• chp profs with students in sim lab
  • student nurse asking prof a question in sim lab
  • prof about to demonstrate on mannequin to students
  • prof demonstrating stethoscope on sim mannequin

The Simulation, Technology and Research (STAR) Center

The state of the art 5,000 square foot STAR Center is located on the McNichols Campus in the College of Health Profession (CHP) Building on the second floor.

These simulated hospital suites are fully-equipped with medical supplies and technologies using high fidelity Human Patient Simulators, including adult, obstetrical, and pediatric manikins to prepare students to provide safe, competent and compassionate care in the clinical setting.

Developing compassionate leaders ready to serve in a vulnerable world.

Students learn compassion and respect for all voices, especially those that are often muted. Moral and ethical issues are considered alongside academic and professional disciplines.

Our students understand that the Mercy and Jesuit charisms demand that they put their education to work in service of others. Collaboration across programs provides students a local and global vision, helping them understand the difference they can make in healthcare.

INACSL logoThe STAR Center simulation experiences are guided by The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice™ Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice. The standards were designed to advance the science of simulation, share best practices, and provide evidence-based guidelines for implementation and training.


To provide high-quality, safe, culturally competent and comprehensive learning experiences for our students, faculty and community with a foundation built on evidence-based healthcare practices. The STAR Center will assist students from undergraduate to graduate level in developing and refining the cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills needed to improve their delivery of patient care and healthcare outcomes. We will promote patient safety through research and development and improve the delivery of quality healthcare to our most vulnerable populations.


To be recognized regionally as an accredited benchmark program and an interprofessional center that provides high-quality simulation education.

Upcoming Event

STAR Center Past Events

  • 4/19/24 Romeo High School Tour
  • 4/18/24 STEAM SLAM - Michigan Science Center
  • 3/28/24 Corewell Tour
  • 3/19/24 Bill Lubaway Donor Tour
  • 2/27/24-2/28/24 Supported the Working Backwards Sessions for the Center for Augmenting Intelligence in Urban Healthcare
  • 2/14/24 & 2/19/24 Setup VR sessions on Novi Campus
  • 1/9/24 VA Tour for partnership
  • 11/3/23 West Shore ESD Visit
  • 10/25/23 ELM Labs Visit for VR Solution partnership
  • 8/03/23, 8/04/23, 8/10/23, 8/11/23 Summer Youth Exploration Camp
  • 6/06/23 Media Day - Grand Opening of STAR Center
different students using sim labs


To provide holistic, innovative, collaborative and competency-based learning experiences:

  • Serve as a resource to the larger healthcare community to promote safety and quality in healthcare.
  • Provide educational methodologies that are based on the standards of best practice.
  • Serve as a place to conduct research that will provide an opportunity for communicating ideas and information for advancement in healthcare and health science education.
  • Reinforce student education by providing a welcoming and engaging environment that is technically sound

Pillars for Service and Education 

The guiding principles of The STAR Center are rooted in the Jesuit Mercy values:

  • Intellect: Commitment to academic excellence and lifelong learning.
  • Faith: Upholding spiritual values and fostering a sense of purpose.
  • Compassion: Demonstrating empathy and kindness in all interactions.
  • Service for others: Dedication to serving the community and supporting those in need.

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