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Clinical Education Center

Colorado Mesa University's Health Sciences Clinical Education Center (CEC) is comprised of a library, computer lab, clinical labs and two state-of-the-art simulation labs. The CEC offers students the opportunity to learn and practice health science skills in a safe, non-threatening environment before going into clinical settings. The CEC is also available for quiet study and small group projects.

The CEC also hosts a media room, which has audiovisual learning aids available in DVD, VHS and computer formats. There is also a large selection of books and DVDs dedicated to health sciences. This room is also available for study, meetings or lunch gatherings. A refrigerator and microwave are available for student use.

CEC Staff

CEC Coordinator: Susan Mathews, RN, EMT-P

CEC Assistant Coordinator: Lynn Duncan, RN, BSN

CEC Assistant: Dan Neil, EMT-P

Clinical Consultant for Unconventional Medical Therapies: Ozzy Simbourne

CEC phone number: 970.248.1317

CEC Coordinator office number: 970.248.1113

Clinical Labs

The CEC has four fully-equipped clinical labs, including one lab that simulates a home environment.

These labs offer low fidelity manikins and supplies to simulate various patient care environments.

Teaching skills include VS, chest tube management, NG tube placement and management, IV placement and management, pump use and care, medication administration, EMS skills, trach care, catheter placement and care, drain care, wound management, lab draws, PICC care and assessment skills.

One-on-one mentoring and tutoring is offered for skills and drug calculations, interpersonal interactions and computerized charting. Standardized patients are provided as needed for various simulations and scenarios.

Simulation Labs

The CEC is proud of its two state-of-the-art simulation labs.

Skills are taught by integrating simulations in a variety of clinical settings using both high-fidelity manikins and standardized patients with topics such as: BG management, respiratory management, mega codes, fetal demise, Alzheimer's care, psychiatric care, obstetrical management, delivery and care of the newborn, trauma care, ER nursing, stroke care, AAA management, abdominal pain assessment, surgical patient assessment, TPA administration, pain management and pediatric arrest care.

Simulations are developed for use within the nursing and EMS programs, as well as with local hospitals and area EMS agencies.

Additional Learning Opportunities Provided by CEC

  • Didactic guest lecturers for topics including trauma, medical management, cardiac arrest, EMS careers and stroke
  • Outreach to area hospitals and EMS agencies
  • CPR (BCLS) for the Healthcare Provider classes

Enroll in CPR for the Healthcare Provider, taught by CEC staff.