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Practice Lab

Room: H106

The Practice Lab is available to all Health and Human Services students.

The Clinical Practice Lab (H106) is designed as a 13 bed hospital unit. The practice lab offers the students a professional, safe environment that promotes clinical practice and fosters learning which is self-directed and student centered.  This area provides students with additional practice time to learn new skills and master more complex skills. The lab is also utilized by faculty for skills demonstrations. Senior Nursing Student Mentors staff the lab and assist the students with skills practice, medication calculations and general nursing knowledge. 

Meet: Sim Junior and Patient Kelly
Manikin Simulators in Practice Simulation Lab


‌‌Sim Junior. Pictures attributed to Laerdal at Junior represents a 6 year old boy that simulates a wide range of conditions from a healthy, talking child to an unresponsive, critical patient with no vital signs. Sim Junior is a realistic, life-size interactive pediatric simulator designed to be used for the education of healthcare professionals.  He can breathe, he has a heartbeat and he can speak.  This manikin can be utilized for starting IV’s, giving injections, doing CPR and multiple other skills.

Patient Kelly is a full-body, lifelike vinyl manikin designed to teach all skills from basic patient handling to advanced nursing skills.  The lab houses 26 of these manikins which the students can utilize to provide wound care, dressing changes, administer injections, insert urinary catheters,administer enemas, complete ostomy care and insert nasogastric tubes.

Patient Kelly. Pictures attributed to Laerdal at and pictures on this page attributed to Laerdal at

Other Equipment

The West Simulation Lab also features other equipment to simulate a patient room: Patient vital sign monitor, headwalls with suction and simulated oxygen (air), IV pumps, code cart, patient care supply cart, computer to access electronic health record, phone, whiteboard, and audio/video recording equipment. 

Contact Us
(989) 964-4145(989) 964-4145
(989) 964-4024


Marcia Mastracci Ditmyer, PhD., M.B.A., M.S.

Acting Assistant Dean

Catherine A. Macomber, PhD., LMSW

Acting Assistant Dean

Jeremy Knous, PhD.


Health & Human Services Dean's Office, H260
University Center, MI-48710


8:00 am - 4:30 pm