Tyler Junior College is teaching a group of teenagers how to save a life.

During the college's continuing education summer camps, students are thrown into the fray of a day in the life of various health care professionals.

In the three-day camp led by TJC's Nursing and Health Science faculty, students learn hands on techniques in everything from radiology to nursing to dental hygiene, and they have the cutting edge technology of the Robert M. Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences facility at their disposal.

This week, several camp participants - all young ladies, aged 12 through 16 - got to experience treating patients and practicing bedside care on interactive dummies.

Nursing instructors walked students through the entire process.

"We have great possibilities (for careers)," Dean of Nursing Paul Monagan said. "They're being taught by wonderful, experienced people. We got to teach them far more than I thought we would."

Jordan Loe, 16,  the oldest in the group, led her team through resuscitating a dummy. Through their attempts, the girls managed to bring it back to life.

"It felt very realistic," she said. "I was very nervous even though it was fake."

Compounding the nerves was the fact that the high tech dummy also spoke to the students and responded to stimuli.

"Where am I?" the instructor asked through the dummy, while sitting down the hall in a control room. "Am I in heaven?"

The campers giggled and consulted each other, trying to figure out how to tell their patient what had happened.

Later they learned how to administer shots and insert IV's and catheters.

"I'm learning a lot for what I want to do in the future," Loe said. "It's helping me so I know what to expect when I get out of high school."

Loe hopes to attend medical school and become an OG-GYN.

The health sciences camp is just one of many day camps hosted by TJC. Director of Continuing Education Heath Stoner said the school is offering dozens of camps for children age four and older. The camps run weekly through mid-August. The cost of attendance varies based on the content of the camp.

For more information, visit TJCSummerCamps.com

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Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on The Murder Tapes, Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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