There is no better way to learn clinical skills than through hands-on application. At the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, you will gain experience treating patients in real-world health care scenarios in our Centers for Innovative Clinical Practice (CICPs), which are located on each of our campuses.
Get Hands-on Practice
The CICPs are state-of-the-art learning centers that are designed to simulate clinical and home settings, with real medical equipment and realistic, interprofessional environments. As a USAHS student, you will have the opportunity to practice clinical skills and techniques in a simulated environment in courses across your curriculum.
Guided by expert faculty and CICP staff, you will practice assessment, diagnostics, and treatment with standardized patients and, in some cases and programs, with high-fidelity simulators. Each CICP has video-recording capabilities for students and faculty to review and debrief what students do well, and to reinforce key concepts to improve future practice.
USAHS is proud to be among the first universities to have simulation education centers dedicated to the rehabilitative sciences. The CICPs serve students across modalities and programs, including the physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and speech-language pathology programs. Students in different programs can participate in complex scenarios together, engaging in interprofessional education and collaboration. Students in our Flex DPT, OTD, and MOT programs learn through recorded videos of the simulations and work in the CICPs during their on-campus lab weekends and intensives.
The capabilities of the CICPs enable your instructors to translate and apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to clinical settings. This experience prepares you for your first clinical role, whether in an ICU, an in-patient rehab facility, a mental health clinic, or another setting. Our CICPs are a safe place for you to develop and improve your professionalism, bedside manner, patient safety, and patient care skills.