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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Biomedical Electronics

After years in the making, Rend Lake College will soon be offering a new Associate in Applied Science degree in Biomedical Electronics. With the degree, technicians can work behind the scenes in the health care field to maintain vital medical equipment.

The 64-credit-hour program will take two years, or four semesters, to complete and includes seven new biomedical electronics courses alongside 12 health care and general education courses.

64 Hours

Welcome to Allied Health at Rend Lake College. 

You will get the training you need to be a successful health care professional. Whether it's an education toward becoming a therapist, technician, administrator, nurse or assistant - get it here and join the backbone of our region's health care workforce. A large part of the U.S. population is aging. There is an increasing need for treatment of chronic disease and disability. Our mission of educating premier health care professionals has never been more vital. 

We have recently expanded our nursing program, allowing us to accept more candidates. We've also added more support than ever to our programs with a new Health Studies Student Success Center. This new center provides our students the community and tools that really help you realize your goals.

You can find information about our programs by using the following links or scrolling down.

Biomedical Electronics Certified Medical Assistant Health Information Technology Medical Coding Nursing Pharmacy Phlebotomy Radiology   

Please contact us. We'd love to show you what we have to offer tomorrow's health care professional.

Best Regards, 

Kim Wilkerson
Dean of Allied Health

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Associate Degree Nursing

Our ADN program is offered to provide career mobility. The four-semester program builds on nursing skills and knowledge acquired through training / practice as a registered nurse. Learning occurs in classroom, clinical and laboratory settings.

Practical Nursing

 Our current two year Associate Degree Nursing Program will offer an Exit option which is designed to provide education preparing the student for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse after completion of the first two semesters of the ADN RN program.

Certified Nursing Assistant

Certified Nurse Assistant training is a first step for students to determine if they are interested in the nursing field. Students who complete Rend Lake College’s CNA class, which is an eight-week, seven-credit-hour course, are eligible to apply to take the state CNA registry examination.

Certified Medical Assistant

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AAS/Certified Medical Assistant ▼

This is the perfect program if you are interested in health care but do not wish to treat or diagnose patients. Medical assistants may take on several duties, like taking and recording patient histories, scheduling appointments, preparing specimens for laboratory tests, helping doctors with examinations, taking vitals and more.

Certificate/Certified Medical Assistant ▼

This program is designed to prepare individuals to take the national certification examination and earn the Certified Medical Assistant credential.

Medical Coding

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Medical Coding ▼

RLC’s Medical Coding Certificate program is a great fit for the person who wants to work in the medical field, but prefers to avoid hands-on patient care. Are you interested in health information, health sciences, and laws and ethics? Medical Coding may be right for you. Medical coding is the process of converting descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures into universal medical code numbers.

SICCM Programs

The Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market (SICCM) is a cooperative educational design involving five community colleges: Rend Lake College, John A. Logan College, Shawnee College, Kaskaskia College and Southeastern Illinois College, as well as Southern Illinois University (both the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses). Each school is entitled to select a number of students from their district to participate in the programs that SICCM offers. Rend Lake College participates in SICCM programming for Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT), Surgical Technology (ST) and Veterinary Technology (VET).

If you are interested in one of these programs, please call 618-437-5321, Ext. 1779 or 1769 for the most current information about admission and requirements. More information also is available at

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Medical Laboratory Technician ▼

The Medical Laboratory Technology (two-year) Associate in Applied Science Degree Program is offered through the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market (SICCM) and is a cooperative program with Rend Lake College, Shawnee Community College (Ullin), Southeastern Illinois College (Harrisburg) and John A. Logan College (Carterville). The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLA), 84 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670, Chicago, Illinois 60631-3415; telephone number 773-714-8880.

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) is employed in clinical laboratories of hospitals, clinics, physician's offices, and other health care facilities. The MLT performs testing on blood and body fluids under the supervision of a medical technologist and/or pathologist in the areas of hematology, chemistry, blood bank, urinalysis, serology, coagulation, and microbiology. The MLT performs maintenance on equipment and instruments, applies basic scientific principles to laboratory techniques and procedures, recognizes factors that affect procedures, and relates laboratory findings to common disease processes. In addition, the MLT interacts with physicians and other health care personnel.

