The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions
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G Nursing MS in Clinical Simulation

Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation

Simulation in healthcare has emerged as a novel approach to educating and training professionals. As simulation labs have expanded, individuals who understand the educational and administrative aspects will be key to their continued success.

Apply now for Spring 2016

View a MSIM program informational webinar
The degree program will prepare the student for a career in healthcare simulation in teaching, management or operations.

Unique program designed for both clinicians and non-clinicians. No previous experience is necessary.

Program Features

What is an Intensive?
Students attend class on weekends once per semester. Intensives run from noon on Thursdays through noon on Saturday.

  • Online format – Students attend courses online and complete assignments when they choose, adhering to relevant coursework deadlines.*
  • Designed to complete in 4 semesters (18 months)
  • Students attend one "intensive" per semester at USF in San Francisco
  • On-campus intensive will feature an expert speaker

What is Simulation?

According to the Society for Simulation in Health Care, Simulation is the imitation or representation of one act or system by another. Healthcare simulations can be said to have four main purposes:

  • Education
  • Assessment
  • Research
  • Health system integration

all to facilitate patient safety.

Distinguished Faculty

Faculty in the Healthcare Simulation program are inter-professional simulation experts from all over the country and most are certified as Healthcare Simulation Educators (CHSE). The Director of the program, KT Waxman, DNP, MBA, RN, CNL, CENP, CHSE, is Director of the California Simulation Alliance and is an internationally known speaker and author on the topic of healthcare simulation.

*Pending WASC approval

More Information
Please contact Tamara White, Graduate Enrollment Manager, in the School of Nursing and Health Professions at (415) 422-3627 or