The Galen College of Nursing curriculum is designed to facilitate a learner-centered culture. Our classroom instruction includes a variety of active learning strategies based on evidence-based practice. These strategies help students learn and apply nursing knowledge, as well as develop the required clinical judgment essential to the practice of nursing.
There are many reasons why our students say their Galen experiences are outstanding. Among them are our academics. We believe that a nursing school graduate should be able to walk into their first job feeling capable, competent, and ready to go to work. So we’re constantly updating our curriculum to reflect the most current thinking and trends in nursing practice. Our contemporary and technologically advanced nursing education programs provide students with:
- Small class sizes and small student-to-teacher ratio means Galen students get more and easier access to faculty members, more one-on-one teaching, and more interaction in the classroom.
- Early, extensive and diverse clinical experiences, in a variety of real-world healthcare settings. Many Galen students begin clinical training in their very first quarter depending on the program of study. About 50 percent of this time is spent learning and practicing in our campus learning laboratories. There’s also significant time spent caring for patients under the supervision of a Galen faculty member in local healthcare facilities such as hospitals, long- term care facilities and clinics with a focus on medical-surgical nursing, maternity, pediatrics, mental health nursing, and more. Our strong emphasis on hands-on clinical training helps Galen graduates begin their careers with confidence and professionalism, fully prepared to practice.
- Student resource and computer study centers that provide learning environments essential for success in Galen’s nursing programs.
- Science laboratories that allow students to learn using state-of-the-art equipment
- Clinical learning laboratories that are outfitted with high-tech patient-simulation mannequins to facilitate the development of nursing students’ clinical judgment and reasoning.
- Technology that enhances our students’ learning in the classroom and helps provide opportunities for online nursing education.
Science Labs, Clinical Labs, and Clinical Simulation (SIM) Centers
Galen students graduate equipped with more than knowledge: they graduate with the confidence that comes from a healthy amount of clinical experience and hours of hands-on training. In fact, a majority of newly-hired Galen graduates say they feel better prepared than many of their peers.
Each of Galen’s science laboratories helps students hone their skills with state-of-the-art equipment and hands-on learning opportunities, supervised by a science lab faculty member who provides one-on-one attention.
Clinical Learning Laboratories
Developing clinical judgment and reasoning are paramount in nursing education. Because of this, each Galen campus boasts modern clinical learning laboratories equipped with patient simulation mannequins. Working individually and in groups under the supervision of an experienced professional nurse educator, students practice the skills that are fundamental to patient care in an encouraging, engaging learning environment.
Advanced Clinical Simulation Center (SIM Center)
Galen’s commitment to Pure Nursing has resulted in Galen’s Clinical Simulation (SIM) Centers, which are among our most exciting educational resources.
Each SIM center includes fully equipped simulation suites that mirror real hospital-room settings, debriefing rooms, and a control center for faculty observation and direction. Students find the equipment makes simulation “as real as it gets” – with newborn warmers, medication carts, feeding pumps, cardiac monitors, intravenous infusion pumps, working headwalls, and much more.
At the center of it all are fully computerized patient simulators, lifelike mannequins that replicate real physiological responses. These include full-body articulation; breathing and chest movement; blinking eyes with reactive pupils; and vocalization and speech through wireless microphones.
Prior to a SIM session, students are briefed on the preplanned medical/patient scenario to be simulated. Galen faculty members direct and oversee activities from a control room, recording the simulation event through cameras installed in each simulation room. One day students might train in a labor and delivery situation; the next day it might be an intensive care unit or ER.
After each SIM session, faculty conduct a structured debriefing in one of our conference rooms. Here, recorded video of the session is reviewed to improve students’ performances.
The Galen SIM Centers are invaluable student resources for teaching and evaluating specific nursing methods and skills, improving clinical judgment, and increasing safety in nursing practices.
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