With any career, experience is key.
“Kids who want to go into medical school, part of the component is they look at is your grades. The other part is what kind of realistic practice have you had, what exposure have you had,” said instructor Mary Keller.
Medical careers is an elective course offered to students at Magic City high school.
“We’ve added now certified nurse assistant and certified medication assistant because of the needs of the community,” said Keller.
Ms. Keller herself took the course when she attended Magic city campus.
“and now I’ve been able to change the program and make it reflective of the community,” said Keller.
The program works with local health and wellness centers, which allows students to work directly with patients.
“if you want to be a nurse you can go into the ICU or the NICU of the ER. Or if you want to go into dentistry you can go work with a dentist or orthodontist,” said student Nya Harris
Back in the classroom they’re equipped with 6 patient beds, each with patient dummies for the students to practice on.
“I would recommend it for anybody to take it even if you’re not sure that you want to go into the medical field because it really gives you a perspective of different jobs and different areas of what you could go into,” said Harris.
The program is inspiring students to find their passions.
“When they say I’m a CNA and I’ve worked in the emergency room, I’m a CNA I’ve worked in the operating room, that just puts them a cut above getting into medical school,” said Keller.
It’s leading them to a bright future.
“It seems like a lot of work but I feel like I can save someones life,” said student Nya Harris.