College of Southern Maryland
Tracking LEED Silver
According to research conducted by the Office of Capital Budgeting, Maryland has a projected shortfall of RNs and LPNs by 2025. This shortfall is exacerbated by the fact that many nurses tend to enter the workforce in the area where they were trained. Thus, places like Louisiana and Virginia may benefit from a surplus of nurses in the coming years, but those nurses rarely relocate to areas with shortfalls.
The primary reason for the health sciences building is the increased need for adequate health care resources in the medically underserved Southern Maryland populations of Calvert, Charles, and St Mary ’s counties. Not only is there a shortage of these jobs in Southern Maryland, but the shortage is projected to get worse. This project seeks to remedy that by increasing access to state-of-the-art health science programs in the region and revitalize local employment opportunities.
The centerpiece of this facility is the medical simulation suite. Made to resemble a hospital setting, this suite provides real-world, hands-on medical education simulation. Other state of the art educational areas are medical lab technology, emergency services, retail and hospital pharmacy simulation, massage therapy, OT/PT, computer lab and classrooms, along with lecture rooms, an advising center and admin.