The Leighton School of Nursing (LSON) shares facilities with the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) in the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences. The center has high-technology and simulation classrooms where state-of-the-art technology enhances learning through methods such as video lecture capture, audience response, distance learning, and podcasting.
LSON works collaboratively with the COM to provide students in the health sciences opportunities for interprofessional education fostering teamwork and collaboration which is critical in today's healthcare landscape. Imagine how great that will look on your resume. And, more importantly, imagine how it will prepare you to lead on the job.
The Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences
The Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences is a 140,000 square foot building with classroom, lecture, and office space on four floors. Designed by Indianapolis architectural firms Schmidt Associates and BSA LifeStructures, the building was built to LEED Gold standards (LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council).
Key features include:
- a white roof
- rain gardens to manage storm water
- bike racks to support alternative transportation
- building materials selected to emphasize recycled sources
In addition, the demolition of existing buildings on the site emphasized reclaiming as much of those materials as possible for recycling.
Inside the building, the learning environment emphasizes computer instruction and assessment. All classroom instructions are captured and are available via a digital archive. Students are able to access all instructional content, even if they are working in a hospital or clinic hundreds of miles away. Teleconferencing capability allows medical students and physicians to consult with each other in a virtual environment.
Modern patient simulation centers serve both medical and nursing students, and the building has many small group seminar and study rooms. A state-of-the-art anatomy lab and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) lab fill the basement space. Classrooms, two lecture halls, and the admission and student affairs offices occupy the first floor. Study space and the simulation rooms, which duplicate hospital and clinic treatment areas for teaching and assessment of student skills and competencies, are located on the second floor. The third floor features administrative and faculty offices and conference rooms.
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Browning Anatomy Lab
36 dissection tables with computer terminals, a mobile teaching station, and cadaver dissection and storage are featured in the Browning Anatomy Lab, giving students an opportunity to use video, imagery, and other tools to aid in their dissections.
While working with the cadavers, nursing students are able to learn more than just names, locations, and functions of various body structures. They learn the texture, flexibility, and weight of all the different tissues and that each body is unique.
Hill-Rom Simulation Center
Home to 10 exam rooms and four SIM labs, the Hill-Rom Simulation Center provides students with opportunities for realistic hands-on training in a risk-free environment. Simulation experiences give nursing students a chance to develop patient and clinical skills in realistic conditions. Students and faculty utilize standardized patients, human patient simulation, and computerized simulations using adult and child mannequins to hone their skills.
Research experience is emphasized as an integral part of the innovative curriculum at MU-COM and LSON. We recognize the need to give medical students opportunities to continue their learning experience outside the walls of the classrooms.
Our laboratory facilities provide opportunities for state-of-the-art research techniques in cell and molecular biology, microbiology, immunology and physiology. In addition to the technology located in the research laboratory, other powerful research equipment is available in the College of Arts and Sciences where high performance liquid chromatography, mass spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy facilities are located.
Among the key equipment in the research facilities are a four color flow cytometer, fluorescence microscope, electroporator, gel imager, microplate reader, UV spectrophotometer, multi-channel NanoDrop device, gradient and quantitative thermocyclers, and a full array of other basic bio-laboratory equipment. Equipment for applied physiology research and OMM research is located in the Evans Center.
In addition to the research facilities, students have opportunities in clinical and biomedical summer research programs both on campus and at a growing number of corporate and non-profit facilities.
Health Sciences Library
MU-COM and LSON use an online medical library, providing access to over 1,000 biomedical journals, hundreds of e-books and many specialty databases. There is also a medical librarian to provide guidance to our students, faculty, and staff.
Although there is no physical medical library located on campus, the university is home to the Mother Theresa Hackelmeier Memorial Library offering a number of hard copy journals and biomedical publications.
The John and Mary Beth Adams Fitness Center in the Physical Education Center was dedicated on September 24, 2004, and serves as the weight training and cardiovascular training facilities for the Department of Athletics.
Located in the lower level wing of the Physical Education Center, the Adams Fitness Center houses numerous free weight benches and free weights that allow our student-athletes to improve their strength and conditioning. More than 10 bench press areas, two leg press machines, numerous Smith machines, and panels for power cleans allow our programs the best in weight training facilities. Provided by Bob Block Fitness, the Knights spend numerous hours in the weight room to contend for conference championships in the NAIA's Mid-Central College Conference and Mid-States Football Association.