INA, Ill. (Dec. 16, 2019) – Rend Lake College has announced spring testing dates for students interested three of the most popular Allied Health programs — Nursing, Medical Assistant, and Radiologic Technology.
The entrance exam for these programs, called the Psychological Service Bureau (PSB) exam, is required for the application process in each of those three Allied Health programs. The PSB exam is a five-part, computerized timed test. It 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.
Friday, Jan. 17 1:30 p.m. only
Tuesday, Jan. 28 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 6 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 24 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 26 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 31 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
RADIOLOGY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANT DATES
Wednesday, Jan. 29 9 a.m. only
Thursday, Feb. 13 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Friday, March 27 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Friday, April 17 1:30 p.m. only
Thursday, May 14 1:30 p.m. only
Wednesday, May 27 9 a.m. only
The Medical Assistant program offers and 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.
The Radiologic Technology program prepares students for operating radiographic equipment through the study of human anatomy and clinical experience. Graduates will receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree after two years, or four semesters, of work. During this time, students can also choose to complete two occupational certificates requiring an extra 16 credit hours of study in a focus area: MRI or Computed Tomography.
The Nursing program is a two-year, four-semester study into professional nursing that results in an Associate in Applied Science degree. Upon graduation, students are prepared to practice in a variety of health care settings with skills and knowledge gained from training and hands-on practice.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growing demand for each occupation between 2018 and 2028. BLS projects jobs for medical assistants will increase by 23%, nursing jobs will increase by 12% and radiologic technologist positions will increase by 9% during that timeframe, all faster than the average rate for all occupations.
For the test, students must bring photo identification for admission. For questions about the PSB test, contact Beth Stevens in the Academic Advisement Center at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1266 or . To learn more about these programs, contact RLC’s Allied Health Division at Ext. 1251 or .