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Accelerated Personal Fitness Training

Certificate (CER)

The Accelerated Personal Fitness Training Certificate prepares students who currently hold a degree in kinesiology or related field for successful employment in the fitness industry as a personal fitness trainer. Graduates are prepared to take the Certified Personal Training examination administered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The NSCA-CPT is a nationally accredited certification program in the fitness industry.

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Accounting

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Accounting Program prepares students for careers as junior accountants in business, industry, and government. This degree can lead to a satisfying career as a payroll clerk or in general accounting, cost accounting, purchasing, inventory control, accounts receivable, accounts payable, tax assistant, or similar career areas. Students receive a well-rounded background to help prepare for future management positions.

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Accounting Certificate

Certificate (CER)

The Accounting Certificate Program prepares students for careers as junior accountants in business, industry, and government. This certificate can lead to a satisfying career as a payroll clerk or in general accounting, cost accounting, purchasing, inventory control, accounts receivable, accounts payable, tax assisting, or similar areas.

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Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Certificate (CER)

The Advanced Cardiac Life Support certificate provides advanced training for the student who plans to work in the critical care area of cardiac life support and has completed the first year of a Health Professions program, has satisfied, or will have satisfied all other educational requirements for licensure prior to applying for this certificate.

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Agricultural Business

Certificate (CER)

The Agri-Business Certificate Program provides students with general knowledge in the areas of agri-marketing, agri-supply, and agricultural production.

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Agricultural Business: Management

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Agricultural Business Management Program prepares students for management positions in various agriculture businesses, including agricultural marketing and processing firms, agricultural supply and service firms, and agriculture production and management.

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Agricultural Business: Precision Ag Tech

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Precision Ag Technology Program prepares students for positions which require the use of current technological tools such as global positioning systems, geographic information systems, and computer software programs. Students are prepared for positions with soil testing companies, crop consulting firms, fertilizer and chemical retailers, and golf courses.

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Agriculture

Associate in Science (A.S.)

Baccalaureate degree programs in agriculture may include various specialties, such as agricultural economics, agribusiness, agricultural sciences (animal science, crop or plant science, soil science, and horticulture), agricultural mechanics, and agriculture education. To transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in agriculture as a junior, students need to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits.

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Anthropology

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Anthropology is the scientific study of the origins and developments of human beings and their societies.

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Applied Electrocardiography

Certificate (CER)

The Applied Electrocardiography certificate provides training for the student who plans to work in an office that provides care to patients with cardiac diagnoses. Students must be enrolled in or have completed Medical Assisting certificate program, or have the permission of the faculty.

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Art Education

Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.)

To teach in Illinois public schools, teachers must be certified by the state of Illinois either by completion of an approved teacher preparation program or through transcript analysis. To transfer as a junior into an approved baccalaureate program in art education (K-12 or 6-12), students must complete a minimum of 60 semester credit hours, including the general education courses specified to meet certification requirements. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland Art and Design faculty advisor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend. Students must also pass examinations in basic skills (reading, writing, grammar, and math) required for admission. Students are strongly encouraged to complete an A.F.A. prior to transferring. Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission.

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Art and Design

Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.)

Illinois colleges and universities offer two different bachelor’s degrees in art: the professional Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major in art. In general, the B.F.A. degree requires about 135 semester credits for completion, while the B.A. degree with a major in art requires 120-124 semester credits for completion. The B.F.A. degree generally requires more studio art courses than does the B.A. degree. In some colleges and universities, a B.A. degree requires competency in a single foreign language, while the B.F.A. degree often does not. To transfer into a baccalaureate program with a fine arts major in art education or art and design, students should complete the course work in consultation with an art and design faculty advisor. Completion of the A.F.A. degree does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum (GECC). Therefore, students are advised to complete the GECC before they transfer. Transfer admission is competitive. Completion of this program alone does not guarantee admission either to the baccalaureate program or to upper division or specialty art courses. Students may be required to demonstrate skill level through a portfolio review at the institution to which they seek transfer.

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Associate in Arts, General

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is designed so that students may complete the lower-division (freshman and sophomore) portion of a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. The A.A. degree includes the transferable General Education Core courses and the lower-division Baccalaureate Major Field core courses recommended by the Illinois Articulation Initiative. All course work must be baccalaureate-oriented (courses numbered 100-289 whose second digit is even). The A.A. degree is ideally suited for students seeking a B.A. degree in areas such as liberal arts and sciences, English, psychology, and many other fields. Since admission to colleges and universities — and to specific majors — is often competitive, students planning to transfer should understand that completing the recommended courses alone does not guarantee admission. It is recommended that students fulfill the foreign language requirement of the program of the senior institution to which they are transferring. In general, credit for the four years of the same high school foreign language or credit for two years in the same foreign language at the college level satisfies the foreign language requirement of most bachelor of arts degrees.

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Associate in Science, General

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is designed to facilitate the transfer of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (commonly known as STEM) disciplines into four-year institutions to complete a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. It replicates as closely as possible the lower division (freshman and sophomore) coursework required of students in their chosen STEM field of study. The A.S. degree includes the transferable General Education Core Curriculum courses and the lower-division Baccalaureate Major Field core courses recommended by the Illinois Articulation Initiative. All course work must be baccalaureate-oriented (courses numbered 100- 289 whose second digit is even). Students should note that the A.S. degree requires only 31 to 35 hours of general education coursework and does not fully satisfy the IAI General Education Core Curriculum requirements. Two additional courses to complete the general education requirements may be taken after transferring. The A.S. degree is so designed to enable students to take more university majorsrequired coursework in the first two years thereby achieving junior status upon transferring. At the same time, it permits STEM students to complete the associate’s degree prior to transferring.

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Automotive Collision Repair Technician

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Automotive Collision Repair Technician Program prepares graduates to work in a collision repair facility.

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Automotive Collision Repair Technician Certificate

Certificate (CER)

The Automotive Collision Repair Technician Certificate Program prepares graduates with basic skills for use in a collision repair facility.

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Automotive Ford Motor ASSET Program

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

ASSET (Automotive Student Service Educational Training) is a two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree in Automotive Service Technology. It is a joint effort of Ford Motor Company, Ford and Lincoln dealers, and Parkland College. The ASSET curriculum utilizes periods of classroom work alternating with periods of work experience. Graduates of the ASSET program can enter the workforce as entry-level service technicians with certifications from Ford Motor Company, or transfer earned credits toward a bachelor’s degree.?Curriculum for the Automotive Technology degree is based on the Master Automotive Service Technology standards (MAST) set by the National Automotive Technician Foundation (NATEF) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Students can enter the ASSET program each fall semester. Classroom sessions are eight weeks long and alternate with eight-week work sessions. Enrollment in all AFM classes requires approval of the ASSET director. Students are required to bring a laptop computer to all Ford ASSET (AFM) courses.

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Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

Certificate (CER)

The Automotive Service Certificate Program prepares graduates with basic skills for use in mass merchandiser/service centers. The content of this certificate is based on the Maintenance and Light Repair standards set by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation. Students wishing to transfer Maintenance and Light Repair credits from another training program must provide the following: • Official transcript clearly stating the completion of the MLR standards set by NATEF with quality grades. • Evidence that the training program was NATEF MLR accredited at the time of completion.

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Automotive Technician

Certificate (CER)

The Automotive Technician Certificate Program prepares graduates to be entry-level technicians in an automotive dealership or service center.

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Automotive Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Automotive Technology Program prepares graduates for entry-level employment in the automotive industry. The Automotive Technician Program is designed to give graduates skill to succeed in new car dealerships and independent service centers. This program is designed to develop strong technical skills along with managerial skills. Curriculum for the Automotive Technology degree is based on the Master Automotive Service Technology standards (MAST) set by the National Automotive Technician Foundation (NATEF) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Students should plan their programs with a faculty advisor. NOTE: Students considering transferring to a senior institution will need to contact the institution as soon as possible to determine the general education courses that are transferable and the required credit hours.

