***While we reimagine this program, we are not currently accepting applications. We encourage you to explore similar programs, including the MSN: Nursing Education, MS: Quality, Safety and Risk Management, MSN: Quality, Safety, and Risk Management and MSN: Undeclared.***
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Drexel University's online MSN in Healthcare Simulation partners specialized training in simulation-based education with advanced education in patient safety to prepare you to lead in both clinical and academic environments. This nursing simulation program was designed for nurses, healthcare professionals, and simulation technicians. After completing your MSN in Healthcare Simulation, you will be eligible to sit for the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) certification exam, as soon as you meet the practice requirements.
The online MSN in Healthcare Simulation was designed for registered nurses. If you do not hold a nursing degree, please see the online MS in Healthcare Simulation Degree Program.
What is an MSN in Healthcare Simulation?
Nursing simulations allow you to learn and practice new skills, all while improving patient safety outcomes. During a nursing simulation, you may practice performing a procedure on a manikin, or use a piece of software that helps you better develop your patient communication skills. The goal of simulation-based education is to give you a safe environment to practice the procedures, care processes, and critical conversations that you will need to use in the clinical space.
Drexel’s online MSN in Healthcare Simulation was designed for registered nurses. In this program, you’ll gain specialized training in simulation-based education that can be transferred to careers in the clinical environment, clinical teaching, or the classroom.
MSN in Healthcare Simulation Program Features
- Learn from faculty in Drexel’s respected College of Nursing and Health Professions
- Once you graduate, you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) certification, as soon as you meet the practice requirements
Requirements for The MSN in Healthcare Simulation Program
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a program fully accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN/ACEN) or the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN/CCNE) is required to apply for this program. Nurses with a non-nursing bachelor's degree may consider applying for the RN-BSN-MSN program to earn both a BSN and MSN concurrently, or apply to the MSN-Bridge. For additional requirements and application information, please see the admissions criteria section.
If you do not have an undergraduate degree in nursing, you may apply for Drexel’s online MS in Healthcare Simulation Degree Program.
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- BSN degrees must be from an institution accredited by CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education), ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) or NLN CNEA (NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation).
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0
- If your GPA is lower, you're still encouraged to apply, but should ensure that relevant professional experience is included on your resume. You must also provide two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study.
- While specific clinical work and/or volunteer experience is not required, it may make your application more competitive.
With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.
- A completed application
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
- Two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, this requirement can be waived
- If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, this requirement can be waived
- Personal statement describing your interest in the program and particular specialty
- Copy of your United States RN license
- Additional requirements for International Students
An admissions interview may be required.
This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two-semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.
Graduate students who utilize student loans (FAFSA) muct maintain a minimum enrollment of 4.5 credits per term.
For Full List of courses, please visit Drexel Online.
- Practices within a legal and ethical framework of health care delivery.
- Advances the role of advanced nursing practice in the health care system through scholarship, clinical experience and political involvement.
- Demonstrates critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills in clinical decision-making.
- Integrates multiple technologies and relevant theories into the organization and synthesis of health data required to develop plans of care for patients, families and communities.
- Integrates culturally sensitive health promotion activities that contribute to the health and wellness of the community into clinical practice.
- Demonstrates leadership in nursing and health care through involvement in the development of outcome-based standards of care and practice-based health policy issues.
- Evaluates and modify the quality and effectiveness of clinical practice based on current research findings, standards of care and patient outcomes.
- Contributes to the advancement of nursing, health care and humanity through communication, collaboration and education.
What Can I Do With a MS in Healthcare Simulation?
Careers in Nursing and Other Healthcare Simulation
Upon graduation from Drexel’s online master’s degree in healthcare simulation, you’ll be prepared to take on prominent positions in the medical simulation field. Courses such as "Simulation in Healthcare Education," "Simulation Center Leadership," and "Quality and Safety in Healthcare" will help you build foundational knowledge while also ensuring you have the skills you need to succeed in careers throughout the field.
