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Academic Experience


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4 College Senior

Academic Experience: I am to graduate from the RN ASN program in 2017. I currently attend two days a week and in the fall will have clinicals one day a week as well. As an RN, I will have better job opportunities, learn and grow as a nurse. The facilities are accessible easily, they provide you with a map of the college and make sure you know where to go for what.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: Rend Lake College has a ton of different options involving programs. Rend Lake makes sure you are going to succeed in the major you pick!

3 College Sophomore

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

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.

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.


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Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): Yes
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Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: Yes
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: No
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African American: 0%
Asian American: 0%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 98%
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Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 18 responses

  • 29% Applicable to the real world
  • 29% Will advance my career
  • 26% Learned a lot of new things
  • 10% Learned a few new things
  • 3% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 3% Will help me switch careers
  • 0% Waste of time
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