Clinical Education Center

Skills and Simulation

The Clinical Education Center (CEC) at Brackenridge offers a hands-on simulation lab that stages medical scenarios via training sessions and exercises for nurses, physicians and other medical specialists so they can experience dramatic patient situations. High-technology mannequins with audio and visual capabilities are used to make the experiences more life-like. The result is an immersive learning environment equipped with current technologies, high fidelity simulation suites and hospital unit simulation labs

Available Resources

  • 4 Skills Labs
    • 10 Patient Care Areas


  • 5 Simulation Rooms with recording capability and Debriefing Rooms
    • Operating Room Environment

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    • Intensive Care Unit Environment


    • Emergency Department Environment


    • Labor & Delivery Environment


    • Acute Care Environment


    • Debriefing Rooms

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  • 3 Individual Simulation Rooms
    • Skills Trainers and Laparoscopic Trainers


    • Operating Room Environment


    • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit


  • 1 Immersive Hospital Unit
    • 22 Inpatient Care Areas


    • 2 Exam Rooms
    • 2 Debriefing Rooms


  • Simulation Mannequins

Usage Guidelines

Facilitator is responsible for participant compliance with the following requirements; failure to adhere could result in restrictions, limitations, or disallowed use of CEC resources in the future.

  • During class:
    • Facilitators must be present during all scheduled skills and/or simulation lab activities.
    • No equipment or lab materials are removed from the lab without following the CEC checkout process.
    • Clinical/professional attire is worn by participants while working and/or training in a simulated clinical environment (appropriate scrubs or uniforms and closed toed shoes).
    • Equipment or furniture is Not disturbed or relocated if it is not part of your scheduled activity’s set up.
    • All participants adhere to Do Not Enter and/or Do Not Disturb signage.
  • Facilitator and participants will ensure:
    • Treatment of mannequins, equipment, and environment is respectful, as appropriate in a clinical setting.
    • All participants wash their hands prior to using mannequins and/or equipment.
    • No mouth-to-mouth respirations are performed on the mannequins.
    • No markers, ink pens, acetone, iodine, staining medications, newsprint or inked lines of any kind will be placed on or near the mannequins.
    • No Food or Drink in the skills/simulation lab or simulated clinical settings. Designated areas are provided.
  • At end of class:
    • All sharps are properly disposed of in sharps containers provided.
    • All equipment will be returned to its original location at the completion of the lab activity.
    • All beds will be returned to their initial location and/or orientation at the completion of the lab activity.
    • All equipment, mannequins, vacuum, and gases are turned off at the end of each activity.
    • All trash is picked up and thrown away.
    • All chairs and tables are returned to their initial location and/or orientation.
    • Complete CEC Exit Form. This form will be emailed to facilitator upon completion of the lab activity.