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  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical and Healthcare Simulation


    The online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical and Healthcare Simulation provides effective training in simulation teaching, curriculum design, and the fundamentals of simulation research in an inter-professional setting. The program prepares you to further your career in healthcare simulation via quality, effective, simulation-based medical education, research, management, leadership and teamwork skills. 

    During the program you'll learn to:

    • Communicate more effectively as part of a team, particularly in a crisis
    • Empower others to transfer what they've learned through training scenarios to the workplace, improving services and increasing patient safety
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of your teaching in simulation
    • Use simulation as a training and educational tool for others

    Program Features

    • Average completion time – 1.5 years
    • Credits may be transferred into the MS in Medical and Healthcare Simulation program
    • Innovative instructional approach with a blended curriculum of online coursework combined with three on-campus week-long immersive simulation practicums
    • A core, detailed focus on the many facets of simulation-based medical education prepares you for multiple areas of interest upon graduation
    • Opportunity to network and collaborate with professionals from a variety of roles, including physicians, nurses, and health sciences professionals

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    Required Courses 
    MSMS 501SSimulation Curriculum and Design I3.0
    MSMS 506SDebriefing in Simulation3.0
    MSMS 701SSimulation Laboratory Practicum 4.0
    Elective Courses 
    Select a minimum of 9.0 credits from the following:
    MSMS 503SBiostatistics in Healthcare Literature3.0
    MSMS 504SPrinciples of Assessment: Measurement Theory, Assessment Principles & Tools3.0
    MSMS 505SStandardized Patient Course3.0
    MSMS 507SHigh Fidelity, Low Fidelity and Task Trainers3.0
    MSMS 508SInterprofessional Education3.0
    MSMS 511SPatient Safety and Simulation3.0
    MSMS 600SAdult Learning in Healthcare3.0
    MSMS 801SCapstone1.0
    MSMS 802SCapstone Project Implementation2.0
    MSMS 899SMSMS Independent Study1.0-3.0 
    Total Credits19.0

    Admissions Criteria

    • Four-year bachelor's degree, nursing degree program or equivalent with a preferred minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Experience in health care and a demonstrated commitment to the field
    • Successful completion of a background check and professional license verification

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Official release of any standardized tests, such as GRE or MCAT (if taken)
      • If you have not taken any standardized tests, you are not required to do so. However, if any tests have been taken you are required to submit an official release.
    • Essay of 500-1000 words explaining your participation and exposure relating to simulation, as well as your research goals
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Fall 2017

    August 7, 2017

    December 8, 2017

    Spring 2018

    January 8, 2018

    May 4, 2018

    Summer 2018

    May 14, 2018

    July 27, 2018

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