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"We're looking at things that medical students get to do that's four to five years down the road for kids like us," Jordan, a junior at Chaparral, said.

She is one of 113 students getting up for 6 a.m. classes three times a week to learn from medical professionals at school.

Jordan also got the chance to experience medical simulations at the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

Chris Stirrup is a math and science teacher at Chaparral. He created the pre-med program at his high school.

"It's a great opportunity for kids to see if medicine is something they want to go into," Stirrup said.

At CAPE, Jordan and other students worked on simulations where an injured construction worker broke his leg and needs attention in the emergency room; a child has fallen on the playground and requires vital signs taken; and a mom ready to give birth who needs help during delivery.

"You have to think so fast," Jordan said.

The program has been at Chaparral and Arapahoe High School for a few years now. But, retired Doctor Jerry Buckley is working to help the program branch out to inner city schools to try to solve the problem of too few minorities in the medical field.

"If you can get the students interested in medicine at an early age, especially the minority students, we've got a much better chance of having those students still be pursuing medicine when they graduate from college," Dr. Buckley said.

Jordan says the program is working for her as she tries to figure out her future.

"You know, I thought I wanted to go into the medical industry and now I know I want to go into the medical industry," Jordan said.

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