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Program Curriculum

NP Student examining a maniken during a simiulation scenarioHealthcare Simulation Certificate – Online Graduate Program

Boise State University’s College of Health Sciences offers a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation. This program is designed for healthcare educators working full-time and looking for educational opportunities that fit into their busy life.

The program will provide formal preparation for healthcare educators and operators using or desiring to use simulation pedagogy to teach learners in health professions programs and practice settings. Courses are all taught by Certified Healthcare Simulation Educators (CHSE).
Two classes are offered online and one is a hybrid course that includes a 3- day on site experience during the summer. The certificate can be completed in 12 months. The online courses will last 15 weeks in a semester, therefore, students should plan to spend a minimum of 7.5-9 hours weekly on classwork and interaction with other students and the instructor.

APPLY NOW START FALL 2016New students may begin the certificate program in the fall.  Review the Boise State Academic Calendars for semester start dates and deadlines. Select the grey tab for the desired semester. During fall and spring semester, program courses will be offered during Regular Session.

In the summer, N-SIM 503 will be offered in the first 7-week session. Learn more about the on-campus visit requirement for this class.

Course Requirements

Program admissions information explains how people who earned their bachelor’s degree will be ready to initiate the Healthcare Simulation Certificate curriculum below.

Course NumberTitleCredits Hours
N-SIM 501Educational Simulation Methods3
N-SIM 502Operations in Healthcare Simulation3
N-SIM 503Simulation Practicum3
Total9

Course Descriptions

N-SIM 501. Educational Simulation Methods

(Online course, Offered every Fall semester) This course is an introductory simulation in healthcare theory course. The course will include integration of simulation into the curriculum, scenario development, debriefing techniques, teaching methodology, and interprofessional collaboration. This foundational course is a prerequisite for all other courses in the series. Students will leave this course with skill theoretical simulation knowledge applicable to clinical or academic educational settings.

N-SIM 502. Operations in Healthcare Simulation

(Online course, Offered every Spring semester) This course may be taken after the educational simulation methods course or as a stand alone course. This course will cover setting up and maintaining a simulation center. The course will include policy development, equipment selection, technology considerations, finances, and the simulation center accreditation process. This course will also include the simulation technologist role of setting up, Moulage, and facilitating scenarios with faculty.

N-SIM 503. Simulation Practicum

(Online course with a 3-day on campus component, Offered every Summer semester) The educational simulation methods course is a prerequisite for this course. This course will provide hands on application in simulation theory in a nationally accredited simulation center. Students will explore simulation application through educational and operational perspectives. The course will include pilot testing of simulation scenarios developed in the educational simulation methods course, debriefing techniques, peer review, and outcome assessments. This course will cover standardized patients, current standards in simulation, and future technology trends such as 3D simulations.

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