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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. – Students at Rockingham Community College will soon be able to learn what it is like to work in a functioning hospital.

Wednesday, the school broke ground on their simulated hospital project. School officials tell WFMY News 2 it is designed to function as a real hospital, the only difference is the hospital will use compressed air instead of oxygen.

The Owens Human Services Building is currently being renovated and is bottom floor of the building will be where the hospital is housed. The upper floors will be where classrooms are.

Nursing, EMS, and basic law enforcement training students will all study in the hospital. Officials say the simulated hospital will also be available to local healthcare professionals to complete basic training.

The project is being funded by private donations and renovations are expected to be completed in the next year. The building is expected to be open to students in Fall 2015.

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