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.
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
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.
Debriefing - critical component of simulation - ensures reflective practice
The state-of-the-art video recording technology 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 confidence and competence
By participating in clinical 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 learning is incorporated into nursing programs at both the main and Hagerstown
Health Assessment Lab
Incorporated into first nursing semester Foundations course
Includes medical office exam tables
Practice assessment skills learned in lecture
Incorporated into Foundations course
Designed to mirror real life nursing situations
Controlled environment fosters critical thinking, creative problem solving
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