Program description

The simulation center at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is proud to serve as a training ground for Children’s nationally recognized trauma, neonatal transport, surgical and cardiovascular care teams. We’re also committed to delivering high-quality simulation training for healthcare teams across the region with our mobile simulation center.

Our simulations cover everything from pediatric and neonatal stabilization procedures to teamwork and communication training and comforting distraught parents. Simulations target preparing new nurses and doctors for practice, and providing practicing experts with multiple opportunities to hone their teamwork and communication skills. One thing never changes: our commitment to transformative learning in a supportive, risk-free environment.

Course and service options

Each year Children’s simulation center supports hundreds of simulations. Core courses are customized for hands-on learning for your unit or department and include:

Pediatric simulation training

Putting PALS, trauma courses, and crisis resource management into practice. This course creates realistic, dynamic, pediatric emergency situations that require healthcare personnel to apply their knowledge of PALS or other standardized guidelines and utilize technical, clinical decision-making and behavioral skills in their response as a team. This course can cover a spectrum from early recognition of a child’s deteriorating condition to resuscitation team training.  Learn more about our courses.

Neonatal simulation training

Putting NRP, S.T.A.B.L.E. and crisis resource management into practice. This course creates realistic, dynamic, neonatal emergency situations that require healthcare personnel to apply their knowledge of NRP and S.T.A.B.L.E. guidelines, while utilizing technical, clinical decision-making and behavioral skills in their response as a team. Learn more about our courses.

Transport of the critically ill neonate

This course includes technical skill practice and repeated simulations targeted at safe transport of the critically ill infant.

Simulation instructor and debriefing training

This two-day course is designed to develop instructors for simulation-based education. Participants will be introduced to the principles of adult learning, crisis resource management, scenario and course development, and the art and science of debriefing. The course is interactive and hands-on and allows opportunities to practice and apply material learned, including a collaboratively arranged additional half-day practicum where participants facilitate as lead debriefer and Children’s Simulation Center instructors provide expert feedback to support the delivery of constructive, objective and concise debriefings.

Learn more about these and other classes offered by the Simulation Center at Children’s.  We also specialize in creating simulation-based courses that meet the needs of adult learners. We look forward to partnering with you to meet your needs.


Other unique simulation services that are customized to meet the needs of your organization can be planned by calling 612-813-6988 or email [email protected] and include:

Competency-based training and evaluation

Integrate simulation methods into individual or group performance training and evaluation needs to meet organizational or regulatory standards or address risk problems. We can assist in building a training that is right for you. Task trainers such as infant lumbar puncture trainers, pediatric and neonatal airway trainers, IV/IO limbs and full body manikins are available.

Institutional policy implementation

Make policy development more efficient by using simulation to test policies prior to implementation

Test of new spaces, processes and equipment

Save money, time and frustration by developing simulations that can assist in the designing or testing of new spaces, processes and equipment.

Expertise that inspires confidence

Here are just a few of the reasons organizations across the region trust Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota for their pediatric critical event training:

  • We’re laser-focused on kids. Physically and emotionally, children are much more than little adults. That’s why we build our simulations around the latest pediatric and neonatal standards of care and safety research.
  • We’ve assembled a rock-star team. Our simulation specialists are nationally recognized leaders in the field with decades of collective experience.
  • We keep it real. From high-fidelity manikins to fully functional patient rooms equipped with the latest technologies, our simulators provide an ultra-realistic learning experience.
  • Whatever the goals, we can help. With our highly mobile staff and multiple training venues, we can deliver flexible programming to meet your team’s needs.

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