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The Future of Healthcare

Healthcare Simulation Graduate Program

The first and only program of its kind in Florida, one of only a few programs nationwide. 

Program Overview • Who Should Apply • Two Online OptionsMeet Our Sim Faculty

Today healthcare professionals are increasingly using simulation and technology to advance the field and improve patient care – and the future applications are limitless.

In fact, a recent national study published in the Journal of Nursing Regulation found that simulation can be substituted for clinical experience in up to half of all prelicensure core nursing courses, and other healthcare disciplines are rapidly adopting this practice as well. 

With this field rapidly evolving, there is growing demand for healthcare simulation experts.

Make a positive impact in patient care, and your own career, with the Healthcare Simulation program at the UCF College of Nursing. Located in Orlando, the epicenter for modeling, simulation and training, UCF is recognized nationally for its innovation. 

Program Overview

This online program brings together interdisciplinary teams of healthcare educators, practitioners, computer scientists and engineers to develop and use cutting-edge applications for simulation, training and practice to advance healthcare.

  • Develop skills for leading healthcare simulation programs in the areas of education, team training and quality improvement
  • Learn best practices and proven, evidence-based tactics of manikin-based simulation
  • Master how to evaluate and measure the effectiveness of simulation programs in the field

Two Online Options Available

Who Should Apply?

Individuals who want to advance or move into a career in healthcare simulation, such as:

  • Nurse and healthcare program educators
  • Standardized patient educators
  • Individuals who already work in simulation suites and facilities
  • Individuals who work in the technology field
  • Veterans who are eligible for education benefits or vocational rehabilitation training

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Program Director

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Mindi Anderson,
PhD, ARNP, CPNP-PC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF
mindi.anderson@ucf.edu
p: 407-823-2744
f: 407-823-5675


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Application Deadlines

March 15 / Fall start
Sept. 15 / Spring start

Apply Today


 

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Two options

Master's degree in nursing

  • Open to nurses with a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • No GRE requirement
  • Online, with some required campus activities
  • 11 courses, including an evidence-based nursing project
  • 60 clinical hours
  • Fall or Spring start

Graduate certificate

  • Open to nurses and non-nurses with a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • No GRE requirement
  • Fully online
  • 3 courses
  • Fall or Spring start

 

Karenna Thatcher: Missionary making healthcare more personal
“I think of myself as a former patient who became a nurse.” Meet Karenna Thatcher, ’17MSN alumna from the first healthcare simulation cohort and missionary making healthcare more personal.
 

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Knights in Nursing: Karenna Thatcher

Missionary making healthcare more personal

“I think of myself as a former patient who became a nurse. So it was a natural next step in my career to move from bedside care to patient experience.

The field is more than surveys. It’s advocating for more accessible, wholistic and affordable care, and connecting the voice of communities directly to the healthcare systems serving them.

Right now, we’re using game-based learning to inspire frontline team members to deliver care focused on the mind, body and spirit. Acting as facilitator for these learning events is the highlight of my job!

Interactive learning through simulation makes things personal, and I believe it is the future of hospital education. I feel honored to have studied under some of my scholarly heroes in the Healthcare Simulation program at UCF, and be part of my hometown’s story.

I overcame a lot to get here. After my lung spontaneously collapsed, I was forced to learn about a new scary world: healthcare. Through that experience, God called me to nursing. I was 20 years old. After a 30-day hospitalization, I changed my major and never looked back.

Starting over was hard work. I worked in fast food in the morning before classes at night. My mom and grandma helped when they could, as it was just the three of us. I am proud to be part of their legacy – strong women raising strong women.

Now as someone blessed with so much, I am called to give resources and talents to serve those with less. My dream is to combine simulation education and mission trips – partnering with local hospitals to run drills on emergent patient conditions to improve outcomes in understaffed and impoverished countries.”


Karenna Thatcher, ’17MSN, RN
Alumna of UCF’s first Nursing and Healthcare Simulation MSN cohort
Patient Experience Project Manager/Consultant for Adventist Health System

Karenna Thatcher: Missionary making healthcare more personal
“I think of myself as a former patient who became a nurse.” Meet Karenna Thatcher, ’17MSN alumna from the first healthcare simulation cohort and missionary making healthcare more personal.
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