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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

NYIT'S Project H.E.A.R.T. goes virtual this year

Ninety high school students from across the region and state, are getting an inside look in the health care field, virtually.

Project H.E.A.R.T. a free five-day program through n.y.i.t. gives students a hands-on look into the field.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they had to make the program virtual this year.

Despite not being in person, students are still able to get hands-on experiences, as students still got to participate in decisions and a suture lab.

Participants also talk to physicians, social workers, and other health care workers and learn about the medical school application process from current NYIT students.

“It wasn’t the ability for them to go around and actually put hands on what they were doing and touch everything,” says NYIT Associate Director of Pipeline Programs, Dr. Brent Owen. “But for all intents and purposes, the feedback has all been positive that we’ve received.”

“We learned how to stitch; we learned a lot of things about the heart,” says Project H.E.A.R.T. participant, Sybela Munera. “We learned a lot of important lessons about college, how to get into college.”

Dr. Owen says the program went as best as he pictured it could virtually.

Project H.E.A.R.T. will wrap up tomorrow morning with student presentations.


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