Simulation in Healthcare Education Certificate of Professional Preparation

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Educational simulation is a growing trend in the healthcare field. This program provides students with mannequin-based and computer-based simulations that allow them to test multiple scenarios to ready them for clinical settings, all while preparing them for a healthcare-based career. 

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Getting Started: Fall 2020 12W Session

Aug. 17:   Financial Aid

Sept. 9:   Application

Sept. 14:   Classes Begin

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Why Seminole State?

  • Outstanding reputation: Seminole State has a proven track record of preparing healthcare graduates for success. 
  • Industry-driven curriculum: Courses were developed with input from the regional business community and economic development agencies.
  • Dedicated faculty: Faculty are industry-focused with real-world and classroom expertise.  
  • Affordable tuition: Seminole State has significantly lower costs than Florida's universities.

Additional Information

Simulation in Healthcare Education Certificate of Professional Preparation
Major Code : SIMHCE-BC
CIP: 5551101020

Program Description

The Simulation in Healthcare Education Certificate Program prepares bachelor-degree holding students for careers in the growing field of education simulation. Patient simulation educators use standardized patients, mannequin-based simulations in healthcare education and computer-based simulations to teach and assess clinical professional skills at medical and nursing schools, hospitals and governmental agencies. Completion of this program will create opportunities for graduates to work in hospitals, government and military agencies, universities and colleges, and rehabilitation agencies.

Program Admission

Admission Criteria:  Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

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This is an introductory course for health educators that encompasses learning theories and instructional methods. Focus is placed on commonly used and innovative theories with emphasis on determining applicability to the simulation environment. The course will include basics of instructional development, curriculum design and principles of formative and summative evaluation. Teaching methods that promote learning and provide motivation for continued learning will be explored.
This course will review the historical trends of healthcare simulation and focus on current trends and best practices. Classroom discussions will include the development of simulation education in healthcare. A focus will be on how simulation is used in a variety of settings and by different professions.
This is an overview course of the technology used to implement healthcare simulation education programs. Modalities include, but are not limited to, computer and web-based simulators, environmental fidelity, psychological fidelity, manikin-based simulators, virtual reality, virtual environments, standardized patients and haptic simulators. Discussion will focus on how technology is used to support the educational process.
The purpose of this course is to provide the opportunity for students to gain knowledge and skill in planning, designing and maintaining a simulation center. Content will include organizing, set-up, maintenance, trouble-shooting, technology and personnel needs for a simulation program/center.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the operations that pertain to a simulation program or center. Students will be exposed to a variety to simulation modalities including, but not limited to, computer and web-based simulators, environmental fidelity, psychological fidelity, manikin-based simulators, virtual reality, virtual environments, standardized patients and haptic simulators.
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Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

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Tuition and Fees*

Seminole State
Tuition and Fees$1,799
Room and Board-0-
Books and Supplies$500

For more information on Seminole State's tuition and fees, please see the 2019-20 fee schedule.

* Tuition costs are based on 15 total credit hours for this program in the Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020 terms for in-state students. Book expenses are estimates and may vary by course. Lab fees and other fees that may assessed at the time of registration may be viewed in the College fee schedule. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

Career Opportunities


Today, medical simulation is a vital component of educational services offered to healthcare students, residents, nursing staff, ancillary health care professionals and practicing physicians throughout the world. Simulation-based medical education offers a consistent clinical learning experience without risk to patients. It also offers a psychologically safe and supportive learning environment for the student/trainee. Creating such learning environments requires a specialized skill set. Therefore, the demand for improved and expanded educator skills is needed to improve simulation-based learning. This need creates a demand for specialized courses and programs in simulation-based education based in the framework of health professions.

There are approximately 47 simulation centers in colleges, universities and hospitals around the state of Florida. Each of these facilities requires trained content and technology experts to develop, execute and evaluate comprehensive simulation education programs. This certificate will provide current practitioners an opportunity to expand their knowledge to support their organization’s simulation-based medical education program.        

Career Opportunities

This program will prepare the certificate holder for simulation management positions at hospitals, government and military agencies, universities and colleges, and rehabilitation agencies.  

  • Simulation Operations Manager
  • Learning Resource Director
  • Simulation Lab Specialist
  • Patient Simulation Technician
  • Simulation Technology Specialist

Job Outlook

Educational institutions and hospitals have increased the number of simulation labs dramatically. This occupation is included within the Medical and Health Services Manager occupation title with a projected 17% increase from 2014-24. Medical simulation specialist salaries range from $55,000 to $72,000 per year. Source: Salary List