Healthcare Simulation

​​Simulation learning experiences provide DMACC Health and Public Services students with a controlled, realistic environment to help develop the critical thinking, communication, and clinical skills essential to providing safe competent patient care.

Students participate in simulation clinical experiences with simulation manikins and/or standardized participants.

Simulation manikins provide access to a wide age range of "patients," from infants to elderly and can be programmed to display symptoms of various illness and conditions. These real-life simulators breathe, speak, and have realistic lung, heart and bowel sounds.

Standardized participants at DMACC are volunteers who portray a patient or a patient’s family member to assist students to hone communication skills.

Simulation learning experiences are an integral component of the Nursing, Paramedic, and Respiratory Therapy programs at DMACC.

In addition to nursing, paramedic, and respiratory therapy students, students from several DMACC health and public services programs participate in disaster simulations during the Fall and Spring semesters. 

Students participate in simulation clinical experiences at locations across the district. All locations have simulation manikins that represent infant to adult patients. 

DMACC Simulation Center

Located at the DMACC Capitol Center in Des Moines, the DMACC Simulation Center is a 4,745 square foot facility that consists of 5 simulation rooms each representing different healthcare settings:

  1. Medical surgical
  2. Newborn nursery
  3. Pediatric
  4. Critical care
  5. Home setting

​Nursing, paramedic, and respiratory therapy students from all DMACC campuses participate in simulation learning experiences at the DMACC Simulation Center.

In addition, other DMACC healthcare program students and healthcare professionals in our communities participate in simulation learning experiences at the DMACC Healthcare Simulation Center.

DMACC Healthcare Simulation Center Fact Sheet

DMACC Satellite Simulation Laboratories

DMACC Nursing Program has Satellite Simulation Laboratories located on the Boone and Carroll campuses that provide some simulation learning experiences for nursing students on those campuses. The satellite laboratories are designed and equipped to represent adult/pediatric medical-surgical rooms

For more information about simulation learning experiences at DMACC or to arrange a tour at any of our simulation facilities contact the Melody Bethards, MSN, RN, CNE, ​CHSE, Health and Public Services/Nursing Simulation Coordinator.



Learn more about DMACC's First Responder Training Simulation Day that is held each spring.


Learn more about the DMACC Healthcare Simulation​ Laboratory



DMACC Simulation in the News

DMACC students take part in mass casualty simulation

Nursing, Paramedic, Criminal Justice and Fire Science students participated in an simulated 8-car pileup

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