At Daemen University, we know students need practical experience to complement their academics.

The CILS promotes best practices for both emerging and seasoned professionals with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Students in many programs, including Physical Therapy, Nursing, Physician Assistant Studies, Social Work, and Applied Behavior Analysis practice working together for the benefit of their patients as part of cross-disciplinary teams."

This model leads to improved care and desired patient outcomes.

By graduation, our students are equipped with critical skills and knowledge to work effectively with co-workers, clients, and patients in the real world.

Examples of how some of Daemen’s programs use the CILS include:

  • Students in the adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program use the CILS in their advanced health assessment course to develop the clinical skills needed to appropriately assess and diagnose patients.

    Students work with standardized patients (actors) in their final skills assessment to ensure that they are prepared for success before moving on to their clinical courses and experiences. 

Physician Assistant Studies
  • While using the CILS, students in the Physician Assistant Studies Program develop the critical and necessary skills of physical diagnosis and history taking.

    They work with standardized patients in a simulated clinical setting while being recorded to then review and critique their techniques for improvement.

Social Work
  • The CILS is used to support facilitated learning opportunities for generalist and clinical practice social work students participating in field practicums.

    During simulations, students encounter standardized patients (actors) who are experiencing relationship issues, homelessness, and behavioral health challenges such as substance use, depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. Throughout multiple class sessions, students build rapport with their clients, assess their strengths and needs, and co-create plans for intervention.