Inside of simulation center

Simulation Learning Center

SLC Mission: Improve healthcare outcomes through applied simulation learning

SLC Vision: Prepare healthcare professionals through excellence in applied simulation learning to develop critical thinking and clinical reasoning for safe health care.

The Simulation Learning Center (SLC) provides students with realistic simulation technology across nursing specialties to prepare professionals for 21st century nursing practice. Our goal is to provide students with a challenging, yet safe environment to gain hands on experience and develop confidence within the clinical setting.

The SLC uses high, medium and low fidelity human patient simulators and standardized patients as teaching and learning tools for nursing education. Through the use of simulation, we create a realistic environment and a powerful learning experience that promotes cognitive, affective, physical and social development of the student.

State of the art labs and technology, and realistic patient scenarios across the nursing continuum are designed and taught by expert nurse clinicians. We also engage in inter professional simulations with different disciplines and community colleagues.


Located on McNeill Hall's 2nd and 3rd floor, our 10,000-square foot simulation center offers students various levels of experiential learning from basic assessment on low fidelity simulation manikins up to advanced critical care with high fidelity manikins and standardized patients. The SLC bridges the gap between classroom academics and the clinical setting. Below are the eight laboratories in the SLC facility. To see a detailed overview of each, click here.

  • Health Assessment Laboratory
  • Acute Care Laboratory
  • Critical Care Laboratory
  • Pediatric Laboratory
  • Maternal-Infant Laboratory
  • Operating Room/Emergency Room Laboratory
  • Outpatient Clinical and Exam Rooms
  • Home Care Laboratory


The SLC is used by undergraduate and graduate students from programs in the College of Health and Human Services. The center allows students to practice beginning and advanced clinical skills, refine communication, and develop critical thinking skills through challenging simulation scenarios.

The evidenced-based scenarios used in each simulation are varied, providing our students experience across professional settings and with different patient populations.

Each of the Nursing clinical courses engage in skill practice as well as simulation scenarios. They also collaborate in certain courses with students from other disciplines. Nurse practitioner students use the simulation lab as well to practice advanced assessments and skills.

Meet Our Faculty

Colette WaddillColette B. Waddill, DNP, MSN, RN, IBCLC, CNE, CHSE

Simulation Learning Center Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor
McNeill Hall 3057

Barbara SnyderBarbara Snyder, Simulation Operations Specialist

McNeill Hall 2006

Stephanie SimsStephanie Sims, MSN, RN, CHSE, Clinical Instructor

McNeill Hall 2060B

Jacqueline VaughnJacqueline Vaughn, PhD, RN, CHSE, Clinical Assistant Professor

McNeill Hall 2044