High-STEP Health Science Academy Students Explore Healthcare Core Foundations

It is hard to believe the 2019–20 High-STEP Health Science Academy students have completed their first quarter of Healthcare Core Foundations. It has been a busy nine weeks exposing students to several healthcare professions and activities thanks to High-STEP partner facilities: Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Waseca; River’s Edge Hospital, St. Peter; Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic; South Central College and Gustavus Adolphus College.

Student experiences include hospital tours, informational interviewing, participation in a morning huddle reenactment, CNA activities, insight from college career service professionals, pediatric assessments, injection techniques, IO infusions and vital signs assessment. 

Various health care professionals have visited the High-STEP classroom during this time providing insight into their careers. These invaluable interactions help students make informed decision when considering future careers. To date, the High-STEP students have had the chance to interact with healthcare administrators, pharmacists, physical therapists, radiologic technologists, nursing staff, nurse practitioners and certified medical assistants. 

“The High-STEP students are an exceptional group and it is very rewarding helping them explore healthcare careers.” Said Christi Bixby, DPM, High-STEP educator/coordinator. “I have already seen a few students who came into the school year unsure if healthcare was for them, who now feel it is definitely the right fit.”

We are looking forward to continued experiences as the year progresses. To learn more about High-STEP, visit the SCSC website or High-STEP Facebook page.

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