Become An In-Demand Healthcare Worker At Rend Lake College Starting With The Spring Semester

(INA, Ill. December 15, 2020) - Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life? Statistics show that there is a growing need for new healthcare workers, even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Take steps to become a hero who wears scrubs at Rend Lake College. There are several outstanding Allied Health degrees and certificates for the heroes who dedicate themselves to caring for those in need.


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Allied Health

Explore your options and get started in becoming an essential healthcare worker. Spring enrollment is ongoing for the following programs.

  • EMT Basic: Want to be a first responder? Emergency medical technicians, also known as EMTs, provide one of the most vital services in the medical field. They provide emergency medical care during life-and-death situations. There are different levels of emergency care providers, all with specific skills and responsibilities. This program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health and meets current IDPH standards for training as an Emergency Medical Technician. Successful completion of the certificate may apply to take the Illinois Department of Public Health EMT-B examination. According to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for EMTs and paramedics are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations, at a rate of 6 percent.
  • Veterinary Assistant: Do you love animals? Our four-legged friends need top notch care too! The Veterinary Assistant certificate program prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed for a career working with animals in a variety of settings such as veterinary clinics, boarding kennels, grooming salons, pet shops and animal shelters. Job projections for the Bureau of Labor expect veterinary assistants will grow 16 percent from 2019 to 2039.
  • 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. Growth in this field is also expected to be off the charts, as hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers and other locations call on phlebotomists to perform blood work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that a 17 percent growth rate will occur from 2019 to 2039.

Not only are these careers in high demand, they save lives. Take a step toward your future career and visit to schedule an appointment.

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