The Simulation and Clinical Labs are specifically designed to train and educate students with the latest tools and technology. The Simulation Center has made a significant impact in preparing both current health professionals in a controlled, simulated healthcare environment.
The Blinn College Health Sciences Clinical Simulation Labs (BCSCL) provides simulation tools to aid in the development of curricula that encourage learners to develop procedural skills and enhance their clinical decision-making process.
The Blinn College Health Sciences Clinical Simulation Labs will provide opportunities for outstanding healthcare
education and scholarship that lead to improved safety and quality of patient care at Blinn College and throughout the State of Texas and beyond, where students transition into practice.
The Blinn College Simulation Center occupies 26,000 square feet of the second floor of Clinical Building 1 on the campus of the Texas A&M Health Science Center. The Center includes:
- An emergency medical services (EMS) skills/simulation lab with an ambulance simulator
- An operating room with attached scrub area
- Sixteen mid-fidelity private hospital rooms
- Six low fidelity private hospital rooms with a central teaching space
- Six hi-fidelity intensive care unit rooms
- Physical Therapy lab
- Two radiology technology x-ray suites
- One apartment/hoe setting room
- A Clinic setting with 3 patient spaces with exam tables
- Virtual IV training room
What is Simulation?
Simulation in health education does not replace the need for students to learn in clinical practice,
but complements other teaching and learning approaches in preparing novice students for their role in practice. Hands-on experience is the best teacher, and using simulation health education can provide a more interactive classroom/lab learning environment for students. Such an environment allows students to participate in a variety of simple to complex case scenarios and practice in a life-like, hands-on situation. As a teaching method, simulation creates opportunities to assess and evaluate a student’s skill acquisition. The simulators provide students with an environment conducive for
focusing on critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment skills, as well as acquiring new knowledge. Using a real-life or simulated real-life situation for students to practice skills increases the probability that those skills transition to habits of quality care. We also have a Standardized Patient Program using real members of the community to give an even more realistic experience.