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Degree Plan

Application Packet

The Associate Degree in Nursing Program is designed to provide career mobility for persons who have successfully completed a practical nursing program.

This unique program is designed to prepare the student for the practice of professional registered nursing as defined in the Illinois Nurse Practice Act and meets the requirements for approved schools in Associate degree Nursing in Illinois. This program does not maintain an open door policy. Admission to the program requires a separate application and admission test. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student will be eligible to write the NCLEX-RN Examination.

Current BLS Healthcare Provider Certification must be held at the time of admission good through the completion of the nursing classes.

The SCC ADN program has had an average of 87% pass rate for our students that take the ADN NCLEX examination.

Admission Requirements:

The Associate Degree Nursing Program has specific admission requirements due to enrollment limitations imposed by physical facilities, state requirements and related criteria. All applicants for the Associate Degree Nursing Program will be selected based upon the criteria outlined below:

  1. The prospective student must obtain an admission packet from the Nursing Department (618-634-3282; 800-481- 2242) or online at www.shawneecc.edu).
  2. The applicant must submit application materials to the nursing department by the date designated in the admission packet.
  3. The applicant must demonstrate successful completion of an approved program of Practical Nursing.
  4. The applicant must successfully complete the admission examination “Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) for Registered Nursing from the Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI).” (Given in the testing center of the College).
  5. The applicant must be able to prove physical fitness for the program of study by submitting a completed Shawnee Community College Physical Form.
  6. Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program is conditional pending successful completion of an approved school of Practical Nursing and the Nursing Orientation and Skills Review course (ADN 201), which will be offered in the summer semester prior to entry.
  7. The applicant must submit to a criminal background check and drug testing after admission into the program.

This ADN program will transfer into various Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) programs. Interested students should seek advisement.

Degree Plan

Application Packet

The Medical Laboratory Technology Associate Degree in Applied Science program is offered at the community colleges through the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market (SICCM). The student will learn the technical skills necessary to perform routine studies in areas of hematology, serology, coagulation, clinical microbiology, clinical chemistry, blood banking, and urinalysis. The medical laboratory technician will also perform patient venipuncture and will maintain quality control data.

The Medical Laboratory Technologist program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, 60018-5119, (773) 714-8880.

It is the student’s responsibility to be knowledgeable of the prerequisites of all courses.

Persons seeking admission to the Medical Laboratory Technologist program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have graduated from an approved high school or demonstrate equivalent competency (GED examination).
  2. Submit a completed MLT application form and any official college transcripts to the college by March 1.
  3. Take the Health Occupation Aptitude Examination – Revised.
  4. Meet all admission policies and complete all required admission forms of the college by March 1.
  5. Submit to a criminal background check and drug testing after admission into the program.

MLT courses are cooperatively offered by SICCM. These classes could be scheduled at a site other than the Shawnee Community College campus.

Retention in the MLT program requires that the MLT student earn a grade of “C” or better in all MLT and natural science courses (Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology). The student must maintain a “C” average in all courses required in the MLT curriculum.

MLT students’ grades will be reviewed by the MLT program director at the end of each semester.

Students may apply to only one community college for entrance into the program.

Degree Plan

Application Packet

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant is offered at four community colleges through Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market. Five students are admitted from each college for an entering total of twenty. Admitted students take general education courses on their own campuses and OTA courses together in a central laboratory. After classes and fieldwork internship are completed, they graduate at their entering college.

The OTA courses have both lecture and hands-on laboratory components. Portions of the lecture section of several OTA courses are web-based. During the 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.

The profession tailors rehabilitation individually for each client. Through evaluation and treatment, it seeks to restore or improve function in occupational performance. Treatment is provided within the context of the client’s life environments and relationships. Occupation may be defined as the ordinary things people do each day to work, to play, and to take care of themselves. Occupational therapy is based on the idea that our personal identity and feeling of value is closely tied to what we are able to do. We all choose many “occupational” roles that are important to us and make us excited to engage in life. When our function becomes impaired, we may lose both our independence and sense of self-worth.

The practice of OT utilizes the therapeutic use of purposeful and meaningful occupations in treatment, as well as focusing on these occupations as the goal of treatment. OT intervention may include restoration of performance abilities; instruction in compensatory techniques; adaptation of tasks, processes, or environments; disability prevention techniques; and health promotion strategies. Occupational therapy assistants, under the supervision of an occupational therapist, will directly work with persons to achieve a maximum level of independent living by developing the capacities that remain after disease, accident, or other disability.

OT serves 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.

Admission Requirements:

Persons seeking admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Meet all admission policies and complete all required admission forms of the college.
  2. Be a graduate of an approved high school or demonstrate equivalent competency (GED examination).
  3. Take the Health Occupation Aptitude Examination – Revised.
  4. Submit a completed OTA application form and any official college transcripts to the college by March 1.
  5. Submit to a criminal background check and drug testing after admission into the program.

Accreditation Status:

The SICCM Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE’s phone number is c/o AOTA 301-652-AOTA. Program graduates will qualify to sit for the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) national certification examination. This computer-delivered examination will be delivered on-demand, after determining eligibility. Successful completion of this exam confers the title of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Illinois and most states additionally require licensure to practice, usually basing this on the NBCOT exam results. A felony conviction may adversely affect ability to sit for the NBCOT exam and/or attain state licensure.

