Programs & Degrees

Mathematics


Mathematics is the foundation of many disciplines, and almost every career makes significant use of it. If you choose to pursue a career in this field, the value adds up when you take your first two years at RLC. Mathematicians use mathematical theory, computational techniques, algorithms, and the latest computer technology to solve economic, scientific, engineering, and business problems. The work of mathematicians falls into two broad classes: theoretical mathematics and applied mathematics.

Theoretical mathematicians advance mathematical knowledge by developing new principles and recognizing previously unknown relationships between existing principles of mathematics. Applied mathematicians use theories and techniques to formulate and solve practical problems in business, government, engineering, and the physical, life, and social sciences.

In the private sector, most mathematician jobs require a Ph.D. Entry-level mathematician jobs in the federal government may only require a bachelor’s degree with a major in mathematics. Either way, it adds up to savings when you take your first two years here. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Degrees & Certificates in Mathematics

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MATHEMATICS — Degree

The following suggested curriculum is typical of that required by many universities for Mathematics majors. Many industries that hire mathematicians are engineering- or science-oriented, such as aircraft and missile, chemical, electrical equipment and petroleum industries. Excellent career opportunities exist in business- and economic-related positions, statistical and actuarial work. A strong minor in a related field (such as business, economics, science, etc.) is helpful in preparing for specific areas of employment. Students should see an advisor for information about specific university requirements in mathematics.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • MATH 1110 College Algebra and Trigonometry 1 (5)
  • Elective – Life Science (4)
  • Elective – Social Science (3)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • MATH 1121 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 5 (5)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective – Physical Science 2 (3)
  • Elective – Social Science (3)

Third Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • MATH 2122 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 5 5
  • Elective – Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Social Science (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts (3)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • HEA 1101 Health Education (2)
  • MATH 2108 Linear Algebra (3)
  • MATH 2123 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III 5 (4)
  • MATH 2130 Differential Equations (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities 3, 4 (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.
2One Life Science course and one Physical Science course needed to meet IAI core requirements.
3 Some four-year colleges/universities suggest foreign language.
4 One Fine Arts course and one Humanities course needed to meet IAI core requirements.
5 To guarantee full transfer of credit, students must complete the entire course sequence at the same school before transfer.

Program Outcomes

Mathematics

  • Demonstrate basic, sequential mathematical skills necessary in problem solving.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate mathematically.
  • Apply critical thinking process to understanding and evaluating math problems.
  • Demonstrate ability to solve problems relating to real world applications.

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Medical Assistant


 

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.1 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. If you are considering this field, you should be able to accurately record and keep track of information, maintain confidentiality, deal calmly and professionally with patients, follow medical charts, understand diagnoses, and more. You also must be able to understand and work with electronic health records.

RLC offers you two options to get started in this field: an Associate in Applied Science Degree, which you can complete in as little as four semesters; and a shorter-term occupational certificate, which can take you as little as two semesters. After graduation, students can sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants examination. To learn more about the MA program, contact the RLC Allied Health Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1251.
1 According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

MEDICAL ASSISTANT — Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree

This program is designed to prepare individuals to take the national certification examination and earn the Medical Assistant credential. Medical assistants work under the supervision of physicians in their offices, clinics and other facilities. Medical assistants perform both administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records and billing, and clinical tasks such as taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood and administering medications as directed by a physician. All curriculum courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

►Total = 66 Hours

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First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ALH 1202 Medical Law & Ethics (3)
  • CSCI 1102 Introduction to Computers w/ Business Applications (3)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • HECO 1202 Healthcare Terminology (3)
  • Elective – Humanities / Fine Arts (3)

Second Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

1Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.
2 Students are required to complete a total of 200 unpaid hours at their designated practicum site. Students may not be provided, directly or indirectly, with any exchange of funds during their 200 practicum hours.

MEDICAL ASSISTANT - Certificate

Occupational Certificate

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► Total = 36 Hours

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All curriculum courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. To continue in the Medical Assistant Certificate program, all courses must be taken in the order outlined in the curriculum.

First Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

12-week courses

  • ALH 1202 Medical Law & Ethics (3)
  • CMA 1204 Professionalism & Safety (3)
  • CMA 1205 Lab Diagnostics (4)
  • CMA 1206 Patient Care II (3)

    5-Week Course: After successful completion of all previous courses
  • CMA 1207 Practicum 1 (4)

1 Students are required to complete a total of 200 unpaid hours at their designated practicum site. Students may not be provided, directly or indirectly, with any exchange of funds during their 200 practicum hours.

 

Program Outcomes

Medical Assistant

  • Apply principals of inflection control, asepsis, and sterilization technique within OSHA guidelines.
  • Perform clinical, laboratory, and emergency procedures within the medical assistant scope of the practice.
  • Identify drug classification and calculate dosage.
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication in the medical setting
  • Perform medical administrative tasks
  • Perform medical billing and coding procedures
  • Demonstrate competence with HIPAA standards.

 

 Articulation


Articulation agreements document a pathway between Rend Lake College and the following schools for the academic program(s) listed.

 

Mission & Goals

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Medical Assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession.

PROGRAM GOALS
  1. Apply principals of infection control, asepsis, and sterilization technique within OSHA guidelines.
  2. Perform clinical, laboratory, and emergency procedures within the medical assistant scope of the practice.
  3. Identify drug classification and calculate dosage.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate communication in the medical setting
  5. Perform medical administrative tasks
  6. Perform medical billing and coding procedures
  7. Demonstrate competence with HIPAA standards.
MINIMUM EXPECTATIONS

To prepare competent, entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior), learning domains.

