Simulation Instruction: Robert Morris University


This graduate-level certificate offers health sciences educators the opportunity to gain current knowledge and experience in techniques related to simulation facilitation, instruction, and leadership. This certificate program prepares graduates for the CHSE examination. Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective simulation facilitation/instructional strategies
  • Integrate standards for best practice within your simulation program
  • Incorporate simulation measurement and evaluation strategies to enhance program outcomes
  • Determine priorities for funding of simulation research projects
  • Identify leadership strategies to enhance success of a simulation program
  • Utilize innovative trends such as TeamSTEPPS ® teamwork training in designing experiences
  • Explore technologies appropriate for use in a simulation laboratory
You can earn this certificate with three convenient eight-week online classes designed for working professionals:

Class 1
Leadership in Simulation Facilitation and Instruction

This course explores current research in high fidelity simulation and education, through the use of both manikins and standardized patients. Special focus is given to:

  • Scenario facilitation and design
  • INACSL standards for best practices
  • Prebriefing and facilitation
  • Debriefing and evaluation

Donna McDermott, PhD, MSN, CHSE , is an assistant professor of nursing at Robert Morris University. A Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE), Donna has a wealth of experience with simulation center accreditation and incorporating simulation throughout undergraduate and graduate curriculum.

Class 2
Innovative Trends in Health Care for Simulation

The final eight-week course explores the current landscape of health care and simulation, and culminates in a final project, or e-portfolio, incorporating all three classes. Concepts include:

  • IOM report
  • QSEN competencies
  • TeamSTEPPS training concepts
  • Licensure regulations. 
  • Interprofessional Education Collaboration (IPEC)

Janice Sarasnick, PhD, MSN, CHSE , CHSOS, is an assistant professor of nursing at Robert Morris University. As a master trainer for TeamSTEPPS, Janice has conducted interprofessional simulation for all health care learners and incorporated simulation throughout the undergraduate and graduate curriculum.

Class 3
Organizational Leadership and Management Concepts in Simulation

This course investigates effective management techniques and leadership strategies that generate buy-in from colleagues and administrators and enhance the success of a simulation laboratory. Subjects include:

  • Strategic planning
  • Creating a mission and vision
  • Budgeting and research funding priorities
  • Organizational change theory
  • Emotional intelligence

Suzan Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE, FAAN , is director of the RMU’s Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center. Suzie is Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Simulation in Nursing and the VP of Research for the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) and recently named as a fellow of the Academy of Nursing.

Why Choose RMU for your Certification?

The RMU Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education Center (RISE Center) is one of now a handful of freestanding nursing programs that has a simulation center that is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Robert Morris University is world-renowned in healthcare simulation, and provides professional development and education to physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals from across the nation.

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Suzan Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE, FAAN

Donna McDermott, PhD, MSN, CHSE
Janice Sarasnick, PhD, MSN, CSHE, CHSOS