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Nursing Instructors Experience AR-VR Capabilities at UCM’s Mixed Reality Studio

By Janice Phelan, September 28, 2021

Virtual Reality Demonstration
Assisted by the Mixed Reality Studio Team, UCM School of Nursing instructors participate in a demonstration of augmented and virtual reality.

Nursing instructors from the University of Central Missouri (UCM) recently participated in a demonstration of UCM’s augmented and virtual reality capabilities. Students from the university’s Mixed Reality Studio Team are working with UCM’s School of Nursing to develop applications using AR and VR programs to create simulated healthcare scenarios for nurses in training.


During the Sept. 27 AR-VR demos, UCM School of Nursing instructors donned headsets and AR-VR gloves to better understand how the emerging technology can simulate healthcare settings. The UCM staff members were assisted by members of the Mixed Reality Studio Team. 


Through augmented and virtual reality, nursing students train within realistic scenarios in settings such as hospital rooms, intensive care wards and operating suites. The scenarios help them learn critical aspects of patient care while also preparing the students for healthcare situations ranging from routine care to handling a healthcare crisis.


By working together, the Mixed Reality Studio Team and School of Nursing will help bring the clinical environment directly to the nursing students as they prepare for careers in healthcare.


At the Mixed Reality Studio, a part of UCM’s Gigabit Lab, innovators have the opportunity to use the studio’s leading-edge devices to create, develop and deploy both augmented and virtual reality experiences. The Mixed Reality Studio was launched by UCM in the fall of 2020 at the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit. For more information about the Gigabit Lab and Mixed Reality Studio, contact Joe Mullins of UCM at or (816) 441-2861 or Dr. Laurel Hogue of UCM at


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