Student practicing giving medication

Open Skills Laboratory

Open Lab Hours

Fall 2020 Schedule

  • Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Students must sign up for a practice slot via SignUp Genius 
  • *If you have questions regarding the Open Lab please email

The open laboratory is a space where students can go to put their skills into practice at their own pace and according to their own needs.

The open laboratory at College of DuPage provides an environment for all nursing department program students to practice nursing skills. Manikins, models, and other equipment provide a non-threatening, hands-on learning environment for skill acquisition.

The lab is available for students to  practice skills, do homework, work with students and faculty, or complete any other work related to their studies.

Skill Checklists

These checklists outline some of the skills and procedures on which nursing students are evaluated during their lab work

 ** If a latex or betadine allergy exists or is suspected, please notify your clinical instructor and the lab personnel. **

Nursing Demonstration Videos


Nursing Open Lab Policies

The lab is open and equipped for your ongoing nursing proficiency practice needs. You will perform simulated practice until you have mastered the skill/procedure to the point where you can pass your return demonstration and safely perform the skill/procedure in the clinical setting. In order to allow active learning to take place, certain policies regarding the lab have been established and must be observed by all.

Please review the Code of Conduct & Rules prior to utilizing the lab.

  1. Hours will be posted in the lab, explained to you in your lab classes and posted on the student portal and nursing lab website. Lab hours are continually evaluated; if any changes are necessary, you will be notified by these means.
  2. Personal belongings (i.e. coats and books) are not lab staff responsibility. Please make sure that they are neatly placed out of the way for the consideration of other students.
  3. No eating or drinking in the lab. When taking a break outside the lab, use the waste containers provided.
  4. If any of the manikins or equipment is not working properly, report it immediately to the lab staff so that it may be repaired. Report any and all incidents or malfunctions to the lab staff. Students should not remove manikins from the beds. Please ask for assistance.
  5. Lab staff members are available for assistance as needed during independent study/practice. Skill performance will be evaluated by faculty.
  6. After practicing skills, straighten unit/area so it is ready for the next student. Chairs should be replaced under the tables when leaving the area. Pick up any waste materials observed on the floor and place in trash containers. Return any lab issued supplies or equipment to designated location; example - needle and syringes to syringe box in designated areas. Wipe up all spills on floors. Keep beds in appropriate position with linens straightened before leaving and side rails in upright position. Turn off all over bed lights.
  7. The lab must maintain a study atmosphere; therefore, children and visitors are NOT allowed.

*Please note: Open Lab hours may change during the course of a semester as the Open Lab may be utilized for Nursing Lab Class overflow. Students are encouraged to check the posted lab hours which can be found outside the Open Lab in the Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 2142.

If you require one-on-one assistance, please contact a Lab Assistant to set up an appointment.

Contact Information

Nursing Lab Assistant Office
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 2142
(630) 942-2569

Simulation Hospital
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 2145
(630) 942-2539

Simulation Center
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 2136
(630) 942-4258

Melissa Ericson, Nursing Simulation and Lab Manager
(630) 942-3938