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Library and Resource Center

Saint Michael College of Allied Health Library and Learning Resource Center are located on the college’s premises. The Library contains approximately about 100 books to support each instructional area covered in the curriculum.  Eleven CD-ROM/Internet workstations provide computerized access to magazines, newspapers, and additional reference materials.  The library is open from 8: a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Friday.  Hours may vary during term breaks and holidays. The Library/Learning Resources Center (LRC), a major component of the Saint Michael College of Allied Health that supports the institution’s goal of providing instructional support services that enhance teaching and learning.  The LRC aims to achieve this goal by selecting, acquiring, and circulating appropriate learning resource materials and providing the skills necessary to access and evaluate information.   The college also subscribes to ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source; this online allied health library provides users with reliable healthcare information covering nursing allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and much more. The database is designed to meet the needs of researchers at healthcare facilities as well as nursing and allied health programs at academic institutions.  ProQuest Nursing & Allied Source provides abstracting and indexing for more than 1, 015 titles, with over 860 titles in full-text, plus more than 12, 300 full text dissertations representing the most rigorous scholarship in nursing and related fields.

The following hardcopy journals are also available for students at the college library:
·    Pediatric Nursing
·    Medical Surgical Nursing
·    Nursing 2009 Critical Care
·    RN Magazine
·    Gerontological Nursing
·    Nurse Educator
·    American Journal of Nursing
·    Nursing 2009
·    Journal of Healthcare Management
·    Nursing Education Perspectives-
·    The Official Journal of the National League for Nursing
All students are oriented to computer learning in the fundamentals course. Students use computers to take on-line exams, including the HESI, ATI, ERI achievement and comprehensive exams, which give immediate feedback and rationales concerning incorrect answers.  Students can use computers to take un-proctored practice tests and does remediation work, including in math proficiency.

The Nursing Skill Lab is located on the school premises.  It houses four patient bed units for student practice, and a sink and storage area to secure equipment and sharps.  SMCAH’s Nursing Skill laboratory is equipped with the following supplies and equipment:
·    Wound supplies
·    Thoracic torso model for wound care
·    Central line kits
·    Wound drains
·    Medication cart
·    Pulse oximeter
·    Urinary catheter kits, male or female catherization trainers
·    Naso-gastric tubes, tube feeding equipment
·    Headwall with simulated oxygen, compressed air and suction outlets
·    Assessment equipment
·    Bedside stands
·    Linen Hamper, bed pads
·    Anatomical models:  
Trach model
Surgical arm
Seymour buttocks for wound care, 
Thoracic model for central 
·    Suction catheter
·    Sterile Gloves
·    Upright Scale & Pediatric scale
·    Infection control supplies
·    Electric thermometers
·    Chest tube/Water seal suction 
·    Model breast and testicles for teaching assessmen

Saint Michael College of Allied Health Campus is located at 8305 Richmond Highway, Unit 10A, Alexandria VA 22309. The 3,300 sq ft. building is leased by Saint Michael College of Allied Health.  The facility has 3 classrooms and a library/computer lab. Each classroom is equipped with brand new state-of-the-art equipment, including student chairs with declinable over-board, instructor desks equipped with computer space and storage, projectors capable of image and letter display in a lighted or non-lighted atmosphere, and 8 ft x 4 ft vinyl blackboards for erasable markers. The facility has a well-equipped library and Nursing Laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art medical and nursing teaching materials. There are three offices and two reception areas in the facility. Telephones are located in every classroom, office, lounge, library, nursing laboratory, and reception areas in the building.  The facility has two water fountains. There are 3 restrooms with toilet facilities in the building, one restroom for ladies, one restroom for men and one for faculty and staff.

·    Classrooms (3)
·    Laboratory (2)
·    Pantry 
·    Offices (3)
·    Library/Computer Room with internet access (1)
·    Security and Reception (1)
·    Three bathrooms
·    Water Fountain (2)
·    Wash hand basin
·    Central Air-Conditioning System and Heat
·    Clearly marked Exits
·    Emergency Lighting
·    Fire Extinguishers (3)
·    Smoke Detectors (2)
·    First Aid Box (3)
·    Eye Wash station
·    Blood spill kit (1)