Program Outcome Results

Medical Assistant program at Rend Lake College has a retention rate 86.7% for 2016 admission cohort.

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Accreditation

MA Accreditation status statement

The Rend Lake College Medical Assistant Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350
www.caahep.org


1 Trick to help lighten your fall course load ...

Healthcare Terminology (HECO 1202) and Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals (ALH 1201) are both offered in the summer. Take one or both this summer and you won't have to take them in the fall. That will will reduce your fall courseload by up to two classes! Don't wait. Seating is limited for summer courses. Call 618-437-5321, Ext. 1769 or .

5 Reasons to be a Medical Assistant ...

1. Quick entry into the workforce. Most employers like you to have either a one-year certificate or two-year degree.
2. Little to no work experience in a related occupation needed.
3. Job outlook is expected to grow much faster than the average job in the U.S.
4. Work environment is usually a doctor’s office or other healthcare facility.
5. Flexibility of specializing in an administrative or clinical area.

 

Faculty & Staff



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

 

 

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. The medical coding professional has a unique blend of clinical knowledge and information management skills. Computer applications are used to manage health information and review medical records. Coding professionals must possess a thorough understanding of diagnostic and procedural phrases in order to translate the information into coded form. The Medical coder must also be familiar with the laws and regulations relative to disclosure, confidentiality, maintenance, and retention of medical records. 

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Nature of the Work
Medical records and health information technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.

Employment
Employment of medical records technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations1. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures. This will also mean more claims for reimbursement from private and public insurance. Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records by all types of healthcare providers, should lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.

The Medical Coding program is a two semester certificate designed to prepare students to work in the medical field as a Medical Coder. This certificate is intended to prepare students to sit for credentialing as a Medical Coder. Medical Coding professionals play a key role in the revenue cycle process. Every time a patient is seen in a healthcare setting, the provider must document the services provided. The Coder abstracts the information from that documentation, assigns the appropriate codes and creates a claim to be paid. The curriculum emphasizes practical hands-on learning experiences in the laboratory setting. A background check and drug screening test are required.

1 (Source: U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/ooh)

Degrees & Certificates in Medical Coding

ALLIED HEALTH DIVISION

MEDICAL CODING — Certificate

The Medical Coding program is a two-semester occupational certificate designed to prepare students to work in the medical field as medical coders and to sit for credentialing as medical coders. Medical coding professionals play a key role in the revenue cycle process. Every time a patient is seen in a health care setting, the provider must document the services provided. The coder abstracts the information from that documentation, assigns the appropriate codes and creates a claim to be paid. The curriculum emphasizes practical hands-on learning experiences in the laboratory setting. A background check and drug screening test are required. All curriculum courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

► Total = 29 Hours

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Prerequisites (6 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CSCI 1102 Intro to Comp. with Business Applications (3)
  • HECO 1202 Health Care Terminology (3)

First Semester (14 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ALH 1201 Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals (3)
  • HIT 1201 Intro to Health Information (3)
  • HIT 2205 Pharmacology for Health Information (2)
  • HIT 2207 Compliance & Ethics in Health Care (3)
  • MEDC 1206 Intro to Medical Coding (3)

Second Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Program Outcomes

Medical Coding

  • Students will be able to identify the purpose and correct use of ICD-10 codes.
  • Students will communicate effectively with healthcare staff.
  • Students will abstract information from medical records and assign appropriate codes.
  • Students will illustrate an understanding of diversity in the healthcare industry. 

Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the medical coding program is “learn by doing”. The medical coding program courses balance theory and application by using simulations of field experiences in preparation for internships and career placement.

AHIMA CODE OF CONDUCT

Student conduct is subject, but not limited to, the policies of Rend Lake College, the Alcohol and Drug Policy, or the Sexual Harassment Policy. Conduct violations against the college will be reported to the appropriate office.

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Medical Coding

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Faculty & Staff



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

 

Medical Support Specialist


Occupational Certificate

ALLIED HEALTH DIVISION

This one semester certificate program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary for an entry-level position in medical offices, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Students will be trained in basic computer skills, proper medical terminology, customer service communication, and medical billing and coding.

► Total = 16 Hours

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First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

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Program Outcomes

  • Discuss and use medical terminology
  • Demonstrate appropriate customer service techniques
  • Apply basic computer skills
  • Communicate with providers, patients and payers
  • Perform medical office operational functions to administrative health care industry standards

Faculty & Staff



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

 

Mining Technology


Mining Technology is an Associate in Applied Science Degree for students who plan to work in an underground or surface coal mine. Students considering Mining Technology should be capable of working underground in a production environment in proximity to heavy equipment. This course of study specializes in the many facets of coal mining operations, maintenance and safety. Students may find employment in the mining industry as miners or in support roles as technicians for vendors as well as regulating agencies like MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration). Wages and benefits for the mining industry have traditionally been excellent, depending on the specific duties and employer.

MINE OPERATIONS - Certificate

Occupational Certificate

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 17-18 Credit Hours

First Semester (17-18 Cr Hrs.)

Program Outcomes

Mining Technology

1. Employ mine law, safe work practices, and ethical responsibility in the workplace and demonstrate their practical application.
2. Demonstrate proper velocity measuring techniques with ventilation instruments (anemometers) and calculations in total mine unit air quantities and other ventilation controls required for proper unit ventilation.
3. Explore different types of surface and underground mine machinery and mining methods as well as principles of safe operation there in.
4. Apply roof, rib and ground control methods and proper techniques during the installation process of said controls.
5. Recognize the importance of mine safety in the aspects of first aid, fire-fighting and mine rescue.
6. Understand the varied powered systems to include; electrical, hydraulic, mechanical and maintenance of the same.

