Simulated Participant Program
The Simulated Participant (SP) program began in the Fall of 2017 and has quickly become
one the most respected Simulated Participant programs in the Southeast. The program
is used to help educate and assess undergraduate nursing students as well as graduate
The goal of the Simulated Participant program is to create a safe, supportive, and
systematic environment in which our students can develop and practice interviewing
for health histories, performing physical examinations, and communicating effectively
with patients. Students also receive critical feedback from the SP, identifying behaviors
observed during the simulation encounter, and how those behaviors made them feel as
the patient or family member they portrayed. As a result of these experiences, our
students improve their skills and their ability to provide the very best health care
for their future patients.
What is a Simulated Participant?
A Simulated Participant, sometimes referred to as Standardized Patient (SP), is a
person who has been trained to portray the history, symptoms, emotions, and concerns
of an actual patient, family member, or other role pertinent to the patient case,
and to do so in the same way so that different students receive the same experience,
and can be evaluated on consistent experiences.
Guidelines for Working with SPs
Common Questions for Potential SPs