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Reviews 83 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: The academeic flexibility is fantastic. I took dual credit in high school (a total of 20 credit hours) through Kaskaskia College, and every credit transferred to RLC without issues.

4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: I enjoy the online courses at RLC; the classes are convienent and allow me to work when I have time. Also, the teachers are extremely personable and willing to answer any questions.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have learned a lot at RLC. There are some classes that require minimal work; however, there are some classes that require quite a bit of work - but that's okay. The class work allows students to actually learn and become independent.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Although I'm only taking my general studies, I know many students attend RLC because they want to start their careers as soon as possible. I've heard very good things about the technical programs (such as nursing, massage therapy, welding, etc.).

3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I'm only taking my general studies, but I'm learning a lot.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: RLC is a great school. The classes have challenged me.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: For the most part, paramedic classes works well with my personal schedule. I did not have to re-arrange my work schedule in order to take this paramedic course. However, as the President of the EMT Association at my current job, I am unable to attend board meetings and we had to change the schedule of EMT Association meetings because there was only one choice for paramedic courses. That, however, is understandable.

3 College Senior

Online Courses: I have not taken any online courses at Rend Lake.

3 College Senior

Career Services: I have not received any information on post-grad services at my school.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The quality of the courses I have taken at Rend Lake has been excellent. I have learned a lot of valuable information that I will take with me and use throughout my career. The instructors are also excellent. They are always willing to help and truly care about our success as students and as professionals.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The value of the certification I will receive from the paramedic program is very high. Once I receive my paramedic certificate, I will be able to apply at various ambulance services and even hospitals. I plan on working in the air medical field (AirEvac, etc,) and this certificate will give me the perfect opportunity to achieve my dreams.

5 College Senior

Academic Experience: My major is Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic. I am already an EMT-Basic. My program's workload is heavy and quite taxing. There is so much we as students must learn about the human body and the advanced care that paramedics provide. Emergency medications, cardiac rhythms, life-saving procedures, and patient assessments are a few of the things that we have to learn as a paramedic student. It is important to retain and be comfortable with this information because if we aren't comfortable and know what we are doing, people's lives are at stake. As a paramedic student, I have 10 hours of school each week consisting of 8 hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab (on average). Each class, we have a quiz over emergency medications and procedures. We have a cumulative final at the end of each semester. Our facilities include a lecture classroom and a lab consisting of CPR mannequins, intubation mannequins, IV mannequins, a cardiac rhythm simulator, a medication box (all medications containing normal saline to practice calculating and drawing the correct amount of medication), and a simulator of the back of an ambulance containing a camera so the rest of the class can observe while a group is in the back of the simulator. The quality of education we receive at Rend Lake College's paramedic program is top notch. It has made me a better EMT & I feel I will excel as a paramedic because of this program. Our instructors are available to us through Blackboard & e-mail. Our instructors are also willing to arrive early to lecture or stay after to go over information and skills with us. My paramedic program is unique because of all of the lab opportunities we have that I listed above. This program focuses on preparing us for taking care of patient's in the real world, which is very valuable. During our time enrolled in the paramedic program, we are required to do 85 hours of hospital clinicals and 85 hours of ambulance clinicals in order to move on to the next semester.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My experience at Rend Lake College has been truly one of the greatest experiences in my life. I've met so many great people who are always willing to help out if I have a question or need assistance with anything. As for the instructors, mine are amazing. They push me to do things I never knew I had the strength to do. The instructors help build my confidence, help me overcome my fears, and help me excel as a student, EMT, & future paramedic. I am grateful for the knowledge that my instructors instill in me. They aren't just there to teach and go home. They are willing to present a long lecture and lab and then stay afterwards for any questions or concerns, or to just go over a certain skill again. As a paramedic student, it is important to thoroughly understand the procedures you will be performing on patients. My instructors really make sure we understand and they truly care and want us to excel. I've learned so much about paramedicine and life in general through the Rend Lake Paramedic Program. My school is unique because of the close-knit student-professor relationship. The willingness of instructors to come before class or stay after to further explain any information we may be confused about. I would absolutely choose my school again if I could do it all over. It has helped me grow as a person and as an Emergency Medical Technician.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great school just needs more hands on

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: Considering it isn't common where I'm everything is a little difficult. I do have to take a lot of science and math classes to achieve my degree, but there isn't any hands-on work for my degree really available.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: Everything is pretty much average.

4 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: If I had any questions they were more than willing to help. I was able to get my student loan easily as well as my scholarship money. Ask constantly about scholarships or anyways you could get help with paying for your schooling. I have a difficult time with financial aid because I don't qualify and trying to find scholarships that would apply to me are difficult to find as well.

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3 College Senior

Online Courses: The teacher did try to make it seem like we were in the classroom by trying to have us do group discussions with one another, get to know everyone a little bit. You pretty much was on your own. There was a lot of reading and writing required for the online course.

4 College Senior

Career Services: Even though Wildlife Biology was an uncommon territory for this school, they worked with me so I was able to get the best education that I could at RLC for my degree.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Band is my favorite experience. I mean how could a person not enjoy getting to stay in a room for a hour or so and get to play/create music for a grade. Most of my teachers are extremely nice and helpful. They don't treat you like you're less superior than they are. They actually try to relate to you. I would probably do it all over it again because I like a small school where it's easy to talk to the teachers to get help or relate to, but I would probably change some of my teacher if I could. But for the most part, I am pleased with them.

4 College Senior

Campus Resources: RLC tries to include everyone in everything.

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The transferring of my credits is going smoothly, however I have had some troubles with my scheduling and trying to get it to agree with my work schedule while trying to take classes at RLC that will transfer over to SIUC that will meet SIUC's requirements for my degree.

4 College Senior

Student Body: There are a variety of unique people are my currently college and everyone, for the most part, seems to get along fine. Everyone is pretty friendly.

1 College Junior

Online Courses: I extremity disliked the online health course I took online, I know i would have made a solid A if I had the physical class. I also very much dislike online classes generally, I enjoy being in the class and physically retaining information by note taking or discussion. I work an excessive amount of hours outside of school and online courses are just too difficult for me to remember.

3 College Junior

Student Body: I have class with the same 6 students every two days so i do not see a variety of people really

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