Degree Plan

This curriculum is an intense program designed to introduce the student to the history, current trends, basic principals, and techniques of massage. Students will explore ethical issues, laws and ordinances, as well as marketing strategies. This 525-hour program meets national certification requirements.

Admission Requirements:

Persons seeking admission to the Massage Therapy program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a graduate of an accredited high school or have attained the GED.
  2. Be at least 18 years of age.
  3. Test into college level reading and writing using COMPASS/ASSET or ACT composite.
  4. Submit the results of a fingerprint background check after admission into the program.

Degree Plan

This one-year curriculum is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment in a variety of health-related facilities as a medical coding specialist.

Graduates of the Medical Coding Specialist program are eligible to sit for the Certified Coding and Billing Specialist certification exam administered by the National Healthcare Association. Successful completion of the exam confers the title of Certified Coding and Billing Specialist (CBCS). Shawnee Community College is an approved testing site for the CBCS exam which is given two times a year (March and August)

Degree Plan

This one-year curriculum is designed to provide the student with those skills necessary for entry-level employment in a medical or medical-related office.

Degree Plan

Application Packet

This curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry into the vocation of Practical Nursing. The curriculum includes theory coordinated with related clinical experience in the nursing care of patients as defined in the Illinois Nurse Practice Act.

The SCC LPN program has had 8 years of 100% pass rate for our students that take the LPN NCLEX examination.

Admission Requirements

The Associate Degree Nursing Program has specific admission requirements due to enrollment limitations imposed by physical facilities, state requirements and related criteria. All applicants for the Associate Degree Nursing Program will be selected based upon the criteria outlined below:

  1. The prospective student must obtain an admission packet from the Nursing Department (618-634-3282; 800-481- 2242) or online at www.shawneecc.edu).
  2. The applicant must submit application materials to the nursing department by the date designated in the admission packet.
  3. The applicant must demonstrate successful completion of an approved program of Practical Nursing.
  4. The applicant must successfully complete the admission examination “Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) for Registered Nursing from the Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI).” (Given in the testing center of the College).
  5. The applicant must be able to prove physical fitness for the program of study by submitting a completed Shawnee Community College Physical Form.
  6. The applicant must complete with a “C” or better in ALL general eduation classes prior to the beginning of the fall Practical Nursing classes.
  7. The applicant must submit to a criminal background check and drug testing after admission into the program.

Upon satisfactory completion of the one-year program, the student will be eligible to write the NCLEX-PN Examination for Practical Nurses.

Current BLS Healthcare Provider Certification must be held current through the completion of the program.

Degree Plan

Application Packet

The Surgical Technology certificate program is a one-year program offered at the community colleges through the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market. This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to practice as certified surgical technologists.

Students successfully completing the program will be fully qualified for jobs as scrub surgical technologists and circulating surgical technologists. Program graduates will be eligible for employment in hospitals, surgical centers, and clinics and physicians offices. The program is offered off-campus in a central laboratory.

The SICCM Surgical Technology Program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) by recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology. Graduates of an accredited S.T. program are eligible to sit for the National Certifying Exam for Surgical Technologists. The exam is given year round by appointment. It is administered by the Liaison Council on Certification for the Surgical Technologist (LCC-ST) which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA). Successful completion of this exam confers the title of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).

Admission Requirements

Persons seeking admission to the Surgical Technology Program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have graduated from an approved high school or demonstrate equivalent competency (GED examination)
  2. Meet all admission policies and complete all required admission forms of the college
  3. Take the Health Occupation Aptitude Examination – Revised
  4. Submit a completed Surgical Technology application form to the college by March 1
  5. Submit to a criminal background check and drug testing after admission into the program

NOTE: Students must have completed BIO 210-Introduction to Anatomy with a grade of “C” or better before beginning the Surgical Technology program.

Degree Plan

This less-than-one-year certificate is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment in a variety of health-related facilities as a medical biller.

Degree Plan

This less-than-one-year certificate is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment in a variety of health-related facilities as a medical coder.

Degree Plan

Orientation Letter to New CNA Students

Estimated Cost of CNA Program

Health Care Worker Background Check Form

Nurse Aide Testing

This program is designed to teach and train the student to function as an integral part of a health care team, under the direction of a registered or licensed nurse, in nursing homes or home health care settings.

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student will be eligible to take the State of Illinois Nurse Aide Competency test.

Persons seeking admission to the Certified Nurse Assistant Program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be at least 16 years of age
  2. Successfully complete a TABE test scoring at a 9th grade reading level or above
  3. A fingerprint background check prior to beginning the program and a 2-step PPD test for TB. The information will be provided at an orientation session prior to the start of the class

 

Associate of Applied Science

General Requirements for graduation with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree include:

  • Successfully complete all of the requirements in the curriculum
  • Achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C) or higher for all credit earned at Shawnee Community College
  • Earn a minimum of twenty (20) semester hours of credit at Shawnee Community College
  • Submit an application for graduation by the published deadline
  • Pay all tuition and fees

One-Year Certificate Programs

General Requirements for graduation with a One-Year Certificate include:

  • Successfully complete all of the requirements in the curriculum
  • Achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C) or higher
  • Earn a minimum of one-half of the required credit hours of the curriculum at Shawnee Community College
  • Submit an application for graduation by the published deadline
  • Pay all tuition and fees

Contact for More Information

Admissions and Advising – 1-800-481-2242 or (618) 634-3200