The Blinn College District Simulation and Clinical Labs, located at the RELLIS Academic Complex on the RELLIS Campus in Bryan, Texas, provides health sciences students with a first-class learning environment featuring the latest tools and technology. Through the Simulation and Clinical Labs, Blinn prepares future healthcare professionals to provide safe and compassionate patient care through hands-on activities in a controlled, simulated environment.
Through carefully crafted training exercises using Blinn’s simulation environment, students develop critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment skills as they acquire new knowledge. While simulation does not replace the need for students to learn in clinical practice, it complements other teaching and learning approaches and prepares students for their role in practice while providing a variety of simple to complex case scenarios in a life-like, hands-on situation. In addition to the simulators, Blinn has a Standardized Patient Program in which students practice scenarios with real members of the community to create an even more realistic learning experience.
The Simulation and Clinical Labs occupy approximately 16,000 square feet on the second and third floors of the RELLIS Academic Complex Building I, across the street from Blinn’s Walter C. Schwartz Building. This space includes:
Simulation in health education does not replace the need for students to learn in clinical practice. Simulation works hand-in-hand with other teaching and learning approaches to prepare novice students for their role in clinical practice.
Hands-on experience is the best teacher and using simulation in health education can provide a more interactive classroom/lab learning environment for students. This allows students to participate in a variety of simple to complex case scenarios and practice in a life-like, hands-on environment. In addition to its simulators, Blinn utilizes a Standardized Patient Program that uses real members of the community to give students an even more realistic experience.
As a teaching method, simulation creates opportunities to assess and evaluate a student’s skill acquisition. The simulators provide students with an environment that allows them to work on critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment skills, as well as acquire new knowledge. Real-life or simulated real-life situations give students the opportunity to practice skills and increase the probability that those skills transition into habits of delivering quality care.