Healthcare simulation standards endorsement


INACSL’s Healthcare Simulation Standards Endorsement is designed to recognize healthcare institutions and practices that have demonstrated excellence in applying all four of the following simulation standards from the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best PracticeTM (HSSOBPTM) in their educational simulation programs:

  • Prebriefing: Preparation and Briefing
  • Facilitation
  • Professional Integrity
  • Debriefing

The Healthcare Simulation Standards guides the integration, use, and advancement of simulation-based experiences within academia, clinical practice, and research. Recognizing the Healthcare Simulation Standards are aspirational and that context, resources, accreditation needs, and other factors may affect the implementation and attainment of the Healthcare Simulation Standards, the endorsement publicly recognizes institutions that excel in creating simulation experiences that enhance learning, promote professional development, and/or advance the science of simulation. Organizations who receive the endorsement demonstrate a commitment to pursue and sustain excellence in the aforementioned four standards, designated as the “Core Four” Health Simulation Standards.


A pilot of this program was successfully completed in June 2022. Please stay tuned for more information for our next call for submissions in the Fall. 


  • Facilitate sustained application of best practices to simulation experiences and programs.
  • Recognize all varieties of simulation-based experiences, including skills training, low-fidelity to high-fidelity, Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR), distance, manikin-based, various types of technology, etc.
  • Facilitate positive changes that improve simulation based on the application of evidence-based practices and research.
  • Encourage ongoing performance evaluation and improvements within simulation programs.
  • Improve healthcare education and patient safety through the promotion and practice of high-quality simulation.


Accepted institutions receive the endorsement for three (3) years, at which point, they may reapply for the endorsement for an additional period of five (5) years.

Institutions who have partially met the criteria may receive a conditional endorsement and will be given one (1) year to resubmit along with a filing fee of $250 and be reevaluated for receiving the official endorsement.