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Automotive Technology: Management Concentration

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Automotive Management Program prepares gradu-ates for entry-level positions in the automotive industry in a variety of environments, including technical, business and managerial areas. Graduates may work in new car dealerships, independent repair shops, or retail automotive businesses.

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Automotive Technology: Motorsport Concentration

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Automotive Motorsport Program prepares graduates to qualify for entry level motorsport industry assembly, fabrication, and team member positions. The program is designed to build on a strong foundation of traditional automotive course work while offering innovative motorsport courses and handson opportunities.

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Automotive Technology: Technician Concentration

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Automotive Technician Program prepares graduates for entry-level employment in automotive dealerships and independent service centers in technical positions. The program is designed to develop strong technical skills along with managerial skills.

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Aviation

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The following curriculum is designed to provide students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree with the opportunity to earn certifications necessary to enter the commercial aviation job market. Students will earn the private pilot certification, private pilot with instrument rating, and the commercial pilot certification in a sequential manner during the program. Graduates, upon the completion of a bachelor’s degree and FAA flight time requirements, may enter the workforce as commercial cargo or passenger pilots. Flight training will be offered at the University of Illinois’ Willard Airport in Savoy, Illinois. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Aviation: Commercial Pilot

Certificate (CER)

The Commercial Pilot certificate prepares the already certified Private Pilot student with Instrument Rating to be certified under FAA rules as a Commercial Pilot. He or she will become proficient at operating a complex single-engine aircraft. The Commercial certificate allows a pilot to fly for compensation or hire in a variety of different flying jobs. Some typical Commercial Pilot jobs include aerial photography, skydiving, sightseeing, aerial advertising, pipeline patrol, and aerial survey. The Commercial Pilot can also be hired by some corporate flying companies for passenger or cargo carrying operations. The Commercial Pilot certificate is a necessary step towards becoming a flight instructor and one of several certifications required to earn eligibility as an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP).

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Aviation: Instrument Rating

Certificate (CER)

The instrument rating certificate prepares the already certified Private Pilot to be certified under FAA rules as a Private Pilot with instrument Rating. He or she will become proficient at flying a single-engine aircraft without reference to outside visual cues. This certificate allows the pilot to fly in conditions of low visibility and clouds that would otherwise keep a Private Pilot grounded. While the Instrument Rating adds a certain amount of utility to a pilot's certificate, the most important benefits are the overall added level of safety as the result of additional pilot skills and additional options for completing a flight safely if the weather deteriorates while en route. The Instrument Rating certificate is one of several necessary steps towards becoming a flight instructor and earning eligibility as an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP).

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Aviation: Private Pilot

Certificate (CER)

The Private Pilot certificate will prepare the student to be certified under FAA rules as a Private Pilot. He or she will become proficient at single-engine aircraft operations, cross-country flying, responding to air traffic control and a wide range of different airport operations. The Private Pilot certificate is the first of several certifications required to earn eligibility as an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP). A certified Private Pilot may carry passengers in a multitude of different general aviation aircraft during the day or night. Other than for personal pleasure, Private Pilots may also fly for business as long as flying is incidental to the business and no passengers or cargo are carried. They may also engage in charitable, non-profit or community event flying, certain search and rescue operations, the demonstration of aircraft for sale, and pleasure/family flying trips across the United States and to nearby international destinations.

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Aviation: Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Certificate (CER)

The following curriculum is designed to prepare the student to be certified under FAA requirements to be a commercial UAS operator. The student will be knowledgeable of the history and evolution of UAS, FAA regulations, airspace, weather, UAS types and performance, as well as safety and ethical issues. They will also be proficient at UAS operations.

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Basic Operations Firefighter I

Certificate (CER)

The Fire Service Technology Certificate prepares the student to become a Firefighter I.

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Biological Sciences

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Biological Sciences/Pre-baccalaureate Nursing transfer areas are designed for students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in one of the various biological sciences or professional health careers. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Business Administration

Associate in Science (A.S.)

Business administration programs include courses and majors in general business, accounting, finance, marketing, and management. The following recommendations apply to courses and programs in all of these fields. To transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in business administration as a junior, students need to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits. Students are strongly encouraged to complete an A.S. degree prior to transfer. Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the degree requirements of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Business Administrative Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Business Administrative Technology Program prepares students for administrative and technical support positions. Skills addressed include software applications, workplace ethics, mathematices, bookkeeping, and communications. Work experience is required at the end of the program. This can transfer to EIU as a 2+2 program.

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Business Administrative Technology: Administrative Assistant Track

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Business Administrative Technology Program prepares students for administrative and technical support positions. Skills addressed include software applications, workplace ethics, mathematices, bookkeeping, and communications. Work experience is required at the end of the program. This can transfer to EIU as a 2+2 program.

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Business Administrative Technology: Application Specialist

Certificate (CER)

This certificate highlights the accomplishment of obtaining top skills needed for employment using Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Completion of this certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. in Business Administrative Technology.

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Business Administrative Technology: Bookkeeping Office Assistant

Certificate (CER)

The Bookkeeping Office Assistant certificate gives students general knowledge of office and bookkeeping skills. Graduates may be employed by businesses as an office assistant. Completion of this certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. in Business Administrative Technology.

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Business Administrative Technology: Bookkeeping Track

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Business Administrative Technology Program prepares students for administrative and technical support positions. Skills addressed include software applications, workplace ethics, mathematices, bookkeeping, and communications. Work experience is required at the end of the program. This can transfer to EIU as a 2+2 program.

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Business Administrative Technology: Customer Service

Certificate (CER)

The Customer Service certificate is designed to equip students to provide quality service to customers. Successful graduates will be able to identify a comprehensive customer service strategy and implement the practical techniques needed to provide good service. Completion of this certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. in Business Administrative Technology.

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Business Administrative Technology: Customer Service Track

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Business Administrative Technology Program prepares students for administrative and technical support positions. Skills addressed include software applications, workplace ethics, mathematices, bookkeeping, and communications. Work experience is required at the end of the program. This can transfer to EIU as a 2+2 program.

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Business Administrative Technology: Office Assistant

Certificate (CER)

The Office Assistant certificate builds foundational office skills in one semester. Completion of this certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. in Business Administrative Technology.

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Business Administrative Technology: Office Specialist

Certificate (CER)

The Office Specialist certificate equips students with general skills for entry level office professional positions. Completion of this certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. in Business Administrative Technology.

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Business Administrative Technology: PC Support Track

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Business Administrative Technology Program prepares students for administrative and technical support positions. Skills addressed include software applications, workplace ethics, mathematices, bookkeeping, and communications. Work experience is required at the end of the program. This can transfer to EIU as a 2+2 program.

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Business Entrepreneur Basics

Certificate (CER)

The Entrepreneur Basics certificate is designed to help anyone who has started a business or who plans to start a business. Completion of these courses will help those involved in management of a business or any organization, whether or not they are an owner. Business owners may also find earning this certificate will help improve their credibility as they seek financing and sales, and increase their potential for success.

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Business Entrepreneurship

Certificate (CER)

The Entrepreneurship Certificate is designed for owners, managers, and employees of existing or proposed businesses, entrepreneurial ventures, and independent businesses and organizations of all sizes. Completion of this certificate should strengthen the general business skills of present and aspiring business managers, especially those who manage a small business.

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Business Management

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Management Program is designed for both students and managers. The courses highlight the type and nature of business firms as well as other forms of organizations such as government and education.

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Business Marketing

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Marketing is the process of directing products from the producer to the consumer. Students prepare for their marketing careers by learning the principles, practices, and methods of operations of different types of marketing firms.

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Case New Holland Service Technician

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

This program prepares students to maintain and repair equipment used in a Case New Holland agriculture or construction dealership.

