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Simulation Labs

The Critical Care Lab is designed to provide high fidelity simulations for students who are learning about critical care or desire to refine their critical care skills. The lab is an extension of classroom lecture for med-surg classes and is also utilized by the critical care nursing elective. With one emergency room bay and one intensive care unit hospital bay, the simulation area is meant to enhance the content students are learning and provide realistic equipment, sounds, and monitors for the particular simulation. Through small group simulations, the patient simulators allow students to intervene to help a patient experiencing chest pain, code blue, collapsed lung, slow heart rate, or traumatic injury.

The Maternal-Child Clinical Simulation Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility developed to enhance learning and allow students to achieve skill competency in their junior year.  The simulation lab is a learning laboratory that provides the opportunity for both active and independent learning through the use of interactive computer-based programs and automated simulation mannequins.

The Medical-Surgical Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility that functions as a skills and simulation laboratory.  A hands on practice approach to using actual hospital equipment is an essential part of the laboratory experience and patient simulators are provided to facilitate clinical skill competency.

The School of Nursing in cooperation with UD Emergency Care Unit and UD Police featured their first Disaster Drill that simulated an explosion in Trabant University Center, where 100 students and a dozen faculty and staff helped to create the mock incident.

This clinical simulation laboratory is a specialized learning facility that provides students the opportunity to enhance their skills in a risk free learning environment through practice-based, hands-on education.

Simulation laboratory

This clinical simulation laboratory is a specialized learning facility that provides students the opportunity to enhance their skills in a risk free learning environment through practice-based, hands-on education.



Students at UD, developed and designed SimuTrach, a device they invented to provide realistic training for the care of tracheostomy patients.

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Service Learning Scholars

CHS students research the effects of Wii exercise on the balance and fitness of older adults

The University’s Service Learning Scholars Program provides highly motivated students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a service-learning project for 10 weeks in the summer in a setting outside of the classroom. Scholars work in a Delaware community agency (nonprofit, governmental, community-based action research or service-based corporate activity) and simultaneously pursue academic reflection under the guidance of a UD faculty mentor. In this immersion-learning experience, students spend the bulk of their week working in the community and one-quarter of their time in academic reading, discussion and reflection.

To learn more about Service Learning Scholars,  contact Sue Serra,

Service-Oriented registered student organizations at UD include:

  • Assistive Medical Technologies (AMT): a group dedicated to designing, building, and distributing cost-effective models of assistive medical devices to allow for non-discriminatory access and availability to various groups of people.
  • Canine Companions for Independence: a group that trains assistance dogs to be placed with adults and children who have physical or mental disabilities, free of charge. CCI dogs may be placed with any adult or child who is in a wheelchair, has autism, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, hearing loss or many other disabilities.
  • Lori’s Hands: a group that provides in-home volunteer assistance to people in the Newark community living with chronic illnesses.
  • YesUCan Extension: a group that creates opportunities for people with disabilities to stay active. This includes helping them exercise, socialize, and have fun! There are a variety of different options for the participants such as the 1:1 exercise program, adapted fishing, the Wednesday Night Swim, and many more. Yes U Can Extension provides volunteers for all of these programs so that adults in the community can participate free of charge.

These are just 4 examples of the hundreds of student organizations at UD. To learn more about student organizations on campus, visit UD Student Central.

Service learning courses include:

  • BHAN403, Adapted Physical Activity: in which students design, implement, and evaluate appropriate physical activity programs and interventions for individuals with special needs participating in a variety of clinical settings (e.g., schools, community centers, private clubs, camps, sport leagues, institutions, clinics, or group homes).
  • HLPR815, Health of Older Adults: in which students work in collaboration with older adults to promote healthy cooking, and to celebrate Older Americans Month.
  • HLTH320, Chronic Illness: From Person to Policy: in which students learn about chronic illness from a variety of perspectives, including through hands-on volunteer experience with community members living with cancer, MS, ALS, heart failure, and other chronic illnesses.
  • NTDT350, Nutrition in Older Adults: in which students spend 30 hours in the community, focused on a training program for feeding older adults at a nursing home, Meals on Wheels, and a health fair that focuses on food preparation and mental health issues.

These are just 4 examples of the dozens of service learning courses at UD. To learn more about service learning on campus, visit the main UD site.