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Simulation Lab

SFA nursing simulation lab


The Ed and Gwen Cole Simulation Laboratory

SFA’s Ed and Gwen Cole Simulation Laboratory offers another way for students to practice their nursing skills in a controlled environment. The lab covers 9,000 square feet of the DeWitt School of Nursing and is equipped with the latest in medical teaching technology. 

Here, high-fidelity mannequins provide a realistic look at a wide variety of medical conditions. These “patients” are operated remotely by professors and given names and medical histories to help students hone their patient education, diagnosis and treatment abilities.

The simulation lab is one of only three in the state of Texas to be named a Laerdal Center of Excellence, an award for centers that exhibit consistent excellence in educational philosophy and programs for the purpose of saving lives.

Gain real experience from simulated patients

Students in the School of Nursing gain hands-on experience by participating in a variety of simulations that can be controlled and changed as needed in safe environments. Additionally, nursing students have the opportunity to collaborate each semester with students from other disciplines in preparation for real-life scenarios.

About Ed and Gwen Cole

Ed and Gwen Cole moved to Nacogdoches in 1978 from New Orleans, Louisiana. They fell in love with the area and became avid supporters of education and the local community. SFA students benefit from multiple scholarships and learning centers provided by the Coles, including the nursing program’s state-of-the-art simulation lab. 

Not all of our donors are able to make gifts on the same scale as the Coles, but gifts of any size can benefit our nursing students. Explore opportunities to help.


DeWitt School of Nursing

5707 North Street
Administration Building
Suite 102

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6156, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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