Providing real-world training for future health care providers

Sinclair College
Health Sciences Center

Dayton, Ohio

The new Health Sciences Center at Sinclair College provides students with an interprofessional education as it prepares the region's next generation of health care providers. An expansion and renovation to an existing building allows the opportunity to bring together all of the community college's health sciences programs under one roof. Kahler Slater partnered with local firm, LWC Architects, to provide allied health programming, planning and design services to the health sciences areas.

The project included combining the health sciences programs from several buildings around campus into one state-of-the art center. It allows Sinclair College to expand laboratory and clinical space for students, as well as convening space to host large group college and community events. A key emphasis was placed on allowing students from different professions to learn with each other to mimic their future careers. Thoughtful planning explored ways for programs to share resources as well as provide various areas for student study. The facility includes areas for a wide range of health sciences programs, including nursing, dental hygiene, respiratory therapy, behavioral health, EMS, radiology tech, surgical tech, health information management and physical and occupational therapy assisting. A new surgical simulation suite, 25-chair dental clinic that serves Dayton-area residents in need, a home care simulation lab, and an EMS training room help ensure real-world training for the students.