Learning Center

Learning Center

Creating a better future for healthcare,
one student at a time

Duncan Regional Hospital is very proud to be one of the first hospitals in the state working collaboratively with the Oklahome City University and University of Oklahoma School of Nursing to help offset the broadening and frightening shortage of nursing staff within the state of Oklahoma. This initiative will allow many more nurses to graduate each year and offer their finely honed services and skills to patients within Stephens County and beyond.

The DRH Learning Center is approximately 12,000 square feet of educational space that contains 5-classrooms, state-of-the-art clinical training equipment, an educational auditorium, two skills labs, computer lab, student study space, and faculty offices. It is equipped with:

  • An 8-bed skills lab that can be divided into 2 skills labs with 4 beds each and each lab will have a full hospital room compliment;
  • A computer lab with 12 computer stations; 
  • Meta-Man and Meta-Baby, human simulators with compatible teacher monitoring/facilitating equipment; 
  • Office space for the faculty
  • Satellite technology for distance learning

We are committed to bringing excellence in nursing education to ensure excellent p patient care

If interested in the available naming opportunities call the Foundation office at (580) 251-6640. Click Here to View the Map of Naming Opportunities.


The Importance of the Learning Center

"Ultimately, it's about taking care of our community. By providing nursing education closer to home, we provide students the most convenient opportunity to become a nurse. By educating nurses on the hospital campus, we increase the number of students who are exposed to our facility, technology, and culture; thereby increasing the odds that they will find DRH a favorable place to work post-graduation. And by decreasing the nursing shortage in our community, we are able to provide the best nursing support for our doctors, the best environment for our nurses to work, and the best nursing care for our patients. It's all about taking care of our community!"
Source: Reggie Pennypacker, RN, BSN

Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.  Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives.
Source: Registered Nurses; Occupational Outlook Handbook ; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics