La Crosse area high school students received some hands-on experience in the health field Tuesday as part of the Health Science Academy.
The academy is for upperclassmen from seven La Crosse region high schools. The academy is aimed at those who plan to pursue careers in the medical field. Students learned about everything that happens in an operating room and also how to prep patients for surgery. Students were also able to use the tools and equipment that would be used in the real world.
Those who participated say it's a great way to prepare for their futures. Soua Yang is a senior and she says that she has always wanted to be in the medical field, "I wanted to be in the medical field and I just wanted more experience and like learn about the different departments in the medical field. A lot of high schoolers they don't get these experiences and like being able to wear the scrubs and the bunny suits it just nice to try it out. It's a good experience to learn how it is" said Yang.
Senior Taylor Hernandez also says the Health Science Academy has given her many opportunities, "It's awesome because you really do get to learn what you do like and sometimes you come and realize yep this isn't the field that I would like to pursue so that helps so you don't go to college and realize that you don't like it. So the opportunities that both the hospitals provide for us are really amazing because they just show us a little insight of what the job will be like in the future" said Hernandez.
The program provides job shadowing, mentoring, and clinical experience.Nearly 96% of students who complete the program are studying or working in the healthcare or emergency fields.