Balboa Regional Center Campus

PLNU Balboa Regional Center

Centrally located in San Diego’s Kearny Mesa neighborhood, PLNU’s Balboa Regional Center is easily accessible from the I-805, I-15, SR-163, and SR-52, and is within short commuting distance to San Diego’s hub of major health industry businesses as well as PLNU’s Mission Valley, Liberty Station, Point Loma, and partnering community college campuses. 

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In addition to high-tech classrooms, collaborative learning commons, and private study and lounge areas, the PLNU Balboa Regional Center campus houses a top-of-the-line fitness center, research facilities, and clinical simulation labs designed to give students evidence-based, outcome-focused instruction. It also is the home of the Biomechanics Lab, our athletic performance space that is co-sponsored and used by the San Diego Padres baseball team. The Balboa campus also hosts local partnerships and events with the community, and offers ample parking free to students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

PLNU Balboa Regional Center

College of Health Sciences

PLNU's Balboa Regional Center, home to the College of Health Sciences, offers state-of-the-art classroom, research, and fitness spaces for graduate students in PLNU's kinesiology, athletic training, exercise science, sport performance, sport management, physician assistant, and occupational therapy programs. 

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Center for Human Performance (CHP)

The Center for Human Performance is a 3,000-square-foot strength and conditioning training, research, and learning laboratory for sports science and sport performance students. The CHP contains a state-of-the-art gym available for students, faculty, and staff to use free of charge, as well as classes and personal training sessions offered by expert student physical trainers.

Skills and Simulation Labs

The skills lab contains individualized simulation-based hospital and clinical stations with high-fidelity mannequins offering fully immersive experiences that prepare physician assistant and athletic training students for a diverse range of patient care and medical scenarios. The lab allows students to encounter complex medical cases and strengthen practice critical skills such as decision-making, communication, and patient care with a care team under the careful supervision of faculty mentors. The Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) Simulation Lab is made up of six patient-encounter rooms that look like your typical doctor's office and are designed to give students simulated patient-based training, as well as monitoring infrastructure for faculty to observe and provide feedback on students’ performance.

Occupational Therapy Labs

Three labs, totaling 4,059 square feet of space, represent the various types of treatments provided by occupational therapists. The Activities of Daily Living Lab simulates living in an apartment and contains an office, bedroom, living room, laundry, kitchen, and bathroom. In the Orthotics and Modality Lab, students learn how to make splints for patients, use 3-D printing to fabricate adaptive equipment for clients, and gain competency in the application of thermal and electrical modalities. The Movement Lab is designed to teach students how to provide treatment for children with special needs. This lab also includes a hospital environment, and space to learn how to provide rehabilitation for people with physical disabilities.

PLNU + San Diego Padres Biomechanics Lab

The 2,000-square-foot Biomechanics Lab uses motion capture and force platform technology for full-body 3D biomechanical assessments of pitching, hitting, gait, and functional movements. The lab is frequently used by the San Diego Padres and other athletes to improve performance and minimize the risk of injury.


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PLNU Balboa Regional Center
9055 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123
United States

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