Where healing hands get hands-on experience.
MCC's state-of-the-art Health Science Institute (HSI) is a unique learning facility. True-to-life simulation stations in this 190,000 sq. ft. building takes hands-on learning opportunities, clinical skill practice and patient care teamwork to the next level.
Your home for health care education:
- If you want to begin a health care career, you can choose from certificate and degree programs in a vast variety of nursing and allied health fields.
- If you are already in the field, you can choose from many professional development options and can earn continuing education units (CEUs).
- If your health care organization needs help in human resources, process improvement, health information technology, health and safety management or clinical practice for employees, we provide customized training and consulting services.
Retiring professionals coupled with the rise of the aging baby boomers makes healthcare one of the fastest-growing career fields in the country.
ARRA HITECH training in EHR (electronic health record) implementation and support is a short-term certificate training program for experienced health care and IT professionals. This training, created and delivered by federally funded community college consortiums across the country, is available at Johnson County Community College. Go to learn more about JCCC-HITECH.
Health care organizations have depended on Metropolitan Community College to train and educate the area's workforce.
With the launch of our state-of-the-art Health Science Institute, we are equipped to provide your healthcare organization with training and tools necessary to maintain a safe and efficient workplace.
Our comprehensive training and consulting services will help you manage change, reduce medical errors and improve your operations.
Find out how our integrated consulting and training solutions will take your organization to the next level in healthcare administration and delivery.
Let us improve the health of your organization.
Your employees spend their days caring for the health and well-being of patients, and studies show this is sometimes at the expense of their own safety. Those who interact with patients are at higher risk for occupational injuries and illnesses because they are not aware of the potential hazards in their daily routines.
We can help reduce that risk with health and safety training and consulting services.
As the only OSHA Training Institute Education Center in the region, we are equipped to keep your staff current on industry standards and procedures. We'll make sure everyone understands their role in making your organization a safe and healthy place to work.
Our customized training and expert safety consulting services will help you...
- Avoid OSHA citations.
- Reduce the incidence of costly workers' compensation claims.
- Improve employee productivity.
- Attract a talented clinical workforce.
- Boost employee morale.
The health care industry is rapidly changing. A high-performance organization requires workers who are both skilled and intuitive and a human resource department that is both efficient and strategic.
Our human resources training and consulting services can help you increase the value of your most important asset, your employees, by improving human resources practices. We will identify strategic needs of your organization to increase employee retention by best aligning employees with the right jobs and the right training.
We can provide assistance to your HR department by...
- Determining compliance gaps and making recommendations on how best to address them.
- Identifying process improvements to enhance efficiencies in HR.
- Serving as a resource for HR staff by answering questions on policy, employee or regulatory matters.
- Filling in temporarily when a member of the HR staff is not available for critical project tasks.
- Training your employees on important skills like problem-solving, communication and teamwork.
Our consultants will work with your team to customize a solution that fits your human resources and training needs.
The best health care organizations are both efficient and effective. But, achieving true efficiency and effectiveness at the same time can be challenging.
By using proven lean techniques, our performance consultants will evaluate your organization's processes and implement controls that help maximize value.
- Identify sources of wasted energy, resources and time
- Help you eliminate waste without disruption
- Train your team to analyze the flow of information and develop process improvements
- Reduce patient waiting time at every stage of delivery
- Create a better patient experience with improvements to quality of care
- Improve employee morale
- Reduce costs to positively impact your bottom line.
After we help you implement a Lean Enterprise program, you will see positive systemic changes that lead to decreased medical errors and enhanced customer service.
National adoption of electronic health records is on the horizon. And we are entering a revolution in health information management and technology. Healthcare providers and the general public will require intensive training on how to access, utilize and maintain new medical information systems.
In partnership with the area's Regional Extension Centers and Health Information Exchange Centers, we will work with you to support your conversion and implementation process.
We've got both sides covered.
- Our health information technology instructors have private-sector and education industry experience that enables them assess needs and address demands in health care work environments.
- Our performance consultants are experts in implementation of new technology who know how to simplify the conversion process for new users.
In addition to the virtual hospital, six other hands-on learning areas throughout the Health Science Institute create a simulated clinical environment where students use real clinical equipment and tools to practice patient care scenarios.
The HSI's awesome dental suite looks and functions just like a dental office and includes the latest in equipment, such as:
- Six fully functional dental chairs, equipped with dental units for practicing cleaning, polishing, X-rays and more
- Intra oral X-ray
- Materials laboratory
- A panoramic X-ray machine for exposing and developing X-rays
- Ten seat computer station
- Locker room
- Consultation room
In the EMS suite, real-life simulators make learning as real as possible. The suite includes:
- A real car for practicing how to remove injured patients without causing further physical harm
- A mock bar and convenience store for assessing and treating patients in low light, cluttered environments
- An ambulance bay for practice with loading patients and providing in-depth evaluation and treatment
Students get a clear learning advantage in the HSI's health information technology suite. Whether they are studying health information technology, coding or medical transcription, they have access to software and technology that simulate today's work settings, such as:
- State-of-the art electronic health record
- Dual-monitor work stations for coding electronic health records while using industry-leading encoder software
- A networked scanner for creating digital medical records to bridge today’s hybrid state of paper and electronic records
- Studying coding and medical transcription at the HSI gives students the opportunity to experience remote office settings in the home living suite. Health information technology students also work side-by-side with clinical students to gain insight into the clinical care behind the documentation and data they manage.
