COVID-19: AHU Denver- Fall Trimester Guidelines

Launch of Hybrid Active Learning at AHU

For the Fall 2020 trimester beginning August 31, teaching and learning at AHU will be delivered via an exciting new mix of student experiences in safe, secure learning environments:

  • online, distant, and remote classes
  • on-campus labs
  • interactive breakouts
  • on-campus and online simulations
  • experiential, virtual reality courses
  • live standardized patient procedures
  • procedural technique workshops (e.g., labor and delivery)
  • rescue demonstrations (e.g., infant resuscitation)
  • small online discussion groups
  • video-rich active learning

AHU curriculum designers, content producers, professors, and instructors continue to produce new rich content for active learning in carefully planned digital environments and campus settings. Safety precautions on campus include daily health screenings, medical-grade PPE, appropriate social distancing, and frequent cleaning and disinfection.

AHU Fall 2020 Campus Guidelines

Throughout the Fall 2020 trimester, August 31 to December 11 (View Academic Calendar), the AHU Denver campus will be open only to faculty and students with assigned Labs and/or Simulations, on the days assigned.

Beginning in January 2021, AHU will do everything in its power to resume teaching and learning on campus, with modifications that optimize student learning experiences and minimize risk of COVID-19 exposure. A full return to campus will depend on factors beyond AHU control:

  • Federal, state, and local directives
  • Rate of COVID-19 infections around campus locations
  • Availability of required PPE and disinfectants

This means AHU must plan for other scenarios as well, including a continuation of remote learning or a quick shift back to remote learning in the event of a resurgence of infections.

Labs and Simulations

Guiding Safety Principles

Faculty will use engaging learning modalities to the extent possible (approved virtual platforms)

  1. Only Labs and Simulations that cannot be held remotely to satisfy accreditation may be held on campus.
  2. Require safety procedures for approved on-campus Labs/Sims
    1. Temperature check all individuals; temp of 100+ excludes anyone from entering campus building or attending lab or simulation (use AdventHealth-approved IR scanner, follow with color-coded sticker for the day)

      In Denver, screening questions will be asked per Centura Health requirements

    2. Student group limitations
      1. Small simulation rooms (i.e., GB second floor) no more than 4 individuals, including instructor
      2. Large classrooms and skills labs groups, including instructors, will be determined by COVID-19 capacity standards
      3. Stay with assigned groups in assigned rooms
      4. Cannot congregate in corridors
    3. Requirement for PPE for all in-person activities
      1. Must wear mask (supplied by AHU daily at temperature checkpoint)
      2. Must wear gloves for mannequin/equipment sharing and/or person-to-person contact
      3. Must wear gowns for person-to-person contact
    4. Hand sanitizer will be available; clinical protocols will be followed
    5. Maintain recommended distance between people unless learning requires contact
    6. Disinfect all surfaces between groups per CDC guidelines:
    7. Schedule will accommodate required disinfecting between lab/simulation sessions and more thorough EVS cleaning at least once in 24 hours
    8. Faculty must have plan for students who opt out of in-person due to health risk
  3. Current information for students is available at
  4. Additional safety measures may be instituted due to ongoing regulatory requirements.

Learning Modalities Used for Simulations

  1. Remote Simulation via Zoom. This will be the safest means to conduct simulation for staff, students, and Standardized Patients (SPs). It is the number one recommendation. Limitations include:
    • Limited to (6) rooms available for use.
    • Potential technology issues (connectivity)
    • (3) SPs per room. If there is more than (1) SP in a room, then they will need to wear a mask. The maximum number of people per room (SPs, staff, students) is (4). This is to practice social distancing.
    • All onsite participants will be screened when entering the facility (temperature + mask).
  2. Small Group Simulation Activity. This is being reserved for hands-on skills laboratories required for accreditation. Limitations include:
    • PPE availability (all students + employees)
    • All students + employees will be temperature screened
    • SPs must be in PPE.
    • Social distancing will be practiced. Size of groups in classrooms depends on COVID-19 standards.
    • Each station will be cleaned (per CDC recommendations) between station rotations.


  1. Students with labs in the Harvard Park East building should park in the attached parking garage on any level.
  2. Students with labs in the Mile High Building should park anywhere in the parking lot but only enter the building through the breezeway doors at the intersection of the main building and the North Annex where the AHU offices and classrooms are. Do not enter through the main entrance or the middle doors by the flagpole as these areas are being used for pre-surgical COVID-19 testing.

COVID-19 Testing

  1. Students without clinicals: AHU has no current plans to test students as a requirement to return to campus. If a student has tested positive for COVID-19, a medical professional must approve the student’s return to campus.
  2. Students with clinicals: AdventHealth and other clinical sites will test students according to their own policies and schedules.


  1. Guidelines for AHU students

Flu Shots

Due to COVID-19, AdventHealth University is unable to offer flu shots on campus this year.