As the Dean of Nursing, Health, and Public Services, I am honored to lead many of the college's most popular programs.
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. High-fidelity simulation enhances our students' education and adds to the realism of the learning situation.
Our Emergency Medical Services program and our Fire Science program are well respected in the community. Many of our communities' firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, and Paramedics received their education and training at Joliet Junior College. 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 a handful of programs in the state of Illinois, this program is in very high demand. Our students have the benefit of experiencing two externships that allow them to determine the type of practice that interests them. 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. Our energized equipment and PACS system simulate what a radiographer would do in the clinical setting. Students are able to practice their skills before getting into the clinical setting and working with patients.
Our newest health program is Diagnostic Medical Sonography, which began in fall 2014. This program has a small student to instructor ratio, which allows for individualized support. Students get extensive practice in the lab, as well as a great deal of clinical experience in a variety of clinical settings. As with all of our programs, instructors have a great deal of "real world" experience in their specialties.
JJC also has some short-term training programs in the Allied Health field. These include Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy, and EKG Technician. These programs allow students to get the education and training they need in a relatively short period of time (one semester or less) and be ready to find a job in the healthcare field.
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. Nursing, Health, and Public 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.
If there is anything I can do to assist you during your time at Joliet Junior College, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Amy Gray, MD, MEd
Dean, Nursing, Health & Public Services