Training Dates


Find upcoming classes on our training calendar below. If you need to know more about a class, see the tabs below.
Please call 618-437-5321, Ext. 1261 for information about registering for classes.

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Rend Lake College campuses are smoke-free as of July 1, 2015.

Training Calendar

09 Dec 2019
08:00AM - 04:30PM
New Miner Training
10 Dec 2019
08:00AM - 04:30PM
New Miner Training
11 Dec 2019
08:00AM - 04:30PM
New Miner Training
12 Dec 2019
08:00AM - 04:30PM
New Miner Training
13 Dec 2019
08:00AM - 04:30PM
New Miner Training

Inexperienced Miner Training (Surface and UG)

Inexperienced Miner Training (Surface and UG)

There are several Inexperienced Miner Training for Surface and Underground scheduledEach 40-hour class runs from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost of the 40-hour class is $165 (*). It is a pre-pay/pre-register class. Please contact Taylor Atchison at 618-437-5321 x1261 for registration or questions.

* The cost of Surface and Underground Inexperienced Inexperienced Miner Training for the March, April and June 2019 classes has been reduced to $105 due to RLC's receipt of the 2018-2019 Brookwood Sago Grant. 

 ~ August 5-9~ October 7-11 ~ December 9-13

Dates are subject to change.

 

Once registered, in order to receive a refund, you must cancel three days prior to the start of the class.

Annual Retraining

MSHA - Annual 8-hour Surface Refresher

There are no Annual Refresher Training for Surface-Only scheduled at this time. If you are interested in taking this course, please call 618-437-5321 x1261 to be placed on a class notification list.

 

 

MSHA - Annual 10-hour Surface & Underground Refresher

There are several Annual Refresher Training for Surface and/or Underground scheduled. Please call Taylor Atchison at 618-437-5321 x1261 if you would like your name placed on the sign-in sheet. The cost of the 10 hour class is $50.

 July 12 ~ September 13 ~ November 8

Dates are subject to change.

Illinois Basic Electrical Safety Training

If you are interested in taking this course, please call 618-437-5321 x1261 to be placed on a class notification list. To apply for an Illinois Electrical card, you can submit an application to the State of Illinois along with a $50.00 application fee. Applications to the State of Illinois can be obtained on the website: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/mines/MinesafetyTraining/Pages/ElectricalCertification.aspx. Requirements for students include a current MSHA electrical card or anticipated enrollment in the Illinois Mine Electrical Certification program.

If you have additional questions, please contact David Care at .

Illinois Electrical Retraining

September 20, 2019

October 18, 2019

November 16, 2019

December 14, 2019

 

24 Hour Surface-Only New Miner Training

There are several Inexperienced Miner Training for Surface Only scheduled. The 24-hour class runs from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. The cost of the 24-hour class is $120. It is a pre-register / pre-pay class. Please call Taylor Atchison at 618-437-5321 x1261 for registration or questions.

 ~ August 7-9 ~ October 9-11 ~ December 11-13~

Dates are subject to change.

Faculty & Staff



Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1261
Email:
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Applied Science
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Applied Science

Music


Welcome to the Rend Lake College Music Program! We offer many opportunities for students who wish to pursue music as a career or get involved for the love of it!

The Music Program at Rend Lake College offers two (2) degrees in music; Associate of Fine Arts in Music - Instrumental and Associate of Fine Arts Music - Vocal.  The AFA in Music will prepare a student for majoring in music.

With its dedicated artist faculty and growing performing ensembles, Rend Lake College provides students with a first-rate musical education at an affordable cost. Students can reap the rewards of a low-cost education and individual attention at RLC while preparing for a four-year university.

MUSIC (Instrument Option) — Degree

Associate in Fine Arts Degree

Rend Lake College offers courses applicable to an Associate in Fine Arts Degree. This degree will require a total of 64 credit hours. General Education courses are described in the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum. Because completion of the A.F.A. curriculum does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois General Education Core, students will need to complete the general education requirements of the institution to which they transfer. Consult with your counselor or music faculty advisor for more information.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • MUSI 1101 Music Theory I (3)
  • MUSI 1103 Aural Skills I (1)
  • MUSI Applied Music I (Principal Instrument) (2)
  • MUSI 1145 Piano Class I (1)
  • MUSI 1161 Concert Band I (1)
  • Elective (1)
  • Elective – Social Science (3)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • MUSI 1102 Music Theory II (3)
  • MUSI 1106 Aural Skills II (1)
  • MUSI 1111 Music Literature (3)
  • MUSI Applied Music I (Principal Instrument) (2)
  • MUSI 1146 Piano Class II (1)
  • MUSI 1161 Concert Band I (1)
  • Elective – Life Science 2 (3)

Third Semester (17-18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • MATH 1107 Contemporary College Math 1 (3)
    or Higher-Level Math (3-4)
  • MUSI 1127 Applied Music I (Keyboard) (1)
  • MUSI 2101 Music Theory III (3)
  • MUSI 2103 Aural Skills III (1)
  • MUSI Applied Music II (Principal Instrument) (2)
  • MUSI 2161 Concert Band II (1)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)

Fourth Semester (15-16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • MUSI 1127 Applied Music I (Keyboard) (1)
  • MUSI 2102 Music Theory IV (3)
  • MUSI 2104 Aural Skills IV (1)
  • MUSI Applied Music II (Principal Instrument) (2)
  • MUSI 2161 Concert Band II (1)
  • Elective – Physical Science 2 (4-5)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

