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RLC Open House to feature EMT-Paramedic program, AHA Training Center

In celebration of National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week May 20-26, Rend Lake College is hosting an Open House to feature the EMT and Paramedic programs alongside the American Health Association (AHA) Community Training Center.

The Open House, set for 5 – 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, will feature the state-of-the-art Paramedic Lab and classrooms, located in the RLC MarketPlace, Mt. Vernon. Attendees can take tours of the facility and speak to instructors about the programs and classes while enjoying light refreshments.

RLC’s EMT-Paramedic program includes training to become an EMT or EMT Paramedic with two certificates and one degree option. Graduates can sit for state and national examinations to become certified medical technicians.

The EMT occupational certificate includes one class of nine credit hours for students to train to become EMT Basics. For those with the EMT Basic certificate, a four-semester, 45 credit hour EMT Paramedic occupational certificate is the next step to becoming a licensed paramedic.

Students or professionals looking for more career opportunities as paramedics can also consider the six-semester, 68 credit hour Associate in Applied Science degree. This program prepares graduates for upward mobility in medical and ambulance services, fire departments, and industrial settings.

To learn more about the event or about RLC’s EMT-Paramedic program, contact the RLC Allied Health Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1251 or

The AHA Community Training Center, also located in the RLC MarketPlace, offers a variety of courses to the public throughout the year. Some of those classes include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, automated external defibrillator (AED) training, First Aid, Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

Those interested in learning more about the AHA Community Training Center should contact Coordinator Jo Ann Dick at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1337 or