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Students Maximize the Learning Experience

The Louise and Clay Wood Simulation Center
The 13,000 square foot interprofessional, multimodal clinical simulation center is located in Odessa, Texas. Our state-of-the-art center provides multiple realistic health care environments designed to assist learners in acquiring the competencies necessary, each to provide safe, culturally sensitive, quality patient care.

Simulated experiences are designed to prepare learners to meet the unique challenges of today's dynamic technically advanced health care environment. More than 200 medical, nursing and physician assistant students from TTUHSC at the Permian Basin access the innovative simulation facility. Other community health care professionals utilize the center for training purposes.

Simulation Instruction Areas

  • Authentic health care environments that include high-tech equipment, manikins, simulators and supplies needed to facilitate learning experiences like an operating suite and scrub room.
  • Authentic simulated hospital patient and clinic examination rooms to represent the patient care environment of a surgical unit or long-term care facility.
  • Virtual reality and 3-D visualization that supports learning and competency evaluations.
  • Computerized digital audio-visual system in all rooms.
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We are leaders in simulation. We have expertise in both operating and building of simulation centers, some of the best in the nation, as well as being involved in developing the standards of simulation.

Sharon Decker, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Professor and Director of The F. Marie Hall SimLife Center


The Louise and Clay Wood Simulation Center
at Medical Center Hospital 
500 W. 4th, 7 West 
Odessa, Texas 79761

Visitors will need to park in the 4th Street parking garage and enter through the visitor entrance of the hospital. Once inside, take the visitor elevators to the 7th floor. The Louise and Clay Wood Simulation Center will be on the left side of the elevator.