2 Required: One Life Science course and one Physical Science course (at least one laboratory course).

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MUSIC (Vocal Option) — Degree

Associate in Fine Arts Degree

Rend Lake College offers courses applicable to an Associate in Fine Arts Degree. This degree will require a total of 64 credit hours. General Education courses are described in the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum. Because completion of the A.F.A. curriculum does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois General Education Core, students will need to complete the general education requirements of the institution to which they transfer. Consult with your counselor or music faculty advisor for more information.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (17-18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • MATH 1107 Contemporary College Math 1 (3)
    or Higher-Level Math (3-4)
  • MUSI 1127 Applied Music I (Keyboard) (1)
  • MUSI 2101 Music Theory III (3)
  • MUSI 2103 Aural Skills III (1)
  • MUSI 2120 Applied Music II (Voice) (2)
  • MUSI 2159 Concert Choir II (1)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)

Fourth Semester (15-16 Cr. Hrs.)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

2 Required: One Life Science course and one Physical Science course (at least one laboratory course).

note iconIt is suggested that students enroll in an ensemble each spring and fall while in pursuit of the AFA degree.

Program Outcomes

Music 

  1. Identify the basic aural skills and theory knowledge needed to be an effective musician.
  2. Demonstrate musical ability on his/her principle instrument (vocal or mechanical) at the collegiate level in a solo setting.
  3. Demonstrate musical language both aurally and in writing.
  4. Analyze and interpret basic music literature.
  5. Explain representative composers and their works in both oral and written form.

Ensembles


The RLC Music Program is home to four (4) semi-professional ensembles; RLC Community Orchestra, Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Jazz Band. In addition, we offer many other performing opportunities including the Annual Spring Musical, Student Recital, and much, much more! RLC Music Ensembles are open to ALL students as well as community members.

Community Orchestra

The RLC Community Orchestra performs on campus several times a year including; the RLC Halloween, Christmas, and Spring Concerts. Auditions are required and are held the first week of the fall and spring semesters.  This ensemble is currently inactive.

Concert Band

The RLC Concert Band, under the direction of Sara Alstat, performs on campus several times a year including; the RLC Halloween, Christmas, and Spring Concerts and the RLC Annual Foundation Dinner. Auditions are required and are held the first week of the fall and spring semesters. The Concert Band rehearses Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 11:00 – 11:50 am. This ensemble is tuition FREE.

Concert Choir

The RLC Concert Choir, under the direction of Sara Alstat, strives to create beauty in the choral art through concert performances for the college and surrounding communities. This ensemble performs a wide range of sacred and secular choral literature. Auditions are required and are held the first week of the fall and spring semesters. The Concert Choir rehearses Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays 12:00 – 12:50 pm. This ensemble is tuition FREE.

Dinner Theatre

The RLC Dinner Theatre, under the direction of Sara Alstat, is a 2 hour entertainment extravaganza with singing, acting, comedy, and a four course meal. College credit is available for participation in this ensemble. Auditions are required and are held during first week of September.

Past Performances
2006 - Jester “The Body” Ventures Forth
2007 – The Ring of Truth
2008 – Beowulf, The Son of Beocoyote
2009 - "Teeny Bob" The Demon Pet Groomer of Sweet Street
2010 – Alice in Blunderland
2011 – Starting Here, Starting Now by Maltby & Shire

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Facilities


RLC Music Facilities

In 2013, the RLC Music Program underwent renovations, thanks to funding gathered by the RLC Foundation and provided by music alumni, enthusiasts, faculty, staff and the community. More than $100,000 was raised through the Foundation's campaign "Extreme Makeover: Music Division" to upgrade both the facility itself and the equipment used by students, including remodeling the practice rooms, upgrading music rooms, and purchasing expensive equipment such as risers, lockers and a library system.

Calendar


Spring Concert
May 14 2020
 


Scholarships


2019 - 2020 Music Scholarships

 

Dates:  February 22 or March 1st, 2019

Time: After 1 pm
Where: LRC 107

Scholarships are available for accompanists, vocalists, and instrumentalists. Scholarships are open to music and non-music majors  Everyone who is auditioning needs to prepare one music selection.  An accompanist will be provided for instrumentalists and vocalists.  

To apply for a scholarship, complete the following steps:           

  1.  Schedule an audition date & time by contacting Sara Alstat at
  2. Complete the "Liberal Arts Scholarship" application HERE
  3.  Submit two (2) letters of reference.  High school guidance counselor and music teacher preferred.

For additional information, please contact Sara Alstat at .

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Spring Musicals


Spring 2020 - TBA

Evening Performances:  7:00 pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday in April 
Matinee Performance: 2:00 pm Sunday in April 

Tickets are $12/person.  To purchase tickets, call 618-437-5321 x1467.  Tickets usually go on sale a few weeks before opening night. 

RLC Theatre

 

 

Past Spring Musicals

 

 

 

2019 - 9 to 5: The Musical
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The Wizard of Oz

2017 - The Wizard of Oz  

Godspell

2016 - Godspell

 
 

RLC Spring Musicals

2015 - Les Miserables
2014 - Little Shop of Horrors
2013 - Into the Woods

Spring Musical South Pacific

2011 - South Pacific

 

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Music News


Links



Nursing


Welcome to the Rend Lake College Nursing Department. We hope you will find the information needed to help you get started with a wonderful career in the nursing field. Specific questions about the application and admission to the program can be directed to the Director of Nursing at 618-437-5321 Ext. 1706.

