So many careers have felt the brunt of the recession, but one field that remains strong is healthcare. One of these healthcare career paths may be a perfect fit for you and one that will keep you coming home each week with a paycheck. Add to that the fact the baby-boomers are moving into their golden years, and healthcare officials will tell you there is plenty of work to go around.
If you’ve considered, but haven’t quite made up your mind which area best suits you, take a look at all of the healthcare programs Spoon River College has to offer.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
ADN is a 61.5-credit hour program that prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). RNs manage and deliver nursing care to patients in a wide variety of healthcare specialties and settings. Spoon River College’s RN program is fully approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. For RN graduates who choose to continue their education, SRC’s RN program articulates and transfers well to a number of university bachelor programs.
Certificate – Practical Nursing (LPN)
After completing their first year of courses (32.5 credit hours) in the ADN program, students can take a 6-hour summer course, NUR 145, which will make them eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). After successfully passing this test, you will be certified to work as an LPN in hospitals, rehabilitation/long-term care/home healthcare facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices. Many students find this option helpful so that they can earn income while continuing their education toward their ADN.
Certificate – Practical Nursing (CNA)
This 7-credit hour course prepares students to take the State of Illinois certificate exam. Along with opening the door to advancing to several other healthcare careers/educational programs, graduates are employable to provide safe basic care in a variety of healthcare settings under the supervision of an LPN or RN.
Certificates – Health Information Management (HIM)
On graduation day, SRC Nursing Instructors give their students a playful but important tip. From left to right: Juliet Williams, Tamatha Schleich (Nursing Program Director), and Penny Pollock.
Students in SRC’s HIM program learn the latest recordkeeping technology along with the newest state and federal legislation standards. Having a skilled health information manager on staff ensures an organization has the right information on hand when and where it is needed while maintaining the highest standards of data integrity, confidentiality, and security.
HIM is one of the fastest growing allied health fields. With the number of healthcare procedures increasing as the population ages, there is a very high demand for skilled specialists in this field. It is expected that these careers will remain in high demand over the next 20 to 30 years.
You can earn the following HIM certificates at SRC:
- Medical Assistant Certificate (30 credit hours)
- Medical Insurance/Billing (31 credit hours)
- Medical Records (30 credit hours)
- Medical Transcription (27 credit hours)
- Medical Unit Secretary (27 credit hours)