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

    Gina Hulbert
    Nursing Department Chair
    Office: U-2002M
    Phone: 815.280.6722
    Email: ghulbert@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 years 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
       

    More on Study Abroad

Careers

  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 5,276 446
    2022 5,347
    2023 5,409
    2024 5,464
    2025 5,514

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $46,960.23 $63,929.02
    25 $57,855.35
    50 $63,929.02
    75 $102,652.32
    90 $131,815.14

    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 37,220 3,629
    2022 37,324
    2023 37,393
    2024 37,448
    2025 37,494

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Correctional Officers and Jailers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $59,716.80 $81,889.59
    25 $66,830.39
    50 $81,889.59
    75 $95,430.40
    90 $99,902.40

    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 8,166 806
    2022 8,399
    2023 8,604
    2024 8,790
    2025 8,958

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $73,036.58 $101,932.68
    25 $81,117.52
    50 $101,932.68
    75 $133,722.29
    90 $164,269.87

    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 17,830 1,476
    2022 18,046
    2023 18,249
    2024 18,436
    2025 18,621

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Emergency Medical Technicians

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $29,588.94 $36,330.16
    25 $30,381.66
    50 $36,330.16
    75 $46,840.40
    90 $60,859.03

    Education Attainment Levels - Emergency Medical Technicians

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 10.94
    A Certificate 42.57
    Some College 29.85
    An Associate Degree 11.75
    A Bachelor's Degree 4.89
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Firefighters

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Firefighters

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 28,192 2,364
    2022 28,447
    2023 28,716
    2024 28,992
    2025 29,273

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Firefighters

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $47,831.58 $77,646.69
    25 $60,908.47
    50 $77,646.69
    75 $97,737.26
    90 $123,830.31

    Education Attainment Levels - Firefighters

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 45.25
    A Certificate 24.60
    Some College 19.50
    An Associate Degree 7.15
    A Bachelor's Degree 0.43
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 2.96
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.10
  • Information Security Analysts

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Information Security Analysts

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 20,940 2,586
    2022 22,034
    2023 22,989
    2024 23,843
    2025 24,616

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Information Security Analysts

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $77,750.39 $128,980.80
    25 $102,419.20
    50 $128,980.80
    75 $163,404.80
    90 $207,999.99

    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 100,741 14,128
    2022 103,168
    2023 105,283
    2024 107,167
    2025 108,868

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Medical Assistants

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $30,080.86 $38,737.60
    25 $36,591.72
    50 $38,737.60
    75 $48,735.75
    90 $62,068.49

    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 7,516 654
    2022 7,657
    2023 7,778
    2024 7,891
    2025 8,000

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Paramedics

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $38,729.60 $48,880.00
    25 $47,091.20
    50 $48,880.00
    75 $61,672.00
    90 $78,457.59

    Education Attainment Levels - Paramedics

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 10.94
    A Certificate 42.57
    Some College 29.85
    An Associate Degree 11.75
    A Bachelor's Degree 4.89
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

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

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 74,662 6,274
    2022 75,175
    2023 75,725
    2024 76,300
    2025 76,896

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

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $64,573.94 $100,312.25
    25 $80,384.49
    50 $100,312.25
    75 $125,259.85
    90 $128,374.01

    Education Attainment Levels - Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 40.40
    A Certificate 21.31
    Some College 14.65
    An Associate Degree 17.09
    A Bachelor's Degree 6.56
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Registered Nurses

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Registered Nurses

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 334,766 23,808
    2022 341,111
    2023 346,463
    2024 351,121
    2025 355,265

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Registered Nurses

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $77,425.42 $124,681.20
    25 $98,280.56
    50 $124,681.20
    75 $155,395.47
    90 $166,128.87

    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