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Each spring semester, 5 students from each college are admitted to begin the program the following fall semester. Admission requirements include taking the ASSET test for admission to the college and the Pyschological Services Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Test-Revised. The PSB is offered at least four times yearly announced by the college.

Admission to the program is nondiscriminatory concerning race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, mental or physical handicap. Certain personal and physical attributes are key to success in the profession. These include good general physical health, good vision (with correction), good color vision, good manual dexterity, and good problem solving ability.

Once students are admitted to the MLT Program, all general education courses are taken at their home college campus, but the MLT core courses are taught at the SICCM facility in Herrin. Clinical rotations are required in the second year consisting of two semesters with 240 clock hours in each semester. Clinicals are completed in area hospital laboratories and clinics. Upon completion of program requirements, the student will be eligible to take a certification exam offered by several national agencies.

Retention of the student in the MLT program requires that the student earn a "C" or better in all MLT and natural science courses (chemistry, anatomy & physiology). Grades lower than "C" are failing. The student must maintain a "C" average or better in all courses required in the MLT curriculum.

Admission requirements for the Medical Laboratory Techology Program are listed under Associate in Applied Science Degree Programs. A background check and drug screening test are required.

Occupational Therapy ▼

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant is offered at five community colleges through the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market (SICCM). FIve students are admitted from each institution for an entering total of 25. Admitted students take general education courses on their own campuses and OTA courses together in a central laboratory. After classes and fieldwork internship are completed, students graduate at their entering college.

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The OTA courses have both lecture and hands-on laboratory components. Portions of the lecture section of several courses are Web-based. During the program, students will develop entry-level competencies necessary to provide services to persons of all ages who have functional loss due to physical, neurological, social/emotional, cognitive or developmental disabilities

The profession tailors rehabilitation individually for each client. Through evaluation and treatment, it seeks to restore or improve function in occupational performance. Treatment is provided within the context of the client's life environments and relationships. Occupation may be defined as the ordinary things people do each to work, to play and take care of themselves. Occupational therapy is based on the idea that our personal identity and feeling of value is closely tied to what we are able to do. We all choose many "occupational" roles that are important to us and make us excited to engage in life. When our function becomes impaired, we may lose both our independence and sense of self-worth.

The practice of OT utilizes the therapeutic use of purposeful and meaningful occupations in treatment, as well as focusing on these occupations as the goal of treatment. OT intervention may include restoration of performance abilities; instruction in compensatory techniques; adaption of tasks, processes or environments; disability prevention techniques, and health promotion strategies. Occupational therapy assistance, under the supervision of an occupational therapist, will work directly with persons to achieve a maximum level of independent living by developing the capacities that remain after disease, accident or other disability.

Occupational Therapy serves a diverse population in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, facilities for rehabilitation, extended and long-term care, sheltered workshops, schools, camps, private homes, physicians' offices, community programs and private practice.

A background check and drug screening test are required.

Admission requirements are listed under Associate in Applied Science Degree programs.

The SICCM Occuapation Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE's phone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-AOTA. Program graduates will qualify to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) national certification examination. This computer-delivered examination will be delivered on-demand, after determining eligibility. Successful completion of this exam confers the title of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Illinois and most states additionally require licensure to practice, usually basing this on the NBCOT exam results. 
A felony conviction may adversely affect abilty to sit for the NBCOT exam and/or attain state licensure.

Prerequisite: ZOO 1105-Anatomy and Physiology I.

Surgical Technology ▼

The Surgical Technology program is a one-year certificate program offered through the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market (SICCM). Upon completion of the program, the technician will be able to demonstrate entry-level competencies for Surgical Technologists.
The program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) by recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology. Graduates of an accredited Surgical Technology program are eligible to sit for the National Certifying exam for Surgical Technologists. The exam is given year round by appointment. It is administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Successful completion of this exam confers the title of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

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A background check and drug screening test are requested.

(Surgical Technology Grade Standards - The student must maintain a "C" average or better in all Surgical Technology courses and maintain an overall grade-point average of 2.0 ("C") or better.)

