CSA Education Courses, Mentor Program and Apprentice Program

The California Simulation Alliance is a leader in faculty development for simulation educators, having trained over 2,500 simulation faculty. CSA courses have an interprofessional focus and are designed for all levels. Following principles of adult learning, all courses are interactive and immersive in nature and support transition of the learner from novice to expert. The CSA courses are preparatory for the Certification as Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) endorsed by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.


2-Day Simulation Intensive

Thursday-Friday, October 5-6, 2023
In-Person / 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center, Torrance CA
Cost: $1250 CSA Subscribers; $1500 Non-Subscribers /  19.5 CEUs
Cancellation Fee: $25.00 after September 28, 2023

SimHuddle: Collaborate, Connect & Chat

Wednesday-Friday, October 18-20, 2023
Honolulu, HI
Cost: $499.00 Conference Event Registration / Pre-Conference Workshops Available: Dates & Times Vary
CEUs Available

Financial Planning/ROI

Friday, October 20, 2023
Virtual Course / 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Cost: $190 CSA Subscribers; $225 Non-Subscribers / 2.5 CEUs
Cancellation Fee: $25.00 after October 13, 2023
The Zoom Link will be provided 1 week prior

2-Day Simulation Intensive

Thursday-Friday, November 16-17, 2023
Virtual Course / 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $1250 CSA Subscribers; $1500 Non-Subscribers /  13 CEUs
Cancellation Fee: $25.00 after November 9, 2023
The Zoom Link will be provided 1 week prior



Check our website regularly for dates and registration information.

If you are interested in the CSA coming to your school or hospital, contact KT Waxman at

Contact Alexandra Duke at (424) 422-5903 or with questions.

The CSA recommends if you are a novice simulationist that you take the following free course prior to enrolling in our courses:

“Essentials in Clinical Simulations Across Health Professions”    LINK:

Course Descriptions

LEVEL I TRAINING – Beginner (no experience necessary)

This 2-day course is designed to engage the participant with an interest in simulation-based healthcare training with the basic concepts of simulation as an educational strategy. Using a combination of didactic, interactive and immersive group work, the course provides the beginning simulation user with the basics of high-fidelity simulation, scenario development, debriefing strategies to facilitate learning and the effective use of the available technology. The course is designed to provide a network of support for participants new to simulation through the vast resources in the California Simulation Alliance. (13 CEUs)


Prerequisite: must have taken Level 1 training or obtain consent of faculty

This 3-day immersion course offers a “jump-start” into simulation-based healthcare education. Participants will learn to apply best practices in high-fidelity simulation through a variety of didactic, interactive and immersive formats. Using a dual focus on academic and practice settings, key theoretical concepts and strategies will be explored to support health care educators in providing safe, effective learning environments. The basics of CSA Level 1 curriculum will be flexed to meet the needs of the group, followed by intensive immersion into Level 3 scenario development and basic debriefing strategies. (19.5 CEUs)

LEVEL III TRAINING – Specialty Workshops

Prerequisites: All Level III specialty workshops build on the knowledge and skills learned in previous
courses. Participants will have taken prior courses or have commensurate experience approved by the CSA faculty.

  • Basic Debriefing: In this immersive workshop, the participant will have the opportunity to apply debriefing strategies in common situations. Following a brief didactic grounding, an opportunity to practice and receive feedback is provided through the use video clips and role-playing to build beginning competency in debriefing. (6.5 CEUs)
  • Advanced Debriefing: In this immersive workshop, the participant will build on skills learned in basic debriefing courses. Employing the experiential learning framework and utilizing a series of video clips and “live” simulation experiences depicting common debriefing challenges, the participant will practice and receive feedback in order to expand competency in debriefing. (7.5 CEUs)
  • Scenario Development: In this immersive workshop, the participant will construct a beginning scenario for immediate application in their work environment. Utilizing a basic storyboard that contains QSEN and IOM competencies, the participant will sketch the learning objectives, critical learner actions and a case flow with debriefing points. Opportunities to craft a complete scenario using the CSA template and adding to the library of validated and pilot tested scenarios will be discussed. This streamlined step-wise approach to scenario development and validation facilitates the implementation of consistent, evidence based scenarios. (6.5 CEUs)
  • Basic Moulage: In this “hands-on” workshop, the participant will examine the value of using moulage in simulation to enhance realism and more effectively engage learners. Participants will further create moulage using recipes and methods provided in the class for direct application to the work setting. (6.5 CEUs)
  • Simulation Evaluation: In this seminar, learners will review current best practices for assessment and evaluation of simulation activities with special consideration for reliable and valid tools available in the literature. A thorough grounding in feedback, assessment and evaluation theory and practice will be provided, with opportunities for discussion and application to simulation practice. (6.5 CEUs)
  • Business Planning: In this virtual workshop, participants will learn the components of creating a business case for creating and sustaining a simulation program for both schools and hospitals. (2.5 CEUs)
  • Accreditation Prep: In this virtual workshop, participants will learn the society for simulation (SSH) accreditation standards and develop a gap analysis and action plan for accreditation readiness. (3.5 CEUs)


