Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR Center)

Simulation Training & Applied Research (STAR) Center

The Jacksonville University, Keigwin School of Nursing, Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences STAR Center is dedicated to providing a student-centered, positive learning environment where theoretical knowledge can be applied through practical skills, and clinical reasoning and judgement can be cultivated. The Clinical Skills and Simulation Laboratories promote safe and quality patient care, inter-disciplinary collaboration, and effective communication through experiential learning and goal directed training. With over 3,000 square feet of simulated clinical environment, the labs are staffed by a team of clinical experts who are dedicated and passionate about equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to build a competent and confident professional identity.

The STAR Center works collaboratively with faculty to introduce students to the expectations of the practice environment and the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals over multiple health science disciplines including: undergraduate nursing & graduate nursing. The center oversees the healthcare sciences standardized patient (SP) program and the labs are home to over twenty low, mid, and high fidelity patient simulators that span from the neonate to geriatric models. A variety of innovative engaged learning techniques are used to optimize student outcomes including: demonstration, return demonstration, role play, simulation, standardized objective clinical evaluations, and unfolding case studies.

Standardized Patient Program

Lab Request Form

Standardized Patient Request Form

Standardized Patient Cue Card Template



The Clinical Skills and Simulation Laboratories replicates diverse patient care environments to include: 

  • Primary Care Office
  • Acute Care
  • Critical Care
  • Geriatric Care
  • Kinesiology Wellness Care
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Mother Baby
  • Nursery Care
  • Pediatric Care
  • Psychiatric Care
  • Rehabilitation Care
  • Respiratory Care
  • Speech Language Pathology Diagnosis and Care
  • Telehealth Home Care
  • Public Health Care

This Center for Student Excellence promotes evidence-based skills competency for the following:

  • Physical Assessment
  • Vital Sign Monitoring
  • Wound Care
  • Principles of Sterility
  • IV/Phlebotomy
  • Mobility
  • Central Dressing changes
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • Nasogastric tube (NG tube) feeding
  • Foley Catheter Insertion
  • Bladder Irrigation
  • Airway Management
  • Ventilator Management
  • Central and Arterial Line Placement
  • Suture Techniques
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Vascular Ultrasound
  • Thoracentesis
  • Paracentesis
  • Chest Tubes
  • Pelvic Exams
  • GlideScope

The latest technology for student success include:

  • Workstations on Wheels
  • Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA)
  • Electronic Health Record Documentation
  • Video Assisted Simulation Debriefing Feedback System
  • Video Recorded Competency Assessments

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