HSI's home living suite gives students a homelike place to practice patient interaction. Students can practice patient skills with cooking, bathing, toileting, home management, bed mobility, ambulation, wheelchair mobility, interaction and more. The suite includes a:
- Living room
- Laundry area
- Home office
Hands-on practice is vital for learning all levels of nursing. The suite includes:
- Sixteen hospital beds with accessories for suction, oxygen and air regulators
- Human patient simulators for practice and demonstration of skill check-off
- Bathroom with a shower
- Electronic medication systems
- Ceiling-mounted patient transfer system
Occupational and physical therapist assistant students need lots of room to practice techniques for reducing pain and dysfunction. The HSI's OTA/PTA suite provides:
- A physical therapy gym to practice therapeutic exercises, manual techniques and instruction in functional skills such as walking
- An OTA/PTA laboratory with access to computer exercise programs for simulated patient instruction
- A hydrotherapy room with whirlpool
- Wound models for training in the latest treatments in wound care
- Splinting laboratory
- Assistive technology and low vision
Cutting-edge equipment in the HSI's radiology suite helps students keep pace with fast changing technology. The suite includes:
- A classroom for 40 students
- State-of-the-art X-ray machines (provided in part by a grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City) for instruction in:
- Radiography - both film and screen imaging
- Computed radiography - using phosphor plate imaging and digital conversion
- Digital radiography - direct capture imaging
Outside of a hospital, this operating room is about as real as it gets. The HSI's surgical technology suite gives students the ultimate practice environment with a fully-equipped operating room where students can learn:
- Sterilization techniques
- Instrument setups
- Vital-signs monitoring
- Emergency assessment and treatment
- Patient-care interaction
In addition to opportunities for hands-on clinical practice in the simulation suites, students also learn valuable skills in the Health Science Institute's Health Resource Center.
- Anatomy laboratory
- Small group study rooms
- 10-seat computer station
- Student and faculty interaction
- Learning specialists
Most of our resources have open availability (first-come, first-serve basis) for use within our facility at any time. Some materials, such as those on loan from instructors, may be held at the front desk. A valid student ID or driver’s license must be presented to use laptops or X-ray light boxes. Please see HRC staff for assistance.
HSI student resources and policies
Check out the following links to resources on the internet:
Video Series: how to get the most out of studying
Video 1: Beliefs That make You Fail...or Succeed
Video 2: What Students Should Understand About How People Learn
Video 3: Cognitive Principles for Optimizing Learning
Video 4: Putting the Principles for Optimizing Learning Into Practice
Video 5: I Blew the Exam. Now What?
Content specific tutorials:
- Steven Lewis® Human Biology Resources
(Dr. Steven Lewis, Biology Instructor, MCC)
- Khan Academy
Additional resources are available through the MCC-Penn Valley Student Success Center, Learning Resources building, 2nd floor
- Steven Lewis® Human Biology Resources
The HRC strives to maintain a professional but comfortable environment that is conducive to learning. As a courtesy to other students, faculty and staff, we ask that you please observe the following policies when using our facility.
The HRC (HSI 206) houses a 10 station computer lab. An additional 18 computer stations are available in room HSI 203. Computers in HSI 203 are available outside of HRC hours.
Students are expected to follow the acceptable use policy for internet and computer usage.
See HRC staff or visit the technical support page for assistance.
Printing is available in the HSI 206 and 203. To save resources and maximize your 200 free pages, we encourage responsible printing. Additional copies may be purchased at the Penn Valley library or by using a credit card through your PaperCut account. Please see HRC staff for assistance with printing, including PaperCut questions. Please recycle!
No food or drink, other than water, is allowed in the HRC. Water is acceptable in plastic or metal bottles with snap-on, screw-on or pop-up style lids. All other food or drink items must be left at the front desk until you sign out.
Mobile phones must remain on silent or vibrate while in the HRC. Talking on mobile phones is not permitted in the HRC. If you must take a phone call, please do so in the hallway or atrium.
For security purposes and to respect our study environment, no children or outside guests of students are permitted. Guests accompanied by an MCC employee are allowed; all other guests will be asked to wait in the HRC reception area (children cannot be left unattended).
The Health Resource Center is not liable for damage or loss of any personal items; leaving items unattended is done so at your own risk. "Holding" study rooms or computer stations is not allowed. Any student who will be away from the study room, computer station or any other HRC area for more than 10 minutes is expected to remove their personal belongings so others may use it.