Student Services

Student Services

Student Services

Living Learning Communities

CSU HFSON Living Learning Communities (LLC) is designed to help students during their two years as they transition to the University. Students are able to integrate curricular and residential life in a collaborative environment with other nursing students. The LLC allows for education to be changed from "learning in a silo". Students will learn that their faculty members are working collaboratively with these students. The goals of the HFSON Living Learning include:

  • Fostering lifelong learning
  • Facilitating the student's transition to the University
  • Promoting student persistence

Nursing Departmental Honors Program

The Nursing Departmental Honors Program is an adjunct of the University Honors Program. To be eligible for any Departmental Honors Program, students must meet one of three criteria:

  1. They must have accrued at least sixty credits and must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  2. They must have successfully completed the General Studies Honors Program.
  3. They must have accrued at least sixty credits and must have demonstrated outstanding ability in their fields of study.

Upon completion of the first two years of matriculation in the General Studies Honors Program and with the Dean's approval, nursing students may earn departmental honors through participation in the Honors program.

Resource Center

The Resource Center (RC) is a clinical preparatory facility with standard healthcare equipment. Students practice actual one-on-one patient care simulations before entering a health care facility. The Computer Lab is equipped with computer hardware and software. Students may use software on an independent basis or with an instructor or staff person to enhance their nursing knowledge.

Junior &Senior Coaching

A model of instruction (rooted in cognitive coaching theory) where the nurse educator/practitioner is a guide and collaborator in the nursing student's learning and is not the sole director.

Junior & Senior Mandatory Coaching Student Responsibilities:

  • Attend weekly Coaching Session
  • Complete all standardized achievement tests (seniors only)
  • Develop an individual plan for testing success
  • Download the current NCLEX-RN Test Plan. The NCLEX-RN is a standardized exam used to establish a nursing candidate's preparedness for entry-level work
  • Develop an individualized remediation plan
  • Identify your test-taking style
  • Review test-taking strategies
  • Simulate testing utilizing NCLEX review book questions
  • Use your textbook as a valuable resource


Simulation is an integral part of the clinical experience in which realistic situations are utilized for the learner to gain knowledge and skills. Simulation is grounded in experiential learning theory; holistic learner-centered learning created through transformation of experiences (Kolb, 1984). Simulation is identified as focused clinical strategies using low, medium or high fidelity simulation. Low-range experiences include: focused case studies, role playing, virtual clinical excursions and/or task-trainers. Medium range experiences include increased realism, screen-based simulators, synthetic models, moulage and live actors. High range fidelity experiences may include the use of simulators. Medical Education Technologies Incorporated (METI) and/or Laerdal simulators including the SimMan, SimBaby and additional technologies may be used. The simulation experiences serve as relevant strategies for achieving the program objectives (Childs & Seeples, 2006).

Students are actively engaged in the simulation experience in the role of participant or observer. Participant roles may include: Charge nurse, Medication nurse, Educator, Researcher or Family Member. With diminishing clinical sites and the needs to foster clinical competence (American Association of Colleges of Nurses, 2007), especially among technologically-confidence students, the use of simulation aims to blend traditional course delivery styles with technologic advances.

Simulation Center (SIMcenter)

Brand new in 2009, the Helene Fuld School of Nursing (HFSON) Simulation Center for advancing and enhancing clinical practices and patient safety, gives Coppin's future healthcare providers extraordinary opportunities to indulge in the real world hospital environment, practice quality patient safety, and learn and apply clinical teaching practices – before they treat real patients.

Located in the newly built Health and Human Services Building (HHSB), this state-of-the-art facility houses the Nursing Resource Center, and the six Health Assessment Simulation Laboratories in the building's 4th floor. This allows students to sharpen their clinical skills and patient safety practices using simulated medical manikins alongside cutting-edge technology with the direct guidance of the exceptional and experienced Helene Fuld School of Nursing faculty. Each simulation laboratory is fully equipped with various operational equipment and high-fidelity (a terminology in nursing that means the electronic reproduction of sound and physiology action) manikins that allow the environment to be a realistic depiction of a real hospital.

The Simulator manikins, which represent human patients, can be found in the Health Assessment Simulation Laboratories. These labs are utilized by the undergraduate and graduate nursing students. The center has six simulation labs. There are two medical surgical lab high-fidelity simulators (Sim Lab Rooms 403 & 404), two high-fidelity pediatrics/obstetrics simulators (Sim Lab Rooms 406 & 410), and two high-fidelity advanced medical surgical simulators (Sim Lab Rooms 409 & 413). The Resource Center, located in Room 433 with adjoining conference study area in Room 432 are used by faculty and students for scheduled reviews, tutorial sessions and/or teaching practicum learning activities.