BHSU to host Scrubs Camp for area high school students

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, February 9, 2015/Categories: 2015








           Area high school students complete a hands-on exercise at Scrubs Camp, held on the Black Hills State University campus. The 2015 Scrubs Camp will be on Saturday, Feb. 21 on the BHSU campus. The camp allows students to learn about potential careers in the health care industry, as well as participate in hands-on learning exercises.  



Black Hills State University, in partnership with the South Dakota Department of Health, will offer high school students the opportunity to explore professions in the health care industry.

BHSU will host a Scrubs Camp on Saturday, Feb. 21 on campus. Scrubs Camp is a free, one-day, hands-on camp where students learn from the professionals in the health care industry. It is open to high school students in the ninth through 12th grades. The deadline for registration is Thursday, Feb. 12. Students can register online at

Scrubs camps are held throughout the state and tailored to the interests of the students in each area. The camp also provides a chance for students to become familiar with BHSU and the programs the university has to offer.

At the BHSU camp, students will hear from a variety of health care professionals including those in pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology, psychology, respiratory care, diet and nutrition and nursing.

Hasina Ahmad, student services coordinator at BHSU, said that the need for health care professionals is crucial.  

"We are trying to attract students to this field, which we need," Ahmad said. "Our population is aging and we need more health care providers."

According to the state department of health website, between now and 2020, it&rsquos projected that there will be a need for a 17 percent increase in health care workers in South Dakota.

Dr. James Hess, professor of psychology and chair of the School of Behavioral Sciences at BHSU, is one of the scheduled speakers during this year&rsquos Scrubs Camp. Hess, who has been participating in the camp since the first one in 2008, will educate students on the opportunities of earning a psychology or sociology degree.

"Already high school students are considering career options," Hess said. "Scrubs Camp is an opportunity to further explore their interests and have an understanding of what happens once they come to a university to pursue a particular field."

For more information on Scrubs Camp, visit or contact Hasina Ahmad at or call 605-642-6270.

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