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Page last updated: May 18, 2020

Tulane Simulation Center COVID-19 Operations Status

5/18 update: We are now back in the Sim Center on a daily basis. You can reach us at or 504-988-9150.


Are you attending an upcoming session? Read our simulation safety guideline


This page will continually be updated with the Tulane Sim Center's most up-to-date operations status during the current COVID-19 period. We follow all policies, recommendations, and guidelines from Tulane University, the City of New Orleans, the state of Louisiana, and CDC safety recommendations. Currently, below is the latest information available on the various courses and sessions run at the Tulane Sim Center. If your question is not answered here, please reach out to us at or 504-988-9150.



American Heart Association Certifications (BLS, ACLS, PALS)

The American Heart Association has extended AHA Instructor and Provider course completion card expiration dates for 120 days beyond the current renewal dates, beginning with cards expiring March 2020. For more information regarding this AHA update, visit  


5/14 Update: We will begin offering classroom versions of AHA classes starting in June (2020). We will be taking all recommended precautions during courses by spreading out participants to the extent possible and frequent disinfecting of equipment. We will also require all participants to wear masks/face covering during skills and testing portions of classes, when they might be in close proximity to instructors or other participants. Currently with limited supplies of PPE, we cannot provide masks for all participants. We ask that you bring your own mask or face covering. Our current plans for summer classroom sessions including the following and will have more dates added if classes fill up.

Registration now open for AHA certifcation classes or HeartCode certifications:

BLS Classroom course (all 5-9pm) - June 16, July 16, Aug 4, Aug 18

ACLS Classroom course (Saturdays 8am-6pm) - June 20, July 18, Aug 8

ACLS Classroom 2-night course (both nights 5pm-10pm) - June 9-10 


Anyone currently needing certification (BLS, ACLS, PALS) can choose to take the HeartCode version of the course, instead of waiting for a classroom version. HeartCode courses are completed in two parts. Part one is completed online on your own. The part two skills check must be completed at the Tulane Sim Center, by appointment only. You will complete your skills check individually with a computerized manikin that is cleaned and maintained with all recommended disinfecting techniques. Your certification is immediately available upon successful completion of both parts. 

Registration now open for AHA certifcation classes or HeartCode certifications:

BLS HeartCode - $85 ($75 Tulane cost)

ACLS HeartCode - $200 ($185 Tulane cost)

PALS HeartCode - $225 ($210 Tulane cost)

If you are paying for HeartCode with a Tulane department IT, contact your department coordinator. Department coordinators, contact us at for questions. 


Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

Currently we are not able to offer NRP certifications. Once normal operations resume, we will once again offer NRP skills check sessions.



Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

If your ATLS Provider will lapse soon, or you are within the approved ACS renewal extension period, please contact Jared Kimball at to obtain a one-year extension on your certification. You can view the official ACS statement on approved one-year extensions at


5/14 UpdateWe will start running ATLS Provider and Refresher courses again in June 2020. We will be taking all recommended precautions by distancing participants during lectures, frequent disinfecting of equipment and surfaces, and requiring everyone to wear masks/face coverings during skills and assessment sessions. 

Registration now open for ATLS. 

ATLS Provider courses (2 days) - June 24-25, July 22-23, August 25-26, September 15-16, November 17-18, December 15-16

ATLS Refresher courses (1 day) - June 25, July 23, August 26, September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16


To be prepared for your ATLS course, we recommend these educational resources:


If you have any questions or need to reschedule or recieve a refund on May 2020 registration, contact Jared Kimball at



EMT-Basic course

The current Spring EMT-Basic classroom course has been converted on an online course. 


5/14 update: Our summer EMT-Basic Hybrid course is now full!



SAGES (FLS and FES) certifications

4/29 Update: Currently all SAGES certifications in the U.S. have been put on hold through the end of May 2020. Residents needing FES or FLS certification can still register testing dates through SAGES, but most available dates will be over the summer. 



Tulane School of Medicine clerkship sessions

All in-person sessions for clerkships have been canceled. Some clerkships have transitioned to remote skills work. Guidance comes from your current Clerkship Director.



Tulane School of Medicine resident sessions

Group resident training sessions are currently on hold until normal operations resume. Individual resident practice sessions are available in the Tulane Sim Center Skills Lab, accessible to residents by TUID badge swipe. If you have questions or are new to any of these simulators and haven't attended an orientation session, please contact a member of the simulation operations staff first - Cheri Touchard, or Erolle Dennis Garner,

  • U/S Mentor ultrasound training - all modules currently available, plus five new COVID-19 specific patient cases available as of April 6th
  • GI-Bronch Mentor endoscopy and bronchoscopy training available
  • Laparoscopic box training and FLS practice training available
  • Angio Mentor endovascular training available
  • ArthroS arthroscopic training currently NOT available. We are currently working with the vendor on technical issues.