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PA Cyber students visit Penn State College of Nursing

Dec 6, 2016

Tiffani DiBona had a good idea of what she wanted to study after high school graduation.  

That’s why the PA Cyber student was excited for the opportunity to visit Penn State College of Nursing, a field trip that reinforced her future plans to study nursing in college.

“It was definitely a big help,” said Tiffani, a sophomore, who lives in Berks County.

PA Cyber students and parents who toured the nursing school on Oct. 31 had an up-close chance to see high-intensity mannequins in the nursing simulation lab. Mannequins mimicked human conditions — crying, bleeding, talking, giving birth — and essentially responded like real patients.

Jolene Stonebraker, regional manager of the Penn State office, said this is the second year for the tour, which is popular with PA Cyber students.

“Both years, we had such a high number of students who were interested that we had to put in a waiting list,” Stonebraker said.

Penn State nursing students served as guides, showing students around, answering questions and giving an overall taste of what a day in the life of a nursing student is like. Students and families also spoke to admissions representatives about what students need to focus on in high school to ensure acceptance into the Penn State program.

The nursing program is quite competitive, Stonebraker said. More than 800 students typically apply, but only 150 are accepted.

Tiffani and her mother, Jennifer DiBona, drove two hours to attend the field trip and were surprised to learn they had driven the fewest miles. Tiffani said she hopes to someday attend a Christian college or university, but said the field trip solidified her goals.

Stonebraker said the day went well.

“It’s something that the students and parents really enjoy. I’m sure they [the parents] have just as much fun if not more,” she said.

New this year, students also visited the Penn State College of Education. Stonebraker said she hopes to add a new college into the mix this year, and keep adding schools to broaden college visit opportunities. 

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