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Child Development

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Child Development Program prepares the student for work in preschool facilities. The program fulfills the requirements of the Department of Children and Family Services for child-care workers and directors.

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Child Development Certificate

Certificate (CER)

The Child Development Certificate fulfills the minimum educational requirements of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for early childhood teachers (with one year of experience) and directors (with two years of experience). Courses help students reach Illinois Gateways Career Lattice levels ECE3 (Early Childhood Education) and ITC2 (Infant Toddler Caregiver) and Illinois Great Start Wage Supplement Program level 4. All courses apply for the Child Development Associate educational requirement.

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Child Development: CDA Preparation

Certificate (CER)

The CDA Preparation Certificate prepares students for Child Development Associate (CDA) assessment by providing the 120 clock hours or more of training in eight subject areas that are needed to apply for the CDA credential. All credit hours can be applied toward the CHD A.A.S. degree.

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Communication

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Bachelor’s degree programs in communication typically encompass two areas of concentration: Media Communication includes concentration areas in advertising/public relations, audio/video/ Internet production, journalism/photojournalism, and media theory/research/effects. Public and Professional Communication includes concentration areas such as interpersonal, public address, organizational communication, and rhetorical studies. The introductory coursework in either of these concentrations will provide a solid foundation from which the student may choose any of the various pathways offered in a four-year communication program. Students are encouraged to complete an associate degree prior to transfer. Students should be aware that some schools have specific requirements for admission to the major, and should consult with an advisor at the transfer institution concerning specific degree requirements.

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Communication: Broadcast Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Broadcast Technology Program prepares students for careers in radio and television engineering and technical support. Students prepare for professional certification and work in broadcast facilities, including WPCD-FM on the Parkland campus. The program stresses maintenance and repair as well as performance measurement and installation of various types of equipment found in the broadcast industry. Graduates are prepared for positions as station chief engineers or engineering assistants.

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Communication: Media Arts and Production

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Media Arts and Production program prepares students for employment in small and medium market radio and TV stations as well as corporate communication and public relations offices. Because communication technology personnel must perform a variety of duties, this program stresses versatility. Communication courses offer students experience in live-audience and recorded speaking. Advertising and business courses involve students in other aspects of the communication industry. Audio, video and internet components are meshed with an understanding of the history and theory of development of the message. Students polish their skills by operating WPCD-FM, Parkland’s 10,500-watt educational radio station and filling production crew positions at PCTV, the college’s educational cable access channel.

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Communication: Media Communications Concentration

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Media Communication concentration provides the foundation for further study in mass communication related to areas such as advertising, public relations, audio/video/internet production, journalism, and media effects research. Students in this area are prepared for careers in mass media industries such as radio, television, entertainment, and journalism.

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Communication: Media Production

Certificate (CER)

This certificate program is designed for students interested in media, music, computers, and the arts. It prepares students for entry-level positions that require in-depth knowledge of mass communication production techniques and software. Students will gain practical experience producing for radio, television, sports, music, film, and digital media. Graduates are employed as production assistants at radio or television stations or in corporate departments in gaming, music, film, or other entertainment industry fields.

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Communication: Photography

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Photography program prepares students for employment as studio photographers, photographer assistants, lab/print specialists, freelance photographers, studio managers, and small business owners. Courses cover the fundamentals of photography through studio photography; historical processes through digital photography; the development of a photography portfolio; and the business of photography.

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Communication: Public and Professional Communication Concentration

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Public and Professional Communication concentration provides a foundation for continued study in effective communication strategies and research in areas such as interpersonal, public address, organizational communication, and rhetorical studies. Public and Professional communication prepares students for careers in public service, customer relations, education, corporate management and leadership.

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Computer Information Systems: Information Systems Emphasis

Associate in Science (A.S.)

Baccalaureate degree programs in Information Technology have traditionally grown from a number of different disciplines, including Mathematics, Business, and Engineering.? Computer Science (CS) degrees usually have a general theoretical emphasis.? Computer Information Systems (CIS) degrees have more of a business emphasis. Computer Engineering degrees have a hardware emphasis.? At the two year level, either the CS or CIS degree provides a good foundation for further study in most fields of Computer Science.? Engineering degrees are most specific to future engineering study.? To transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in Computer Science as a junior, students need to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits.? Students are strongly encouraged to complete an A.S. degree prior to transfer.? Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission.?Students should plan their transfer programs with a CSIT faculty advisor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Computer Science Technical Emphasis

Associate in Science (A.S.)

Baccalaureate degree programs in Information Technology have traditionally grown from a number of different disciplines, including Mathematics, Business, and Engineering.? Computer Science (CS) degrees usually have a general theoretical emphasis.? Computer Information Systems (CIS) degrees have more of a business emphasis. Computer Engineering degrees have a hardware emphasis.? At the two year level, either the CS or CIS degree provides a good foundation for further study in most fields of Computer Science.? Engineering degrees are most specific to future engineering study.? To transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in Computer Science as a junior, students need to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits.? Students are strongly encouraged to complete an A.S. degree prior to transfer.? Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission.?Students should plan their transfer programs with a CSIT faculty advisor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD): Mechanical Design

Certificate (CER)

The Computer-Aided Drafting: Mechanical Design Program provides the student with an understanding of the machine design process and prepares the student for employment as a mechanical draft person working in a computer environment.

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Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD): Structural and Civil

Certificate (CER)

The Computer-Aided Drafting: Structural and Civil certificate prepares the student for employment as a drafting technician in the structural, electrical, plumbing, and heating systems of buildings or in civil construction. This includes drafting threedimensional plans for subdivisions, roads, bridges, and surveying projects. CAD techniques in AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Microstation, and Geopak are covered.

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Construction Management

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Construction Management Program prepares students to enter the construction industry in technical, managerial, and supervisory roles in three major areas: residential and light commercial building construction, heavy commercial building construction, and civil construction (roads, bridges, utilities). Entry-level employment is generally in the areas of project management, field inspection, material testing, cost estimating, computer-aided drafting, and surveying.

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Construction Management: Land Surveying

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Construction Management: Land Surveying program prepares the student either for employment as a surveying technician or for transfer to a four-year degree program to become an Illinois professional land surveyor. See Professional Licensing Notes** for education requirements for becoming a professional land surveyor. See a faculty advisor to discuss four-year degree options. Surveying technicians and professional land surveyors work in the fields of engineering, construction, land development, aerial photography, geographic information systems, agriculture, natural resource management, and government. Course work focuses on knowledge and hands-on skills needed for entry level employment and for professional licensing. All of the surveying courses offered in this program have been accepted by the Illinois Land Surveyors Licensing Board as meeting the requirements of the 24 credit hours required by the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Act of 1989 and the Illinois Administrative Code as amended.

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Construction Management: Land Surveying Certificate

Certificate (CER)

The Construction Management: Land Surveying certificate program provides approved surveying courses for the student who plans to become a professional land surveyor and who has or will have satisfied all other educational requirements for licensure prior to applying for admission to the Illinois Surveyor-In-Training (NCEES: Fundamentals of Land Surveying) examination. See Professional Licensing Notes** for education requirements for becoming a professional land surveyor. All of the surveying courses offered in this program have been accepted by the Illinois Land Surveyors Licensing Board as meeting the requirements of the 24 credit hours required by the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Act of 1989 and the Illinois Administrative Code as amended.

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Construction: Basic Construction Skills

Certificate (CER)

The Basic Construction Skills certificate equips graduates with beginning hands-on skills needed for entry-level jobs in the construction trades. This program of study can be started during either the fall or spring semester.

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Construction: Building Construction and Repair

Certificate (CER)

The Building Construction and Repair certificate equips students with basic hands-on construction skills and broader technical knowledge for opportunities in residential construction and building renovation.

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Criminal Justice

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Criminal Justice Program prepares students for employment in industry or government positions such as municipal, county, and state police agencies or the private security field. Note: In order to complete the program, students must be able to pass a criminal background check required by agencies providing internships (if the student pursues the internship option).

