Health, Public Safety & Human Services


If you are a quick problem solver, enjoy lab work and conducting research, this field was designed for you. JJC can prepare you for several in-demand, high paying career fields, such as sonography, radiologic technology, cybersecurity and more. Altruistic fields like fire science, emergency medical services and law enforcement are also well-suited for individuals drawn to this pathway.

Some highlights include:

  • Simulation labs, virtual reality technology, an ambulance and a fire engine
  • Short certificate programs for phlebotomists, EKG technicians, CNAs and licensed practical nurses
  • Hands-on, clinical experience at local hospitals and more

Health

  • About Us | Contact Information

    Education programs in the Health and Public Services Department at JJC are designed to meet the health care, public service and safety needs of the community college district -- including students, residents and local employers.

    We offer a wide variety of programs at the Associate in Applied Science degree level, as well as certificates, licenses and continuing education. Our programs lead to great careers, many of which are in high demand and have high starting salaries for JJC graduates. 

    In addition to classroom and hands-on instruction, each program emphasizes community service and development of employment/job-seeking skills.

     

    Nursing

    Mary Beth Luna
    Nursing Department Chair
    Office: U-2002M
    Phone: 815.280.2605
    Email: mluna@jjc.edu

    Diagnostic Medical Sonography

    Elena Miller
    Program Coordinator
    Office: U-1018M
    Phone: 815.280.2588
    Email: emiller@jjc.edu

    Radiologic Technology

    Bob Verkler
    Program Coordinator
    Office: U-1018M
    Phone: 815.280.2244
    Email: rverkler@jjc.edu

    Certified Nurse Assistant

    Linda Saveas
    Associate Professor
    Phone: 815.280.2796
    Email: fsaveas@jjc.edu

    Medical Assisting

    Rudayna Jebara
    Associate Professor
    Phone: 815.280.2995
    Email: rjebara@jjc.edu

    Health Information Management Technology

    Debra Gaskin
    Program Coordinator
    Office: U-1002A
    Phone: 815.280.2625
    Email: dgaskin@jjc.edu

Public Safety

Transfer to a Four-Year School

You can save thousands on your education by attending JJC your first two semesters compared to a four-year public or private institution.

Study Abroad

As a member of the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), JJC offers many study abroad opportunities around the world for students of any major. Destinations include Japan, Costa Rica, England, France and more!

  • How to Study Abroad

    At JJC, you can choose to study abroad during the fall, spring or summer semesters. All students who want to study abroad should fill out an application and have it completed by the deadlines below.

    • Spring Program: October 15
    • Summer Program: February 15
    • Fall Program: May 15
       

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Careers

  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 4,842 418
    2022 4,906
    2023 4,962
    2024 5,012
    2025 5,044

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $42,212.79 $75,956.16
    25 $52,580.72
    50 $75,956.16
    75 $102,997.74
    90 $131,074.22

    Education Attainment Levels - Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 9.85
    A Certificate 12.85
    Some College 7.82
    An Associate Degree 62.90
    A Bachelor's Degree 2.77
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 3.81
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Correctional Officers and Jailers

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Correctional Officers and Jailers

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 37,758 3,773
    2022 37,899
    2023 38,000
    2024 38,075
    2025 38,067

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Correctional Officers and Jailers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $54,350.39 $83,033.60
    25 $65,873.60
    50 $83,033.60
    75 $99,382.40
    90 $108,264.00

    Education Attainment Levels - Correctional Officers and Jailers

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 88.75
    A Certificate 9.48
    Some College 0.00
    An Associate Degree 1.78
    A Bachelor's Degree 0.00
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 7,488 731
    2022 7,683
    2023 7,859
    2024 8,018
    2025 8,140

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $67,917.48 $104,279.70
    25 $85,456.24
    50 $104,279.70
    75 $135,427.96
    90 $163,485.45

    Education Attainment Levels - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 0.00
    A Certificate 19.34
    Some College 0.00
    An Associate Degree 47.13
    A Bachelor's Degree 16.83
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 16.70
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Emergency Medical Technicians

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Emergency Medical Technicians

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 24,858 2,185
    2022 25,247
    2023 25,603
    2024 25,939
    2025 26,185

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Emergency Medical Technicians

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $28,488.93 $42,969.96
    25 $31,922.94
    50 $42,969.96
    75 $59,903.36
    90 $75,257.42
  • Firefighters

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Firefighters

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 33,230 2,839
    2022 33,608
    2023 33,977
    2024 34,341
    2025 34,689

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Firefighters

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $43,538.96 $79,810.04
    25 $61,345.44
    50 $79,810.04
    75 $109,508.91
    90 $145,007.26
  • Information Security Analysts

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Information Security Analysts

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 12,027 1,447
    2022 12,595
    2023 13,105
    2024 13,573
    2025 13,927

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Information Security Analysts

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $73,860.80 $121,513.60
    25 $96,220.80
    50 $121,513.60
    75 $154,752.00
    90 $189,238.40

    Education Attainment Levels - Information Security Analysts

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 0.00
    A Certificate 7.16
    Some College 2.01
    An Associate Degree 12.87
    A Bachelor's Degree 75.16
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 2.80
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Medical Assistants

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Medical Assistants

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 99,745 13,424
    2022 101,541
    2023 103,157
    2024 104,619
    2025 105,767

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Medical Assistants

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $28,618.40 $39,485.83
    25 $32,836.35
    50 $39,485.83
    75 $52,265.33
    90 $63,753.24

    Education Attainment Levels - Medical Assistants

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 20.54
    A Certificate 44.74
    Some College 17.20
    An Associate Degree 0.05
    A Bachelor's Degree 17.47
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Paramedics

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Paramedics

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 24,858 2,185
    2022 25,247
    2023 25,603
    2024 25,939
    2025 26,185

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Paramedics

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $28,488.93 $42,969.96
    25 $31,922.94
    50 $42,969.96
    75 $59,903.36
    90 $75,257.42
  • Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 80,020 6,878
    2022 80,792
    2023 81,542
    2024 82,275
    2025 82,976

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $66,403.76 $111,225.84
    25 $85,620.97
    50 $111,225.84
    75 $130,936.39
    90 $147,267.08
  • Registered Nurses

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Registered Nurses

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 321,131 22,941
    2022 326,517
    2023 331,125
    2024 335,103
    2025 337,638

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Registered Nurses

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $75,548.67 $117,810.78
    25 $93,332.48
    50 $117,810.78
    75 $147,362.68
    90 $173,795.49

    Education Attainment Levels - Registered Nurses

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 0.76
    A Certificate 22.50
    Some College 0.00
    An Associate Degree 19.39
    A Bachelor's Degree 55.92
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 1.43
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00