FIVE GREAT CAREERS READY FOR YOU IN HEALTH CARE
Opportunity awaits in the growing health care field. Rend Lake College has spots available in five educational programs which can put you on the path to a great career.
Openings are available in these five programs: Health Information Technology; Medical Laboratory Technology; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Surgical Technology; and Veterinary Technology.
These five programs are offered through the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market. General education classes and certain required courses are held at Rend Lake College, and the core classes in each of the five programs are held at the SICCM facilities in Herrin. Applications for enrollment are due by March 1, with classes beginning in August.
Health Information Technology - This is a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree program designed to provide students with entry-level skills and competencies. The program provides students with the administrative and technical skills they need to maintain components of health record systems consistent with the medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accreditation and regulatory requirements of the health care delivery system. The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management of the American Health Information Management Association, and graduates of the program will qualify to sit for the national certification examination. Successful completion confers the title of Registered Health Information Technician.
Medical Laboratory Technology - This two-year Associate Degree program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs) perform testing on blood and body fluids under the supervision of a medical technologist and/or pathologist. The MLT is employed in clinical laboratories of hospitals, clinics, physician's offices and other health care facilities. When the program is completed, students are eligible to take a certification exam offered by several national agencies.
Occupational Therapy Assistant - This program allows students to develop entry-level competencies necessary to provide rehabilitation services to people of all ages who have functional loss due to physical, neurological, social/emotional, cognitive or developmental disabilities. Occupational therapy assistants, under the supervision of an occupational therapist, work directly with people to achieve a maximum level of independent living by developing the capacities that remain after disease, accident or other disability. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Program graduates will qualify to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Inc. national certification examination. Successful completion of this exam confers the title of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.
Surgical Technology - Surgical technologists are members of operating room teams and assist in surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. This occupational certificate program can be completed in three semesters. It is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs by recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certifying exam for Surgical Technologists, and successful completion confers the title of Certified Surgical Technologist.
Veterinary Technology - The Veterinary Technology program provides students with the administrative and technical skills they need to assist veterinarians in all phases of medicine and surgery for small, large, exotic and lab animals. This two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Graduates qualify to sit for the national accreditation examination, and successful completion of this exam confers the title of Certified Veterinary Technician.
Curriculum outlines for each of these programs can be found in the Rend Lake College Catalog. In addition, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics has information about job growth, salaries, working conditions and more for each of these occupations in its Occupational Outlook Handbook, which can be found at here.