HCTW news brief: University of Phoenix introduces new immersive learning center

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, November 6, 2009

The University of Phoenix introduced its new, state-of-the-art SIM Man 3G "patient" mannequins last week as part of its new immersive learning-nursing center. The new learning center is part of the LPN and BSN degree programs, and the university plans to integrate it into other nursing degree programs as well.

Thanks to $400,000 in renovations, the 4,100-square-foot center combines critical thinking, immersive learning, and the use of simulation training to provide students with the opportunity to learn and develop skills they will need for a future in nursing.

SIM Man is operated by a lab technician or medical professional in a high-tech control room. A fully equipped, simulated-reality hospital room with four beds and patient monitors, a video monitoring system, and an observation and debriefing room for playing back recorded video allows students to gain hands-on experience through simulation training.



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