Introduction to Health Care Simulation

0-3 Units
Main Campus

Course Description

Discover How Health Care Simulation Can Be a Powerful Learning Experience

Introduction to Health Care Simulation provides an overview of the fundamentals and exploration of health care simulation concepts. Innovative teaching strategies and technology are presented including opportunities to gain “hands-on” experience using multiple simulation methods such as task trainers, hi- and lo-fidelity mannequins, and standardized patients within active learning scenarios. It emphasizes basic understanding of entire continuum of planning, executing, and debriefing a successful simulation incorporating creation of cases, resource planning, event management, development of competency, checklists, and facilitation of reflective learning.

Application Process

Who Should Attend: Health care practitioners, researchers and educators, as well as, computer science and systems professionals interested in entering the health care sector

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What You Will Learn

  • Describe historical foundations of health care simulation and driving forces integral to development of health care simulation
  • Critique experiential learning theories and teaching approaches that serve as a framework for the design of health care simulation programs
  • Demonstrate appropriate application of various simulation methods
  • Develop and integrate creative simulation teaching/learning activities and technology in the creation of case scenarios, event management and planning, debriefing, and reflective learning
  • Evaluate simulation and psychometric research for the creation of competency checklists and evaluation strategies as applies to course scenarios


Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

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Courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that allows you to structure your education to suit your schedule while keeping you on pace toward achieving your educational.


These on-campus courses are offered in a traditional classroom where you can connect with your instructor and classmates in a live setting. This learning environment facilitates communication in real time, enables immediate feedback and fosters face-to-face interaction with the instructor and classmates. Classroom courses have a scheduled start and finish date, and students are expected to attend all course sessions.

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Our healthcare courses offer flexible course formats and class times to help you balance your work, USD studies, and family life.