MAHEC Simulation Center

State-of-the-art medical simulation allows medical professionals and students to practice life-saving procedures without putting real patients at risk

We are the only provisionally accredited simulation center in Western North Carolina, demonstrating our commitment to the core standards and teaching and education standards of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Our 15,000-square-foot center is located on MAHEC's Biltmore campus and features operating, trauma, labor and delivery, task training, and simulated patient and clinic rooms as well as conference rooms for debriefing. We also have a robust standardized patient program to enhance our simulated learning scenarios.

Our simulation center provides medical professionals and students with the opportunity to practice real-life hospital, in-office, and emergency scenarios using a variety of simulation modalities for experiential learning including high fidelity manikins, standardized patients, task trainers, and laproscopic surgery, endoscopy/bronchoscopy, point-of-care ultrasound, and virtual reality simulators.

Simulation can be customized to meet specific training needs including, but not limited to:

  • Emergency care
  • Complicated medical procedures
  • Intensive care
  • Obstetrical emergencies
  • Psychiatric emergencies
  • Routine healthcare procedures
  • Surgical procedures
  • Trauma and serious injuries

As an integral part of UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC, the simulation center's mission is to provide high quality innovative simulation-based teaching, inter-professional collaboration and research that enhances clinical reasoning and safe practices of healthcare professionals in Western North Carolina. Our vision is to be an accredited center of excellence in simulation based education and research for healthcare professionals in Western North Carolina.

You can take a virtual tour of our simulation center by watching our short video below and learn more in this recent
WLOS TV-13 feature.


The center is located in the lower level of the MAHEC Ob/Gyn Specialists building at 119 Hendersonville Road
in Asheville. For more information about our facilities or to schedule a tour or training, please contact
Elaine Alexander, BSN, MSN, RNC-OB, at


Elaine Alexander, MSN
Simulation Center Director


Paul Rogers, MD
Simulation Center
Medical Director


 Ted Eby
Simulation Specialist Manager


Jasmin Adams, MS
Simulation Educator
Standardized Patient Manager