NCET helps you explore business and technology
By Dave Archer
Where can you find a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, radiology lab, veterinary clinic and an emergency room in one building? At the William N. Pennington Health Science Center. There, students learn how to deal with real-life health science scenarios in a variety of hands-on laboratories.
The center began in 2005 as the TMCC High Tech Center, a $6.6 million, 34,500-square-foot, single story building. In early 2015, the building was expanded with a new 16,800 square-foot addition that includes a state of the art nursing lab with four simulation rooms and two standard patient rooms. The existing building space was also remodeled to provide a new radiology technician suite and a biology preparatory lab.
Now, the center provides educational opportunities to more than 200 students per cycle (or more than 400 students per year) in four main areas: nursing, public safety, radiology and veterinary health sciences. The school regularly works to respond to the increasing needs of our community to train new professionals in these areas.
Students studying in the Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program or the Certified Nursing Assistant Program learn in the center’s a state of the art nursing lab. This suite of classrooms and laboratories includes a simulated hospital, so students study with a concurrent lecture and lab to apply their skills. The lab is stocked with mannequins that simulate all kinds of medical situations from emergency cardiac arrest to infant health care. (And yes, they sweat and bleed).
The ultimate stressor for students ultimately comes in the private simulation rooms. In these rooms, instructors sit behind a one-way mirror and control one (or two) of the mannequins on the other side of a mirror while a student responds to whatever medical malady is thrown their way. The entire session is recorded, and afterward, the student collectively watches the videos with his or her peers and evaluates how he or she responded.
On the other side of the building is the public safety lab, where students studying in the emergency medical services or paramedic program learn their skills. Like the nursing lab, these students use simulated environments and mannequins to learn. The lab includes a small bathroom, living room, and kitchen to help students learn how to extract patients out of those given environments out in the field.
The Health Science Center also includes a similar educational set up for students studying radiologic technology. The radiology classroom and lab includes a simulation x-ray table and arm on which students can learn. They also learn how to examine x-rays taken digitally and on film.
For students studying to become a veterinary technician, there’s another laboratory where they can learn how to treat animals. And yes, there’s a sim dog as well.
It’s hands-on learning for all in this vital center to our community’s health.
See the William N. Pennington Health Science Center and experience its many laboratories and classrooms during NCET’s Tech Wednesday event 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at the collaborative campus of Truckee Meadows Community College and the University of Nevada, Reno, located at 18600 Wedge Parkway in Reno. More information and registration at NCETwed.org.
Dave Archer is President & CEO of NCET, a member-supported non-profit that produces educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology.