Leading the way
The University of Michigan-Flint is the only college/university in the state of Michigan to offer the graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation. This program will prepare students for healthcare simulation educator and staff positions in a variety of organizations including hospitals, health care systems, universities, community colleges, and those organizations responsible for emergency preparedness of first responders. Once students start to gain experience in teaching simulation, they can become involved in simulation program development and operations as well.
Students will be prepared to take a national certification exam as a certified healthcare simulation educator (CHSE) or a certified healthcare simulation operations specialist (CHSOS), both of which are offered by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
The need for trained simulation educators and operations specialists is growing as more and more organizations create or further invest in their simulation programs. The demand for trained, certified simulationists far exceeds the supply. Below are the low numbers of certified healthcare simulationists internationally by type (as of March 1, 2020). There are thousands of open positions going unfilled.
- 1646 CHSE
- 367 CHSOS
- 52 CHSE-A (advanced)
The UM-Flint School of Nursing is home to five of these simulation experts - three are Certified Healthcare Simulation Educators (CHSE) and two are Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialists (CHSOS). As a student in this graduate certificate program, you will have access to these professionals as they guide and support you online and in person.
UM-Flint Simulation Center
Our facilities consist of a state-of-the-art simulation center with multiple patient care rooms, exam rooms, a home setting room, a nurses station, a health assessment area, debriefing rooms, and all of the latest technology used in the field. Visit the link here for a full video tour of our simulation center.