This course is designed to develop simulation operations specialists into highly effective and knowledgeable team members.  The course includes simulation-specific technical information combined with a broad overview of medical conditions, trauma conditions, human body systems, and medical equipment information.  Additionally, simulation-specific content related to ethics, legal, regulatory, and inventory management concepts are included.  Learners complete ten hours of on-line Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC) courses and a three-hour self-study manual before attending a two-day on-site training course.  Topics covered in the one-day training course include:

  • Role of the Operations Specialist
  • Technology in Simulation Operations
  • Troubleshooting and Maintenance
  • Audio-Visual Operations
  • Simulation Operations
  • Instructional Design & Research

II. Mentor Program

The CSA is offering a structured support program to healthcare faculty who are engaged in simulation education.  This program is designed to extend the learning experience for faculty by pairing individual learners with experienced CSA instructors.  This approach is supported by recent evidence from the National Council on State Board of Nursing (NCSBN) study results and the National League of Nursing (NLN) Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC) Faculty Development Toolkit.  This program works to facilitate the growth of simulation faculty from Novice to Competent instructors in alignment with the Benner theoretical model utilized by the CSA.

Program Details:

A complimentary evaluation of individual needs will be conducted by the CSA faculty including:

  • Prioritization of learning needs
  • Proposed length of time for mentoring
  • Proposed number of hours

Each learner will be presented with a mentoring package to include:

  • Time period for mentoring
  • Total number of hours
  • Assigned Mentor


  • The minimum number of hours for mentoring is 5 hours
  • Initial mentoring session is generally 30 minutes
  • The time for each session is negotiated between the mentor and the mentee (learner)


  • CSA Members: $100/hour ; Non-CSA Members: $125/hour
  • Minimum: 5 hours with each hour after this at the hourly rate
  • Packages of 20 hours will be discounted by 5%

III. CSA Apprentice Program

HealthImpact and the CSA are licensed providers of the Apprentice Simulation Curriculum (ASC) developed by SimHealth Consultants. The program is conducted by designated simulation centers around the state that have completed training as apprentice sites.
There are currently four apprentice sites in California — two in the Bay Area and two in southern California:

Samuel Merritt University Health Sciences Simulation Center in Oakland offers a full range of simulation methodologies applied to learning activities designed for all clinical settings and for virtually all medical or nursing sub-specialties. Samuel Merritt also serves healthcare professionals in the greater northern California region by providing continuing education courses and facilitating training sessions related to simulation-based education.

The Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Education (CAPE) at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) at Stanford in Palo Alto is the world’s first and foremost simulation center dedicated to training in the fetal, neonatal, pediatric and obstetric sciences. CAPE’s mission is to prepare physicians, nurses and allied healthcare professionals to successfully manage intense, dynamic and complex clinical situations.

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance is a 436-bed acute care hospital offering simulation for new grad RNs, women’s health, neonatal and adult inpatient RNs, as well as interdisciplinary for its ED and perioperative teams. The primary focus is on improving patient safety outcomes through the use of simulation.

The Loma Linda University Medical Simulation Center in Loma Linda provides a safe learning environment in which the learner can focus on relevant knowledge, skills, teamwork, communication and clinical problem-solving to demonstrate or enhance clinical performance.

The apprentice program is a structured opportunity for experienced faculty to teach in supervised learning environments where experienced simulation faculty can directly model and mentor simulation education methods. The apprentice site provides the 72-hour immersion experience over a period of months based on the learning needs of the participant matched with the available types and levels of simulation education available at the site and guided by a faculty mentor identified to work directly with the participant throughout the experience.

If you would like to apply to the apprentice program, you can download the application here.
For more information, please contact KT Waxman at