About the Simulation Centre
NAIT Centre for Advanced Medical Simulation
Transforming patient care through medical simulation, education, technology and applied research.
We support hands-on immersive simulation in a flexible interprofessional setting to ensure the highest standard of quality interactive education. Our goal is to enhance patient safety for students and industry professionals by providing adaptable real-world scenarios.
Located in the Centre for Applied Technology (CAT), the Simulation Centre at NAIT combines interdisciplinary education with real-world practical training. Programs in the School of Health and Life Sciences use hands-on simulation exercises with high fidelity manikins and standardized patients as a key part of the student learning experience. The Simulation Centre recreates real life situations in a controlled, safe environment.
Simulation Centre expert staff facilitate an amazing learning experience for students and industry partners. Their expertise and enthusiasm makes the Simulation Centre at NAIT an essential part of our students’ success.
The Simulation Centre features a wide array of immersive simulation learning spaces in 9 specialized theatres. The theatres can be set up to feature the following settings:
- office settings
- hospital wards
- dental rooms
- emergency rooms
- operating rooms
Each hospital standard room also includes headwalls with air, oxygen and suction capabilities to accommodate multiple programs and simulation exercises. The Simulation Centre also has the ability to use removable soundproof walls to stage emergency room situations.
The Simulation Centre features 4 elevated and 5 ground-level control rooms with one-way glass and audio-video recording capabilities, allowing instructors to capture simulations in progress and debrief with their students afterwards.
All control rooms feature multiple one-way microphone systems, which facilitate coaching and in-session instructions to simulated patients.
CAE Centre of Excellence
CAE Healthcare and NAIT have entered a simulation research partnership to improve health-care education and patient safety, including support for the polytechnic's simulation research initiatives. An international leader in the field of simulation-based education and training for healthcare, CAE Healthcare has also certified NAIT as a CAE Healthcare Centre of Excellence.
According to CAE Healthcare, a Centre of Excellence must meet the following criteria, they
- must actively contribute to the body of knowledge through simulation research and development
- they must have a clearly defined mission focused on patient safety through the use of simulation
- as leaders in simulation, Centre of Excellence institutions must promote excellence, and also share their experiences and knowledge with the wider simulation community
- they must promote the use of simulation to drive evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice
- they must have a national or regional presence in healthcare simulation and recognized authority in the field.