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South Suburban College adds to health professions offerings

Students South Suburban College’s radiologic technology program provide demonstratiduring recent legislative tour college’s macampus.  |  Supplied photo

Students of South Suburban College’s radiologic technology program provide a demonstration during a recent legislative tour at the college’s main campus. | Supplied photo

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Updated: January 30, 2014 6:11AM



South Suburban College in South Holland will offer four new programs to provide more career opportunities for residents of the Southland and Lake County, Ind., a press release from the college said.

The new programs are community health worker, nanoscience technology, speech language pathology assistant, and a shorter, six-credit-hour emergency medical technician program.

“We are always looking for opportunities to develop new programs that will both meet the needs of the work force and provide rewarding career opportunities for residents of our community,” dean of health professions Jeff Waddy said in the release. “These four newest programs are only going to add what we already have in place, and we are excited about cultivating them now with an eye toward an exciting new facility addition in the future.”

Community health workers are front-line public health workers who serve as liaisons between health, social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery, the release said.

This program is offered as a 63-credit-hour associate’s degree, a 39-credit-hour certificate or a 20-credit-hour basic certificate program.

The nanoscience technology program provides students with entry-level skills to manipulate atoms and molecules at the nanometer scale in a cutting-edge, emerging field of study. Graduates of the 66-credit-hour associate’s degree track will be prepared to work as technicians, manufacturers and production workers within industry using nanoscience and microscience technologies, including areas of research and development, production, manufacturing and sales, the release said. A 37-credit-hour certificate also is offered.

The speech language pathology assistant program is a 68-credit-hour associate’s degree track that prepares individuals to work in a health or educational setting under a registered speech pathologist with at least two years of professional experience. Assistants generally work with equipment maintenance, patient assessment, paperwork and execution of speech pathologist treatment plans.

The EMT program is a six-hour basic certificate course that is the first step in training for paramedics in various settings, including ambulance services, fire departments and volunteer emergency care services. The EMT-B license is required before enrolling in the 31-credit-hour EMS program.

These new programs join the comprehensive health professions offerings that include echocardiography, ultrasound, medical assistant, medical records technology, phlebotomy, occupational therapy assistant, radiologic technology, MRI technology, and pharmacy technician.

For more information, visit www.ssc.edu.

Staff report



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