Healthcare Simulation

Major: Healthcare Simulation
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2213
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program 

The MS in Healthcare Simulation program prepares nurses, healthcare professionals, and simulation technicians to meet future challenges in both academic and professional spaces. Specialized training in simulation-based education, partnered with advanced education in patient safety, prepares students to be leaders in their fields. The skills attained in this interdisciplinary simulation-based graduate program are transferable to the clinical environment, clinical teaching, and the classroom. Graduates of the program will have the skills to lead a simulation program in an academic or hospital environment. Graduates will also be prepared to sit for the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) certification as soon as they meet the practice requirements.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Graduate Nursing Division

Additional information is also available on Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions MS in Healthcare Simulation webpage and Drexel University Online's MS in Healthcare Simulation webpage.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in a health-related field from an accredited university
  • GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework
    • 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or the last 60.0 credits completed. Applications from RNs with a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
  • Two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
    • Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are not required to submit letters of recommendation.
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the following:
    • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
    • Your plans upon completion of the degree
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Resume or curriculum vitae including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences

International students will need to meet University international student admissions guidelines including TOEFL.

TOEFL Requirement: 

International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and United States permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor’s degree or higher in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing, and reading. U.S. citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status; otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • If the TOEFLiBT exam is taken, students are required to have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
  • If the TOEFL is taken, students are required to have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.
  • Personal statement/essay: Personal statement describing interest in MS degree and particular specialty
  • Interview/portfolio: Admissions interview may be required
  • CV/resume: Required
  • Clinical/work/volunteer experience: While specific experience is not required, previous related work experience may make the applicant more competitive.

Degree Requirements

IPS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care 3.0
IPS 503Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
IPS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
IPS 585Science of Safety, Human Factors, and System Thinking3.0
IPS 586Creating a Culture of Safety2.0
IPS 591Foundations of Healthcare Education3.0
IPS 617Simulation in Healthcare Education4.5
IPS 618Standardized Patients3.0
IPS 619Advanced Debriefing and Reflective Practice 3.0
IPS 620Simulation Center Leadership3.0
IPS 621Evaluation in Simulation-Based Education3.0
IPS 622Simulation Capstone5.5
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
IPS 5033.0IPS 5023.0IPS 6174.5IPS 6183.0
IPS 5913.0IPS 5443.0 RSCH 5033.0
 6 6 4.5 6
Second Year (Part-Time)
IPS 6193.0IPS 5853.0IPS 6203.0IPS 6225.5
RSCH 5043.0IPS 5862.0IPS 6213.0 
 6 5 6 5.5
Total Credits 45
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