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Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation Education

Academic Experience

The University of Washington Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation Education degree program teaches working healthcare professionals the fundamentals and latest advances in simulation science, and how to design and implement a simulation-based curriculum.

Our graduates will be prepared to advance their careers as leading healthcare simulationists, educators, researchers and more.


Our curriculum combines coursework, a non-thesis capstone research project and a simulation center practicum.

Program Goals

As a student in the UW Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation Education program, you’ll learn:

  • Simulation knowledge, teaching skills and proven methods for interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Creative, evidence-based approaches to using healthcare simulation to address patient safety, healthcare quality and efficiency
  • How to design courses and learning tools that stimulate deep, interactive learning
  • How to critically evaluate effective teaching practices in healthcare simulation
  • Simulation and learning theories you can use in your own practice or research

Program Format

The Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation Education is a part-time, 18-month program. In the summer quarter, you’ll complete a practicum at an established simulation center near you.

Courses are completely online, allowing you to earn the degree at your own location. To accommodate students across time zones, coursework is a combination of real-time classes and self-directed learning.

Real-time classes meet via Zoom on weekdays; meeting times will vary. You’ll also have ongoing access to recordings of all live sessions. We’ll post more details on real-time classes in late December 2023.

Learn more about online learning.