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Criminal Justice Education

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The following sequence of courses is designed to provide transfer students with the necessary background to complete a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Graduates may enter careers in municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies or in the private security field. Students interested in completing baccalaureate degrees in criminal justice and related majors are strongly encouraged to complete an A.A. degree prior to transfer. To transfer into an approved baccalaureate degree program in criminal justice as juniors, students need to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits from the framework below. Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Customized Career Preparation

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

This program allows students to develop and pursue individualized programs of study that meet their own personal and career goals. With the assistance of the professional staff in career programs and departments, each student will develop a viable program of study during the first semester of enrollment at the college. This plan must receive approval of the assigned faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair(s). A unique aspect of this program is the awarding of credit for non-collegiate prior learning or work experience.

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Data Systems and Development

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Data Systems and Development program equips students for a wide range of opportunities as computer programmers and software designers. Areas include mobile application development, systems and database programming, and web development. Students begin their training with foundational language courses and then may choose from a wide variety of advanced, industry-specific courses to customize their degree. Students may also choose to select from a number of smaller degree certificates embedded within the software development program. This program transfers to EIU, UIS, and SIU under the 2+2 agreement.

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Data Systems and Development: Database Foundation Certificate

Certificate (CER)

Focuses on database applications; completion of certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. in Data Systems and Development.

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Data Systems and Development: Web Development Certificate

Certificate (CER)

Focuses on web development skills; completion of certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. in Data Systems and Development.

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Dental Hygiene

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Dental Hygiene Program prepares students to become part of the dental health team. The dental hygienist is responsible for providing such services as scaling and polishing teeth, taking radiographs, applying fluoride and surface sealants to the teeth, and local anesthesia and conscious sedation. The dental hygienist is the primary oral health educator in clinical and nonclinical settings. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association (a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation), and by the United States Department of Education.

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Diesel Power Equipment Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Prepares students to maintain and repair machinery and equipment used in the agriculture, construction, and motor trucking industries.

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Digital Media

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Digital Media program equips students with the skills necessary for the design of computer-generated applications and media. Areas include 3D animation and game design. The digital media program prepares students for employment in such areas as gaming, feature film, web design, video and commercial production, post-production, visual effects, and architectural design. Students begin their training in classes in 2D and 3D fundamentals, imaging, and design. Students then study the aesthetic and design aspects of digital media with focused courses in graphic design, fine arts, and advanced imaging. This program transfers to the Bachelor’s of Science in Media Arts in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

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Digital Media: 3D Animation Software

Certificate (CER)

This certificate program equips students with technical skills and proficiency in high-end 3D computer animation software used in feature films, video, and commercial production, CAD/CAM, 3D gaming, and architectural design.

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Digital Media: 3D Software Development

Certificate (CER)

This certificate program equips students with software development and programming skills to work in threedimensional graphics software and application environments in the field of computer graphics. This is an advanced-level certificate containing courses with extensive prerequisites.

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Dysrhythmia (EKG) Certification

Certificate (CER)

The Dysrhythmia (EKG) Certification certificate provides advanced cardiac strip interpretation training for the student who plans to work in a cardiac or critical care area and will be responsible for cardiac strip interpretation and documentation. The student must have completed the first year of a Health Professions program, and has satisfied, or will have satisfied all other educational requirements for licensure prior to applying for this certificate.

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Early Childhood Education

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

To teach young children in Illinois public schools (birth to second grade), teachers must be certified by the state of Illinois. To transfer into an approved baccalaureate program in early childhood education as a junior, students must complete specific requirements and a minimum of 60 semester credits. Students are strongly encouraged to complete an A.A. degree prior to transfer. Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission. A minimum grade point average for most universities is required for program admission. All transfer applicants are required to pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), or pass the ACT + Writing with a score of 22+ (see an advisor for further details), and this score may be required at time of application. Contact Parkland’s Counseling and Advising Center for more information about this test and suggested timing. Students planning to teach at the early childhood level in Illinois are advised to plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor to meet specific requirements of their preferred transfer college or university and the Illinois State Teachers Certification Board.

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Earth Sciences

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The study of how the planet we inhabit formed and is changing over time

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Economics

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

In 1776 Adam Smith called economics the "an inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations."  Today we think of economics more specifically as a social science that deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of commodities.

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Electronic Control Systems Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Electronic Control Systems Technology program prepares students for entry-level positions in the installation, service, and repair of electrical and electronic systems used in manufacturing, automation, and process control. Students can expect to find employment as installers, technicians, and electrical support workers.

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Electronics: Electrical Power

Certificate (CER)

The electrical power certificate prepares students for entrylevel positions in the installation, service, and repair of the electrical systems used in manufacturing and industrial control.

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Electronics: Electronic Controls

Certificate (CER)

This program prepares students for entry-level positions in the installation, service, and repair of electrical and electronic systems used in manufacturing, automation, and process control. Students can expect to find employment as installers, technicians, and electrical support staff.

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Elementary Education

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

To teach in Illinois public elementary schools (grades 1-6), teachers must be certified by the state of Illinois. To transfer into an approved baccalaureate program in elementary education as a junior, students must complete specific requirements and a minimum of 60 semester credits. Students are strongly encouraged to complete an A.A. degree prior to transfer. Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission. Students should be aware that a minimum grade point average for most universities is required for program admission. All transfer applicants are required to pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), or pass the ACT + Writing with a score of 22+ (see an advisor for further details), and this score may be required at time of application. Contact Parkland’s Counseling and Advising Center for more information about this test and suggested timing. Students planning to teach at the elementary level in Illinois are advised to plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor to meet specific requirements of their preferred college or university and the Illinois State Teachers Certification Board.

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Emergency Medical Services: Emergency Medical Tech (EMT)

Certificate (CER)

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course prepares the student to provide pre-hospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Areas of study include an introduction to emergency medical services systems, roles and responsibilities of an EMT, anatomy and physiology, medical emergencies, trauma, special considerations for working in the pre-hospital setting, and providing patient transport. The EMT course meets the National Standard Curriculum provided by the National Department of Transportation, and/ or the 2009 National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards provided by the National Association of State EMS Officials. This course prepares the student to take the State of Illinois EMT license examination or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician examination.

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Emergency Medical Services: Paramedic

Certificate (CER)

The EMS-Paramedic Certificate Program prepares students to practice as an advanced EMS provider with opportunities for increased responsibility. The students will achieve competencies in the cognitive, psycho-motor, and affective domains from didactic instruction, classroom lab skills, and actual clinical application with patient contacts under the supervision of a trained pre-hospital and hospital preceptor. Students will learn to administer medication, start intravenous lines, interpret EKG rhythm strips, and deliver the appropriate interventions, as well as to administer many other advanced life support procedures. The EMS-Paramedic Program meets the National Standard Curriculum provided by the 2009 National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards provided by the National Association of State EMS Officials. Graduates are eligible to take the Illinois EMT-Paramedic license examination and/or the National registry for Emergency Medical technicians Paramedic examination.

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Emergency Medical Services: Paramedic

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The EMS-Paramedic A.A.S. Program prepares students to practice as an advanced EMS provider with opportunities for increased responsibility. Students will achieve competencies in the cognitive, psycho-motor, and affective domains from didactic instruction, classroom lab skills, and actual clinical application with patient contacts under the supervision of a trained pre-hospital and hospital preceptor. Students will learn to administer medication, start intravenous lines, interpret EKG rhythm strips, and deliver the appropriate interventions, as well as to administer many other advanced life support procedures. The EMS-Paramedic Program meets the National Standard Curriculum provided by the 2009 National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards provided by the National Association of State EMS Officials. Graduates are eligible to take the Illinois EMT-Paramedic license examination and/or the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic examination.

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Engineering Science

Associate in Engineering Science (A.E.S.)

