Clinical Learning Resource Center

Overview

The University of Illinois Clinical Learning Resource Center provides support services for graduate and undergraduate nursing students and other health professionals through simulation-based instruction, clinical laboratory experiences, and student services. The center, located in the UIC College of Nursing, offers state-of-the-art facilities where learners can apply knowledge, skills and attitudes in a safe simulated environment.

The experiential learning lab and clinical assessment and skills lab provide realistic experiences to prepare and assess learners using simulations in a variety of platforms, e.g. patient simulators, standardized patients, unfolding case studies and other methods. In addition, learners will have access to student support services for developing successful study habits and learning outcomes.

Interior shot of the instruction floor with hospital beds and study tables.

About the Center

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing includes the M. Christine Schwartz Experiential Learning Laboratory, the Clinical Assessment and Skills Lab as well as the Student Resource Room.

M. Christine Schwartz Experiential Learning Laboratory

The M. Christine Schwartz Experiential Learning Laboratory was opened in August 2014.  The center is designed to give students hands-on clinical experience utilizing a variety of simulation activities including high and low fidelity mannequins, task trainers and standardized patients.

Our simulation rooms are fully equipped and can easily be converted for students at the beginning, intermediate and expert levels. Our collection of Adult, Obstetric, Pediatric, and  Neonatal mannequins allow us to tailor scenarios for all levels and specialties.

Christine Schwartz earned her BSN from the University of Illinois at Chicago Urbana Regional Campus, a Master of Science Degree in Health Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Science Degree from the College of Nursing at Northern Illinois University.   She has served on the faculty of the college of nursing at Loyola University (Chicago, IL) and has advocated for advanced education for nurses by serving on the Dean’s External Advisory Board at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. She is a member of the President’s Council of the University of Illinois Foundation and a lifetime member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.

Clinical Assessment and Skills Lab

Our over 5000 square foot main clinical laboratory space features 6 clinical rooms as well as 15 hospital bed spaces with additional space for skill demonstration and classroom work. The lab can accommodate multiple classes at once and is stocked with the latest medical equipment and supplies.

Student Services 

We offer students an opportunity to practice their physical assessment and skills during scheduled lab time as well as during periods of open lab time with faculty and/or peer support.

In addition we offer support services to enable students to accomplish their academic goals. An example of this is our peer tutor program for development of effective learning strategies and assistance with coursework.

Contact Us


Catherine Dezynski, MSN, WHNP-BC, AAHIVS
Coordinator of Clinical Learning Resource Center and Student Success Program
312-996-2185

cdezyn2@uic.edu