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Today’s healthcare professional is learning faster and doing more than ever before. The demand for realistic hands-on educational experiences has never been higher. That’s why we created a bachelor’s program focused specifically on healthcare simulation. This unique and emerging field combines education, technology, operations, research and leadership skills. You’ll be creating safe spaces in which healthcare professionals can learn and grow in a low-risk training environment. Learn to manage everything about healthcare simulation, from creating curriculum to running a state-of-the-art center using human patient simulators, procedural trainers, and virtual reality. Best of all? Your work behind the scenes will be making a difference on the frontlines of healthcare.

The healthcare simulation bachelor's degree and healthcare simulation certificate option are both accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). 

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Welcome to the New Home of Carolinas Simulation Center

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on training in Carolinas Simulation Center, part of Atrium Health
  • Certificate or Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences options available - multiple pathways available depending on educational background 
  • Will be prepared to sit for the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) or Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS) exam after meeting the two-year requirement in simulation


Our flexible hybrid learning model means you’ll take a combination of general education courses and simulation courses online, while coming in person for your hands-on lab experience. Many classes are taken with students from other disciplines. This program includes 120 total credits for the bachelor’s degree, and 20 credits for the certificate. 

Certificate Option (must have prior bachelor's degree):

  • Complete in 1 year

Bachelor's Degree option*:

  • Complete in 2 years with a prior associate degree
  • Complete in 4 years with no incoming credits
  • *length may vary based on incoming credits

Tuition & Fees

$422 per credit hour

Application Requirements

Certificate Option (must have prior bachelor's degree):

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended demonstrating an earned (by program start date) baccalaureate degree
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above

Bachelor's Degree Option:

  • Official high school transcript or equivalent verifying graduation and college preparatory coursework
  • Official SAT or ACT test score report with a minimum 900 (SAT) or 19 (ACT). Copies of official score reports and scores reported on an official transcript will be accepted. For the SAT, only the critical reading and math scores are considered in calculating the minimum requirement
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (if applicable) with a combined cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended demonstrating an earned (by program start date) associate degree (if applicable)
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Term Priority Deadline Start Date
Fall June 15 September
Carolinas College of Health Sciences

Brian Lorenzo, Simulation Operations Specialist

For Brian Lorenzo, a simulation operations specialist with Carolinas Simulation Center, a typical day might include setting up task trainers and supplies for training in the procedural suite, orienting learners to the trainers, or even designing and making new models to be used for future trainings.

“If you want the stability and science of healthcare, the creativity of art and the innovation of technology, simulation education is where you should be!” he said. “One of the most exciting things about my work is the constant variety that comes with the job. Boring days are a rarity here at CSC. Along with that, because of the growing popularity of simulation in healthcare new ideas are formed and encouraged to be explored.”

About Carolinas Simulation Center

Students in this program will get hands-on learning in Atrium Health's state-of-the-art Carolinas Simulation Center. The center opened in 2007 and is one of only a handful of programs accredited at a distinguished level by both the American College of Surgeons as a Comprehensive Education Institute and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) accredited in the areas of Assessment, Research, Teaching/Education, and Systems Integration. The Simulation Center provides healthcare professionals the opportunity to use a variety of simulation modalities to practice procedures and clinical patient care situations in a safe-learning environment.