To accommodate current and future growth of academic and research programs, provide easier access and provide a visible identity for Health Sciences education on campus, Miami Dade College expanded their Medical Campus to include a new home for their health sciences and nursing programs. The Center includes state-of-the-art classrooms and labs to simulate a real-world hospital environment. Key goals for the project were to enable the College to expand offerings to students and increase the number of health care partnerships in the community to better serve the Miami area. Kahler Slater served as the health sciences education architect providing programming, planning and design expertise in partnership with local firm, Harvard Jolly.
The new building houses the medical school’s nursing and physician assistant programs. The center is also available for health care organizations and companies to use for training and research. Active learning classrooms, lecture classrooms and an auditorium provide the College a wide offering of spaces for various teaching styles. The Simulation Center includes high-fidelity simulation hospital/patient rooms, a 5-side cave, virtual reality space, standardized patient exam spaces, debrief rooms, and partner/sponsor space. Wet labs, PT/OT/PA labs, radiology suite and student study break out spaces are also included.