Congdon School of Health Sciences
Physician Assistant

Center for Medical Simulation








Welcome to the Center for Medical Simulation


The Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) is a cutting-edge educational facility located in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.  We provide experiential learning opportunities utilizing a variety of modalities including high-fidelity patient simulators, standardized patients, and task trainers.  The CMS instructional team specializes in the creation of immersive medical scenarios and is able to tailor the educational experiences to meet the needs of any medical profession.

Fidelity in patient simulation usually refers to how well it conveys the look, feel, sound and usability of the final product, in our case an actual patient.  Here at HPU Department of PA Studies we have high fidelity simulators that reproduce the experience of a real patient with little distortion.  These simulators allow us to use “modeled physiology” which recreates responses that an actual patient’s physiology would show the learner.  While our low fidelity simulators allow for broader concepts to be learned.  These have the look of a patient but not the same depth of physiological response.  Finally, there are task trainers.  These are models that may have a portion of the patient’s anatomy that would be see during the particular task.  There is rarely automation and these are generally used for just a specific task, hence the name.


CMS can provide:

  • Learning objective development
  • Medical scenario development
    • High-fidelity patient simulator
    • Standardized patient
    • Task trainer
  • Debriefing plan development
  • Debriefing facilitation
  • Skill instruction/evaluation

Learners served

  • HPU Department of Physician Assistant Studies
    • Clinical Decision Making series of courses
    • History and Physical series of courses
    • Pharmacology series of courses
  • HPU Department of Physical Therapy
  • High Point Regional Health Center Department of Nursing
  • High Point Police Department
  • Northwest AHEC
  • HPU Department of Athletic Training
  • HOSA
  • SW Guilford HS
  • American Heart Association

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Medical Scenario Examples

Skill Instruction/Evaluation Examples

Interested in using our facility for your next simulation experience?

Please complete the form below and email to

External Client Simulation Request Form

For Admissions Information

For information about your CASPA application, prerequisites, health care experience, or to inquire about a visit, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
(336) 841-9198
(336) 841-9024 (Fax)

The Physician Assistant Studies Program at HPU

Contact Us

Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Drawer 70
One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268

(336) 841-9382
(336) 888-6318 (Fax)

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ARC-PA Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the High Point University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by High Point University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be June 2029. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website here.


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