Temple College, Health Sciences Center

Temple, Texas

The Temple College Health Sciences Center serves as a teaching facility for future healthcare workers throughout central Texas. The facility supports the college’s emergency-medical technology, respiratory-care technology, surgical technology and dental-hygiene programs. The college partners with nearby healthcare providers for advanced curriculum, requiring a realistic ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONFEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLaboratories for courses.

The facility includes multimedia classrooms, a distance-learning auditorium, a respiratory-care lab, a surgical-technology demonstration classroom, flexible EMT task and testing rooms, a dental-hygiene clinic and a mock hospital. A commons area in the central section of the building supports study and group gatherings. Round tables, individual seating, a lounge and study carrels move students around the space and offer seating options.

The mock hospital area allows EMT students to experience ambulance operations and arrival, patient entrance and registration, and patient information communication to the trauma team in a simulated emergency room with triage stations, trauma rooms, intensive-care units and an operating room. The lifelike labs have cameras and controls that regulate classroom activity from a video room.

In the dental hygiene clinic, students gain real-world training as they provide a community service to local patients. Students assemble patient files and records, sterilize equipment and clean teeth. The dental suite includes 12 operatories with custom-designed casework, foot-controlled hand-wash sinks, provisions for future digital radiography and computer charting, and overhead exam lighting.