The Big Bend Community College Simulation Technology (Big Bend) program has just earned provisional accreditation status from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), the largest healthcare simulation accrediting body in the world.

SSH accreditation is a peer-reviewed, customized evaluation of a simulation program. They look at several factors including program structure, long-term plans and teaching outcomes.

The Big Bend program was commended for having state-of-the-art labs and simulators, an innovative curriculum, and staff and instructors who were highly-qualified industry experts.

Provisional accreditation status through SSH is good for two years. After that, programs are eligible to apply for full accreditation.

Big Bend is one of the first to offer a Medical Simulation degree in Washington State. The program prepares students for entry-level employment in simulation centers and laboratories, where they’ll run realistic simulation scenarios for healthcare providers, first responders and even military personnel. The program also offers simulation operator and simulation educator certificates.