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Healthcare Simulation

The main goal of the Masters in Healthcare Simulation is to prepare the student to deliver healthcare simulation, run a healthcare simulation centre, and carry out research on or using healthcare simulation.

Healthcare simulation is a range of activities that share a broad, similar purpose – to improve the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare services. Simulation education is a bridge between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience.

Over the past two decades the use of simulation through distance learning to train healthcare providers has progressed rapidly in terms of both the technology and the educational techniques used. However, there has been a lack of education and training in how this equipment can be used to educate healthcare practitioners or incorporated into existing educational programmes.

The main goal of the Masters in Healthcare Simulation is to prepare the student to deliver healthcare simulation, run a healthcare simulation centre, and carry out research on or using healthcare simulation.

Entry requirements

•An honours Bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8 in a relevant healthcare discipline (e.g. medicine, nursing, speech and language therapy, pharmacy), although applicants with evidence of at least three years equivalent professional/academic experience will be considered (e.g. Emergency Medicine Technicians, simulation technicians).

•Demonstrated interest in simulation.

•Demonstrated proficiency in English.

•Previous experience, or an academic qualification, in the education and teaching of healthcare professionals.

Duration

The course is delivered as much as possible online through distance learning.

There will also be a need to attend five days of intensive hands – on training in using a range of simulators carried out at NUI Galway.

Modules 1 to 6 will be delivered during the first academic year. Modules 7 and 8 will be delivered during the second academic year of study.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

In the last decade there have been large changes in: undergraduate healthcare education, postgraduate healthcare education, delivery of healthcare, and the working environment. These changes have led to a large investment in simulation centres nationally and internationally.

The Masters in Medical and Healthcare Simulation will provide the student with the expertise required to lead and carry out research in simulation-based education in undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare teaching environments.

Subjects taught

The course is delivered as much as possible online through distance learning. This delivery method allows the student to study at a time that is convenient to them, no matter where they live. The modules are delivered using a combination of multi-media presentations, online discussion boards, and online tutorials.

There will also be a need to attend five days of intensive hands – on training in using a range of simulators carried out at NUI Galway.

Modules 1 to 6 will be delivered during the first academic year. Modules 7 and 8 will be delivered during the second academic year of study.

Module 1. An introduction to simulation and training in healthcare.

Module 2. Simulation with manikin and task based trainers.

Module 3. Standardised patients, virtual patients, and hybrid simulation.

Module 4. Running an effective simulation-based education programme.

Module 5. Human factors and patient safety in simulation.

Module 6. Uses of medical and healthcare simulation beyond education

Module 7. Research Methods for Medical and Healthcare Simulation.

Module 8. Research Thesis.

Assessment method

The course will be assessed by:

•Student participation and reflection on weekly discussion board activities related to the materials presented during the research methods module.

•Completion of module assignments.

•Completion of a research proposal and methodology paper

•Completion of a 3,000 to 5,000 simulation-focused research dissertation in the format of a peer-reviewed journal.

Course fee

Cost: 10,000 Euro (5,000 Euro per annum)

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