Medical Simulation FAQ

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Welcome to the Big Bend Community College Help Center. We have pulled some of the most frequently asked questions from our student community and their families. Perhaps you may have the same question that was on somebody else’s mind. Should you have any other questions that we may have missed, do not hesitate to reach out.

What if I don't live near Moses Lake?

The medical simulation program is designed to allow for students who do not live near Big Bend Community College. For example, most of the content in the Medical Simulation courses are taught online with a preceptor lab option. This means that distance learners have an opportunity to complete their labs with an expert in the field in an approved location closer to their homes. In order to create an effective distance learning plan, students will need to contact the medical simulation coordinator or advisor as soon as possible.

What types of jobs can I get with these certificates?

Simulation technicians are rapidly emerging as a new generation of “Network Engineers” for simulation laboratories. These technicians assist with nursing instruction, hospital and medical provider training, and emergency response teams. According to recent research, simulation technicians make an average of $48,000 annually and have job titles that include: simulation maintenance technicians, lab technicians, medical simulation technicians, simulation training specialists, learning technologists, and simulation technology specialists. Medical Simulation Technicians will typically find employment within colleges, universities, rural hospitals, and research hospitals.

How much is school tuition?

Luckily, earning a medical simulation degree is an affordable option. In addition to being able to apply for financial aid through the FAFSA, students are also able to apply for a wide variety of scholarship opportunities. The specific cost of tuition depends on a variety of factors that look at whether the student is taking a part-time or full course load, state of residency, and type of lab classes. The best way to determine how much college will cost is to visit and to make some time to talk with our financial aid office at (509) 793-2061.

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