The Acute Care Laboratory was established in 2015 through a Health Personnel Shortage Incentive Grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) and Title III funding. The Acute Care Lab allows students to participate in a hands-on environment simulating a hospital setting.
The lab is equipped with four hospital beds, four Hoyer lifts, recliner chairs, assistive devices, parallel bars, IV poles and other hospital equipment. The acute care lab facilitates basic to advanced patient care skills to assist the students understanding of the vast complexities of the acute care environment. The students are given opportunities to role play basic to advanced cases with faculty and classmates. The students apply lecture topics such as optimal patient positioning, bed mobility, transfers, managing of vascular catheters, ECG leads, and indwelling drainage tubes, discharge planning, and interacting with other disciplines.