The Experiential Learning and Simulation Center in Samford University’s College of Health Sciences revolutionizes the way students learn everything from simple skills and tasks to strategies for managing complex health care scenarios.

The 22,000 sq. foot Experiential Learning and Simulation Center utilizes the most sophisticated technology available including a digital recording and playback audio visual system that is used for debriefing, evaluation and demonstration. The center also includes an Electronic Health Record system that mirrors the systems found in today’s health care settings.

Simulation in Action

  • Athletic Training
  • Dietetic Internship
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Pharmacy 
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Undergraduate Nursing

Commitment to Interprofessionalism

Samford's Experiential Learning and Simulation Center is unique in its purpose of serving the entire College of Health Sciences and not one or two specific programs. The center has a central location, containing everything—from clinical labs to our high fidelity suite—all on the same floor,  making it easy for interprofessional activity to occur. 

Samford's commitment to interprofessional education is showcased here with numerous opportunities for students across the health disciplines to learn and practice side-by-side, equipped with the knowledge and skills to excel in today's team-based approach to care. 

Examples of interprofessional education in action can be see in our large-scale simulation events, like our annual Acute Care Simulation or Community Disaster Simulation.

Mission, Vision & Values


The mission of Samford’s Experiential Learning and Simulation Center is to prepare health science students in a Christian environment to be competent, compassionate, and innovative practitioners through experiential learning and simulation experiences with a commitment to interprofessional education, patient safety, and professional practice standards.


To emerge as a national leader in simulation education utilizing state-of-the-art facilities, innovative teaching practices, and evidence based practice principles.


  • Christian ethos
  • Excellence
  • Patient safety
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Experiential learning


High fidelity simulation suite

High Fidelity Simulation Suite

The five-bed high fidelity suite allows for simulation of complex health care situations. All rooms have individual observation rooms and debriefing/conference rooms.

Operating room

Operating Room

 In the operating room, nurse anesthesia students work with a Human Patient Simulation that has human-like physiology with exceptional lung mechanics, gas exchange, pharmacological response and the ability to interface with patient monitors.

Assessment and skill lab

Assessment and Skill Labs

Students learn, practice, document and demonstrate basic care and patient assessment competencies, utilizing task trainers and low- to mid-fidelity simulators, students learn.

Standardized patient suite

Standardized Patient Suite

The standardized patient suite includes 10 individual exam rooms with charting stations, a training room and a patient lounge. Standardized patients will be utilized to simulate realistic ambulatory care interactions.

Flex lab

Flex Lab

The six-bed lab houses medium fidelity mannequins to meet various needs within the college. Activities include skills lab review, multi-patient simulation, and furthering clinical development. The flex lab can be configured for multiple uses, including an emergency department or medical-surgical nursing unit.

Non-Sterile Compounding Lab

Non-Sterile Compounding Lab

Student pharmacists learn to prepare unique, custom-formulated prescriptions such as creams, solutions, capsules, and other dosage forms in this lab.  Students are  taught the most up-to-date, contemporary compounding techniques used in various pharmacy settings.

Sterile Compounding Lab

Sterile Compounding Lab

Using the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) guidelines for sterile-compounding facilities, this space was designed for students to learn the proper technique and processes for preparing sterile medication such as those administered to a patient intravenously. The pace includes a total of 10 simulated hoods to accommodate up to 20 students. Each hood has a video recording capability so students can faculty can review, assess and improve upon their sterile technique.

Home Care Lab

Home Care Lab

The 1,100 square foot home care unit looks and feels like a real studio apartment. The apartment allows students to practice in-home patient care and skills specific to the community setting.

Active Learning Lab

Active Learning Lab

The Active Learning Lab is a classroom environment designed to facilitate interprofessional education, case studies and group work focused on improving patient care quality and outcomes.