In addition to the three-year Bachelor degree, Gjøvik University College also offers one-year health studies, several 18-month postgraduate courses for specialized nurses and Master programs.

From skills training to full-fledged simulations

Two Gjøvik University College student examining a simulated patient.

The university college purchased its first advanced human patient simulator in 2002, but at first the simulator was merely used for skills training.

Learning by doing

Full-scale simulation training was a new concept to most educators at the turn of the century. To gain first hand knowledge and experience with the new methodology, faculty member and key driver Terje Ødegården started to facilitate simulation training for nearby hospitals, free of charge. In due course, Mr. Ødegården's team was able to conduct training courses that generated income. Gradually the financial basis was formed to further develop the college's own simulation facilities.

Improved quality of instruction

In due course the nurse educators recognized that the quality of instruction had improved because the students' training needs were now better accomodated. As Dean for Health, Care and Nursing Roger Lian pointed out: ''I am strongly convinced that simulation training contributes to strengthen the quality of care and that it will enable us to meet the demands of tomorrow.''

The simulation program enables multiple training opportunities

The college now facilitates competency management, protocol training, crisis resource management (CRM), and both skills training and full-scale simulations are employed in order to meet the various defined learning objectives.

Debriefing is an important part of the learning experience

Lengthy, personalized, instructor-led debriefings are an integral part of the training. Video clips recorded during the scenarios are used to illustrate what went well and where improvement is needed.

The college continues to provide simulation training for external customers such as public hospitals, community organizations and cororate industry, in addition to conducting instructor training (called 'Train-the-trainer' courses). Altogether the college provides simulation training for approximately 1,000 individuals per year.

Training facilities

The college administers four full-scale simulation rooms, two control rooms, four classrooms; also used for debriefing, two auditoriums, various labs, and 24 hospital beds.

Prime Minister opens labs

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg reached a speed of 130 km/hour trying out the ambulance at Gjøvik University College. 
Photo by Maria Lillemoen

Earlier this year Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway, officially opened the pre-hospital lab and the ambulance simulator. He was very impressed with the projects. The ambulance simulator, mounted on a moving underbody, enables students to experience what it is like to provide 'on the road' patient care. 

Dean Roger Lian adds ''It is important for us to develop pre-hospital expertise in a service that is in constant change and to keep focus on patient safety.''   



  • General manager/instructor
  • 1 technician
  • Inhouse instructors:
    • 11 nurses (faculty members)
    • 1 radiology technician
  • Associated instructors:
    • 3 physicians
    • 1 intensive care nurse
    • 1 nurse

What has been gained

The state-of-the-art simulation facilities ensures that each and every nursing student now performs a certain minimum amount of hands-on, fully immersive simulations. Another benefit is that the training occurs in a safe, controlled environment. Along with the subsequent debriefing sessions, the simulation training makes the students much better prepared for clinical practice.