Facilities, Tools & Resources

The COH Simulation Center is a dynamic learning space within the Health Sciences Building that's revolutionizing healthcare education. Featuring three realistic patient rooms equipped with a range of lifelike manikins, our center provides hands-on training opportunities in authentic healthcare settings. The setup includes a control room with advanced video technology, three video debriefing rooms, and virtual reality goggles for an immersive learning experience.

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In these simulation labs, practitioners refine client assessment, critical thinking, intervention skills, and procedures using cutting-edge technology such as cameras, microphones, and intercoms for comprehensive audio-video recording. The lifelike patient rooms are furnished with authentic medical equipment and allow for session recordings, enabling learners to review and reflect on their performance for continuous improvement.

Our briefing and debriefing spaces serve as crucial areas for setting objectives, receiving guidance, and analyzing performance—transforming each simulation into a valuable learning opportunity. The COH Simulation Center is where learning transcends boundaries. Enhance your skills, confidence, and understanding of healthcare practices in an environment tailored for immersive, experiential learning.


Simulated Participant Performer

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Simulated Participant (SP) performers, also known as Standardized Patients (SPs), represent an innovative approach in educational settings, providing a safe and controlled environment for students to practice and refine their skills. Individuals are trained to portray specific roles, delivering consistent and standardized interactions that closely mirror real-life scenarios.

SPs are often the highest form of fidelity as they can authentically emulate various patient personas, medical conditions, and emotional responses. Their training enables them to provide consistent performances, allowing students to engage in immersive learning experiences across a spectrum of scenarios.

In health programs, SP performers play a pivotal role in training future healthcare professionals. Through interactions with SPs, students can apply their theoretical knowledge in practical situations, honing their communication, clinical reasoning, and interpersonal skills. Whether conducting medical interviews, performing physical examinations, or delivering difficult news, students benefit from these realistic encounters to develop competence and confidence in their abilities. 

Beyond health programs, the utilization of SP performers extends to diverse educational curricula, including psychology, education, law enforcement, and customer service. The adaptable nature of SPs allows for tailored scenarios that cater to the specific learning objectives of each discipline. For instance, in psychology, SPs can portray individuals with various mental health conditions, enabling students to practice assessment and intervention strategies in a controlled setting.

older adult with doctor in hospital bedThe significance of SP performers lies in their ability to create a safe space for students to make mistakes, learn from experiences, and receive constructive feedback. These interactions and structured debriefing sessions foster a supportive learning environment that promotes reflection and skill improvement. 

Incorporating SP performers into educational programs enhances the learning experience by bridging the gap between theory and practical application. It empowers students to navigate complex and sensitive situations, preparing them for the intricacies and challenges they will encounter in their respective professions.

Are you passionate about education and helping students develop vital skills in a supportive environment? We're seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our team as Simulated Participant Performers. As an SP performer, you'll have the unique opportunity to engage with students in simulated scenarios, portraying diverse roles and providing valuable learning experiences. No prior experience is necessary—we provide training. 

If you're a versatile communicator, enjoy role-playing, and want to contribute to shaping future professionals, we'd love to have you on board! Join us in creating impactful learning experiences for students across various disciplines. 

Interested? Apply today to learn more about becoming a Simulated Participant Performer!


Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) simulation has emerged as a groundbreaking technology that presents an innovative way to facilitate learning, particularly in health programs and beyond, by providing students with safe yet realistic situations to practice critical thinking, clinical judgment, and professional skills. 

two people wearing virtual reality goggles in front of projectorThe fidelity of VR in simulation is remarkable, creating highly immersive and detailed environments that closely resemble real-world scenarios. From intricate anatomical structures to dynamic patient interactions, VR simulations offer a multifaceted experience that challenges students to apply their knowledge and skills in a context that mirrors authentic clinical settings.

