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
       

    More on Study Abroad

Careers

  • Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2020 24,415 1,935
    2021 24,838
    2022 25,218
    2023 25,555
    2024 25,875

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Emergency Medical Technicians and 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 $75,257.41

    Education Attainment Levels - Emergency Medical Technicians and 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
  • Municipal Firefighters

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Municipal Firefighters

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2020 32,848 2,521
    2021 33,249
    2022 33,642
    2023 34,028
    2024 34,407

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Municipal Firefighters

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $43,538.96 $79,810.04
    25 $61,345.44
    50 $79,810.04
    75 $109,508.90
    90 $145,007.26

    Education Attainment Levels - Municipal Firefighters

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 40.11
    A Certificate 26.86
    Some College 20.68
    An Associate Degree 7.93
    A Bachelor's Degree 0.54
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 3.88
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Registered Nurses

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Registered Nurses

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2020 314,496 22,476
    2021 321,847
    2022 328,085
    2023 333,561
    2024 338,436

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Registered Nurses

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $75,548.45 $117,810.57
    25 $93,332.25
    50 $117,810.57
    75 $147,362.52
    90 $173,795.64

    Education Attainment Levels - Registered Nurses

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 0.00
    A Certificate 0.00
    Some College 10.65
    An Associate Degree 66.10
    A Bachelor's Degree 23.25
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Information Security Analysts

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Information Security Analysts

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2020 11,397 1,404
    2021 12,059
    2022 12,658
    2023 13,197
    2024 13,699

    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
    2020 97,684 12,171
    2021 100,159
    2022 102,389
    2023 104,432
    2024 106,341

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Medical Assistants

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $28,618.39 $39,485.82
    25 $32,836.34
    50 $39,485.82
    75 $52,265.33
    90 $63,753.25

    Education Attainment Levels - Medical Assistants

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 10.31
    A Certificate 64.99
    Some College 6.85
    An Associate Degree 17.85
    A Bachelor's Degree 0.00
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00