College of Health Professions

Department of Nursing

Nursing Simulation Center

Towson University Nursing students have the opportunity to develop and strengthen their clinical skills in the Nursing Department’s state-of-the-art Simulation Learning Center. Beginning their junior year/first nursing semester, students transfer knowledge learned in the classroom into action through participation in a range of clinical simulation scenarios.

The Department of Nursing has multiple simulation environments designed to reflect a variety of health care settings and provide students with a breadth of experience. Clinical simulation learning is designed to further prepare students for their professional practice role in increasingly complex health care settings.

The Towson Nursing Simulation Center, composed of 12 rooms totaling more than 4,600 square feet, is dedicated to simulation learning. These rooms represent a range of health care environments, from hospital to home setting.

Simulation learning is incorporated into nursing programs at both the main and Hagerstown campuses.

A standardized clinical education experience

Simulation education supplements traditional clinical education available at our local hospitals and health care agencies.  Simulation scenarios ensure students have experience caring for patients with a wide range of illnesses. Simulation ensures standardized clinical education for all students.

Debriefing - critical component of simulation - ensures reflective practice

The state-of-the-art video recording technology in the Simulation Center sets Towson University apart from many nursing programs. Each simulation scenario is recorded, allowing the students and instructor to review or reflect upon the scenario and discuss various aspects of clinical practices.  The videoed scenarios are archived and available to students and faculty at any time for additional review.

Building clinical confidence and competence

Clinical simulation experiences contribute to students' learning and help develop competent and confident Baccalaureate-prepared beginning Registered Nurses.

By participating in simulation scenarios, students develop professional practices.  Students also encounter patient care situations they would never face in classroom study alone.  Exposure to and familiarity with numerous patient care situations prepares students to quickly and professionally manage the many challenges they will face in their nursing career.

Simulation Labs

Health Assessment Lab

  • 10-bed suite
  • Incorporated into first nursing semester Foundations course
  • Includes medical office exam tables
  • Practice assessment skills learned in lecture


Foundations Lab
  • Incorporated into Foundations course
  • Designed to mirror real life nursing situations
  • Controlled environment fosters critical thinking, creative problem solving

Simulation Lab
  • Six Simulation labs with control rooms
  • Five hospital-style rooms (three medical surgical, one pediatric, one maternity)
  • One "living room" style lab for community based care and mental health care
  • Students complete clinical scenarios in small teams
  • Simulation manikins controlled by instructor

Debriefing Room
  • Three debriefing rooms
  • Scenarios recorded for students and instructors to review during debriefing
  • SMARTBoard technology in each room

Department of Nursing
Linthicum Hall, Room 301 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2067
Fax: 410-704-4325

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