Information About Testing

 

About Our Program

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is designed to prepare nurses who, as beginning practitioners, are able to give quality nursing care to clients and function as members of nursing and health care teams. Registered nurses are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, physicians’ offices, clinics, and community agencies.

The Associate Degree Nursing program is designed to provide career mobility with emphasis focusing on critical thinking, problem solving, decision making related to the clinical area, clinical reasoning and nursing judgment. Graduates will be prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of health care settings.

To remain in the program, the student must achieve a grade of “C” or better in each nursing course. It is also essential to demonstrate competence in dosage calculations and math skills. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation approves this program. Upon graduation, the student may be eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses).

Please see the Nursing Handbook for complete curriculum information. 

Nursing Program Mission Statement

Our mission is to prepare Associate Degree Nursing graduates to become lifelong learners and to function as multidisciplinary team members; able to provide safe, competent care addressing the changing needs of individuals, family, and the community across the lifespan. This goal is accomplished through instruction and practice of nursing skills, use of critical thinking and problem solving, and demonstration of effective oral and written communication throughout the steps of the nursing process.

Nursing Program Philosophy Statement

The philosophy of the Rend Lake College Associate Degree Nursing Program reflects the mission and vision of the college; embracing cultural diversity and viewing each student as having inherent worth and potential. The program prepares the student for professional nursing roles and is a dynamic process that promotes the synthesis of information from evidence-based research through general studies, the sciences, and nursing experiences. Faculty members serve as facilitators of learning, provide guided experiential opportunities, and assist students to expand their knowledge and attain competencies, as well as furthering the development of professional roles and values.

Nursing education will be based on conceptualized learning and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) core competencies of patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidenced-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics. Rend Lake College nursing faculty provide a learning environment that is student friendly and promotes professional commitment and self-direction.

Rend Lake College Associate Degree Nursing Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of the second year of Rend Lake College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program, the student will:

  • Assimilate and apply the nursing process to provide holistic, culturally diverse, patient-centered care to individuals, family, and community across the life span.
  • Collaborate effectively with the interdisciplinary team across the healthcare continuum.
  • Examine evidence-based practice for nursing interventions that are appropriate for diverse populations with multi-faceted healthcare needs across the lifespan.
  • Manage healthcare for the individual using cost effective nursing strategies, quality improvement processes, and current technology.
  • Delegate and deliver safe nursing interventions in collaboration with the patient and family, utilizing leadership principles to provide competent patient care.
  • Integrate healthcare information technology in nursing practice to improve the quality and safety of patient care throughout the nursing process.
  • Illustrate the need for personal accountability and professionalism as defined in the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses.

Special Admission Requirements ­For Two Year ADN Nursing Program

Admission of a student to the Associate Degree Nursing program shall be based solely on the qualifications of that student. College and state admissions policies are used to determine theses qualifications. All students wishing to enter the new two year ADN program must meet the following as minimum requirements:

  • Submit a completed Rend Lake College application form.
  • Submit a completed Associate Degree Nursing program application.
  • Be a graduate from an accredited high school or have successfully completed the GED exam.
  • Submit official transcripts from all high schools (or official GED test scores) and post-secondary institutions attended.
  • An overall college GPA of 2.0 is required for acceptance to Nursing program.
  • Achieve a competitive score on the pre-entrance exam for the ADN program.
  • Complete English 1101 with a grade of a "C" or better.
  • Complete CNA 1201 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Complete MATH 1403, 1407, 1408 or higher unless math placement scores meet the following criteria:
    • ASSET Intermediate Algebra Score: 39+
    • ASSET College Algebra Score: 30+
    • COMPASS Algebra Score: 64+
    • COMPASS College Algebra Score: 24+
    • ACT Math Score: 22+
    • ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Score: 85+
    • ACCUPLACER College Algebra Score: 63+
    • SAT Math Score: 550+

Other requirements upon notification of conditional acceptance-see handbook

NURSING - Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree

The Nursing program is designed to provide a career mobility path for individuals interested in health care. The curriculum is a concept-based method of instruction emphasizing critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, clinical reasoning and nursing judgment. Graduates will be prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of health care settings.

Students must achieve a grade of “C” or better in each course, as well as demonstrate competency in dosage calculations and math skills. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation approves this program. Upon graduation, the student is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Students who prefer to test out at the practical nurse level may do so after completing the first two semesters of listed coursework and then completing NURS 1212 – Practical Nurse Role Development (4 credit hours).

► Total = 64 Hours

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Prerequisites

Competency in math (see admission requirements)

A criminal history background check & drug testing are required.

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

2 ZOO 1105 & 1106 and MICR 1101 must have been completed within the last five years.

ACCELERATED BSN w/ SIUE

There has never been a better time to train for a great job in nursing. You can now earn a bachelor’s degree in the field without leaving the area, thanks to a new offer from Rend Lake College and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  

RLC and SIUE have teamed up to offer an accelerated Bachelor of Nursing track. Students can take classes at RLC for three years and begin a job in their profession, while working online to obtain their BSN from SIUE.

