New Facilities

State-of-the-art labs and classrooms

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From wind tunnels for aerospace engineering to lifelike simulation manikins for nursing, the Hursey Center is opening opportunities for a new kind of learning experience at UHart. Take a look!

The Francis X. and Nancy Hursey Center for Advanced Engineering and Health Professions provides modern, fully equipped labs and classrooms emphasizing hands-on learning to build students' skills and confidence for successful careers.

Nursing Labs

The Hartford Healthcare Immersive Simulation Center simulates a hospital floor, with rooms for practicing different health care scenarios - intensive care, obstetric, pediatric and medical/surgical. The suite also has an operational nurses' station and communication system.

In the simulation rooms, instructors can program our high-fidelity manikins to simulate a variety of realistic health care situations. Functioning headwalls provide oxygen, air and suction. The manikins help students practice their nursing skills, clinical decision making, and critical thinking skills which build confidence in a safe learning environment.

The obstetric simulation room has the industry's best birthing manikin, "Victoria," who gives birth and can simulate different birthing scenarios from simple deliveries to complex, including umbilical cord complications, shoulder dystocia and cesarean section.

The bedside skills lab has eight beds and four high-fidelity manikins used to practice skills such as performing a health assessment, monitoring heart rate and blood pressure, inserting IVs, and administering medication.

The bedside skills lab has state-of-the-art high fidelity nursing manikins that breathe, have variable heart rates, measurable blood pressure, and palpable pulses. The manikins also have heart and lung sounds that can be set for any real-life patient presentation.

The immersive simulation suite also includes six rooms that simulate an outpatient office environment, providing students with opportunities for triaging and handling multiple patients simultaneously.

Engineering Labs

The Pratt & Whitney Aerospace and Turbomachinery Laboratory includes three wind tunnels for testing speed, movement and airflow.

Aerospace and Turbomachinery Laboratory

The Makerspace includes 12 collaborative workstations featuring work benches with overhead power ports, a 3D printing lab, and a fully equipped machine shop. Garage doors provide access for moving large projects in and out of the lab.



The High-Bay Structural Engineering Laboratory includes a 20-ton overhead crane and a strong floor with 60 anchors, each with a capacity of 100,000 lb. in tension and 60,000 lb. in shear.

High-Bay / Materials Lab

High-Bay / Materials Lab

Rehabilitation Sciences Labs and Classrooms

The Exercise Physiology Lab’s anti-gravity treadmill enables individuals to walk or run at a lower percentage of their body weight and rehabilitate with less pain. It is beneficial for anyone suffering a knee, ankle, leg or foot injury.

In the Exercise Physiology Lab, treadmills with metabolic carts are used to measure oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production, resting energy expenditure, and minute ventilation.

Exercise Physiology Lab equipment includes wearable metabolic devices, which can be used in both lab and field settings to collect data on maximal oxygen consumption and anaerobic threshold.

The Hursey Center's home health care suite is set up like an apartment with a working kitchen and a model bathroom. The suite is used for interprofessional education with our nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and education students.

The Hursey Center provides more than 2,800 square feet of combined classroom/lab space for physical therapy students. The room can be divided in two for smaller lectures or lab sessions.

Physical Therapy classrooms are equipped with video recording equipment and all lab sessions are recorded. Students can access these recordings to review and reinforce concepts learned in class.

The Hursey Center includes 2,600 square feet of neuro labs that can accommodate adult and pediatric patient models. The space is designed for collaboration with students in physical therapy, occupational therapy and other health professions.

Shared Spaces