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SICCM

Surgical Technology Certificate

Degree Plan

Program Flyer

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.

Medical Laboratory Technology Associate Degree

Degree Plan

Program Flyer

Application Packet

The Medical Laboratory Technology Associate Degree in the 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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Degree Plan

Program Flyer

Application Packet

The Associate of 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.

 

Contact for More Information

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