In health programs, VR simulations enable students to engage in experiences that span a spectrum of medical scenarios. Whether diagnosing complex conditions, performing surgeries, or managing emergencies, students can repeatedly practice and refine their skills in a risk-free environment. This fosters the development of critical decision-making abilities and the capacity to work effectively under pressure. 

Integrating VR simulations into educational curricula augments learning by offering a safe space for students to experiment, learn from mistakes, and receive immediate feedback. These simulations and debriefing sessions facilitate reflective learning and skill enhancement, empowering students to approach real-world challenges with confidence and competence. 

The fidelity of VR simulations in education transcends traditional learning methods by providing students with immersive, lifelike experiences to practice critical thinking, clinical judgment, and professional skills. Whether in health programs or diverse educational fields, VR simulations pave the way for transformative learning experiences that prepare students for the complexities of their future professions. 

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Virtual Reality simulations by SimX are accessible and flexible, allowing COH Simulation to conduct training sessions without the need for physical space or specialized equipment. This flexibility enables scalability and cost-effectiveness in delivering simulation-based education.


Serious Gaming

Serious games represent an innovative approach to experiential learning, blending gaming engagement with simulation's educational objectives. These interactive experiences offer a dynamic platform for learners to apply knowledge, develop skills, and navigate complex scenarios in a risk-free environment.  From healthcare management simulations to crisis response scenarios, serious games offer a versatile toolset to address multiple educational needs and expand our capacity to deliver impactful learning experiences across various disciplines. 

COH Simulation has purchased a table-top gaming kit. As we explore this new niche of simulation practice, we invite you to experience the power of serious games firsthand. Suppose you are impressed by the new application to enhance learning outcomes and are interested in offering opportunities for serious games in simulation, we encourage you to consider joining future training with COH Simulation as a serious game facilitator.



person watching peeople attend to manikinMedical simulation manikins represent cutting-edge technology designed to replicate human physiological responses and aid in training healthcare professionals. These manikins possess a remarkable fidelity that mimics the intricacies of human anatomy and pathology, providing an invaluable resource for health program students to hone their skills in a safe and controlled environment. 

The manikins simulate realistic vital signs, anatomical structures, and responses to interventions. They can replicate complex medical conditions and offer an immersive experience that closely mirrors real-life scenarios. One of the key advantages of simulation manikins is their capacity to expose students to low-frequency, high-risk situations.

In traditional medical and nursing education, encountering such scenarios may be rare, making it challenging for students to develop the necessary skills and confidence to handle them effectively. However, students can repeatedly practice managing these critical situations through simulated environments without compromising patient safety.

In simulated scenarios, students are encouraged to apply critical thinking and decision-making skills and practice a range of interventions. Manikins allow students to apply theoretical knowledge in a hands-on, practical setting, whether responding to sudden cardiac arrest, managing severe trauma, or handling obstetric emergencies.

The controlled nature of simulation-based learning fosters a supportive environment for students to make mistakes, learn from them, and refine their techniques without risking patient harm. Immediate feedback and debriefing sessions following simulations further enhance the learning experience, enabling students to reflect on their actions and identify areas for improvement. 

By integrating simulation manikins into health programs’ labs and clinical courses, UAA COH Simulation can ensure that future healthcare professionals are better equipped to handle diverse and challenging clinical situations. Our manikins are indispensable tools in preparing students to deliver high-quality care with confidence and proficiency, ultimately contributing to improved patient outcomes and safety.a nurse standing around manikin in hospital bed

Guamard Scientific

Gaumard continuously innovates its simulation technology, incorporating new features and upgrades. COH Simulation benefits from access to cutting-edge advancements in simulation, enhancing the realism and effectiveness of their educational programs.

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Laerdal Medical

Laerdal's manikin patient simulators offer high-fidelity realism, allowing students to practice clinical assessments, interventions, and decision-making processes. COH Simulation integrates these simulators to provide students with realistic patient encounters, improving their clinical competency.

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