Explore Allied Health Opportunities through the Kaskaskia College SICCM Program

Kaskaskia College is announcing that slots still remain open for Fall 2014 Admission into the five programs through the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market (SICCM).  The programs include Associate in Applied Science Degree in Health Information Technology, Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, Associate in Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Associate in Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology, and a one year certificate program in Surgical Technology.
Each of these programs produces workers in growing fields as the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports jobs in each of these areas is expected to grow by as much as 20 percent over the next seven to ten years. 
The Health Information Technician possesses both administrative and technical skills necessary to maintain components of health record systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accreditation, and regulatory requirements of the health care delivery system.  The Health Information Technician technically analyzes and evaluates health statistics for use in planning and evaluation; codes symptoms, disease, operations, procedures, and other therapies; releases health information; and maintains and utilizes a variety of health records indexes and storage and retrieval systems. In addition, the Health Information Technician plays an important role in ensuring that the health care facility receives maximum reimbursement for treatment rendered, abstracts discharge data to support quality management activities, supports committee chairpersons in carrying out committee functions, and supervises one or more health records service activities. 
The Medical Laboratory Technician possesses the technical skills necessary to perform routine testing in the areas of hematology, serology, coagulation, clinical microbiology, clinical chemistry, blood banking, and urinalysis in clinical laboratories of hospitals, clinical, and physician offices under the supervision of a physician and/or medical technologist.  The technician performs venipuncture to obtain blood specimens and is an integral part of the health care team providing information used in diagnosis and treatment.
The Medical Laboratory Technology graduates will quality to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Registry national certification exam.  This examination is offered throughout the year in three-month examination periods.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program students will develop entry-level competencies necessary to provide services to persons of all ages who have functional loss due to physical, neurological, social/emotional, cognitive, or developmental disabilities.   Graduates with this degree will serve a diverse population in a wide variety of settings such as hospitals; clinics; facilities for rehabilitation, extended, and long-term care; sheltered workshops; schools; camps; private homes; physician’s offices; community programs; and private practice.
Program graduates will qualify to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NCOT) national certification examination. 
The Veterinary Technician possesses both administrative, clinical, and technical skills necessary to assist the veterinarian in all phases of medicine and surgery for small, large, exotic, and lab animals. Technicians typically conduct clinical work in a private practice under the supervision of a veterinarian – often performing various clinical medical tests along with treating medical conditions and diseases in animals.
The program curriculum covers small and large animal nursing, nutrition and husbandry, verinary terminology, legal issues and office management, parasitology, surgical nursing, veterinary pharmacology, anesthesiology, radiology, emergency care, and clinical pathology. Students benefit from theoretical-based classroom learning, as well as extensive hands-on experience through internships at a variety of veterinary facilities.
The Surgical Technology is a one-year certificate program.  Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients in a variety of settings.
The Surgical Technologist works under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual works under the supervision of a surgeon to insure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

A Surgical Technologist possesses expertise in the theory and applications of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and techniques to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
A SICCM Open House will be held in Herrin on Friday, December 13 and Kaskaskia College will be providing transportation to the event.  Anyone interested in learning more about the programs, meeting the faculty, and seeing the facilities are welcome to come. Those interested in attending or learning more about the opportunity should also contact the Office of Recruitment for more information.
The technical courses for these programs are held in Herrin and/or Carbondale. The general education courses will be held at Kaskaskia College. Kaskaskia College offers a scholarship program to offset some of the expenses students incur travelling to the SICCM center. Contact the Kaskaskia College Office of Recruitment at 618-545-3048 for more information about specific admission criteria.

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