About 80 students from Libertyville High School participated in the "Trauma Day" event at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville on Friday.
The goal of the first-time program was to show students the real-life consequences of drinking and driving.
Students attended various stations that demonstrated what happens after a traffic accident.
They got a chance to wear goggles that mimic being intoxicated, experienced hands-on lessons in suturing, took a trip up to the helipad, and looked inside an ambulance.
Members of Flight for Life, Libertyville Fire and Police, and the Advocate Condell staff were on hand to run the stations.
"I want to be a trauma nurse," said Libertyville senior Erin Calamari, who found the intensive care station the most interesting. "That's what I want to do."
"They're getting a really good, inside look at what goes on in a hospital," said Greg Herman, Libertyville High School science department chairman. "They're getting the big picture of health care, along with a message."
Advocate Condell Hospital hopes to offer the same program next year.