The Medical and Health Professions Education (MHPE) Simulation Program Management Certificate is jointly administered by the School of Health Professions and the Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning (SCSIL).  We designed this certificate for healthcare professionals who are interested in enhancing their simulation education knowledge and skills. 

This certificate provides medical and health professionals new skills to build increased competence in simulation. It supplies learners with skills in designing and delivering effective simulated learning experiences, a better understanding of simulation technology, and a better understanding of the business of simulation. This program can be useful if you:

  • Are working in or preparing to work at a healthcare simulation center focused on learners who are undergraduate students, graduate students, and practitioners
  • Are seeking ways to broaden your knowledge of the business of simulation
  • Wish to improve your healthcare simulation knowledge and skills

Course Requirements

MHPE 704 Simulation in Healthcare    3 Credits
MHPE 720 Simulation Tools and Techniques    3 Credits
MHPE 725 Business of Simulation    3 Credits
MHPE 730  Capstone   3 Credits
  Total   12 Credits

Educational Format

Classes are taught online (asynchronous), which are ideal for participants who have professional and family responsibilities. 

Financial Aid

Private education loans may be available for those who qualify.

Tuition costs for the Medical and Health Professions Education-Simulation Program Management graduate certificates are based upon the number of credit hours taken per term. Tuition is due at the beginning of each term of your enrollment. For more information, please contact EVMS Financial Aid at for more information.

Course Descriptions

Simulation in Healthcare

This course will examine the use of medical modeling and simulation as instructional and assessment tools of the modern health professions educator. Participants will explore the key features of simulation-based healthcare education that lead to effective learning, evaluate the range of simulation methodologies, and critically review current research and trends in simulation-based education and assessment. Participants will apply learning with a systematic instructional design process to develop a practical simulation-based teaching and/or assessment project by the end of the course.

Simulation Tools & Techniques

Healthcare simulationists have access to myriad simulation tools and techniques to support simulation-based learning.  While some tools are commercially available, there are an assortment of tools  that can be “home-grown.”  This course will explore the broad scope of commercial and “home-grown” simulation tools and techniques available to the modern educator.

Business of Simulation

Today’s simulation centers are analogous to small businesses, in that they involve small teams leveraging limited resources to support the mission critical needs of clients (students, faculty, residents, practicing clinicians, etc.).  Often, simulation centers are established without an understanding of the long-term resource requirements – be they market share, funding, staff, equipment, or space.  This course will explore the core business principles required to help leaders both better manage their center and develop or hone their business model.


This course capstone provides students with an in-depth, supervised opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained in the first three courses.  Students will focus on improving an existing simulation program, solving a problem in an existing simulation program, or building a simulation program from scratch based on what is most relevant to them.