School of Nursing

The University of Michigan’s School of Nursing is ranked as one of the leading nursing schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report and is recognized as one of the leading schools for research funding from that National Institutes of Health (NIH). To add to their impressive repertoire, the University can now claim ownership of a state-of-the-art nursing facility to better support its prestigious healthcare training programs.

Simulation labs function just as a complete and operational medical care facility would. Through the use of high-fidelity interactive patient simulators, students can develop and test their skills in an ultra-realistic and risk-free way. Simulations are captured utilizing specialized medical software and cameras. Each lab is adjacent to an audiovisual control room which serve as the main point for monitoring, controlling, and recording the simulation in its respective lab. Standardized patient suites in the facility contain a computer that students can use to enter and review medical records for their patient as well as start and stop the audiovisual recording in the room. The physical assessment lab can be divided into two separate labs, each with its own audiovisual presentation system with annotation capabilities and exam stations along perimeter of room.

Each of the learning spaces within the building is an active learning environment with an emphasis on collaborative pedagogy. The goal of the design of these classrooms is to get students actively contributing to the learning process and to break the disconnection between professors and their students. These spaces include two media learning centers and a hybrid 200-seat lecture hall. The facility also features a skills lab, tasking training lab, and a divisible conference center that supports several different configurations.

Photos were taken internally as well as by:
©Curt Clayton
©University of Michigan Photography
©University of Michigan School of Nursing


Ann Arbor, MI


University of Michigan
RDG Planning & Design


Key Facts

  • Project Size:  74,000 GSF
  • Construction Cost:  $35M