Over 80 Students Engage in Hands-On Healthcare Exploration at NCC’s “Scrubs Camp”

Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) successfully hosted its annual “Scrubs Camp” on Monday, May 13th, 2024, welcoming over 80 enthusiastic middle and high school students from thirteen area schools, including homeschool students, eager to explore various healthcare career paths.

The event, spearheaded by NCC’s Health Science programs and Sanford Health, offered 7th-12th graders an immersive experience designed to introduce them to diverse healthcare professions. Participants delved into fields such as EMS, Nursing, CNA, Radiologic Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Medical Lab Technology, Health Information Technology, and Medical Coding.

Throughout the day, students engaged in seven mini-sessions led by NCC program instructors, featuring hands-on activities tailored to each healthcare career. A highlight of the event was an emergency care live action simulation, conducted in collaboration with the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team (SCAT). This simulation showcased the real-time collaboration among healthcare professionals in managing emergency trauma scenarios, emphasizing the critical importance of teamwork in healthcare.

Kevin Miller, NCC’s Associate Dean of Health, emphasized the significance of understanding the collaborative nature of healthcare professions, underscoring the vital role each career plays in patient outcomes and overall healthcare system management. “The collaborative nature of healthcare professions is crucial. Each career contributes uniquely to positive patient outcomes and effective management. Allowing students to explore the true nature of a healthcare team is a valuable experience when they are choosing a career field.”

One participant, Kate Solsma, a freshman from MOC-Floyd Valley High School, shared her excitement about the event, expressing, ‘I’m really enjoying the day. The hands-on events are incredibly realistic. Currently, I’m participating in the CNA simulation, which has given me a different perspective. I attended because I’m considering a career in the healthcare field, with Radiology catching my interest.’

Another participant, Lily Vander Pol, also a freshman from MOC-Floyd Valley High School, echoed her sentiments, stating, ‘I also tried the CNA simulation. It truly makes you realize how much a senior citizen relies on the CNA caretaker! I came today because I’m interested in pursuing a career in healthcare, particularly in anesthesiology.’

The “Scrubs Camp” was made possible through the support of the Iowa Intermediary Network and local healthcare sponsors, offering the camp free of charge to participants.

For more information about future events or NCC’s Healthcare programs, please visit nwicc.edu. NCC offers a wide range of programs and services to meet the needs of students and the community. With a commitment to excellence in education, NCC provides accessible, affordable, and quality learning opportunities that empower individuals to achieve their goals.

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L to R: Kate Solsma and Lily Vander Pol

Participating schools:



George-Little Rock


Homeschooled Students


Netherlands Reformed Christian School

Rock Valley



St. Patrick’s Catholic

West Lyon

Western Christian