Award Duration Format Audience Application Deadline Start Date
Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation 1 year Online with one on-campus visit Clinical and administrative healthcare professionals July 1 August

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation meets the growing demand of healthcare simulation educators and leaders. Graduates will be able to design and implement simulation aimed at improving teamwork, communication, and clinical skills according to evidence-based best practices.

Program Format

The Graduate Certificate is completed online with one 3 ½ day on-campus visit during your first semester. The on-campus session is highly interactive and allows you to build a strong bond with your colleagues in the program and dive into both immersive and procedural simulation guided by internationally-recognized educators.


Our 15-credit Healthcare Simulation program focuses on designing and implementing simulation, debriefing, current trends in simulation.

  • Fall

    HCS 575: Introduction to Healthcare Simulation for Quality and Safety (3 hours)
    Introductory course on origins and current applications for healthcare simulation; overview of simulation methodologies and application in education, training, quality improvement, and patient safety.

    HCS 625: Simulation Methodology (3 hours)
    Intensive focus on the development of simulation sequences to meet institutional priorities; emphasis on simulation case development, including debriefing and assessment strategies; teamwork and interprofessional competencies.

    HCS 626: Simulation Laboratory Intensive (1 hour)
    Participation in simulations; application of research-based strategies for designing and implementing simulation scenarios; debriefing and developing solutions to common issues in simulation. **On Campus

  • Spring

    HCS 610: Instructional Design in Simulation (2 hours)
    Instructional Design in Simulation applies the foundational concepts in the field of instructional design to the growing field of healthcare simulation. This course focuses on the processes of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation as they relate to developing quality simulation learning experiences.

    HCS 630: Research in Simulation (1 hour)
    Introduction to simulation-focused research and present an overview of the current simulation evidence base.

  • Summer

    HCS 620: Current Trends in Simulation (2 hours)
    Survey of emerging technologies as well as new applications and best practices in the delivery of simulation.

    HCS 635: Advance Debriefing (3 hours)
    In-depth review and application of current debriefing models in the field of simulation. Emphasis on choosing effective debriefing models for various modalities of simulation.