Bryan and LPS team up to give students a head start on health care careers

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A first of its kind medical focus program is being offered at LPS’s Northwest High School in partnership with Bryan Health’s College of Health Sciences.

The program gives juniors and seniors a head start in becoming health care providers.

Jason States, the director of the program, said that when the students are juniors, they can become a certified nursing assistant and begin working right away.

As Nebraska faces a nurse shortage, it’s imperative that kids get the opportunity to learn about nursing.

That’s why the program hosted an open house Monday and will hold another one on Oct. 20 for prospective students.

“Getting students who want to become health care workers a foot in the door early, that’s going to be something that’s going to help them in the long run and help the city of Lincoln,” States said.

The program has two classrooms that feature state-of-the-art mannequins to help students learn how to care for patients.

It also has hospital beds, curtains and other tools to make it feel like a hospital setting.

In the classes the students are learning the basics.

“They’re learning how to make a bed, how to adjust the bed, how to interact with the patient, how to take vitals, how to bathe the patient, just the basics,” States said.

The students like how hands-on the learning is in the classroom.

Feryal Akpo-Idrissou, a student in the program, said she likes being able to see how people in the medical field work.

But the program isn’t without cost.

Tuition is $150 per credit hour.  Students take 13 credit hours over their junior and senior year.

The fee is actually a discount in comparison to Bryan’s tuition cost ($597 per credit hour).

That said, States said Bryan is trying to make sure students don’t have to pay out of pocket.

“We had a donation from Healthy Blue Nebraska this year, and all the tuition has been paid for,” he said. “We also accept ACE Scholarships which are through the state of Nebraska. And so far, no one’s had to pay out of their own pocket.”

The courses are taught by Bryan staff, and students would need to be enrolled at Northwet to apply for the program.

For more information on the focus program, visit healthsciences.lps.org.

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