Clinical Learning Lab

The Nursing Clinical Learning Lab (CLL) is a simulated clinical environment for you to practice the application of nursing theory as an undergraduate nursing student. The lab is an essential bridge between classroom learning and real-world nursing practice and is outfitted with real clinical supplies and equipment. Outside of course-related sessions, the CLL is available for independent, self-directed student practice. 

Nursing Lab

The CLL is approximately 4500 square feet of teaching and learning space that provides students and faculty with hands-on, interactive learning opportunities. Each of our learning spaces have current functioning healthcare equipment and technology. The CLL features four different learning spaces: 

  • 8-bed skills training classroom with didactic space and adjacent medication room 
  • Flex training classroom with didactic space and 5 clinic exam tables 
  • Simulated clinic exam room 
  • Simulation suite with two simulation rooms, a medication/supply room, a control room, and a debriefing room 

Once you are admitted to the nursing program as an undergraduate, you will use the CLL within your practicum courses. Each quarter, practicum courses focus on different skills associated with the course objectives for that quarter, which build on the skills learned in previous quarters. The CLL is a place for you to practice application of nursing theory. Through your practice, you will learn:

  • Basic patient care and mobility (principles of hygiene, use of assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, or canes) 
  • Comprehensive and focused physical assessment skills 
  • Safe medication administration (oral, topical, inhaled, intravenous, and more) 
  • IV therapy and vascular access management 
  • Proper procedural techniques and documentation
  • Therapeutic Communication


Screenshot of Dr. Lori Wild from the tour of the new SHS building video

Tour the SHS Building

Take a look inside and tour the facilities with Lorie Wild, former dean. The School of Health Sciences has moved to the 6 Nickerson Building on the east end of campus, a redesigned building with state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces for our nursing students.

COVID-19 Best Practices

While SPU does grant medical and religious medical exemptions for the general population of students, the nursing program does require the most recent COVID-19 vaccine recommendations.