Prequisite: ZOO 1105 Anatomy and Physiology I (4) or ZOO 1106 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)

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Veterinary Technology ▼

The Veterinary Technology Program (VET) Associate Degree in Applied Science is offered at five community colleges through SICCM. The Veterinary Technician possesses both administrative and technical skills necessary to assist the veterinarian in all phases of medicine and surgery for small, large, exotic and lab animals. Technicians typically conduct clinical work in a private practice under the supervision of a veterinarian - often performing various medical tests (urinalysis, blood counts, tissue samples) along with treating and diagnosing medical conditions and diseases in animals. Veterinary Technicians assisting small-animal practitioners usually care for companion animals such as cats and dogs, but can perform a variety of duties with mice, rats, sheep, pigs, cattle, monkeys, birds, fish, and frogs. The Veterinary Technician plays an important role in client education, grief counseling and public relations. The program curriculum covers small and large animal breeds, nutrition and husbandry, veterinary technology, legal issues and office management, parasitology, surgical nursing, veterinary pharmacology, anesthesiology, emergency care and clinical pathology. Students benefit from theoretical-based classroom learning, as well as extensive hands-on experience through practicum at a variety of veterinary facilities. Additional job opportunities include working in animal shelters, zoos, medical research laboratories and private industry. Admission requirements are listed under Associate in Applied Science Degree programs.

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Accreditation Status: The SICCM Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Graduates of the program will qualify to sit for the national accreditation examination, which is given annually. Successful completion of this exam confers the title of Certified Veterinary Technician.

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Allied Health Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1251
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Allied Health
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Allied Health

Dean / Title III Project Manager - Kim Wilkerson
Administrative Assistant - Shannon Stacey
Medical Coding / Health Information TechnologyCharlotte Henry | Lora Phillips
NursingBetty Jo Herbert |  Bria Robinson
SICCM - OTA, MLT, STP, VET - Mollie Bremer | Heather Adams  
Certified Nursing Assistant- CNA -  Mollie Bremer | Heather Adams | Bria Robinson |  Amber Fann
Radiologic TechnologyHolly Heisner | Bria Robinson 
Pharmacy Tech & Certified Medical AssistantMollie Bremer | Heather Adams


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The demand for qualified pharmacists is increasing in the growing health care arena. For those with the dedication and ability, a rewarding career awaits.

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A five-year bachelor’s degree is required of anyone wishing to practice as a registered pharmacist. Two years of excellent preparation may be received at Rend Lake College. Students should consult with an advisor for more information concerning this program.

Certificate/Pharmacy Technician ▼

This program seeks to provide qualified students with the technical skills and knowledge needed to practice in a variety of pharmacy settings.


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Certificate/Phlebotomy ▼

The phlebotomy program is a one-semester certificate designed to prepare students to work in the medical field as a phlebotomist. A phlebotomist is responsible for collecting blood specimens as ordered by a physician or other health care professional. The curriculum emphasizes practical hands-on learning experiences in the laboratory setting.


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AAS/Radiologic Technology ▼

This program is designed to prepare students for careers in Radiologic Technology. The curriculum includes instruction in the operation of radiographic equipment, study of human anatomy and clinical experience. This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

Certificate/Computed Tomography (CT) ▼

Those who complete the AAS in Radiologic Technology program or who are ARRT registered can pursue this certificate. This program is designed to help equip a radiologic technologist with the knowledge, skills, and competence necessary to perform CT examinations in the workplace. This program includes topics on CT physics, CT applications, CT clinical training and cross-sectional anatomy. The program also is designed to assist the student in preparing for the ARRT's CT registry exam.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of AAS in Radiologic Technology or must be ARRT registered. 

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Certificate/Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) ▼

This certificate prepares radiographers to work in medical facilities as MRI technologists. Graduates of the program are equipped with the appropriate knowledge to take the national MRI certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of AAS in Radiologic Technology or must be ARRT registered.

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Health Information Technology

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RLC’s Health Information Technology program prepares you to collect, manage, and maintain records in health care facilities, in both paper and electronic formats. Health information technicians process patient information for health care providers, payers, and the government. RLC’s two-year program results in an Associate in Applied Science Degree.