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Final testing date approaching for RLC Medical Assistant program application

Students interested in Rend Lake College’s Medical Assistant program have one week left to test and complete an application for the Fall 2017 semester. The program’s entrance exam is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 30 with applications due the following day.

The entrance exam, called the Psychological Service Bureau (PSB), is a required part of the application process. Applications into the program are due by midnight, Wednesday, May 31.

The test costs $30 and is due at the time of registration, which must be done in person at the testing center, located in the Administration Building. Students must bring photo identification for admission to the test. The PSB is a five-part, computerized, timed test that is also a criterion for admission into several Allied Health programs at RLC.

The Medical Assistant program offers an Associate in Applied Science degree requiring two years, or four semesters, of study or an Occupational certificate option requiring 36 credit hours in two semesters. All general education courses are required for those who want to complete the associate degree program.

The program will prepare students to work in medical offices, clinics, and other outpatient facilities doing a number of tasks, including maintaining appointment schedules and medical records, billing, recording vital signs, obtaining medical histories, and drawing blood.

Medical assistants are projected to have much faster than average job growth by 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, with more than 138,900 jobs coming into the market in the next seven years, a 23 percent increase. Medical assistants have an average pay of $31,540. After successful completion of the program at RLC, students can sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants examination.

For more information about the Medical Assistant program, visit online at [] or contact Nina Goloubeva, Program Director, at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1766. For questions about the PSB test, contact Beth Stevens in the Academic Advisement Center at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1266.