The A.E.S. degree involves the completion of required general education, mathematics, and science courses as well as 10 credits in elective courses. Students are advised to follow the recommended courses for specific engineering fields but may choose from among those courses or general education courses to reach 60 semester hours. Transfer institution requirements may vary. Students should check individual college/university requirements before choosing courses and work with a counselor or academic advisor. The A.E.S. does not include completion of the IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) and students completing this degree will likely have additional general education requirements at their transferring institution. Since admission into baccalaureate engineering programs is highly competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission.

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English Literature

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

To transfer as a junior into a baccalaureate English program, students must complete a minimum of 60 semester credits. Freshmen and sophomores who plan to major in English are encouraged to fulfill general education re-quirements with foundation courses in the sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, and anatomy and physiology)and mathematics. Students are strongly encouraged tocomplete an A.A. degree prior to transfer. Since bacca-laureate program admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses and the Parkland degreedo not guarantee admission. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Entertainment Technology

Certificate (CER)

The Certificate in Entertainment Technology program helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to embark on careers as professional stagehands, stage carpenters, stage electricians, audio technicians, or technical directors. Emphasis in this specialized program is on production; many hours are required in the operation of the theatre plant, and the construction of scenery, properties, and lighting of theatrical events. Students will be actively involved in the production of numerous music and theatre events in the Parkland Theatre.

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Foreign Languages

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Learn a foreign language from beginning to intermediate levels and begin your journey to becoming bilingual—a highly marketable and rewarding skill.

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Forensic Science

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The study of the science used to produce valid evidence in criminology and crime scene investigation

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General Programming

Certificate (CER)

Builds foundational programming skills; completion of certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. in Data Systems and Development.

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General Studies

Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.)

The Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.) degree program consists of courses designed to meet individual goals for personal improvement and self-understanding. This program is designed for students who wish to earn an associate’s degree but not in a specific career or transfer area. This associate’s degree is not covered by the “articulation compact program” nor by the Illinois Articulation Initiative.

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Geographic Information Systems

Certificate (CER)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a method of using data gathered from various sources, including Global Position Satellite (GPS) systems, to develop “layers” of information about a geographic location. Applications are used in mapping streets, utilities, environmental markers, crime studies, and many other types of physical and societal information. It is an emerging industry that also has emerging career opportunities

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Geography

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Geography is a science that includes the study of physical features of the earth and its atmosphere in addition to looking at how human activities influence and are influenced by these natural forces.

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Graphic Design

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Graphic Design program prepares students for careers in marketing communication, advertising, and related design fields. Courses cover principles of design, visual communication, creative problem solving, and digital media. Students learn to create digital art for print and web.

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Graphic Design: Digital Illustration

Certificate (CER)

This certificate program is ideal for students who enjoy drawing and art creation using traditional media, but would like to add digital tools to their skill set. Students will learn the practical side of creating original art using digital tools while building a portfolio of editorial illustrations, concept art, technical illustrations, and animation. The certificate program stresses digital media software proficiency, a thorough understanding of design principles, and visual problem solving. Graduates are employed in in-house corporate art departments, illustration studios, and as freelancers.

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Graphic Design: Print Production

Certificate (CER)

The Print Production certificate program prepares students for entry-level positions that require in-depth knowledge of graphic arts software. Students will learn the practical side of preparing digital press-ready files for efficient output to either film or plates while gaining practical experience creating posters, brochures, newsletters, and other printed materials. The certificate stresses Macintosh computer proficiency and a thorough understanding of various commercial printing processes. Graduates are employed in printing facilities and in-house corporate art departments as pre-press operators, print production specialists, or production assistants.

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HVAC Installation Technician

Certificate (CER)

The HVAC Installation Technician program prepares graduates for entry-level positions as installers of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system equipment for residential and light commercial facilities. The program prepares the student to earn EPA refrigerant certification.

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HVAC Service Technician I

Certificate (CER)

The HVAC Service Technician I program prepares graduates for entry-level positions troubleshooting and repairing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in residential and light commercial facilities. The program prepares the student to earn EPA refrigerant certification.

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Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The HVAC program prepares graduates for entry-level positions troubleshooting and repairing heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems in residential and commercial facilities. The program prepares students to earn EPA refrigerant certification.

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History

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

To transfer as a junior into a baccalaureate history program, students must complete a minimum of 60 semester credits. Freshmen and sophomores who plan to major in history are encouraged to fulfill general education requirements with foundation courses in the sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, and anatomy and physiology) and mathematics (e.g., college algebra, calculus, and statistics). The number of history courses taken at Parkland should be kept to a minimum. The courses below are recommended for students planning to transfer into a baccalaureate history program, including into a baccalaureate program leading to state certification as a high school (6-12) history teacher. Students planning to seek high school (6-12) teacher certification are encouraged to consult the specific general education courses recommended for Secondary Education. To transfer as a junior, students must complete a minimum of 60 semester credits. Students seeking a bachelor’s degree in history are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree prior to transfer. Since admission may be competitive, completing the recommended courses does not by itself guarantee admission.

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Horticulture: Floral Design

Certificate (CER)

The Floral Certificate is designed to meet the growing need for trained professionals to work successfully in the floral industry. The curriculum combines training in horticulture with business management, plant identification, floral techniques, and handson training. Students learn and practice design elements and various styles, using fresh and dried flowers. Graduates may be employed as florists in flower shops, floral departments in garden centers, chain stores, and supermarkets. Florists are also hired by floral wholesalers or work independently out of their own homes.

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Horticulture: Landscape and Urban Horticulture

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Landscape and Urban Horticulture degree prepares students for various careers in the horticultural industry. Coursework includes the design and construction of landscape projects, greenhouse production, and sustainable horticulture practices.

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Horticulture: Landscape and Urban Horticulture Certificate

Certificate (CER)

This certificate prepares students for the basics in horticulture and the landscape design/build industry with emphasis on plant identification, construction techniques, and handson training. Graduates may be employed in landscape design/ build companies, garden centers, park districts, and the “local foods” industry.

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Hospitality Industry: Culinary Arts Management

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Culinary Arts Management Program prepares students for management and supervisory positions with commercial kitchens. Course work provides an emphasis in fundamental culinary arts skills and knowledge, quantity food production, cost control and staff supervision.

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Hospitality Industry: Foodservice

Certificate (CER)

The Food Service Certificate Program prepares students for supervisory positions in the commercial and institutional food service field by offering specialized courses and industry work experience.

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Hospitality Industry: Foodservice Assistant

Certificate (CER)

The Foodservice Assistant certificate is designed to prepare students to work in commercial kitchens. The coursework will provide instruction to help anyone who wishes to enter the culinary arts profession or is seeking advancement in the industry. Completion of the certificate will provide experience in food production, sanitation, and menu planning.

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Hospitality Industry: Foodservice Sanitation

Certificate (CER)

Foodservice sanitation as it applies to every phase of foodservice operations. Emphasizes cleanliness and protection of the health of the public served as well as of the organization’s staff. Includes a certification exam that fulfills the state requirements.

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Hospitality Industry: Hotel/Motel Management

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Hotel/Motel Management Program prepares students for career-track positions in the hotel, motel, and resort field. In addition to a general business foundation, students receive specialized education in front office operations, food and beverage, housekeeping and buildings operation, hospitality marketing, and hospitality industry law.

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Hospitality Industry: Hotel/Motel Management Certificate

Certificate (CER)

The Hotel/Motel Management Certificate Program prepares students for supervisory positions in hotels, motels, and resorts by offering both specialized courses and industry work experience.

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Hospitality Industry: Restaurant Management

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Restaurant Management Program prepares students for career-track positions in the restaurant, catering, and institutional food service field. Specialized courses are offered in quantity food preparation; supervision; food, beverage, and labor cost control; and menu planning in the food service industry.

