A Starr Hill Pathway middle school student listens to heart sounds through a stethoscope.
A middle schooler in the Starr Hill Pathways program learns how to detect heart sounds and assess for irregularities in the sim lab.

About 40 local middle school students a day learning about the School of Nursing as part of a program that introduces area teens to college environments.

The middle school students, part of the UVA Equity Center’s Starr Hill Pathways program, spent the day with about 20 undergraduate nursing students and faculty members to get an idea of what it would be like to study nursing in college.

The program is designed for Charlottesville-area seventh- and eighth-graders, including many who would be first-generation college students, to learn more about paths to college and what they could study once enrolled.

With support from faculty members Randy Jones, associate dean for partnerships, and RN to BSN program director Malinda Whitlow, other key organizers included simulation lab director Ryne Ackard, simulation educator Jennifer Gaines, simulation educator Samantha Hudgins, Compassionate Care Initiative assistant director Hannah Crosby, and professor Edie Barbero and her therapy dog Kenny.

Here are some photos of the event.