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Cooperative Educational Programs

Health Professions Cooperative Programs

Richland Community College has Cooperative Educational Program agreements with other Illinois community colleges that allow Richland Community College District residents to enroll in a vocational/technical degree and/or certificate not available at Richland. In the Health Professions Division, those cooperative programs include:

Physical Therapy Assistant

A physical therapy assistant assists the physical therapist in implementing treatment programs according to the plan of care, training patients in exercises and activities of daily living, conducting treatments using special equipment, administering modalities and other treatment procedures, and reporting to the physical therapist on the patient’s responses.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

The occupational therapy assistant works under the direction of an occupational therapist. The assistant’s duties may include working to provide services and/or activities to those individuals whose abilities to cope with tasks of daily living are threatened or impaired by developmental deficits, the aging process, physical injury or illness, or psychological and social disability; providing selected tasks to restore, reinforce, and enhance performance, and promoting activities to maintain maximum levels of functioning.

Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists work with dentists in the delivery of dental care to patients. The hygienist performs patient screening procedures, removes calculus and plaque from teeth, and applies preventative materials to teeth. He or she also provides the patient other services and teaches patients appropriate oral hygiene techniques to promote good oral health. Excellent career opportunities exist for dental hygienists in dental offices, dental specialist clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, public health clinics, schools, and research laboratories.

Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical laboratory technicians perform laboratory tests for detection, diagnosis, and treatment of many diseases and also in the promotion of health. They work under the direction of medical technologists, pathologists, or other trained scientists who specialize in clinical chemistry or microbiology. Excellent career opportunities are available in hospitals, medical laboratories, clinics, industry, and related businesses.