O’Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center

The O’Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center is a 5,000 square foot, state-of-the-art experiential learning environment. The use of high-fidelity patient simulators, task trainers and standardized patients prepare students for their transition to professional practice by allowing them to apply and hone theory in a non-threatening environment.

The Center was founded in 2002 with a generous donation from Linda (NHS’77) and Timothy O’Neill (L’77). Since opening its doors the Center has only continued to grow in its offerings and complexity.

Housed on the ground floor of St. Mary’s Hall, home to the School of Nursing & Health Studies, the Center primarily supports undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Georgetown medical students, allied health professionals, community organizations and local hospitals also make use of the Center.  

Mission & philosophy

The mission of the O’Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center is to strive for continued excellence and to support the programs of the School of Nursing & Health Studies by providing faculty and students with consistent, accessible, and high quality simulation education. The Center’s philosophy is to put the students’ learning first, to seek increasingly immersive learning, and to always design and plan for improvement.

Center Features

A collection of adult, obstetric, pediatric and neonatal high-fidelity patient simulators enhance our simulation capacity as well as the diversity of care surroundings. The high-fidelity mannequins reside in four patient rooms that give students the ability to immerse themselves in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Operating Room (OR), pediatric, labor and delivery, postpartum, and medical surgical settings; allowing for the most realistic experience possible. Through the continued support of the O’Neill Family audiovisual updates allow us to stream and record student interactions that are vital to the debriefing experience.  Faculty can observe students in simulation and manipulate mannequin physiological responses to student actions.

The Center also offers both a three-bed and a four-bed hospital unit. These units can act as a fully occupied care facility or as a skills lab in order to facilitate skill acquisition and retention. Students spend a great deal of time in this space learning necessary nursing skills during scheduled class time and independently during open lab sessions.  

Four clinical encounter rooms that are designed to mimic a typical exam office provide students with an additional environment in which to learn clinical skills, including but not limited to communication skills.  This is where interactions with standardized patients or patient actors most often occur. Audiovisual features are also available in these rooms.

In keeping with our mission and philosophy, the Center continues to expand in order to best prepare Georgetown nursing students for the challenges of the modern healthcare landscape.  


Kelli Giffin, MSN, RN, Manager


Andrea Vargas, Laboratory Coordinator




G03 St. Mary's Hall
3700 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20057-1107

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