The innovative, two-level Health Sciences Simulation Suite at the College of Mount St. Joseph complements classroom and clinical learning.
We've expanded labs and classrooms in a section of Aquinas Hall, incorporating new technology that will take you to the next level of excellence in health sciences.
Simulation suite, level one
Wired with state-of-the-art technology, our two expanded Level I labs model typical hospital rooms with beds, overbed tables and beside cabinets. Each lab has a working sink, oxygen and suction.
Simulation lab one
Students simulate patient care using a high-tech mannequin that responds to routine medical interventions and emergencies like cardiac arrest. Additional classroom space integrates discussion and faculty evaluation.
The high-fidelity mannequin mimics human functions including pulse, heart rate and blood pressure. The manikin can seize, sweat, talk and produce tears, and has a chest that rises and falls to imitate functions that require intervention.
Simulation lab two
The second lab models a hospital room with infant and adult manikins, and will accommodate more students as enrollment grows.
Simulation technology center
A control center between the simulation labs allows a lab coordinator to program the manikins for instruction. This room contains instructional monitors, computers and video equipment. A large two-way mirror provides direct observation into the labs.
Simulation suite, level two
Level two houses two large labs and classrooms. Each lab accommodates different aspects of health sciences education on scheduled days, evenings and weekends.
Patient care lab
Health Sciences students develop essential bedside patient care skills in a lab that represents multiple hospital rooms. Twelve patient bed areas include equipment that nurses and physical therapists regularly use, such as:
- Hospital beds with headboards outfitted for oxygen and suction
- Overbed tables and bedside table
- Equipment to monitor blood pressure
Working with mannequins, students develop skills ranging from turning patients to administering medication and responding to medical scenarios. The lab contains typical hospital bathroom fixtures, as well as storage and a washer and dryer.
Dual classroom and learning lab
Students learn to perform health assessments and intervention techniques using 10 plinths (examination tables) to perform systematic head-to-toe assessments. Classroom instruction accompanies these lab sessions.