The Temple College Health Professions Division offers programs in Biotechnology, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Services Professions, Nursing, Respiratory Care and Surgical Technology. Students have on-campus access to state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, including the internationally-recognized Clinical Simulation Center and Texas Bioscience Institute, as well as clinical experiences in renowned local hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities.
The Health Sciences Center houses the Dental Hygiene Program and Ralph and Jean Wilson Dental Hygiene Clinic, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Services Professions, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology and the Clinical Simulation Center. The adjacent Dell Martin Nursing Education Center serves both the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Vocational Nursing (VN) programs. Biotechnology is located at the Texas Bioscience Institute on the Scott & White West campus.
The Health Sciences Center is a 30,000 square foot facility which allows students in Health Professions programs of dental hygiene, diagnostic medical sonography, emergency medical services professions, respiratory care and surgical technology to experience state-of-the-art learning environments. In addition to state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, the center houses a dental hygiene clinic and the clinical simulation center.
The Ralph and Jean Wilson Dental Hygiene Clinic includes a contemporary 12-chair dental hygiene clinic fully-equipped to enhance student learning of all aspects pertinent to providing patient education and dental hygiene care. The clinic contains x-ray and other equipment necessary for students to function in a modern dental office. In the spring of their first year, students begin providing dental hygiene care to community members.
The Health Sciences Center also includes a distance learning classroom that is used for the Radiology Technology partnership program with McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. Ten students who are enrolled in the Radiology Technology program at McLennan Community College may take didactic classes at this Temple College location.
Nursing programs are housed in the Dell Martin Nursing Education Center located on the TC east campus. The classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual and computer technology to enhance the learning experience. The Nursing Simulation Center is equipped with specialized computerized manikins and models to simulate patient care situations. Nursing students also have access to the state-of-the-art Simulation Center in the adjacent Health Sciences Center.
Simulated Clinical Training
The Clinical Simulation Center is available to students in the Emergency Medical Services, Respiratory Care, and Surgical Technology Departments. It is a “mini-hospital” designed for multi-disciplinary health care education using human patient simulators. The 9,800 square foot center includes an ambulance bay, a receiving area with nurses’ station, two emergency treatment rooms, two intensive care rooms, an operating room, a simulation control room, and laboratories for emergency medical services, respiratory care, and surgical technology. Six Laerdal SimMan simulators and a METI Human Patient Simulator constitute the CSC’s core capabilities. All simulation rooms are equipped with cameras and microphones allowing student performance to be observed and recorded while instructors operate simulators from a central control room.
The award-winning Clinical Simulation Center enhances health care student and provider education at all levels, including Temple College’s certificate and associate degree health professions students, Texas A&M University College of Medicine medical students, Scott and White Hospital resident physicians and fellows, and practicing physicians, nurses, and allied health practitioners throughout Central Texas. Students and clinicians work as members of multi-disciplinary teams in an environment that offers unlimited opportunities to build competence and confidence without risk to patients or themselves.
The Clinical Simulation Center has been recognized for innovation in health professional education as a finalist for the prestigious national Bellwether Award and as the recipient of the Texas Association of College Technical Educators Presidential Award for Excellence.