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On-Campus Practical Labs

The Institute's skills lab, simulation labs, and physical assessment lab provide simulated hospital environments for students developing their clinical skills. 

Image of three students working with a pediatric simulation manikin

The Shouse Simulation Lab contains two acute-care rooms, with an office (Room 108D) for the Institute's simulation education specialist.

The school has six interactive simulation manikins, including a birthing manikin, a pediatric manikin, and a 3G SimMan to help students learn to treat a wide variety of symptoms and health situations. Vital Sign simulators now have touch panels installed replacing the original handheld remote controls.

The labs, located on the main floor of the Institute's main academic building, are well-lit pleasant areas where students spend much of their time learning basic skills.

Clinic Centers

The clinic centers housed in the Shouse Building provide pro bono services to our local communities:

Buildings 34 and 39

The Office of Student and Alumni Services, the Executive Administrative offices – including the Offices of the President, the Provost, Finance & Administration, Human Resources, Development, and Strategic Communications – along with the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation are across the street, on the second and third floors of Building 34.

Down one block in Building 39, on the ground floor, are the Office of Enrollment Services (Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar and Bursar), and departmental offices for the School of Nursing.

Two Constitution Center (2CC)

Student lounge in 2CC

Student lounge at 2CC

In 2012 the Institute expanded by 21,000 square feet taking over the top floor of 2 Constitution Center, just outside the Navy Yard and directly overlooking the USS Constitution, more commonly known as “Old Ironsides.” The addition includes new and expanded physical therapy labs, a 102-seat active learning classroom with state-of-the-art technology, and lounge and study areas that students from nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology share.

OT Center

In fall 2014 the Occupational Therapy Center for Participation and Community Reintegration opened in 2CC. The center is an active-learning area which includes a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom. It allows students in the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program to seamlessly move from the classroom and immediately put into practice what they learned without leaving the lab. These instructional  spaces are designed to replicate a typical home and not be fully ADA compliant.

The home-like environment has a cutting edge technology video capture process that enables students to view and review activities that happen in spaces where they are not having direct contact with a client. Each student also has an opportunity to try things out for themselves in the center. It’s a much better way for students to learn and not worry about making a mistake.

The center is an interprofessional lab where students from all our entry-level programs will practice together in team-based learning.

The center will also serve as our onsite Occupational Therapy Center where occupational therapy students will learn to assess, intervene, and provide specialty services at no cost to assist clients of all ages in developing, preserving, or restoring health and independence.

2CC Classroom 217, with 24 seats, in the same area of the center has also been added. This classroom has sliding glass doors on the common wall with the center's Kitchen.

Building 38 Library and Study Commons

Building 38The new Library and Study Commons, which opened in June 2015, is located on the entire top floor of Building 38, just behind the building that houses the Office of Student Affairs and one street away from the school's Catherine Filene Shouse main academic building on 1st Avenue in the Charlestown Navy Yard. It has 9,000 square feet where students can study and learn in an interprofessional environment.

It features quiet study areas with tables and comfortable chairs, interactive pods for student teams to collaborate, and a meditation and reflection room. It also includes the community health library book collection, anatomical representations such as model hearts, and other educational materials that cannot be accessed electronically. Institute librarians are on hand as well to help students access the electronic collection of the Treadwell Library at Massachusetts General Hospital.

One Constitution Center (OCC) and Building 79/96

In 2013, the school expanded into two new buildings, giving it a total of 130,000 square feet in six buildings. The expansion includes offices on the ground floor of One Constitution Center for the Department of Physical Therapy, and 14,000 square feet in the new Center for Health & Rehabilitation Research in Building 79/96 to accommodate faculty researchers who are leading the Institute’s growing focus on research, with research funding surpassing the $2 million for the first time in its history. 

Research Labs

The current Institute Labs are the:

See interactive map of the campus and Charlestown Navy Yard.

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