Healthcare Simulation

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Admission is open to nurses and non-nurses with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. The degree or other preparation must have some relevance to health care simulation. 

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Track Description

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation prepares nurses, members of other health care disciplines, administrators and simulation and technology professionals to design, manage, evaluate health care simulations for basic education and improvement of team health care delivery.

Program Objectives

  • Analyze social, economic, ethical cultural legal and political issues influence nursing and health practice in a global context
  • Collaborate with leaders in nursing and other disciplines to improve the quality of profession health care practice and the outcomes of care
  • Develop and implement innovative applications for simulation experiences in health care
  • Evaluate models of delivery of simulation in education and health care settings in terms of effectiveness
  • Evaluate the cost benefit of the use of simulation in health care and education

Application Requirements

UCF General Education Requirements 

UCF requires all prospective student to fulfill the general UCF graduate admissions requirements. Visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive on a space-available basis.

  • Transcript: an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended
  • Bachelor's degree: must be from a regionally accredited institution
  • Written Essay: address the following three items in a written essay (See essay requirements below):
    1. Discuss the impact of the graduate education in your desired track on the evolution of your professional role in nursing or healthcare simulation.
    2. Describe the path you would take to ensure success in your graduate education.
    3. Identify one significant contemporary issue or problem in U.S. health care and explore how members of the health care profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.
  • Curriculum Vitae: CV should reflect prior education, recent clinical accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications and presentations), awards, additional certifications, and activities with professional organizations. For recent graduates, this can include accomplishments as a student.

Optional for All Applicants

  • ETS PPI (Personal Potential Index) report: Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the necessary information requested for the ETS PPI report that is available during the GRE examination. All official PPI reports must be submitted directly to the UCF College of Graduate Studies (use UCF Institution Code: 5233).

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Written Essay Parameters

  • Total word count for entire essay—not each item—500 words or less
  • double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • 1-inch margins 

Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office at 407-823-2744 to schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss your goals for graduate study.

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Program Director


Mindi Anderson,
p: 407-823-2744
f: 407-823-5675

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  • Apply by March 15
    (Fall start)
  • 9 credit hours
  • Part-time = 3 semesters
  • Classes online

Please note: Online programs may not meet immigration requirements for students holding an F1 or J1 Visa to maintain status. If you have questions, please contact the International Services Center at or call 407-823-2337. 

Please note: Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in select states. If you reside in one of these states, you may not be permitted to enroll in or be admitted to a UCF online program. Please contact your state’s higher education regulation authorities or the respective program coordinator for more details.