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Pre-requisites (3 Cr. Hrs. at RLC)

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs. at RLC

Second Semester (16 Cr. Hrs. at RLC)

Summer Term (10 Cr. Hrs. at RLC)

Third Semester (11 Cr. Hrs. at RLC & 4 Cr. Hrs. at SIUE)

  • NURS 240R1 Pathophysiology (SIUE) (4)
  • NURS 1214 Medications in Nursing (2)
  • NURS 2212 Health Care Concepts (3)
  • NURS 2213 Health Care Concepts Clinical (2)
  • NURS 2214 Health Systems Concepts (3)
  • NURS 2215 Health Systems Concepts Clinical (2)
  • PSYC 2101 Intro to Psychology (3)

Fourth Semester (12 Cr. Hrs. at RLC & 3 Cr. Hrs. at SIUE)

  • NURS 335R1 Health Assessment Strategies (SIUE) (3)
  • NURS 2201 Registered Nurse Review Course (2)
  • NURS 2216 Complex Health Concepts (6)
  • NURS 2217 Complex Health Concepts Clinical (4)

Additional General Ed Courses to Complete B.S. Degree (31 Cr. Hrs. at RLC)

FINE ARTS


  • ART 1101 or
    MUSI 1100 or
    THEA 1106 (3)

 

  • MATH 11053 Basic Concepts of Stats (3)
  • MATH 1107 Contemporary College Math (3)
  • PHIL 21013 Logic (3)
  • PHIL 2104/21023 Ethics/Medical Ethics (3)

IS/EGC


  • ART 2111 or
    ENGL 2101/2113 or
    PHIL 2103/2105 (3)

SS/PS/LS


  • Additional Social/Life/Physical Science (3)

Physical Science


  • AST 1101 or
    GEOL 1101 or
    MATH 1108 (3)

Electives (7)

SIUE Semester One - Post ADN & RN License (7 Cr. Hrs. at SIUE)

  • NURS 472R1 Scholarly Inquiry: Connecting Research to Practice (3)
  • NURS 475R1 Care of Populations (4)

SIUE Semester Two - Post ADN & RN License (8 Crs. Hrs. at SIUE)

  • NURS 484R1 Quality, Safety & the Professional Nurse (4)
  • NURS 480R1 Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (4)

LPN to RN BRIDGE

Current Licensed Practical Nurses interested in obtaining their associate degree in nursing may complete one, four-hour course before enrolling in the second year of the Associate Degree coursework. All program requirements apply. The student must be accepted into the Nursing Program and have completed ZOO 1106 with a “C” or better within the last five years, prior to enrollment.

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  • NURS 1213 Intro to Health Concepts II (4) 

PRACTICAL NURSING - Certificate

Students who prefer to test out at the practical nurse level may do so after completing two semesters of listed Associate Degree coursework and then completing NURS 1212.

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 37 Hours

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Prerequisites

Competency in math (see admission requirements)

A criminal history background check & drug testing are required.

Each course in the curriculum must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to meet program requirements.

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Summer Term (4 Cr. Hrs.)

  • NURS 1212 Practical Nurse Role Development (4)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

2 ZOO 1105 & 1106 and MICR 1101 or 1111 must have been completed within the last five years.

Program Goals

  1. Determine appropriate fundamental skills needed to provide nursing care for patients.
  2. Identify appropriate pharmacology measures for safe administration of medications.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to choose appropriate leadership actions given specific situations.
  4. Perform as a competent and safe entry level Registered Nurse

Nursing FAQ

Please read all application materials and the section of the catalogue that pertains to your program of interest. Many of your questions may be answered there.

Does everything have to be in to the Director of Nursing’s office before the deadline?

Yes, all college transcripts, transcript evaluation (if necessary), and program application must be in prior to the deadline. All additional information must be turned in also.

Does the nursing department have an admission fee?

No

Do I have to be accepted by the College before I can be accepted into any of the nursing programs?

Yes. Please go to the Rend Lake College website and complete the online application.

When do the nursing programs start?

The program accepts new students each fall semester.

How long are the nursing programs?

The Associate degree program consists of 4 consecutive semesters.

How many students are accepted into the program each year?

We accept approximately 50-60 students in Associate degree program each year.

Should I apply before I ask for the transcript to be sent?

You may turn in the application form before you ask other schools to send transcripts. As long as your file is complete before the deadline, it is not important in what order things arrive. It is your responsibility to make sure we receive everything needed for your file before the deadline.

Should I speak to an advisor before I sign up for classes?

We expect prospective nursing students to meet with a nursing advisor before registering for the nursing programs.

Do students have to do clinical work?

Yes, there is a required amount clinical work required by the state of Illinois.

Can I go part time?

General education coursework may be completed on a part-time basis. However, once the nursing program begins, coursework is completed only on a full-time basis.

How do you choose candidates?

Psychological Services Bureau test scores are used, with preference given to in-district students.

Do I need my own computer?

Many courses include computer and Internet-based assignments. Having your own computer gives you more freedom in completing course assignments. Computer labs are available on campus for student use. As a student, you receive free access from home to the Internet and an email address.

Can I work while completing the programs?

This will depend on the type of job that you have. The nursing programs require a large amount of independent study time outside of class. While some students continue to work part-time throughout the program, most find this a challenge. We recommend that students plan their schedules prior to starting the program to ensure that they have enough time to attend to family matters, attend class and have time at home to complete independent study activities.

 

Accreditation


 This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850

    Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000

    https://www.acenursing.us/candidates/candidacy.asp

 

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Articulation Agreements


Articulation agreements document a pathway between two or more colleges or universities and their academic programs.

 

Nursing Informational Meetings


Thinking of becoming a nurse? Attend one of our informational meetings below. 

 

 

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Personal Care Aide


This program is designed to prepare individuals to be personal care aides. Personal care aides assist the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities with daily living activities at a person's home or in a care facility. Students will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to provide routine individualized health care such as basic nutrition and personal hygiene, first aid, taking vital signs and reporting abnormal findings, geriatric care, and legal and ethical responsibilities. All curriculum courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A criminal history background check and drug screenings are required.

