Students get behind-the-scenes look into health care

Students get behind-the-scenes look into health care

FARGO, N.D. – High school students will have an opportunity to, literally, see what’s inside. Juniors and seniors are learning about many types of healthcare professions during the Health Occupations and Professions Exploration (HOPE) Academy through an educational program partnership from the NDSU College of Health Professions and Sanford Health.

Students in the region will experience a behind-the-scenes view and learn from professionals in radiologic sciences, cardiac catheterization, sonography and echocardiography.

The HOPE Academy provides high school students interested in going into healthcare a first-hand, after-hours view of what happens in these areas.

“We know that the need for healthcare professionals will continue to grow in the region and beyond,” said Dana Davis, director of outreach and community engagement in the NDSU College of Health Professions. “This provides high school students an opportunity to learn about many different types of health professions, view areas that they otherwise would not have access to and learn from professionals working in the field.”

The program provides six academy sessions and high school students can sign up for the areas in which they have interest. Professionals in medical lab science, pharmacy, radiology, nursing, respiratory care and other medical specialties share their knowledge with students in the six-session program.

“This behind-the-scenes look at healthcare professions really gives students an idea of different medical careers they may not have otherwise thought about pursuing. We know these young adults will be the future of our workforce, so we’re excited to give them insight into the opportunities available,” said Susie Munyer, Sanford Career Development Consultant.

Statistics from the ND Workforce Intelligence Network show that North Dakota will have a projected 30,018 positions in the healthcare practitioners and technical fields in 2024. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that healthcare practitioners and healthcare support jobs will account for 14 of the 30 fastest-growing occupations from 2016 to 2026.

About the College of Health Professions at North Dakota State University
The NDSU College of Health Professions, with an enrollment of more than 2,000 students, prepares future professionals for careers in x-ray, sonography, echocardiography, medical lab science, respiratory care, pharmacy, nursing, and public health. The College of Health Professions educates students and advances research and professional service. Visit for more information.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is one of the largest health care systems in the nation, with 44 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and serving the Upper Midwest, with nearly 1,400 physicians, Sanford Health is dedicated to several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. Sanford Health has 28,000 employees, making it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford over the past decade have transformed how Sanford Health can improve the human condition. For information, visit

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