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College of Nursing Labs

Elmer Leach Learning Lab and the Alumni Practice Lab

Dedicated as the Elmer Leach Learning Laboratory for Nurses in 1987, the College of Nursing’s Learning Laboratory provides a hands-on learning environment for students.  The Learning Lab moved from the basement of the Nursing/Education building to its newly remodeled spaces in the first floor of the Clow Social Sciences building in January of 2016.

In the Learning Lab, students learn health assessment skills and other hands-on nursing skills such as medication administration, injections, inserting IVs and catheters, and suctioning. Students practice skills on a variety of manikins and skills trainers, and — in the case of health assessment — they also learn on each other.  

Equipment in the learning lab is similar to or the same as the equipment currently in use at healthcare facilities where students have clinical placements. Some supplies and equipment are also available for students to check out for practice outside of class.

Traditional BSN students attend three lab courses sequentially during Sophomore II, Junior I and Junior II semesters, which utilize the learning laboratory.   Accelerated BSN students come to the lab for a 2-week intensive lab/clinical course (“Bootcamp”) approximately 1/3 of the way through their Accelerated curriculum.
The Alumni Practice Lab was established by alumni donations for student use while lab classes are in session in the Leach Learning Lab.  The practice lab is set up with the same bedside equipment as the Leach Lab, and additional supplies and equipment are brought in as needed depending upon the skills being practiced.

The Learning Lab  and Practice Lab are open, welcoming and safe places for students to learn nursing skills that are needed for direct patient care.  

Hours of operation are generally Monday – Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm, or other hours by special arrangement in advance.


Jeanne Hiatt
Lab Manager

Graduate Lab

The Graduate Laboratory was modeled to replicate a primary care clinic. With several exam rooms that include everything you would see in a typical primary care provider’s office, such as exam tables, oto/ophthalmoscopes, a computer for documentation, and other supplies and equipment, the lab provides students with a realistic clinical experience.

There is also a large open teaching area that includes 10 exam table stations with everything needed to perform a primary care health assessment.   This area allows for larger group demonstrations, and then students can close off each station with the bedside curtain for individual practice.  The  open teaching area includes a seating area with tables, and a projection screen and in-ceiling projector with a high quality AV system for supplemental teaching.

Also included in the Graduate Lab is a mini diagnostic lab that allows students to learn how to use a microscope in a clinic setting and other specific in-clinic diagnostic tests that primary care providers perform.

Hours of operation are generally Monday – Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm, or other hours by special arrangement in advance.


Jeanne Hiatt
Lab Manager

Simulation Training Center

Our simulation center provides robust and realistic learning opportunities to prepare health care professionals for actual patient care situations. Our simulation center is an extremely effective way to offer an exemplary, safe, fun, and educational experience.  We offer simulation experiences to our healthcare professionals, community agencies and community partners.

Our simulation center has four flexible simulation spaces.  These simulation spaces were designed with the future in mind.  The spaces are capable of providing simulated acute care, ER, Trauma, OB, OR, Clinic and Home Care patient/ caregiver environments. The new center has 3 areas for debriefing.  These areas are connected in an integrative manner by a state-of–the–art audio-visual management system.

Click here to view more information about our Simulation Center!


Simulation Center Contacts:

Polly Anderson

Michael Parks