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Medical and Healthcare Simulation (MSMS) Curriculum

The Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation (MSMS) provides students with a core, detailed focus on the many facets of simulation-based medical education while simultaneously providing those students with multiple options to pursue related areas of interest upon graduation.

The program's curriculum is delivered in a blended instructional format. The majority of courses are delivered online with both synchronous and asynchronous instruction. In addition three one-week intensive simulation practicums take place on the Center City Campus at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Program Level Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation program will achieve five program level outcomes that describe the skills, competencies and knowledge gained through completion of the program curriculum.

  • Develop innovative simulation curriculum for implementation in one's own environment
  • Facilitate effective debriefing, feedback and programmatic evaluation
  • Facilitate the overall management of simulation resources and environments including technical, material and personnel
  • Examine and interpret innovations in healthcare simulation education, scholarship and application
  • Develop leadership skills to further the science of healthcare simulation

Required Courses

  • Simulation Curriculum Design (3 credits)
  • Biostatics and Health Care Literature (3 credits)
  • Principles of Assessment: Measurement Theory, Assessment Principles and Tools (3 credits)
  • Debriefing in Simulation (3 credits)
  • Simulation Laboratory Practicum I, II, and III (4 credits each)
  • Capstone (3 credits)

Elective Courses

  • High Fidelity, Low Fidelity and Task Trainers (3 credits)
  • Inter-professional Education (3 credits)
  • Patient Safety and Simulation (3 credits)
  • Adult Learning in Health Care (3 credits)
  • Sponsored Projects Finance (3 credits)
  • Scientific Writing and Medical Literature (3 credits)
  • Strategic Planning (3 credits)
  • Leadership Skills (3 credits)

Sample Part-Time Course Timeline

Required Courses

Elective Courses

Number of Credits

Fall 2014

MSMS 701S-01
Simulation Laboratory Practicum I

MSMS 501S-20
Simulation Curriculum and Design



Spring 2015

MSMS 504S-20
Principles of Assessment

MSMS 506S-20
Debriefing in Simulation



Summer 2015

MSMS 503S-20
Biostatistics and Health Care Literature

MSMS 507S-20
High Fidelity, Low Fidelity and Task Trainers (or other elective course from list above)


Fall 2015

MSMS 702S-01
Simulation Laboratory Practicum II

MSMS 600S-20
Adult Learning in Health Care (or other elective course from list above)


Spring 2016

MSMS 703S-01
Simulation Laboratory Practicum III

MSMS 511S-20
Patient Safety and Simulation (or other elective course from list above)


Summer 2016


MSMS 508S-20
Interprofessional Education (or other elective course from list above)


Successful Program Completion

Students who complete all the required and elective courses to satisfy the 39-credit completion requirement, receive a B or better in all courses, and who achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, will be awarded the Master of Science Degree in Medical and Healthcare Simulation.