Surry’s Camp Med Introduces Students to Healthcare Career Opportunities

Twelve area high school students participated in Surry Community College’s Camp Med held July 10-12. The camp gave participants an in-depth look at various roles within the medical field. Participants are pictured from left to right: (front row) Erica Castillo, Brianna Wilkins, Madisyn Parsons, Alyssa Yanez, Ashton Rierson, Sierra Moses; (back row) Jennifer Arciniega, Sierra Casstevens, Denver Davis, Carly Grace Sheets, Lesley Benton, and Gabrielle Moses.

Posted: Jul 21, 2017

Twelve local aspiring healthcare professionals spent July 10-12 participating in Surry Community College’s Camp Med, which provides students with up-close and personal insight into the world of healthcare.

Camp participants were Jennifer Arciniega of Boonville, Lesley Benton of Boonville, Sierra Casstevens of Boonville, Erica Castillo of Hamptonville, Denver Davis of Boonville, Gabrielle Moses of Elkin, Sierra Moses of Elkin, Madisyn Parsons of Yadkinville, Ashton Rierson of Mount Airy, Carly Grace Sheets of Mount Airy, Brianna Wilkins of Elkin, and Alyssa Yanez of Yadkinville.

The three-day camp was packed with opportunities for participants to learn more about a career path they’re passionate about pursuing. The first day of camp entailed a tour of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and a trip to Surry’s Elkin Center to see the college’s Forensics Lab. Day two gave participants a chance to see the many medical and allied health opportunities available at SCC, and day three took the campers to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for an informative tour before wrapping up the exciting camp.

Surry’s Student and Community Engagement Coordinator Kasey Martin said, “Camp Med is an excellent opportunity for high school students who are interested in pursuing a degree in the medical field. Thanks to our partners at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, camp participants were able to spend two days shadowing employees in different aspects of the medical industry. It is my hope that participants left camp with a better idea of which specific area they would like to study, as well as knowing that their future in the medical field can start at SCC.”

Surry Community College offers a variety of programs in the medical field. Surry nursing graduates provide care at different points throughout a patient’s lifetime in a variety of settings. Practical Nursing is a one-year program that prepares students for careers as Licensed Practical Nurses after taking the examination leading to licensure.

Students can also choose to complete the ADN or Associate Degree in Nursing, which is a two-year program enabling them to sit for the examination leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse. Currently Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) can also choose to complete the LPN-ADN program, which is a three semester program enabling students to prepare for the examination leading to licensure as a registered nurse. The college also offers a two-year degree in Medical Assisting, Physical Therapist Assistant and, Medical Office Administration along with a Sports Medicine Technology certificate program.

Registration is currently open for Fall 2017 classes. Students must register before Aug. 1; these classes will start Aug. 15. For additional information contact Student Services at (336) 386-3264.  

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