Simulation Center at 525@VINE

The Simulation Center at 525@Vine is house within the Department of Academic Nursing at the downtown campus. This state-of-the-art facility was designed with the learner at the center. From the simulated operating room to the skills preparation laboratory, we replicate events and procedures as they would be experienced in the clinical setting. The Simulation Center at 525@Vine was the first NBCRNA-recognized Testing Center for Phase II of the Reentry to Practice Program (2016), and was also the first Wake Forest simulation center to achieve the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Full Accreditation, specializing in the areas of Teaching and Assessment.

SSH Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Our simulation faculty were leaders in the first cohort that brought multidisciplinary healthcare simulation to Wake Forest as a combined effort by anesthesiology, surgery, and nursing. They were also among the first at our institution to obtain the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educators (CHSE) credential – recognizing proficiency and adherence to best practices in simulation education.


  • Enhance patient safety profiles of learners through the use of simulation.
  • Provide an enriching education through simulation which leads participants to embody passion for healthcare, commitment to professionalism, and stewardship of their profession.
  • To be recognized as a leader in innovative healthcare education by providing learning opportunities throughout the career of healthcare professionals.
  • Create pipeline and outreach programs that are designed to prepare and inspire students to pursue careers in healthcare related fields.

Simulation-based NBCRNA Skills Validation

After completing the required 100 hours of continuing education and successfully passing the national certification examination, NBCRNA Re-entry Program candidates may schedule a visit to a NBCRNA-recognized center to have their clinical skills validated in simulated testing scenarios. This experience is a required portion of the reentry process and is a great confidence-builder for CRNAs who have been out of practice.

Our NBCRNA-approved re-entry process includes:

  • A supportive environment for completing NBCRNA Step 2 testing requirements facilitated by simulation experts
  • An introduction to simulation
  • Use of anesthesia machines and equipment
  • Five carefully-crafted scenarios that allow you to demonstrate the skills required for re-entry to certification

Upcoming examination dates available in 2020:

  • October 21-23, 2020

Due to COVID-19 we have made the decision to postpone this event. We are closely monitoring the situation, and will have more information about new testing date as soon as possible. Please check continue to check back here for updated information. Thank you for understanding and your patience as we navigate these unusual circumstances. 
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Simulation Center Reviews

“Truly, this has been one of the most stressful experiences of my life, and your prompt, professional, and caring assistance did a lot to help me through it.  I couldn’t be more impressed with the ENTIRE Wake Forest team.”

“I really appreciated the instructors. It was difficult being in the reentry program; my confidence was low, and the instructors seemed to understand this, and were very patient. They allowed me room to grow and learn.”

“While it was a very stressful time for me, the staff at the Center were so supportive and helpful!”

“I felt the staff/faculty were really invested in my success - not only in the re-certification sim but also as I return to practice.”

“All staff and faculty members were calm, nonjudgmental, intelligent, and informative.” 

“The staff are professional, knowledgeable and KIND.  And they treat us with respect.”