Occupational Certificate

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 16 Hours

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First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Personal Care Aide Brochures

Program Costs

Program Outcomes

Personal Care Aide

  1. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of healthcare terms.
  2. Students will demonstrate professional communication skills including recording and reporting.
  3. Students will demonstrate competency in the 21 manual performance skills mandated by IDPH.

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

 

Pre-Pharmacy & Pharmacy Technician


Pre-Pharmacy

The demand for qualified pharmacists is increasing in the growing health care arena. For those with the dedication and ability, a rewarding career awaits. Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to individuals. They answer questions & counsel patients on the proper use of these medications, and may advise physicians & other health care professionals about medications and their uses and effects.

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A Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Degree is required of anyone wishing to practice as a registered pharmacist. Two years of excellent preparation may be received at Rend Lake College to complete the prerequisite coursework in biology, chemistry, humanities, mathematics, physics, and social sciences needed for pharmacy school, based on generalized requirements. Students can then complete a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in biology, chemistry, or a related topic, or transfer straight into a professional pharmacy school. As early as possible, students should select the pharmacy school to which they intend to transfer and follow the specific guidelines set forth by that institution.

Pharmacy Technician

The health care field continues to grow, and with it comes more demand for prescription medications. If you have the drive, good customer service skills and as little as one semester to devote to training, you can be on your way to a career as a pharmacy technician.

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As a pharmacy technician, you will work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist, helping dispense prescription medications to customers in pharmacies and hospitals. The ability to provide good customer service, pay attention to detail and stay organized, plus a good math background, will be helpful qualities. Your duties as a pharmacy technician will include taking prescription information from customers; measuring, packaging and labeling prescriptions; keeping track of inventory; processing insurance information, and more.

Degrees & Certificates in Pharmacy

Associate in Science Degree

A Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Degree is required of anyone wishing to practice as a registered pharmacist. Two years of excellent preparation may be received at Rend Lake College, but some professional schools prefer that the student transfer at the beginning of the second year, thus taking four years of training at the senior institution. Students should select, as early as possible, the school to which they intend to transfer and follow the specific guidelines set forth by that institution. If students plan to spend a second year at RLC, they may be required to attend a summer session at the professional school to pick up specialized courses normally taught during the second year. Students should consult with an advisor for more information concerning this program.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • BIO 1101 College Biology (5)
  • CHE 1103 Inorganic Chemistry (see prerequisites) 1, 3 (5)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • MATH 1110 College Algebra & Trigonometry 1 (5)

Second Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CHE 1104 Inorganic Chemistry / Qual. Analysis 3 (5)
  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • HEA 1101 Health Education (2)
  • MATH 1121 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 1 (5)

Third Semester (14 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CHE 2120 Organic Chemistry 3 (5)
  • ECON 2101 Principles of Economics I (3)
  • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)

Fourth Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CHE 2121 Organic Chemistry II 3 (5)
  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Social Science (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities 2 (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

2 One Fine Arts course and one Humanities course needed to meet IAI core requirements.

3 To guarantee full transfer of credit, students must complete the entire course sequence at the same school before transfer.

Occupational Certificate

Gainful Employment

The Pharmacy Technician certificate program seeks to provide qualified students with the technical skills and knowledge needed to practice in a variety of pharmacy settings. This program will give the student the knowledge base needed to pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination offered by the Pharmacy technician Certification Board. Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. All curriculum courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

► Total = 16 Hours

First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

 

Program Outcomes

Pharmacy Technician

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the health care delivery system and medical terminology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infection control and safety.
  • Demonstrate understanding of drug classifications and side effects of medications.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance of the Pharmacy Technician in the pharmacy industry.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in a healthcare environment.
  • Demonstrate understanding of medical insurances,prescription interpretation, pharmacy terms and abbreviations.
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic concepts of communications, personal and patient interaction,stress management,professional behavior and legal implications of the work environment.

Employment


Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to2022, faster than the average for all occupations. This will be due in part to an aging population, necessitating more medications, but also because of increased access to insurance coverage by more people and because of the greater range of services pharmacies are beginning to offer their customers. 1

(1 Source: U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/ooh)


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

 

Phlebotomy


The health care field continues to grow, and anyone looking for short-term training in this area should take a look at Rend Lake College’s one-semester certificate in phlebotomy. A phlebotomist is responsible for collecting blood specimens as ordered by a physician or other health care professional. A phlebotomist draws blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research, and may be responsible for explaining the procedure to patients and assisting in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions.

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Students in the Phlebotomy program will learn techniques, procedures and issues pertaining to the proper collection of blood specimens for routine clinical laboratory testing. Clinical experiences will give students the chance to use what they have learned in direct care situations. To complete clinicals, the student must perform a minimum of 100 venipunctures and 25 skin punctures successfully and unaided, and complete an orientation in a full-service laboratory. In addition to phlebotomy coursework, students also will take Medical Terminology and Intro to Psychology to complete the occupational certificate.

Employment
Employment of medical laboratory technicians, the broad category in which phlebotomists are placed, is expected to grow by 15 percent between 2010 and 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Financial Aid
The college tries to assist individuals who demonstrate financial need, and in most cases, financial aid is available. The college has been approved as a participating institution for grants made by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and also is approved for federal student aid programs, including veterans benefits. Locally endowed scholarships are available to full-time students through the RLC Foundation.

