Explore Our Simulation Lab

Real-world, hands-on nursing experience without the risk. That is what our simulation and skills labs are designed for.

Explore our simulation and skills labs. Notice how the space looks and functions like a real hospital. It was designed that way.

Every student's in-person clinical experience will be different – you cannot schedule what cases you will see. But your experience in the simulation and skills lab will ensure you are exposed to everything. So, you are prepared for anything.

Simulation Experience

student in simulation

In the simulation lab your skills will be put to practice – literally. As you experience real-life scenarios with our high-fidelity manikins.

operating manikin in control room

Behind the scenes in the control room your instructors operate the manikin – your patient. The patient feels like a feel person who talks, breathes, has a heart-rate and more.

Instructors behind 2-way mirror

The 2-way mirror in the control room allows your instructors to customize the scenario for you. Modifying the manikins interactions with your nursing practice.

Student with baby manikin

Take care of even the smallest patient. We have a diverse assortment of manikins in age, race and gender.

manikins in simulation

As real as a simulation scenario can get. Down to the smallest details – a cup of water waiting.

3 students in simulation

It is always a team effort to ensure the patient – manikin – receives the best care.

students with IV

All the resources of a hospital at your full disposal – including IV and fluids.


The fluids aren’t real but our team alters them to look and feel authentic.

undergraduate and graduate students

Together with a provider – our Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner student – these students are working to save the life of a patient in cardiac arrest.

students with manikin

Pulling out all the tools necessary to save this patient – manikin.

student preforming cpr

No matter the outcome of the simulation you will learn important lessons. You will be prepared to use those learnings on your next patient. A patient that will not be a simulation. But you will be prepared.

Skills Lab

students in skills lab

Gaining hands on experience in our skills lab.

skills room

Our skills lab is designed to mimic a hospital setting with 6-8 beds in each room.

instructing in skills lab

Our faculty will instruct you with the aid of our low-fidelity manikins.

practicing in skills lab

Then you will have time to practice your skills.

classmates in skills lab

And move onto using your classmates as patients. Allowing for learning when you are both the nurse and the patient.

lobo louie in skills lab

Lobo Louie stopping in for some fun and to learn a thing or two about how to become a nurse.

Rebecca Fabian, BSN 2016
Simulation gave me the ability to put the knowledge I learned in the classroom and the skills I learned in the lab to the test.  Simulation was a way for me to really test my skills and navigate through scenarios to help improve my critical thinking skills.
Rebecca Fabian, RN at UNMH in Pediatric Specialty Care, BSN 2016

Your Questions Answered

Skills labs are designed for hands on group learning and practice using a manikin or your peers. You will learn the basic skills to be a nurse–how to administer IV’s, wound care, patient feeding, positioning and much more.

In the simulation labs your will be placed in real world scenarios with high fidelity mannequins. These manikins will fully interact with you – just like a live patient without the risk. They can have a conversation, blink and track their eyes, have a pulse, bleed and more.

What you learned in the in the skills lab will be put to the test in your simulation experience. But the real learning will happen in the debriefing room where you will engage in constructive feedback with your faculty and peers.

The first term. Students start hand on education in the skills lab right away. You will get lots of practice time – once a week. Preparing you for your clinical experiences later in the program. 

The first term. Students will take part of scenario-based simulation experiences throughout the program.

Cardiac arrest, birthing, end of life are all scenarios our students have experienced. Scenarios vary. You should expect to take your learnings from the classroom and the skills lab and put them into practice.

The simulation and skills labs are housed in 28,000 square feet state of the art building specifically designed for simulation activities. Rooms include:

  • 24 clinical spaces
  • 3 acute care rooms
  • 7 debriefing rooms
  • 5 skills rooms with 6-8 beds in each
  • Community student waiting area/ lounge

Why Our Program

As the No. 1 nursing school in New Mexico, we don’t just educate nurses. We change the entire field of nursing. We educate inquisitive professionals who improve patient care. Our nurses are scientists who find smarter methods of serving the people of our state.

UNM College of Nursing

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