Feel the rush with RLC's Paramedic program

This week is National Emergency Medical Services Week, during which the nation honors those who respond when we need it the most. Anyone who has ever considered joining the ranks of these heroes can get started at Rend Lake College.

Saving lives can be a high-octane career. Rend Lake College is offering the training for those who have what it takes to become a paramedic.

The Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic occupational certificate program consists of four courses, one per semester beginning this summer. Classes are held in the EMS Training Center at the RLC MarketPlace on Potomac Boulevard in Mt. Vernon. The first class in the series, Paramedic Services I, will be held from 5-9:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 11.

In addition to lecture and clinical experience, learning also will include laboratory exercises in the college’s mock ambulance, giving students a feel for real-world EMS work. Graduates will be eligible to apply to take the Illinois Department of Public Health Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic licensure examination.

Prospective students must be licensed as an EMT-Basic through the Division of Emergency Medical Services and Highway Safety. The EMT-Basic course, Emergency Medical Care I, will be offered this fall.

For those who wish, an expanded version of the Paramedic program which results in an Associate in Applied Science Degree is available. In addition to the four core Paramedic Services classes and the three associated clinicals classes, this program also includes Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Rhetoric and Composition I and II, Medical Terminology, Dosage and Calculations, Principles of Effective Communication and Intro to Psychology. Other prerequisite courses may be required based on results of COMPASS, ASSET, ACT or SAT scores.

The program is offered in cooperation with Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon and is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Emergency Medical Services and Highway Safety.

To find out more or to register, contact Professor Leslie McKenzie at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1418, or at. Additional information also is available at www.rlc.edu/emt.

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