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Rivier University’s new Nursing Simulation and Clinical Education Center is transforming the delivery of nursing education

“The future of nursing education is here,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President.

Rivier University’s nursing labs have been transformed with a $5 million total renovation. The Nursing Simulation and Clinical Education Center is open and fully operational for hands-on learning and high-tech simulation for nurses and nurse practitioners. State-of-the-art skills and simulation labs offer the newest technology for clinical assessment, community nursing, and telehealth simulation. The 17,825-square-footNursing Simulation and Education Center facility provides students the opportunity to gain real-world experience in controlled clinical settings and is the most recent advancement in the University’s multi-year campus enhancement plan.

“The future of nursing education is here,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President. “Rivier has long been at the forefront of simulation-based learning, and the new center offers nearly limitless opportunities for students to gain sophisticated clinical skills in our fully accredited ASN, BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, and DNP programs.”

The Nursing Simulation and Clinical Education Center spans the second level of Sylvia Trottier Hall and includes six simulation labs and assessment areas, two classrooms, a lecture hall, a suite of nursing administrative and faculty offices, and several areas for faculty-student collaboration. Simulation labs mirror the settings in which nurses most often provide care: medical/surgical and pediatric/neonatal hospital rooms, an obstetrics room, examination rooms, and telehealth offices. Designated labs accommodate undergraduate nursing, public health, and advanced nurse practitioner training.

“As healthcare advances, Rivier adapts,” shares Dr. Paula Williams, Dean of the Division of Nursing and Health Professions. “The new center is fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology, which allows us to manage, record, and assess simulation training for practice in real-world health environments. We have a wide variety of high-fidelity simulators including pediatric Hal, the world’s most advanced wireless pediatric simulator and the first to simulate lifelike emotions through dynamic facial expressions, movement, and speech.”

Nursing Simulation and Education CenterThe University is a nationally ranked top 100 nursing school out of 3,000 institutions evaluated across the country by Nursing Schools Almanac and honored as the #1 private nursing school in New Hampshire. The RN-BSN online program is ranked #1 in the state by Additionally, has ranked Rivier in the Top 50 for Best Nurse Practitioner Degree programs nationally.

Focused on continuous improvement and innovative technology, the University has launched a $5 million renovation of facilities for business and security studies.  The enhanced facility will welcome students for the fall semester and will mirror modern business environments with cybersecurity labs, an Enterprise Zone fostering interaction and innovation, an office suite and conference room, and university technology services. The facility will support the education of management, finance, marketing, sport management, cybersecurity management, and homeland and international security majors.

The University is accepting applications for all programs and offers on-the-spot admission decisions. Test scores are not required, and there is no application fee. Interested students can access more information at and contact the Office of Admissions at (603) 897-8507 or One-on-one virtual meetings with enrollment advisors can be arranged by visiting