The Capstone College of Nursing Learning Resources Center (LRC) provides faculty with the necessary resources to teach essential nursing concepts and facilitates student learning through diverse learning experiences. The LRC is composed of the simulation laboratory, the clinical practice laboratory, and the computer laboratory.

All clinical nursing courses at the CCN integrate advanced technologies as teaching methods in order to meet individual course objectives.

Technology utilized for each course includes:

  • Multi-media classrooms
  • Low, moderate, and high fidelity simulated-based learning experiences
  • Blackboard Learn for course delivery
  • Notebook computers for testing, accessing unfolding case studies, and online resources
  • Stryker hospital beds including critical care beds
  • Hospira and Alaris IV pumps
  • Multiple task trainers for skill development
  • Telehealth equipment and videoconferencing
  • CAE Learning Space video monitoring software

Simulation Laboratory

The simulation laboratory provides students with the opportunity to develop clinical judgement through high fidelity patient simulators.  Students are provided simulation-based learning experiences as early as the first semester of upper division. Students advance from basic assessment of the adult patient in first semester courses to comprehensively applying their clinical judgement and knowledge in advanced fifth semester learning experiences.  Simulation-based learning experiences expose students to real-life scenarios that they may not have the opportunity to observe in the clinical setting.  The Learning Space video monitoring software allows faculty to record and stream video, audio, patient data, and events during the simulated experience. The Learning Space software provides the opportunity to review and perform self-reflection of simulation scenarios during post-scenario debriefing.

Clinical Practice Laboratory

The Clinical Practice Laboratory (CPL) is comprised of forty-one Stryker hospital beds, four Alaris Smart IV pumps, and approximately 150 task trainers.  Students have the opportunity to practice IV catheter insertion, medication administration, sterile dressing changes, foley catheter insertion, nasogastric tube insertion, and many more.  This newly renovated space provides students with hands-on active learning experiences in a simulated hospital environment.

Computer Lab

The 25-seat computer lab is located at CCN 2029, and is open to all students, 8:00-4:45 Monday-Friday, except when reserved for class or testing.  Printing is available.


TeleHealth is playing a larger role in the future of health care, allowing health care providers to interact with patients in remote and underserved areas. Tele-conferencing equipment in each simulation room equipped with medical scope attachments allows students to gain experience examining patients in a home or rural clinic setting while consulting with a physician or assessing home health patients remotely.  A heath care provider can also join the student via a teleconferencing robot to make hospital rounds with the simulated patients.

High Definition Video

Dual high definition projectors in our classrooms allow for greater detail and clarity when presenting medical materials to students. Faculty use HD video cameras to record simulations and demonstrations for training and learning modules. Students may use the same cameras to record projects.


Panopto is a classroom capture software that allows students to view recordings of lectures for review or to study before exams. Recordings can be downloaded to mobile devices for convenient playback, as well as viewed at a computer.

Learning Management System

All CCN courses are either web supported or totally online. Course materials and testing are delivered through BlackBoard Learn. There are no longer any paper/pencil tests.

Notebook Computers

Students use their own laptops in class for accessing pertinent information, testing and note taking. Laptops are available for check-out for testing purposes, if needed. This allows CCN to maintain a smaller computer lab, leaving more space for clinical and simulation labs while making it possible for more than one course to test at a time.  See minimum and recommended notebook computer specifications for CCN students.

Quiet Study Areas

Two quiet study rooms, one for undergraduates and one for graduate students, both with seating and workspace for individuals and small groups are available on the second floor.

Ethernet & Wi-Fi

High speed connections throughout the building make all these data-intensive technologies possible and practical for the use of our students and faculty. Classrooms are equipped with network and power connections at every seat, including the flexible classrooms furnished with moveable tables and chairs. Wireless network coverage makes it possible to use handheld and laptop devices anywhere in the building.

LRC Team

Matt Ander, NCP4, A+
Director of Technology & Distance Education
Heather S. Cole, Phd, RN, CHSE, CNEn
Director of Clinical Simulation
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Kerri Heritage, MA, BHES
Instructional Technologist II
Patrick McIntyre
IT Technician IV
Regina Sanders
Nursing Simulation Lab Specialist
Manning Williams, NREMT-P, BS
Nursing Simulation Lab Assistant