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Lab Hours

Monday -Friday: 0800 to 1700 (open during lunch when staffing allows)

*Lab hours may be adjusted each semester based on student needs and staffing.


Patient Care Labs: 1st Floor of the LRC, LRC 380

Open Practice Lab: LRC 113

Exam Room Reservations

Exam rooms may be reserved on an individual basis when not already requested by faculty for classes. For assistance email lab personnel at or call 205-996-9608. Walk-ins are welcome and taken on a first-come first serve basis. There is a two-hour time limit for students especially during busy times of the semester. After using these rooms, remember to clean up the room and leave it ready for the next person.


1. We are always eager to help when needed, but know we may be in other areas of the lab preparing for a future lab, stocking, or assisting faculty. Students are encouraged to ask questions. Lab personnel are available to help you in the Open Practice Lab. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance when needing additional supplies, have questions on operation of equipment, or need guidance on learning a skill.

2. Lab personnel work closely with course faculty to ensure the Open Practice Lab is available to meet student needs. We are available to facilitate your learning but also encourage and foster independence by expecting preparation for lab experiences.


1. Clock in and out of the database in the Open Practice Lab even if your course doesn’t require mandatory lab hours. Students who fail to clock in and out or miss submitting a time will receive a maximum of 30 minutes credit for that time regardless of the actual time spent in the Open Practice Lab.

2. If you have a skills kit, bring it for use in the Open Practice Lab.

3. Clean up and restore the area you are practicing in for use by the next student.

4. Assist faculty in the clean-up process of scheduled lab activities.


1. All needles, medication kits, intravenous supplies, etc may not leave the lab areas as a safety measure for our students. Please be careful to clean up your sharps practice area appropriately.

2. No supplies/equipment may leave the lab areas. Video surveillance is in place and violation may be grounds for suspension.

3. Do not manipulate the mannequins or equipment if you have long fingernails that may damage fragile or delicate skin.

Care and Maintenance of Equipment and Supplies

1. The clinical simulation and bed lab areas are usually very busy. Most days, we are setting up labs at 5:00 p.m. for labs that start at 8:00 a.m. the next day. We also are breaking down labs at 12:00 noon for other labs to begin at 1:00 p.m. Help us meet your needs by leaving the labs neat and clean. Following are some suggestions:

a. Throw away trash (e.g., drinks and food wrappers).

b. Properly dispose of used supplies, materials, and liquids (e.g., put used needles and angiocaths in sharps box when appropriate, replace dirty blue pads with clean ones; wipe up fake blood or other liquids off the floor).

c. Clean the foley catheter task trainers after use during the lab (i.e., hydrogen peroxide between every catheterization).

d. Only use OUR lubricant for placing tubes in mannequins. This lubricant comes in the small white container rather than what comes in the kits (ask us if you need more bottles of lubricant). Some trays or kits are often re-used so clean and repackage them correctly.

e. If equipment or mannequins are not working properly, let us know as soon as possible.

f. Straighten linen on the beds.

g. Replace supplies as you were given them (ie. if we provided you supplies or task trainers in a box or on a cart). We do re-use supplies when appropriate. Pay attention to how certain items are packaged and re-package them in the same order for the next student/faculty to use. Generally, we re-use foley catheter kits and suction kits, syringes, gauze, etc. If you are unsure what to keep, ask us rather than throwing it away.

2. Be careful with the mannequins and task trainers. The following guidelines apply:

a. Mannequins should not be moved unless asked to do so (e.g., do not lay mannequins on top of each other in order to make space for a sitting area on a bed);

b. Mannequins and task trainers should not be manipulated with long fingernails that can damage the skin;

c. Do not drink or eat around the mannequins and other lab equipment.

d. Do not apply betadine, markers, or other liquids or inks applied to the mannequins or task trainers. We typically use either water or mild soap and water to clean the mannequins. IF YOU ACCIDENTLY MARK ON A MANNEQUIN, LET US KNOW AS WE CAN GET IT OFF IF IT IS REMOVED IMMEDIATELY.

3. In each course, it would be helpful if faculty and 3-5 student volunteers would inspect the status of the lab and mannequins approximately at the end of the lab experience (we wish the lab and mannequins to be in the same state/manner they started, e.g., intact skin, clean areas).

4. Let lab personnel know when a lab is complete so we can properly lock-up, break down, or set up for another lab.

Rev 7-09