Clinical learning

Clinical placements

Experience in a clinical setting is an integral part of all U-M School of Nursing academic programs. Through working side-by-side with some of the best nursing and medical professionals in the country, our students benefit from the knowledge and hands-on learning that is only possible through actually applying theoretical skills in practice.

To expose our students to the variety of practice settings and specialty fields available to them as professionals, we strive to provide diverse clinical experience locations. Find out more about clinical placements.

Simulation for clinical learning

Faculty member Michelle Aebersold, Ph.D., RN, CHSE, FAAN is Director of Simulation and Innovation at the School of Nursing. 

UMSN offers three courses for University of Michigan faculty members (open to faculty in all schools and colleges) to learn how to facilitate simulations. The courses are:

  • Simulation as a Teaching Methodology
  • Effective Facilitation Skills 
  • Debriefing Basics

Sign up for these courses.

In addition, the Simulation Based Learning canvas course is open to everyone at the university. Sign up to learn about all things simulation at UMSN!

Clinical Learning Center

Students using skills lab during trauma exerciseThis state-of-the-art clinical learning facility engages students more than ever before.

Our focus on active learning fosters greater understanding and advanced clinical reasoning. Unparalleled learning resources are provided for our nursing students.

From simulation rooms housed with high-fidelity mannequins for replicating realistic health care situations, to skills labs for honing basic and advanced skills, to staff rich with knowledge, experience and expertise, this environment enables students to apply their knowledge of nursing theory in an interactive and challenging yet safe and supportive environment.

Students are active participants in the learning process, and they do so here while gaining both experience and confidence.  

Resources for Clinical Learning


Michelle Aebersold, Ph.D., RN, CHSE, FAAN is Director of Simulation and Innovation. 






Amanda Nuechterlein is Assistant Director of the Clinical Learning Center.




The Clinical Learning Center includes a variety of facilities designed to support learning.

Services for faculty

This CLC information memo for faculty and staff outlines some basic operating principles of the CLC. Anytime faculty and staff want to use space or supplies in the CLC, we ask that you partner with us in advance.  

An equipment catalog is available.

For students who may be having difficulty in the clinical area, we offer remediation and evaluation

Schedule a clinical for students who need make-up clinicals. 

lab activity request form is needed a minimum of two weeks prior to a scheduled event and fulfillment is subject to availability.

Services for students

Simulation software

The School of Nursing uses Sim-IQ. See here for system requirements and accessing Sim-IQ.

Students must be aware of the simulation lab Code of Conduct.

After participating in a simulation, please fill out the post-simulation survey.


Watch Dr. Aebersold's TEDxUofM talk:

Spanish language videos:

UMSN produced a series of eight videos using conversational and medical Spanish to prepare current and future nurses for common clinical situations they might encounter. The videos are now available free of charge on Open.Michigan.