The on-campus nursing classroom is a state-of-the-art classroom that is equipped and engineered for distance delivery by means of videoconferencing system technology allowing real time interactions with students and faculty at a distant site in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Student response systems (clickers) allow for enhanced student participation during class and provide the instructor with instant feedback related to student understanding of content. All nursing courses have an online classroom (learning management system) available to handle announcements, lecture outlines, course updates, discussion boards, and other communication from the faculty.
Classroom instructors also teach in the clinical area, which bridges lecture content with practical application in the clinical setting. Faculty to student clinical ratio does not exceed 1:8. Clinical rotations begin in the first semester of the program and continue throughout. Each core nursing course has a clinical component whereby students are placed in a clinical agency and engage in learning experiences in which they provide direct care to clients. Our main objective is the careful selection of community agencies whose clinical opportunities meet the goals of the Nursing Program.
Simulation and Skills Laboratories
Patient care areas (laboratories) are used for practicing skills demonstrations. These labs are equipped with training simulators and supplies for student learning experiences.
SimMan® computer based manikins provide realistic and challenging scenario based simulations to test students' critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills. These scenarios allow students to respond in real time to patient situations and learn correct interventions in a virtual reality environment, thus eliminating the risks inherent in practicing skills on live patients.
Most testing is done in a computer laboratory to help prepare students to take the computerized national licensing examination. Additionally, with an institution code, enrolled nursing students have access to online interactive nursing scenario case studies. These realistic scenarios allow for application of knowledge, test decision-making skills, and provide practice in answering NCLEX® -type questions.