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Simulation Lab Coordinator

Presentation College
Aberdeen, Aberdeen, SD, US

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Academic Affairs, Research Staff & Technicians
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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General Purpose

The Simulation Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Presentation College simulation center and labs. The Simulation Coordinator oversees the preparation, maintenance, inventory and operation of all simulation equipment/supplies and collaborates with faculty to design, plan, implement and schedule simulation activities. The coordinator ensures adherence to program policies, course objectives, program outcomes and current simulation best practices and safety measures. The coordinator oversees Standardized Patients’ training and scheduling and/or virtual reality laboratories. This position is a 12-month, full-time placement. Occasional evening or weekend shifts may be required

As part of the Presentation College Learning Community, you will be expected to play a role in supporting the legacy of the Presentation Sisters, in promoting the Mission, living the Core Values, and furthering the Vision.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities


  • Coordinate and supervise the general operation of the simulation laboratory/center to provide a wide variety of patient simulation experiences.
    • Act as the primary contact for scheduling all external clients utilizing the simulation center. 
    • Coordinate workflow between college departments and divisions. 
    • Oversee the regular maintenance and repair all simulation equipment, including:
      1. Human patient simulators (HPS), computers, monitors and a variety of clinical medical equipment.
      2. Audiovisual and debriefing systems.
      3. Surgical simulators.
      4. Virtual reality laboratory computers and other equipment.
    • Communicate effectively with manufactures regarding maintenance, repair, update and technology changes.
      1. Coordinate upgrades to software and equipment as needed.
    • Provide technical support for task trainers and multimedia peripherals including:
      1. Beds/examination tables, headwalls, patient monitors, and other health care equipment
      2. Medication dispensing systems
      3. Vital sign monitors
    • Organize and restock simulation and laboratory supplies.
    • Oversee the set up and take down of simulation laboratory equipment – allowing for rapid turnover of simulation lab set up as necessary.
    • Monitor and prepare laboratory budget.
    • Provide recommendations for equipment and supply purchase anticipating future changes in technology.
    • Ensures safety for all users.
  • Maintain laboratory to meet regulation and accreditation standards.
  • Collaborate effectively with faculty from the following departments.
    • Incorporate best practice and evidenced-based research in program development with a focus on standardization and efficiencies across the healthcare continuum
    • Assist in the development and implementation of curricula for Nursing and allied health training programs. This includes development of simulation component for staff and student competency training.
    • Participate in faculty and department meetings to assist with development and implementation of simulation experiences.
    • Communicate effectively all simulation laboratory educators, administrative staff and technical support staff.
    • Create a positive work environment demonstrating leadership and supervision for simulation center staff.
    • Coordinate training for all users of the simulation laboratory including faculty.
    • Provide orientation to new simulation lab staff and oversee their training.
    • Coordinate simulation center schedule in compliance with simulation center policies working to prevent scheduling conflicts.
    • Schedule simulation laboratory staff to support learning activities
    • Network with other lab/simulation coordinators at local/state/national level to develop and utilize best practices.
    • Coordinate the collection of data for ongoing research or grant requirements.
    • Coordinate the set up and maintenance of computer-based training programs
    • Maintain learner confidentiality.
    • Hire, train and schedule Standardized Patients.
    • Coordinates center tours.
    • Performs other job-related duties as required. 
    • Assume faculty educator role for simulation as content expert if appropriate.
    • Conduct debriefing within scope of knowledge or assist content expert with debriefing.
    • Develop simulation curricula to support course and department outcomes.
    • Create and implement educational programs for new simulation faculty including prebriefing, simulation and debriefing.
    • Conduct simulation exercises for Basic Life Support, ACLS and PALS.



    • Minimum two years’ experience in healthcare simulation as an educator or simulation technician is preferred.
    • Ability to meet challenges of adult learners with diverse backgrounds.
    • Clinical knowledge and experience working in a healthcare related field such as EMT, paramedic, or other allied health profession certification and training.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) to interact with and work effectively with other faculty, staff, students, and vendors in a positive, helpful and cooperative working relationship.
  • Experience with providing technical support in networking, computer hardware or software.
    • Familiarity with PC and Mac platforms with experience in MS Office and the ability to learn additional software programs, including audiovisual and computerized simulation equipment.
    • Knowledge of operation of standard audio-visual equipment: projectors, microphones, portable screens, media players, etc.
    • Organizational and time management skills to keep materials in order, track various projects, maintain files, and follow through assignments to completion.
    • Supervisory Experience.
    • Ability to create complex schedules.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information.
    • Ability to quickly learn new technology 
    • Ability to express technical information clearly and simply to non-technical persons.
    • Physical ability to lift, move, maintain and set up computer, audio-visual and simulation lab equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. without assistance.


    License/Certification/Registration Requirements:

    • Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS) preferred.
    • Commitment to obtain CHSOS within two years of hire date.


    • BS degree in Healthcare discipline or Medical Technology preferred.
    • A minimum of a AS degree in healthcare field:
      1. Paramedic, medic, EMT, emergency tech, C.N.A., Respiratory Therapist, L.V.N. or hospital technician
    • Knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy/physiology.
    • Combination of education, training and/or experience which can be demonstrated to result in possession of the qualifications necessary to perform the duties of this position.

    Working Conditions 


    The physical work environment may include mechanical, electrical, and heavy lifting hazards as well as toxic substances.

    • Essential: stooping/bending, finger dexterity, seeing, hearing, speaking, lifting usual weigh of 10 pounds up to 25 pounds up to 20% of the time
    • Frequent: standing, walking, reaching at and below shoulder level, static gripping of an object for prolonged periods, frequent gripping of an object
    • Occasional:  sitting, twisting body, kneeling, climbing stairs, walking on uneven ground, squatting, pushing/pulling usual weigh of 10 pounds up to 25 pounds, carrying usual weigh of 5 pounds, reaching above shoulder level, repetitive arm/hand motions
    • Operates a computer, typewriter, calculator, copier, facsimile, telephone, and simulation equipment (cameras, headsets, speakers, etc.)

    College Mission, Vision & Values 


    As part of the Presentation College Learning Community, you will be expected to play a role in supporting the legacy of the Presentation Sisters, in promoting the Mission, living the Core Values, and furthering the Vision.


    Making the world a better place!

    Learning… For a Better World

    Using knowledge to improve lives and make our communities a better place is the very heart of what we do at Presentation College. Here, service learning isn’t an add-on or an afterthought. It’s the very foundation of who we are and what our education stands for.

    Because, quite simply, that’s what the world needs.


    Our Catholic Tradition

    Our deep Catholic roots guide us in the way we approach learning and living. A core mission of our founders is a sincere commitment to social justice and human dignity, and that commitment is brought to life every day through our efforts to help individuals, families, and communities in need.


    Our Service Curriculum

    In order to fulfill graduation requirements, students complete at least two service learning projects. You’ll have the flexibility to choose from a broad range of service learning programs and opportunities, and you’ll enhance the experience through reflections and journaling.


    Our Boundless Enthusiasm

    From building homes through Habitat for Humanity, to “Shop with the Saints” for families in need, to packing lunches at the local food bank, to hosting community meals and health clinics, to countless other service activities, there’s no limit to our enthusiasm for service. That’s why 97 percent of students say they’re satisfied with service learning at Presentation.

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