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Home Health Aide certificate approved, classes enrolling for fall semester

INA, Ill. (July 29, 2014) – If you’re interested in many different aspects of health care, then Rend Lake College’s Home Health Aide certificate, the first of its kind in the area, is the perfect option.

Obtainable in as little as one year, the certificate covers a broad range of services graduates will need in the field of home care, including nutrition, home sanitation, first aid, and much more. Classes are enrolling now and will begin Aug. 18.

The new certificate was approved by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) this week, and the RLC Allied Health Division is already prepared to start classes in less than a month. As a Home Health Aide, professionals are prepared to work to provide care and support services for home-bound, disabled, recovering, or elderly people. The RLC program gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to provide routine, individualized health care in every part of client’s day-to-day life.

Richard Degler, Liaison for Addus HomeCare in Marion, said the certificate is a great way to start working for companies like Addus, which works with nearly 3,000 clients in the Southern Illinois area.

“There is also an agreement between Addus and Rend Lake College that allows students to get more hands-on training with us and, as soon as they graduate, we can hire them,” said Degler. “Addus serves 1,800 clients from the Benton area south and another 1,000 up to Mt. Vernon, so we are constantly hiring and growing.”

Degler added that Addus HomeCare also works with a number of other companies to aid those whose services aren’t covered by the company. He said job opportunities are various and numerous for students with the Home Health Aide certificate.

In addition to the growing need for home care professionals, Dean of Allied Health Kim Robert said the certificate is the first of its kind in the area, which will give RLC graduates a leg up in the field.

“The Home Health Aide certificate provides a comprehensive understanding of the health care system, and it’s a great way to jump into a new career or add on to an existing one in the field,” said Robert. “With companies like Addus HomeCare, students can job shadow or work on the job as volunteers during their education to help them land a career after graduating. Though this is not a requirement for the curriculum of the certificate, we encourage our students to take advantage of these opportunities.”

Students are required to complete the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate either before or during the Home Health Aide certificate. Other necessary classes include Pharmacology, Anatomy and Physiology Fundamentals, Health Care Terminology, Medical Law and Ethics, Nutrition, Communication, and Intro to Psychology.

“A majority of these courses are offered on many different campuses, including the MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon and the Murphy-Wall Campus in Pinckneyville. There are many different sections too, plus some that are online,” said Robert. “The classes don’t have to be taken in any specific order, so it is very convenient for someone to work around an already existing schedule.”

For more information about the Home Health Aide certificate or to register, contact the Allied Health Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1251.