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Humanities

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Study the past and present of global cultures through literature, music, visual arts and a wide range of other forms of cultural expression.

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Industrial Maintenance Technology

Certificate (CER)

The Industrial Maintenance Technology Program prepares students to install and maintain the electromechanical, mechanical pneumatic, and hydraulic systems used in manufacturing and building facilities. The student acquires knowledge of electrical power and motors, control systems, pumps, compressors, pneumatics, hydraulics, and power transfer devices. Students can expect to find employment as installers, technicians, and service representatives in manufacturing, sales, and customer service.

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Industrial Technology - A.A.S

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Industrial Technology program prepares high school students and community college students for careers in manufacturing. The program offers students opportunities to learn science, math, technology, and communications in real-life settings.

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Industrial Technology - A.S.

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The following curriculum emphasizes a course of study in core technical courses in the industrial technology, machining area. This program is designed for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution to pursue a baccalaureate degree in technology. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Industrial Technology: Computer-Aided Drafting

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Computer-Aided Drafting: Mechanical Design Program provides the student with an understanding of the machine design process and prepares the student for employment as a mechanical draft person working in a computer environment .

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Industrial Technology: Computer-Aided Drafting Certificate

Certificate (CER)

The Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) Certificate prepares graduates for entry-level work as CAD technicians in industry.

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Industrial Technology: Industrial Machining

Certificate (CER)

The Industrial Machining Certificate prepares graduates for entry-level work in manual and/or CNC machining.

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Industrial Technology: Industrial Maintenance/Automation

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Industrial Technology program prepares high school students and community college students for careers in manufacturing machinery maintenance and automation. The program offers students opportunities to learn science, math, technology, and communications in real-life settings.

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Industrial Technology: Industrial Welding

Certificate (CER)

The Industrial Welding Certificate prepares graduates for entrylevel work as welders in industry. This program is designed to cover the necessary components for students to test for AWS D1-1 Certification upon completion.

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Industrial Technology: Machine Tools

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Industrial Technology program prepares high school students and community college students for careers in manufacturing of machine tools. The program offers students opportunities to learn science, math, technology, and communications in real-life settings.

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Industrial Technology: Machinery Maintenance

Certificate (CER)

The Machinery Maintenance Certificate prepares graduates for entry-level work in industrial or machinery maintenance.

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Industrial Technology: Welding

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Industrial Technology program prepares high school students and community college students for careers in welding manufacturing. The program offers students opportunities to learn science, math, technology, and communications in real-life settings.

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Interactive Design

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Interactive Design program prepares students to design interactive user experiences for websites and devices. The program prepares students for careers in marketing communication, web design, web development, and related fields. Courses cover principles of design, visual communication, creative problem solving, user experience design, and web development. Students will build a diverse portfolio of creative digital media projects including responsive websites, ebooks, apps, and animation.

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Interactive Design Certificate

Certificate (CER)

The Interactive Design certificate prepares students for entrylevel positions that require in-depth knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript, and other web development tools. Students will learn the practical side of developing interactive designs for websites and devices. The certificate stresses technical competency and prepares students to manage a small business or community organization website. Students will build a diverse portfolio of digital media projects including responsive websites and ebooks.

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Kinesiology

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The following curriculum is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology or physical education. Graduates may teach and/or coach at the elementary, secondary, or college level, or pursue careers in exercise physiology, athletic training, and sports management.?Students should plan their program of study with a Parkland counselor or academic advisor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Kinesiology: Athletic Training

Associate in Science (A.S.)

This therapeutic pathway prepares a student to transfer to a four year institution to continue his/her education for a job that involves restoration of human function.

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Kinesiology: Exercise Physiology

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The exercise physiology pathway prepares a student to transfer to a four year institution to continue his/her pursuit of an undergraduate/graduate degree in exercise physiology. Exercise physiology studies how exercise affects the body and mind.

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Kinesiology: Sports Management

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The sports management pathway prepares a student to transfer to a four year institution to continue his/her education for a job on the business side of sport, exercise, and equipment.

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Kinesiology: Teaching/Coaching

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The teaching/coaching pathway at Parkland College prepares a student to transfer to a four year institution to major in a physical education teacher education program. As part of the Parkland curriculum the student can become a certified coach through the American Education Sport Program.

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Liberal Arts and Sciences

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Liberal Arts and Sciences transfer area provides students with the broad educational experience and background necessary to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution as well as to enter almost any profession or career. Emphasis in the first two years is on gaining reading, writing, speaking, and problem-solving skills in humanities, sciences, social sciences, and mathematics. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend. Refer to the general course requirements on p. 70 and to the following suggested sequence of courses as a guide to completing an Associate in Arts degree.

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Massage Therapy

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Massage Therapy Degree Program trains students in basic therapeutic massage techniques to educate them about the human body and the physiological effects of massage on the body, to prepare them for their role in the health care community, and to promote professionalism, caring, high ethical conduct, and continuing education. This program is designed for part-time or full-time students to attend during the day or evenings and weekends.

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Massage Therapy Certificate

Certificate (CER)

The Massage Therapy Certificate Program trains students in basic therapeutic massage techniques, to educate them about the human body and the physiological effects of massage on the body, to prepare them for their role in the health care community, and to promote professionalism, caring, high ethical conduct, and continuing education. This program is designed for part-time students to attend during the day or evenings and weekends.

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Massage Therapy Fast Track

Certificate (CER)

The Massage Therapy Fast Track Certificate trains students in basic therapeutic massage techniques to educate them about the human body and the physiological effects of massage onthe body, to prepare them for their an entry level role in the health care community, and to promote professionalism, caring, high ethical conduct, and continuing education. This program is designed for part-time or full-time working students to attend two days/week in fall and four days/week in spring.

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Mathematics

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The following curriculum emphasizes scientific and theoretical applications and is designed for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science or mathematics. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Medical Assisting

Certificate (CER)

The Medical Assisting program prepares students to act as a liaison between the physician and the patient. Medical assistants are skilled healthcare workers who demonstrate their knowledge in both clinical and administrative areas. In the administrative area, typical tasks include medical records management, and patient scheduling. Clinical tasks include taking vital signs, EKGs, venipuncture, administering medications and immunizations, sterile instrumentation, and point of care testing. Medical assistants primarily work in outpatient settings but may work in hospitals, medical billing companies, or any place office skills and medical knowledge merge. The Medical Assisting Program is approved by the American Registry of Medical Assistants, www.arma-cert.org and the National Healthcareer Association, www.nhanow.com. Upon completion, students will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification exam.

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Medical Assisting Career Advancement

Certificate (CER)

The Medical Assisting career advancement certificate program prepares students who are currently working in the medical assisting field. The courses are selected to meet specific employer needs in preparing experienced medical office assistants for national certification. A completion of 4-6 HCS credits are required to achieve the certificate. The Medical Assisting program is approved by the American Registry of Medical Assistants, www.arma-cert.org and the National Healthcareer Association, www.nhanow.com. Upon completion, students will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification exam.

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Medical Assisting: Accelerated Career (CNA to CMA Bridge)

Certificate (CER)

The Medical Assisting Accelerated Career provides an opportunity for qualified certified nursing assistants to enter the medical assisting field. The program is an accelerated curriculum that will prepare graduating students to function in the role of a Medical Assistant who will veave act as a liaison between the physician and the patient. Medical assistants are skilled healthcare workers who demonstrate their knowledge in both clinical and administrative areas. In the administrative area, typical tasks include medical records management and patient scheduling. Clinical tasks include taking vital signs, EKGs, venipuncture, administering medications and immunizations, sterile instrumentation, and point of care testing. Medical assistants primarily work in outpatient settings but may work in hospitals, medical billing companies, or any place office skills and medical knowledge merge. The Medical Assisting Program is approved by the American Registry of Medical Assistants, www.arma-cert. org and the National Healthcareer Association, www.nhanow. com. Upon completion, students will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification exam.

