisco Healthcare Simulation Certificate Program for Professional Development online program is now taking applications for the Fall August 2017 start date! Click the link below to learn more and register for the program!

With Simulation emerging as a novel approach to educating and training healthcare professionals, the demand for simulation professionals has skyrocketed. The University of San Francisco is proud to be leading this change by announcing our new online Certificate in Healthcare simulation program. This unique 3 semester (one year) certificate is designed for both clinicians and non-clinicians requiring no previous experience. “As a non clinician with a history in theatre and business, this gave me a great overall picture of healthcare simulation and how I can bring my specialty to the industry.” Katie Francis, Alumni and Simulation Operations Manager The certificate prepares you for opportunities in healthcare simulation, teaching, management and operations.

Healthcare Sim Cert Program Features


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  • Online format – Students attend courses online and complete assignments when they choose, adhering to coursework deadlines.
  • Designed to complete in one (1) year or three (3) semesters.
  • Students are required to attend a teaching & instruction Practicum held in a Simulation Lab (in-person or virtual).

The Sim Certificate Will Prepare You To:

  • Implement current simulation organizational standards in curriculum design and teaching
  • Integrate educational principles into simulation practice
  • Distinguish effective, psychomotor and cognitive learning strategies in simulation education
  • Appraise evaluation tools for utility in simulation education
  • Create innovative education designs for interprofessional practice
  • Analyze sustainable business plans for the operation of a simulation lab or program

Distinguished Faculty

  • The Director of the program, KT Waxman, DNP, RN, CNL, CENP, CHSE, FAAN is Director of the California Simulation Alliance and is an internationally known speaker and author on the topic of healthcare simulation.
  • Cynthia Shum DNP (c), MEd, RN, CHSE–A is the Healthcare Simulation Educator at the Veteran’s Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. Cynthia has received a Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in reviewing the “Clinical Simulation in Nursing” journal in 2015. In 2012 she was awarded the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator certificate by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Learn how you can be a part of this exciting program at the USF Healthcare Simulation Certificate Page!


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California Simulation Alliance Fall Calendar of Events

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Hey Sim Champs – The CSA has shared their upcoming summer/fall schedule of courses, conferences and more! Check out the upcoming activities below.

2nd Annual CSA/USF Simulation Conference: “Making an Impact on Healthcare Education: Bridging the Gap Using Simulation”

October 13-15, 2016

All three courses are held at the University of San Francisco. Why not make a weekend of it and enjoy the city? We are securing a hotel block, which will be announced soon, at a discounted rate.

October 13: CHSE and CHSOS readiness review classes. Sponsored by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

October 14: Special pre-conference debriefing workshop featuring Dr. Jenny Rudolph and Dr. Mary Fey! The Center for Medical Simulation at Harvard and the CSA are co-sponsoring this exciting pre-conference.

October 15: Simulation Conference: “Making an Impact on Healthcare Education: Bridging the Gap Using Simulation” Keynote speaker: Dr. Jenny Rudolph

2016 CSA Course Calendar

Simulation Evaluation: 2016
August 5, 2016
Location: University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall
Cost: $350
Course Description: In this seminar, learners will review current best practices for assessment and evaluation of simulation activities with special consideration for reliable and valid tools available in the literature. A thorough grounding in feedback, assessment and evaluation theory and practice will be provided, with opportunities for discussion and application to simulation practice.

Simulation Intensive
August 11-13, 2016
Location: Cal Baptist University, Riverside, CA
Cost: $1250 CSA subscribers; $1500 nonsubscribers
19.5 CEUs

Advanced Debriefing
August 22, 2016
Location: Sacramento State University
Cost: $300 CSA subscribers, $350 nonsubscribers
6.5 CEUs

Special Pre-Conference: Debriefing Workshop, Featuring Drs. Jenny Rudolph and Mary Fey
Sponsored by CSA and CMS
October 14, 2016
Location: University of San Francisco, McLaren Hall
Cost: $499 CSA subscribers; $550 nonsubscribers

2nd Annual Simulation Conference: “Making an Impact on Healthcare Education: Bridging the Gap Using Simulation”
Sponsored by CSA and USF Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jenny Rudolph
October 15, 2016
Location: University of San Francisco

Simulation Intensive
October 20, 21, & 22, 2016
Cal State University San Marcos, San Marcos, CA
Cost: $1250 CSA subscribers; $1500 nonsubscribers
19.5 CEUs

Learn more and Register on the CSA website today!