Spoon River College students who are pursuing careers in healthcare traveled to the Jump Simulation and Education Center in Peoria on February 25. They were accompanied by Melissa Miller, director of the Allied Health Program, and Sarah Strode, nursing faculty.

The Jump Simulation & Education Center is one of the largest simulation and innovation centers in the world, and is a collaboration between OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria.

“Our students spent three hours touring the Center and participating in planned activities,” said Miller. “They met physicians, engineers, nurses, and researchers who work at Jump, and were able to engage in several simulations and exercises within the anatomy lab, 3-D printing, EMT training lab, and manikin simulation lab.”

Jump applies the power of simulation to educate and test new methods, technologies and devices that allows healthcare professionals to create solutions for clinical training and delivery of healthcare, with a goal of improving outcomes and lowering costs.

“It is an amazing place, and I hope to make it an annual trip for our healthcare students,” Miller said.

Healthcare programs offered at Spoon River College include Nursing (Associate Degree in Nursing, Practical Nurse Certificate, and Nurse Assistant Certificate), as well as Medical Laboratory Technician, and Health Information Management, and Emergency Medical Technician.