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Medical Laboratory Technology

Certificate (CER)

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program is a sequence of courses and clinical practicum experiences that prepares students for technician positions in medical laboratories and related businesses and industries. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Working in cooperation with Kankakee Community College, students may complete the general education course work at Parkland College. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the national registry examination given by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and other certifying agencies. Medical Laboratory Technology graduates are prepared to enter medical technology/medical laboratory science bachelor’s degree programs at selected state universities with junior status. The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773/714-8880. Students must apply to and be accepted into the Medical Laboratory Technology program at Kankakee Community College. The MEDT courses from Kankakee will be offered in an online hybrid format with the exception of lab work. Students meet every two weeks. For more information, call Parkland College, 217/353-2760, or Kankakee Community College, 815/802-8500, or email advising@ kcc.edu.

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Music Education

Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.)

Parkland students who are seeking a bachelor’s degree in music are strongly encouraged to complete the Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree and the general education core curriculum before transferring. To transfer into a baccalaureate program with a major in music education or music performance, students should complete the course work in consultation with a music faculty advisor. Completion of the A.F.A. degree does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum. Therefore, students are advised to complete the general education core curriculum before they transfer. Transfer admission is competitive. Completion of this program alone does not guarantee admission either to the baccalaureate program or to upper-division or specialty music courses. Students may be required to demonstrate skill level through auditions and placement testing at the institution to which they transfer. In some colleges and universities, a bachelor’s degree may also require competency in a single foreign language.

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Music Foundations

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Parkland students who are interesting in exploring careers in music while completing general education courses needed for transfer should consider the Associate in Arts in Music Foundations. The degree offers a foundational experience in theory, aural skills, instrumental instruction, and music technology that allows the student to consider the pathways offered by a career in music. The program is designed for those students with or without formal experience in music. Transfer admission in music is competitive. Completion of this program alone does not guarantee admission either to the baccalaureate program or to upper-division or specialty music courses. Students who determine after the first year that they wish to transfer to a four-year program in music performance may want to consider additional coursework in music in order to complete the A.F.A. degree program in preparation for transfer to institutions requiring audition.

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Music Foundations: Music Business and Technologies

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Music Business and Technologies emphasis provides a foundation in music that prepares students for further study and careers in music fields such as music management, music production, sound engineering, sound design, music publishing and media promotion.

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Music Foundations: Music Performance/Composition

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Music Performance/composition emphasis provides a foundation in music that prepares students for further study and careers as a musician in professional or community music organizations, music education, teaching private music lessons, arts administration, music arranging, and music copyright.

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Music Performance

Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.)

Parkland students who are seeking a bachelor’s degree in music are strongly encouraged to complete the Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree and the general education core curriculum before transferring. To transfer into a baccalaureate program with a major in music education or music performance, students should complete the course work in consultation with a music faculty advisor. Completion of the A.F.A. degree does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum. Therefore, students are advised to complete the general education core curriculum before they transfer. Choose two additional Social/ Behavioral Science electives from two different subject areas and one Humanities/Fine Arts elective to complete this core curriculum. Transfer admission is competitive. Completion of this program alone does not guarantee admission either to the baccalaureate program or to upper-division or specialty music courses. Students may be required to demonstrate skill level through auditions and placement testing at the institution to which they transfer. In some colleges and universities, a bachelor’s degree may also require competency in a single foreign language.

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Network Administration and Support

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Computer Network System Administrator program prepares students to manage and administer the computer networks of small to medium-sized enterprises. Students will learn to use a variety of operating systems: use, install, and maintain networks; program routers and switches; develop networking software and develop and study documentation used to manage a network. Students will receive extensive hands-on experience. This can transfer to EIU, SIU, and UIS as a 2+2 program.

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Networking: Cisco Networking

Certificate (CER)

This certificate program prepares students with advanced skills for working with computer networks, Cisco routers, and switches. Wired and wireless networks are covered for troubleshooting, configuration, design, and repair.

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Networking: Computer Foundations

Certificate (CER)

This certificate covers the basics of Windows and Linux operating systems, PC repair, and basic networking. Upon completion, students are prepared for entry-level PC support positions.

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Networking: Linux Administration

Certificate (CER)

This certificate prepares students with advanced skills for working with Linux operating systems. Topics include troubleshooting and configuration.

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Networking: Microsoft Administration

Certificate (CER)

This certificate gives students advanced skills for working with Windows Operating Systems (workstation and server) troubleshooting, configuration, and design.

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Nurse Assistant

Certificate (CER)

The Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program prepares students to care for patients under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse in a long-term care facility, a hospital, assisted living facility, or in the home. The program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, www.idph.state.il.us/nar/home. htm. After successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Illinois Nurse Assistant Certification exam.

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Nursing

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares the student to practice nursing at a beginning level, such as a staff nurse position in health care facilities including hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics, and other community agencies. The program integrates practice and theory and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404/975-5000. Graduates are eligible to take the R.N. license examination (NCLEX-RN). Students considering application to the Nursing program need to be aware of background check and potential legal limitations.

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Nursing: LPN to ADN Bridge

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares the student to practice nursing at a beginning level, such as a staff nurse position in health care facilities including hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics, and other community agencies.The program integrates practice and theory and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404/975-5000. Graduates are eligible to take the RN license examination (NCLEX-RN). Students considering application to the Nursing program need to be aware of background check and potential legal limitations.

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Nursing: Paramedic Advanced Placement (Paramedic to ADN Bridge)

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares the student to practice nursing at a beginning level, such as a staff nurse position in health care facilities including hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics, and other community agencies. The program integrates practice and theory and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404/975-5000. Graduates are eligible to take the RN license examination (NCLEX-RN). Students considering application to the Nursing Program need to be aware of background check and poten- tial legal limitations.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program prepares the student to practice occupational therapy at the assistant level. OT assistants work with clients who have physical, cognitive, and emotional impairments to improve and support functional performance in daily living activities. Employment opportunities are located in hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, school systems, day-care centers, and home health care. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the certification examination given by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to become a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT exam or attain state licensure. Licensure for COTAs is also required for practice by the state of Illinois. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, 301/652-AOTA, www.acoteonline.org.

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Personal Fitness Training

Certificate (CER)

The Personal Fitness Training Certificate Program prepares students for successful employment in the fitness industry as a personal fitness trainer. Graduates are prepared to take the Certified Personal Training examination administered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The NSCA-CPT is a nationally accredited certification program in the fitness industry.

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Philosophy

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Learn to think with clarity and precision; then tackle the big questions—What is good? What is evil? How do we know what we think we know? Why are we here?

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Physical Science

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The following curriculum is designed to provide transfer students with the necessary background to complete a bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the physical sciences. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Physical Science: Astronomy

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The study of the origin, development and characteristics of celestial bodies.

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Physical Science: Chemistry

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The study of the characteristics of atoms and molecules and the dynamic interactions between them.

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Physical Science: Geology

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The component of Earth Sciences that studies the solid features of our planet, its formation and the processes by which it changes over time.

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Physical Science: Meteorology

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The component of Earth Sciences that studies the atmosphere, the process by which it changes and its interaction with the solid features of the Earth.

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Physics

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The study of the laws governing how the observable universe works

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Political Science

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Political Science is the study of the theory and practice of government and politics. Students of politics describe and analyze political systems and behavior. Baccalaureate programs offer courses in areas such as public administration, public law, international relations, comparative politics, political behavior, political philosophy, and U.S. government. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree prior to transfer. A minimum of 60 semester credits is required for transfer as a junior into a baccalaureate Political Science program. Since admission is competitive, completing the recommended courses does not by itself guarantee admission. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Practical Nursing

Certificate (CER)

The Practical Nursing Certificate Program prepares students for employment in patient centers and hospitals. Graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination for Licensed Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). This program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

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Psychology

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

To transfer as a junior into a baccalaureate psychology program, students must complete a minimum of 60 semester credits. Freshmen and sophomores who plan to major in psychology are encouraged to fulfill general education requirements with foundation courses in the sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, and anatomy and physiology) and mathematics (e.g., college algebra, calculus, and statistics). The number of psychology courses taken at Parkland should be kept to a minimum. Students are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate in Arts degree prior to transfer. Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Radiologic Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Radiologic Technology Program prepares students to take the national examination for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The radiographer performs diagnostic procedures using an X-ray machine to take images of the internal parts of the patient’s body.

