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Penn State Mont Alto takes mobile simulation lab to Philadelphia

3/19/2010 —
Penn State Mont Alto’s nursing department took its mobile simulation laboratory (mobile sim lab) on the road during a recent visit to Philadelphia high schools. Before boarding the 32-foot Winnebago, a classroom on wheels, students from the Cardinal Dougherty High School and Abraham Lincoln High School learned how to measure blood pressure and heart rates.
The visit to Philadelphia schools was coordinated by the Penn State Philadelphia Community Recruitment and the Mont Alto campus. “When students apply to Penn State, one of the more popular majors selected is nursing.  This type of college exposure helps students make informed decisions about careers in healthcare,” said Carolyn Boswell, director for the recruitment center.  Penn State Mont Alto features associate and bachelor’s degree programs in nursing. 
Launched in January, Mont Alto’s nursing department uses the mobile sim lab for the education of its students, continuing education, recruitment, and community outreach. Both Penn State nursing students and local healthcare practitioners benefit from training with the mobile lab’s high-fidelity human patient simulator, iStan, which allows them opportunity to improve their diagnostic and critical care skills. “There are only a handful of mobile simulation labs in the state of Pennsylvania. We want to spread the word about the nursing program at the Mont Alto campus and to highlight what we have to offer students from Philadelphia,” says Michael Harp, director of enrollment management at Mont Alto.  Harp added, “It’s also a cool tool to engage students.”
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