San Diego State University

Sharp Healthcare Human Patient Simulation Center

Sharp Lab

The facility houses state-of-the-art human patient simulators.

sharp center

The center is a simulated hospital unit right on the SDSU campus.

The Sharp Healthcare Human Patient Simulation Center (HPSC) in Hepner Hall 124  is a 7 bed simulated hospital unit housed in the SDSU School of Nursing.

The HPSC opened in August of 2006 with the help of a $1M grant from Sharp Healthcare for operation of the center.

State-of-the-Art Human Patient Simulators

The HPSC has six patient simulators, four adult, one pediatric and one baby from Medical Education Technology, INC and one Noelle birthing simulator from Gaumard. The HPSC uses equipment and supplies found in a standard hospital environment to make the simulation experience as real as possible. Students can expect at least one simulated clinical experience per semester.

Simulated Emergencies

Simulated scenarios range from basic assessment of a hip fracture patient to care of critical care patient in septic shock. Currently there is one full time and one part time faculty member and a graduate assistant running the HPSC. Course faculty are responsible for scenario set up, simulation character interactions and technical support during the simulations. Currently, over 1800 student experiences have taken place in the SHC HPSC.