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Dietetics Simulation

The University of Idaho provides dietetics students the opportunity to practice their clinical dietetic skills through simulation.

Dietetics students complete assessments and medical nutrition therapy on “SimMan” — a robotic patient that communicates back to them — while preceptors and instructors program the robot to challenge the students on specific cases.

Designed to represent a diverse range of patient scenarios, the dietetics simulation helps prepare students for real-world situations. The simulation helps serve as a bridge between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience.

The University of Idaho is a pioneer in incorporating SimMan at an academic institution to provide experiential learning. Students advance to a real clinical environment after completing 150 hours of simulation learning with a focus on 10 diseases.

Hydee Becker

Clinical Associate Professor & Director of Dietetics

Niccolls Building, Room 208B



University of Idaho

Physical Address:
Mary Hall Niccolls Building, Rm 103
751 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 3183
Moscow, ID 83844-3183

Phone: 208-885-6546

Fax: 208-885-5751




Mailing Address:
322 E. Front Street, Suite 180
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-334-2999

Fax: 208-364-4035




Mailing Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814-2277

Phone: 208-667-2588

Fax: 208-664-1272