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NKU's Center for Simulation Education is proud to be accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
NKU’s Center for Simulation Education uses technology and thoughtfully designed spaces to create a safe learning environment where students can practice real-life healthcare situations.  The center features eight inpatient simulation rooms including an operating room, and a multi-bed critical care room.  In addition, the center has a simulated home health environment and eight outpatient examination rooms.  The simulation spaces, as described below, allow for exploration and learner-centered education. 

Simulation Center Spaces

Patient simulators in critical care simiulation room.

Critical Care Simulation Room

The critical care simulation room provides students with an opportunity to participate in simulation in a multi-patient environment.

Simulation Center Functional Living Lab

Functional Living Lab

The functional living lab simulates a home-health environment with a kitchen, living area, bed, and bathroom. Students can practice skills and participate in simulations related to patient care in a home environment.

Outpatient Exam Room

Outpatient Exam Rooms

NKU's Outpatient Simulation Center offers eight exam rooms that simulate a clinic or health provider's examination room.  These rooms allow students to participate in standardized patient simulation.

Operating Room simulation room.

Operating Room

The operating room contains high tech equipment that provides programs like NKU's Nurse Anesthesia Program a realistic environment for training and simulation.

Simulation center debriefing room.

Debriefing Rooms

NKU's Center for Simulation Education has multiple debriefing rooms where simulation educators can gather with students for discussion and reflection.

A day in the life

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In the news

NKU's Center for Simulation Education Garners International Accreditation

NKU is the Commonwealth's only university to receive full accreditation, a feat accomplished by 183 other simulation centers internationally.

NKU Simulation Center Named Top-Tier Learning Environment

NKU named one of the world's top-tier learning places for practicing real-life health care situations.

AHA Training
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All AHA courses offered by the Northern Kentucky University Center for Simulation Education utilize a hybrid learning model. Upon registration, learners will be provided with instructions on how to obtain a key code for an online module through the American Heart Association. Learners will also attend a skills testing class where they will be assessed on technical and non-technical skills through objective feedback devices. Skills testing classes are offered at the Northern Kentucky University Center for Simulation Education.

To register for one of our AHA course offerings use the following registration link

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Center for Simulation Education Team

Gina Fieler Director of Clinical Simulation

Gina Fieler, DNP, RN, CHSE

Director of Clinical Simulation, Assistant Clinical Professor
HE 327A

Rami Leventhal Simulation Educator

Rami Leventhal, MSHS, CHSE

Manager of Clinical Simulation Operations, Assistant Clinical Professor
(859) 572-1364
HE 327E

Audrey Reese Pipkin Photo

Audrey Reese Pipkin, MSN, CCRN, FNP

Simulation Educator

Kelly Holcomb

Kelly Holcomb, MSN, RN

Assistant Clinical Professor
(859) 572-1939
HE 327C


Sharmin Digankar

Sharmin Digankar, MSN, RN, CHSE

Assistant Clinical Professor
(859) 572-6125
HE 327C


Julie Hart Nursing Simulation Educator

Julie Hart, DNP, RN, CNE

Nursing, Simulation Educator
(859) 572-1553
FH 499A

Shawn Nordheim Nursing Simulation Educator

Shawn Nordheim, EdD, RN, CCRN-K, CNE, CHSE

Nursing, Simulation Educator
(859) 572-5539
FH 395D

Peyton Raye Anderson

Peyton Raye Anderson ('20, '23), MS, LPC

Assistant Clinical Professor
HE 420A


Jacob Hodge

Jacob Hodge, MT

Simulation Technician
HE 327D


Ernest Lee

Ernest Lee

Graduate Assistant