Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Learning (I-SAIL)

At Henrietta Schmoll School of Health's I-SAIL, we use healthcare simulation best practices to create replicable real-life patient and client situations to optimize learning outcomes for students. Our program utilizes simulated patients, high-fidelity mannequins, trainers, and virtual tools to simulate a wide range of experiences from creating a positive patient experience to managing complex medical situations. 

Value of HSSH Healthcare Simulation

Healthcare simulation provides students the opportunity to practice in a safe learning environment to prepare for clinical and fieldwork experiences. These activities occur within healthcare disciplines and interprofessionally with students from a variety of health science and nursing programs. Each individual program has the equipment to support student learning for the specific skills for each program's specialty. I-SAIL's goal is to improve the outcomes of individuals, communities, and health systems on the continuum and through the lifespan utilizing innovative educational tools and methods.

Interprofessional Education

The Henrietta Schmoll School of Health is dedicated Interprofessional Education (IPE) — educating future healthcare professionals across their 35+ programs to learn with, from, and about each other's role to positively impact management of patient care. I-SAIL integrates high-quality simulation throughout Henrietta Schmoll School of Health's programs to emphasize the value of team-based patient care and enhance the quality and experience of patients.

Learning Spaces

  • Seven high-fidelity simulation rooms: These high-fidelity simulation rooms are set up to replicate real life environments, where students practice the integration of skills, assessments, communication, interpretation, decision-making, and implementation of interventions for the safe and quality care of patients. Each room is equipped with their own control room for instructor and classmate observation and feedback.
    • Of the seven rooms: five are acute hospital care environments; one is an obstetric environment; and another replicates a home, transitional care unit, or long-term care environment.
  • Two spacious skills labs: Each room contains low-fidelity simulators/mannequins and various skills trainers to practice foundational skills. These large spaces allow us to accommodate multiple classes to facilitate interprofessional learning across the various HSSH programs.
  • Two advanced assessment labs: These spaces replicate clinic environments. They are used for physical assessment skills and procedures, as well as basic assessment skills for the pre-licensure nursing programs. In addition, these spaces are used to replicate clinic setting simulation activities.
  • Two large and three small debriefing rooms: These rooms are used to view and discuss a simulated activity so students can reflectively analyze the event and begin to make meaning from the experience. Each is equipped with the ability to streamline video and audio images to support hybrid and virtual learning.

All of these spaces are used in various simulations to help healthcare professional students learn their role and scope while working with patients along the continuum of their healthcare experiences.

  • Used in tandem with the Simulation Program lab spaces, some HSSH programs also learn in St. Kate’s Anatomy lab. This is an experiential learning environment that provides hands-on opportunity to learn and examine anatomy and practice skills.


St. Kate’s HSSH programs have a wide variety of equipment, simulators, trainers, and supplies.  This healthcare technology equipment replicates what is found in clinical/fieldwork experiences ensuring our students are prepared to excel.