Perkins Health Science Center
The Perkins Health Science Center opened in the fall of 2023 and includes a state-of-the-art teaching and learning space crafted to support Sheridan College’s Health Science curricula. This includes Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant, and future growth in other health science-related fields to benefit our community.
In March of 2021, the Perkins Health Science Center received approximately $12 million for a renovation project that refurbished 7,100 square feet of the current Dental Hygiene Program space, initially constructed in 1958. The Dental Hygiene Program facilities now have 24 state-of-the-art dental hygiene operatories, instructor stations, a sterilization room, locker rooms, a dental materials lab, and administrative offices. The Sheridan College Kim and Mary Kay Love Dental Hygiene Clinic offers a full-service clinic open to the public. The clinic provides patient education and individualized therapeutic services to help patients reach their oral health goals at a reduced cost.
The Perkins Health Science Center also has approximately 10,000 square feet of new space dedicated to the Sheridan College Nursing Program. This includes two new nursing classrooms, three simulation areas containing high-fidelity manikins and a private debrief room. In this state-of-the-art area, students learn in real time by utilizing a live-streaming audio and visual system. It also includes seven-bed laboratories for clinical instruction with simulated headwall equipment, as seen in any acute healthcare facility. The space also includes a low-fidelity lab space for fundamental nursing skills demonstrations and instruction. There is additional dedicated learning space for augmented and virtual reality programming which supports innovative technology within the Sheridan College curriculum.
Due to a growing community need, the learning facility houses separate classrooms that cater to specific populations that students may not have the opportunity to experience during their time in the Sheridan College Nursing Program. For example, there are dedicated spaces for pediatric and obstetrical care and emergency medical and operative care within the high-fidelity simulation areas.
The Sheridan College Foundation worked closely with our generous donors – the State of Wyoming, an EDA grant, the Perkins Foundation, Kim and Mary Kay Love, Whitney Benefits, the William F. and Lorene W. Welch Foundation, Dodd and Dorothy Bryan Foundation, and the Herbert G. and Dorothy Zullig Foundation – to make this project a reality.
“This new facility is absolutely a pressing need for our health science programs, and we are eager to provide a state-of-the-art facility that matches the excellence of our Dental Hygiene, Nursing and Health Science programs and allows them room to grow,” said Northern Wyoming Community College District President Dr. Walter Tribley. “We are so grateful to the state and the individuals and foundations that made this project possible.”