Common career titles in healthcare simulation include:
- Healthcare Simulation Director
Simulation directors help to integrate simulations into the healthcare system. Besides administrative work, their responsibilities include patient safety, curriculum design, community outreach, and teaching and debriefing.
- Medical Simulation Technician
A simulation technician supports all forms of simulation maintenance. This includes equipment setup and breakdown, audiovisual support, and software management, among other duties.
- Quality Improvement Coordinator
Utilize data analysis skills to identify, design, and implement educational solutions to improve key quality metrics.
- Risk Manager
Utilizing newly acquired simulation, quality, safety, and risk management skills, you would assist with identifying and solutioning risk mitigating scenarios.
What will I need to be eligible for the CHSE (Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator) Exam?
Drexel’s online MS in Healthcare Simulation will prepare you to meet the educational requirements for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) certification exam. There are additional eligibility requirements, including practical experience. To learn more, please visit the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
As a nurse, is this the right program for me?
We offer both a MSN and MS in Healthcare Simulation program so you can select the curriculum that best aligns with your career goals. Learn more about the MS in Healthcare Simulation Degree Program (Online).
Nursing Program Mission and Values
The Nursing program faculty and staff are committed to educating nurses to embrace both the art and science of nursing, to integrate caring into practice, to think critically and practice competently, compassionately and safely in complex rapidly changing practice environments. The Nursing program supports administrators, faculty, staff and students in developing holistic evidence-based programs, which create healing and caring environments at all levels that reflect innovative education, interdisciplinary practice and research.
The highest goals of the program include demonstrating efficacy, quality and cost-effectiveness of evidence-based nursing interventions in promoting health, preventing disease, preserving human dignity, reducing health disparities and caring for the sick and injured.
All efforts in the Nursing program are designed to build nursing knowledge, enhance nursing practice, foster professional integrity, promote innovation, engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and ultimately improve the health outcomes of patients and families from diverse communities across the continuum of care.
The Nursing program is committed to excellence in nursing education through educational programs that are:
- Authentic: We value a deep connection to others, appreciation of diverse opinions and respect for the other’s frame of reference. We value going beyond objective assessment to understand the context of the other, creative use of self and engagement in the artistry of the caring-healing process—the essence of Nursing.
- Complex: We value complexity science by recognizing that our Nursing program is a complex, dynamic, unpredictable, emerging, self-organizing and adaptive system that cannot be reduced to the sum of its members. As such, we seek that administrators, faculty, staff and students develop skills to improvise, build on the innovations of others, develop positive interpersonal interactions, appreciate the reciprocity that our actions have on the larger system and ourselves and embrace surprise as an opportunity to learn, make sense of our dynamic reality and make a positive impact on the health of our clients.
- Rigorous: We continuously review and redesign programs, courses, technology-infused learning systems and educational products for depth and quality with the learner's experience and background in mind.
- Relevant: We continuously examine changing market forces, the progression of nursing knowledge and the best practices in health care and education to redesign educational programs. There is a strong commitment to population-focused care practice in diverse communities; therefore, we strive to ensure clinically relevant education and simulation experiences. Our faculty serves as excellent role models for developing clinicians.
- State of the Art: We value the use of technological innovation and patient simulation scenarios which foster advanced and evidence-based interdisciplinary communication and teamwork, multiple patient management and crisis resource management skills, provision of culturally relevant care, decreased prevalence of errors and adverse events and a higher intellectual standard in both undergraduate and graduate nursing education.
- Learner-Friendly: In consideration of the demanding, fast-paced lives of our students and nurse consumers, we offer high-quality educational programs in convenient and contemporary formats, including access to academic online courses with attention to user-friendly interfaces as well as resources to enhance academic success. In addition, the College of Nursing and Health Professions is committed to being a challenging and rewarding work environment for faculty, staff and administrators. Information and data on all aspects of the college’s operations are widely shared with faculty, staff and students and all are encouraged to participate in its decisions and activities.