Healthcare Simulation Certificate Programs

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Healthcare Simulation Certificate Program

Healthcare Simulation has emerged as a novel approach to educating and training professionals. As simulation labs expand, individuals who understand the educational and administrative aspects will be key to their continued success. These unique certificate programs will prepare individuals for opportunities in healthcare simulation in teaching, management or operations. It is designed for both clinicians and non-clinicians. No previous healthcare simulation experience is necessary.

What is Healthcare Simulation?

According to the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Simulation is the imitation or representation of one act or system by another. Healthcare simulations can be said to have four (4) main purposes – all to facilitate patient safety: Education, Assessment, Research & Health System Integration 

Program Tracks

Certification available in Healthcare Simulation Education and Healthcare Simulation Operations Management. Each certificate consists of three (3) Courses and a two day intensive practicum experience. Courses include:

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Program Features

  • Online format – Students attend courses online and complete assignments when they choose, adhering to coursework deadlines.
  • Designed to complete in one (1) year or three (3) semesters.
  • Students are required to attend a teaching & instruction Practicum held in a Simulation Lab (in-person or virtual).

Program Learning Outcomes

Healthcare Simulation educator program will prepare you to:

  1. Implement current simulation organizational standards in curriculum design and teaching
  2. Integrate educational principles into simulation practice
  3. Distinguish effective, psychomotor and cognitive learning strategies in simulation education
  4. Create innovative education designs for interprofessional practice

Healthcare Operations Manager will prepare you to:

  1. Analyze sustainable business plans for the operation of a simulation lab or program
  2. Distinguish different project management tools
  3. Create a project plan for a simulation program or center
  4. Compare and contrast different simulation technologies appropriate for established learning outcomes

Distinguished Faculty

Faculty in the Healthcare Simulation program are interprofessional simulation experts from all over the country and most are certified as Healthcare Simulation Educators (CHSE).

  • KT Waxman, DNP, MBA, RN, CNL, CENP, CHSE, FSSH, FAAN is an Associate Professor and is currently the Director of the California Simulation Alliance. Dr. Waxman is an internationally known speaker and author on the topic of healthcare simulation and is the President-elect of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She is a Fellow of the Society of Simulation in Healthcare. She serves on the Finance Committee for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). Dr. Waxman's work has been published extensively and can be found in the Journal for Simulation in Healthcare, Clinical Simulation for Nursing, Journal of Nursing Education, Nurse Leader and Creative Nursing journals, among others. She has authored 3 books on Finance and Budgeting and her 4th book, “Healthcare Simulation Program Builder” was released in December, 2015.
  • Juli Maxworthy, DNP, MSN/MBA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, CPPS, CHSE, FSSH is an Assistant Professor and currently the Secretary of the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and past Chair of the Accreditation Council for SSH. She is one of the authors of the primary textbook in the field Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs. Dr. Maxworthy is a Fellow of the Society of Simulation in Healthcare.
  • Cynthia Shum, DNP, MEd, RN, CHSE-A is the Healthcare Simulation Educator of the Veteran’s Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Shum has received a Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in reviewing the “Clinical Simulation in Nursing” Journal in 2015. In 2012, she was awarded the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator-Advanced certificate by SSH.

What Are Our Students Saying?

Hear from Healthcare Simulation students Art French and Kati Maxkenzie about their experience being a student in our master's program. The program's online delivery and the opportunity for interprofessional collaboration are among highlights for Art and Katie.

Contact Info

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m – 5 p.m.

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 422-4124