Why UM-Flint

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.

Growing Need

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 August 10, 2020). There are thousands of open positions going unfilled. 

  • 1715 CHSE
  • 382 CHSOS
  • 58 CHSE-A (advanced)
Expert Faculty

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. Interested in learning more? Have a look here!

Simulation Center Video Tour


The program will only admit in the fall semester and will offer one course per semester. The first two classes are offered 100% online and the two final courses will be all online with a two-day on-campus experience during the semester so that students can demonstrate their knowledge and skills within our simulation lab.

The courses are 14-week semesters and will be offered sequentially. The certificate can be completed in 15 months. Due to the rapidly evolving specialty of healthcare simulation, students will have a five year time limit to complete the coursework for the certificate.

Minimum grades of B (3.0) in each of the following:

  • Fall: HCS 501 - Introduction to Healthcare Simulation (3) 
  • Winter: HCS 502 - Healthcare Simulation Curriculum, Design, Facilitation & Assessment (3) 
  • Spring/summer: HCS 503 - Strategies to Improve Fidelity in Healthcare Simulation (3) 
  • Fall: HCS 504 - Healthcare Simulation Capstone Project (3) 

Transfer Credit

No transfer credits or substitutions will be permitted as equivalent to the courses within the Certificate in Healthcare Simulation. All students must take all four courses required for the certificate at UM-Flint.

Additional information can be found in the catalog.



You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university*
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

*Students in their final semester of a health care baccalaureate program at UM-Flint, with approval, will receive an override to begin the HCS certificate in their final semester. The form for approval is available here


The federal government requires universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, especially if it leads to professional licensure, please visit umflint.edu/oel/state-authorization-distance-education to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.


To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate your scholarly and/or professional ability.
  • Statement of Purpose describing your objectives for graduate study and reasons for selecting this program
  • International Students: Submit additional documentation. Visit umflint.edu/international for details. Because these are certifcate programs, students admitted to these programs are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). Students with all other visa types are eligible.

Application Deadlines 

  • Fall Early Deadline: May 1*
  • Fall Final Deadline: August 1 

*You must apply for admission by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships. Because this is a certificate program, students enrolled are not eligible for federal student loans. More information is available here