Health Innovation Technology and Simulation Lab Receives Reaccreditation

The Health Innovation Technology and Simulation (HITS) Program in the College of Nursing has received reaccreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSiH) in teaching/education and research.

The HITS Program mission is to deliver excellent educational offerings and advance the science of health care simulation. This is carried out by ensuring experiential simulated learning opportunities and research and development of innovative simulation technologies for health care and health care education are guided by the best practices of healthcare simulation. Securing reaccreditation by SSiH ensures that the college remains at the forefront of simulation education and research in the United States and globally.

“We are immensely honored to receive this reaccreditation,” said Dean Victoria Niederhauser. “This recognition is a testament to our commitment to maintaining the highest standards in simulation education, teaching, and research. The collaborative efforts underscore our dedication to advancing health care through cutting-edge technologies. This also demonstrates excellent educational outcomes for our undergraduate and graduate students.”

The HITS educational program, led by Susan Hébert, assistant dean of simulation, uses state-of-the-art simulation and health care technologies to support simulation education for inter-professional learning. The HITS research program, co-directed by Tami Wyatt, assistant dean of research at the college, and Xueping Li, professor in the department of industrial and systems engineering, engages interprofessional teams in researching and developing health care technologies, applications, and intellectual properties to improve health care and health care education.

 “It is an honor to lead one of the premier simulation programs accredited in simulation teaching, education, and research from the Society of Simulation in Healthcare,” said Hébert. “Currently, approximately 250 international programs hold accreditation in teaching and education. However, the college remains the only stand-alone nursing program in the United States with additional accreditation in simulation research. This additional honor displays a commitment to excellence from all involved in advocating, planning, and delivering simulation experiences that include the leadership team, clinical faculty, support staff, and researchers.”


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