PHLEBOTOMY - Certificate

Gainful Employment

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. All curriculum courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

► Total = 16 Hours

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First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

Program Outcomes

Phlebotomy

  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic concepts of communications, personal and patient interaction, stress management, professional behavior and legal implications of the work environment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the health care delivery system and medical terminology
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infection control and safety
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of body systems
  • Associate the major areas and departments of the clinical laboratory with the laboratory tests ordered to evaluate a patient's pathological condition or illness.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance of specimen collection in the overall patient care system.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of collection equipment, various types of additives used, special precautions necessary and substances that can interfere in clinical analysis of blood constituents
  • Demonstrate proper techniques to perform venipuncture and capillary puncture.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pre-analytical errors that can significantly alter results.
  • Demonstrate understanding of requisitioning, specimen transport and specimen processing.
  • Demonstrate understanding of quality assurance in Phlebotomy.

Mission & Goals

Program Mission

The mission of the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate program of Rend Lake College is to be an exemplary program graduating highly qualified individuals to fill the employment needs of clinical laboratories. The Program is committed to serving students and the medical laboratory community through guidance, excellent academic instruction and professional training utilizing traditional and innovative means while understanding the cultural diversity of individuals, maintaining a student-centered philosophy, striving to make wise use of community and educational resources and materials. The faculty of the Phlebotomy Technician Program is committed to providing quality instruction by preparing the graduate to be employable to an entry level in general Phlebotomy and to be successful on the National Certification Examination in Phlebotomy.

Program Goals

Upon completion of this program the student will successfully:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the health care delivery system and medical terminology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infection control and safety.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of body systems.
  • Associate the major areas and departments of the clinical laboratory with the laboratory tests ordered to evaluate a patient’s pathologic condition or illness.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance of specimen collection in the overall patient care system.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of collection equipment, various types of additives used, special precautions necessary and substances that can interfere in clinical analysis of blood constituents.
  • Demonstrate proper techniques to perform venipuncture and capillary puncture.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pre-analytical errors that can significantly alter results.
  • Demonstrate understanding of requisitioning, specimen transport and specimen processing.
  • Demonstrate understanding of quality assurance in Phlebotomy.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic concepts of communications, personal and patient interaction, stress management, professional behavior and legal implications of the work environment.

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

 

Political Science


This two-year transfer program leads to an Associate of Arts Degree and is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in political science. The Political Science transfer curriculum provides students with the background in political science and general studies necessary for advanced work at a four-year institution. Students are advised to check with the institution to which they are transferring or a Rend Lake College advisor for any additional requirements.

Degrees & Certificates in Political Science

ARTS & SCIENCES DIVISION

Associate in Arts Degree

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CSCI 1101 Introduction to Computers (3)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • MATH 1107 Contemporary College Mathematics 1 (3)
  • POLI 1101 State and Local Government 1 (3)
  • Elective – Science with Lab (5)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • ECON 2101 Principles of Economics I (3)
  • MATH 1105 Basic Concepts of Statistics 1 (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts (3)
  • Elective – Social Science (3)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ECON 2102 Principles of Economics II (3)
  • ENGL 2106 Intermediate Composition (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Science (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

Program Outcomes

Political Science

  • Learn concepts, terminology and theories necessary in understanding national, state and local governments.
  • Apply factual knowledge to evaluate and critique real-life situations within the American political system.
  • Develop verbal communication skills that effectively articulate arguments during presentations, discussion and political debate.
  • Demonstrate writing skills which illustrate points in a concise, coherent, and creative manner as it applies to a political forum.

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Pre-Law


Associate in Science or Associate in Arts Degree

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and a satisfactory score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) are required for admission to most law schools. Applications or admissions are evaluated on several criteria, including undergraduate grade-point average and score on the LSAT. Most law schools have no specific requirements with regard to the courses chosen in pre-legal study.

Students are encouraged to choose fields in which they have demonstrated interests and abilities. Common majors among pre-law students include business, history, political science, psychology and sociology. These subject areas help to develop the fundamental skills of thinking, comprehension and expression. Proficiency or these skills is considered essential for a career in law.

After selecting their major, students are advised to refer to that section of the Rend Lake College catalog and follow the guidelines for that particular two-year transfer program.

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Pre-Medicine / - Dentistry / - Veterinary


Degrees & Certificates in Pre-Medicine / -Dentistry / -Veterinary

Associate in Science Degree

ARTS & SCIENCES DIVISION

Pre-med students may earn a bachelor’s degree in any major. Requirements must be met at the time pre-medical requirements are taken. If a science major is chosen, there will be considerable overlapping of requirements, thus making it easier for the student to reach both sets of requirements. Organic chemistry (CHE 2120 and CHE 2121) and physics must be completed before the end of the third year in preparation for the Medical College Admission Test that spring. These courses are suggested below, but are not necessary if a student chooses to take them at the university level. An advisor can prepare a program for a specific four-year degree.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CHE 1103 Inorganic Chemistry (see prerequisites) 1, 3 (5)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • MATH 1110 College Algebra and Trigonometry 1 (5)
  • Elective – Social Science (3)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CHE 1104 Inorganic Chemistry / Qual. Analysis 3 (5)
  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)

Third Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • BIO 1104 College Biology II (5)

  • CHE 2121 Organic Chemistry II or 
    PHY 1102 College Physics II 3 (5)

  • HEA 1101 Health Education (2)
  • Elective – Social Science (3)

It is strongly suggested students take PHY 1101 Third Semester and PHY 1102 Fourth Semester. Both should be taken to guarantee full transfer to four-year institutions.

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

2 One Fine Arts course and one Humanities course needed to meet IAI core requirements.

3 To guarantee full transfer of credit, students must complete the entire course sequence at the same school before transfer.

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