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FAYETTE - A Central Methodist University employee says some college students lack the knowledge of what they could encounter in future careers. This is why the university hosts Allied Health Day

Sophomore Murphy Quint has been proactive about the looming decision of what college and what career path to choose. She wants to learn as much as she can before committing to a school and a future career. This is why she attended the event.

Allied Health Day is a chance for students to experience what they would do in future health fields. Each semester CMU allows students to learn through hands-on simulations and learning discussions while in the school’s classrooms and laboratories.

“Coming here gives you more of an understanding of what [the field] is,” Quint said. “In school, they explain what it is, but you can get a better overall feeling of how they run things in college.”

Quint wants to be an athletic trainer after college. She is strongly considering CMU’s program, and this semester she was able to experience hands-on training in the department at Allied Health Day.

The event also featured hands-on scenarios in nursing, physical therapy assistant and occupational therapy assistant careers. The students rotated between the units to get an understanding of what they would do in that career in the future.

“The thing that’s often missed in higher education is the what’s next,” Joe Parisi, Vice President for Enrollment Management, said. “We host these days to be able to give them career explorations and learning at the same time.”

The nursing unit featured emergency room simulations where the students could use equipment and go through scenarios that they might use in the future. The teachers would present situations, such as what to do when a pregnant woman is in pain, so that students can see what they might encounter in a future nursing career.

This semester, students from Boonville, Columbia Public Schools and towns around CMU came to experience the event.

“It’s a way for students to learn the way they live,” Scott Queen, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications said. “This isn’t as much of a sales event as it is an opportunity for students to get their hands dirty and to find out what careers they can have.”

Quint said she’ll make her final college decision in her junior year, and she thinks Allied Health Day has helped her know what to expect in her future career as an athletic trainer.