Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR Center)

Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences

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Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences

Office location

Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Office hours

Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Kathleen KavanaghWelcome and thank you for visiting the Jacksonville University Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences (BRCHS) Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR) Center site. 

The STAR Center provides a safe simulated hospital environment for inter-professional students to work as a team while becoming proficient in the performance of health assessments, clinical skills, and complex medical care on simulators (manikins) and live standardized patients. In addition to providing simulation experiences to undergraduate and graduate students, graduate nurse residency program training is provided for local partnering hospitals throughout the year.  JU graduates are highly regarded by community healthcare agencies for their provision of safe and quality care.  We hope that you enjoy the information presented on our website! Please feel free to contact myself or any of the STAR team members.


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Dr. Kathleen Kavanagh
Director, STAR Center

STAR Center

The Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR) Center provides an invaluable experiential and kinesthetic learning experience for Jacksonville University Keigwin School of Nursing students. The STAR Center directed by Dr. ​Kathleen Kavanagh, DMH, MSN, Ed RN, enhances critical thinking and psychomotor skills that are fundamental to health sciences education and patient care in a simulated environment. The experience creates a positive, safe learning environment that builds students' confidence, communication techniques, assessment skills, critical thinking abilities, and advances their clinical skills proficiency with varying levels of patient acuity. Academic clinical partnership and collaboration increases preparedness of the student to practitioner role in the delivery of evidenced-based care, based upon Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations, and the Quality Safety and Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative.

Download the STAR Center Brochure


The STAR Center replicates a diverse patient care environment:

  • 14 bed units
  • Adult 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

​The STAR Center features a variety of simulators  (such as Sim Mom, Sim Man Essential and Sim Jr, Sim Mom, Noelle Birthing Simulator) that simulate CPR, vital signs, heart sounds, lung sounds, abdominal sounds, EKG changes, Arrhythmias, Airway Normal Findings , Dysfunction, and Dysphagia.

Nursing Anne Sim Pad for skill training: NG tube, foley insertion, wound care, assessment, tracheostomy care, medication administration, and IV insertion
Pediatric Airway Management Simulators


​​​​The BRCHS experiential learning must incorporate hands on training. This occurs in our centers and laboratories. Our largest training center is the Simulation Training and Research Center (STAR). Review the STAR and Skills Lab Strategic Plan.

Faculty and Staff of the STAR Center

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