The nursing program of Joliet Junior College has a rich history. The first nursing class at the college graduated in 1971 and had 11 graduates. In 1999 Joliet Junior College revised the nursing program to include a practical nurse exit option at the completion of the first year of the nursing curriculum. In recent years, over 100 students graduate from both the practical nurse program and the registered nurse program annually. Our students have the benefit of a state-of-the-art simulation center in the Health Professions Center.
Our Emergency Medical Services program and our Fire Science program are well respected in the community. With the move into the new Health Professions Center in 2013, our Emergency Services Department gained much needed space and equipment, including a fire engine and an ambulance due to generous donations.
The Veterinary Technology program began at JJC in 1999. As one of only four programs in the state of Illinois, this program is in very high demand. Graduates work in many different facilities, from private veterinary offices to zoos to medical research laboratories.
The Radiologic Technology program graduated its first class in December 2008. In 2013, the program moved to its present location in the Health Professions Center which accommodated more technology and realism in the instruction of our Radiologic Technology students.
Other Allied Health Programs have been established through the years to include Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy, and EKG Technician. Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) will begin in fall 2014, pending state approval. Allied health professionals are health care practitioners with formal education and clinical training who are credentialed through certification, registration and/or licensure. They collaborate with physicians and other members of the health care team to deliver high quality patient care services for the identification, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disabilities and disorders.
Demand for healthcare workers is projected to grow, with 14 of the 30 fastest growing occupations being healthcare-related, according to the Department of Labor. Healthcare and Emergency Services programs at Joliet Junior College are a cost-effective way to get a high quality education and be prepared to begin a great career.