New health science facility at Black Hawk College has community-wide impact

Students in the health sciences can now use simulations for hands-on learning

By Gretta Patrick |

Published 09/01 2015 06:14PM

Updated 09/01 2015 07:17PM

Black Hawk College's new health sciences facility boasts a lot of new technology to prepare students for their future careers, and that new technology benefits the the community, not just the students.

"I think that it's going to put all of us as students in a position to adequately care for our patients in a real life setting," said Tonney Coleman, a Black Hawk College nursing student. 

Labs that simulate real-life situations and simulation 'Manikins' are just two of the new learning tools that fill the new building. The new space is a step up from the previous facilities. 
"One of the immediate benefits is just the additional space. Our nursing programs have been functioning out of one nursing laboratory for as long as anyone can remember and that just wasn't adequate," said Betsey Morthland, the Executive Dean of Black Hawk College. 
"We not only wanted the space to be state of the art and high tech, but we wanted it to be very user friendly and very comfortable for our students," said Dr. Bettie Truitt, the president of Black Hawk College. 
Students in seven different degree programs use the new building. Executive Dean Morthland says those students will go on to benefit the many health care facilities in the Quad Cities.
"We have shortages of healthcare providers, so our goal here at Black Hawk College as a community college is to help to supply the need for those healthcare providers moving forward," said Morthland. 
Both the President and the Executive Dean hope that the tech-filled facility will entice students who are interested in health sciences to come to Black Hawk College to study them. 


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