Miami Dade College (MDC) opened its new Center for Learning, Innovation and Simulation, a state-of-the-art facility designed to provide students with the training needed to excel in today’s fast-changing health care industry. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place July 16, at the Medical Campus in the heart of Miami’s Health District.

“Health care occupations are expected to grow by 18 percent by 2026,” said Dr. Bryan Stewart, Medical Campus president. “We’re going to be able to offer students the technology and resources they need to fill many of the ‘hot’ new jobs.”

Scheduled to serve students in the fall, the five-floor center will feature an entire floor dedicated to advanced medical simulation that will facilitate the practice of working in real-world clinical environments such as operating and emergency rooms. With the help of innovative technology, students will be able to recreate various medical scenarios, helping reduce errors, improve safety and elevate the quality of patient care.

The center contains amenities comparable to any cutting-edge hospital, including 15 high-fidelity patient rooms, a simulated ambulance, a home health apartment, and 10 examination rooms, to name a few. Students will be able to utilize a 300-person multi-purpose conference center with state-of-the-art projectors and recording capability; and a 150-person tiered lecture facility with technology at each seat.

The building will also house fully equipped medical labs for nursing, respiratory care, physician assistant, histology, medical laboratory science and other programs, and student collaboration areas. It will also contain a large, state-of-the-art physical therapy facility.

The center will allow for the expansion of some of the college’s most in-demand programs – including emergency medical services, nuclear medicine technology, nursing and physician assistant – as well as make room for new programs like central sterile processing and surgical technology.