Students at Southeast Tech are using new technology that takes them through real world situations in the operating room. The students scrub in, just like the real thing.
"I actually really like it. This is more challenging and upbeat on a daily basis and it really holds your interest," student Kate Swenson said.
Swenson has been in program for about a year after realizing a four-year school wasn't for her. She decided this was the path she wanted to take.
"It's just kind of neat to save somebody's life. They come in having a heart attack or a blockage and you're right there hands on and it's instant gratification," Swenson said.
Swenson and her classmates, like Jamie Efta, use a simulator to take them through real-life scenarios.
"This new simulation does everything that a real patient would do. It communicates to the patient when they have done something wrong. If the student is too aggressive, it can actually injure the patient like we could in the real environment," STI invasive cardiovascular program director Patrick Hoier said.
The simulator is the only one of its kind in the area and it helps students get ready for life in the operating room.
"Being able to be around high-tech equipment at school with the simulator, it makes me really comfortable. The transition between school into workplace will be easy, hopefully," Swenson said.
This curriculum partners with the University of South Dakota where students at USD have the option to complete two years at USD and finish at Southeast Tech and get a bachelor's degree. And for the students at Southeast Tech, they can also complete two years and finish their bachelor's degree at USD.