EMS: Embracing Simulation in Technical and Community Colleges

It’s a great time to join the healthcare field: Practitioners are in high demand nationwide, and technical and community colleges are stepping in to offer learners a local, budget-friendly path to achieving their higher education goals. Many community colleges, including Madison Area Technical College (MC), offer a wide range of job-ready health sciences certificate programs, from Radiography to Registered Nursing (R.N.), and everything in between. Simulation-based training allows faculty to teach patient safety, increase students’ pre-employment clinical experience, and help keep college enrollment competitive.

Jeffrey Wenzel, Simulation Instruction Coordinator, worked with the college’s Associate Dean at the School of Health Education to make the most of the MC’s investment in simulation. “[Our] state-of-the-art facility, the Health Simulation Center, includes a virtual hospital training center, six simulation labs, a dental clinic, a community health clinic, optometric clinic, and a therapeutic massage clinic. It was a three-year project from start to finish. We evaluated our existing equipment and software, only to realize we could not fulfill our vision using it in the new building.”

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EMS was an exhibitor at the 2018 Innovations Conference. The company also sponsored the Monday general session at this event.

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