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Radiologic Technology: Computed Tomography

Certificate (CER)

The Computed Tomography Certificate Program offers advanced training for radiologic technologists. Upon completion of the certificate, graduates will be prepared to take the national ARRT certification exam.

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Radiologic Technology: Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Certificate (CER)

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate Program offers advanced training for radiologic technologists. Upon completion of the certificate, graduates will be prepared to take the national ARRT certification exam.

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Religion

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Study the past and present of global religious traditions and forms of expression from an academic standpoint. Learn what distinguishes certain religions from others and what unites them all.

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Respiratory Care

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Respiratory Care Program prepares students to enter into the practice of respiratory therapy. A Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) will assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic respiratory disease or acute respiratory compromise due to illness or injury. Most respiratory therapists are employed in acute care hospital settings. Long-term ventilator facilities, home care, and outpatient diagnostic laboratories offer other opportunities. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to complete the National Board for Respiratory Care exams for the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. Practice requires state licensure in every state except Alaska.

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Secondary Education - A.A.

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

To teach in Illinois public high schools (grades 6-12), teachers must be certified by the state of Illinois. To transfer into an approved baccalaureate program in secondary education as a junior, students must complete specific requirements and a minimum of 60 semester credits. Students are strongly encouraged to complete an A.A. or A.S. degree prior to transfer. Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission to any particular transfer institution. Students should be aware that a minimum grade point average is required for program admission at most universities. All transfer applicants are required to pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test, and this score may be required at time of application. Contact Parkland’s Counseling and Advising Center for more information about this test and suggested timing. Students planning to teach at the secondary level in Illinois are advised to plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor to meet specific requirements of their preferred college or university and the Illinois State Teachers Certification Board.

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Secondary Education - A.S.

Associate in Science (A.S.)

To teach in Illinois public high schools (grades 6-12), teachers must be certified by the state of Illinois. To transfer into an approved baccalaureate program in secondary education as a junior, students must complete specific requirements and a minimum of 60 semester credits. Students are strongly encouraged to complete an A.A. or A.S. degree prior to transfer. Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission to any particular transfer institution. Students should be aware that a minimum grade point average is required for program admission at most universities. All transfer applicants are required to pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test, and this score may be required at time of application. Contact Parkland’s Counseling and Advising Center for more information about this test and suggested timing. Students planning to teach at the secondary level in Illinois are advised to plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor to meet specific requirements of their preferred college or university and the Illinois State Teachers Certification Board.

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Social Work

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The profession of social work is devoted to helping people function optimally in their environment by providing direct and indirect services to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities and by working to improve social conditions. Bachelor’s degree programs in social work prepare students for careers in public and private agencies such as child welfare, mental health, corrections, shelters, and many other workplaces. Students interested in completing bachelor’s degrees in social work are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate in Arts degree prior to transfer. To transfer into an accredited bachelor’s degree program in social work as juniors, students need to complete a minmum of 60 semester credits (up to a maximum of 64 semester credits) from the adjacent list. Students should contact their counselor or advisor about the particular social work baccalaureate program for specific entry requirements, including language requirements. Since admission is competitive, completion of these courses alone does not guarantee admission.

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Sociology

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Sociology is the systematic and scientific study of behavior of small groups and society. To transfer as a junior into a baccalaureate sociology program, students must complete a minimum of 60 semester credits. Students are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree prior to transfer. Freshmen and sophomores who plan to major in sociology are encouraged to complete additional foundation courses (including courses in the social and behavioral sciences) and mathematics. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Special Education - A.A.

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Students interested in completing a baccalaureate degree in special education are strongly encouraged to complete an AA. or A.S. degree prior to transfer. To transfer into an approved baccalaureate program in special education as a junior, students must complete specific requirements and a minimum of 30-60 credits. UIUC recommends early transfer after completion of 30 credits, including required courses. Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission. Students shoud be aware that a minimum grade point average for most universities is required for program admission. All transfer applicants are required to pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test, and this score may be required at time of application. Contact Parkland’s Counseling and Advising Center for more information about this test and suggested timing. Students planning to teach in special education in Illinois are advised to plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor to meet specific requirements of their preferred college or university and the Illinois State Teachers Certification Board.

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Special Education - A.S.

Associate in Science (A.S.)

Students interested in completing a baccalaureate degree in special education are strongly encouraged to complete an AA. or A.S. degree prior to transfer. To transfer into an approved baccalaureate program in special education as a junior, students must complete specific requirements and a minimum of 30-60 credits. UIUC recommends early transfer after completion of 30 credits, including required courses. Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission. Students shoud be aware that a minimum grade point average for most universities is required for program admission. All transfer applicants are required to pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test, and this score may be required at time of application. Contact Parkland’s Counseling and Advising Center for more information about this test and suggested timing. Students planning to teach in special education in Illinois are advised to plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor to meet specific requirements of their preferred college or university and the Illinois State Teachers Certification Board.

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Sterile Processing Technician

Certificate (CER)

The Sterile Processing Technician training program prepares students to clean and sterilize reusable utensils and equipment, organize and package instrument trays and sets, keeping detailed records of equipment maintenance, stock crash carts, organize supplies and maintain an adequate inventory of instruments and disposable items to meet the needs of doctors, nurses, surgeons, and technical staff throughout the hospital. By training in this field, the student will learn infection control techniques to keep hospitals and other medical facilities as well as surgical instruments safe and free from the spread of diseases. Students will learn to operate a variety of equipment, barcode readers, steam autoclaves, chemical and gas sterilizers, computer software for database and supply chain management, follow precise instructions and adhere to rigid standards. The course is approved by the Illinois Community College Board and at the completion of this certificate, students are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam through the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CSPDT).

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Surgical Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Surgical Technology Associate Degree Program prepares students with the technical expertise necessary to perform as vital members of the surgical team.Surgical technologists work in a fast-paced environment requiring physical stamina, critical thinking, technical skills, and professionalism. The A.A.S. is the recommended level of entry credential for the surgical technologist. Theory and clinical experience in area health agencies are included in the program. This surgical technology program is in the continuing accreditation cycle and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education programs (CAAHEP), www.CAAHEP.org.

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Theatre Arts

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Associate in Arts degree prepares students to transfer into a bachelor’s program in Theatre Arts. Students may choose either the performance track—which emphasizes acting, voice, and movement—or the design track, which allows students to explore the role of art and design in theatre. Both tracks immerse the students in foundational studies of theatre and provide a wide range of experiences both on stage and behind the scenes. Admission to a baccalaureate program is competitive and completion of these courses alone does not guarantee admission. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the catalog of the four-year college or university they plan to attend.

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Theatre Arts: Design Track

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The design track provides a foundation for continued studies in art and design for theatre in areas such as costume, stage make up, set design and construction. The Design track prepares students for careers in the entertainment industry, community and professional theatre, as well as other industries including themed restaurants, or design, fabrication and installation of exhibits.

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Theatre Arts: Entertainment Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Entertainment Technology program prepares students for technical careers in the entertainment industry. A partial list of potential careers includes set construction, production and lighting crew for stage and film, technical work in educational institutions, resorts, restaurants and theme parks, music and theatre touring companies, community theatre, social organizations, and radio and television. Students will benefit from foundational studies in several technology fields as well as theatre and will gain a wide range of experiences in production behind the scenes. The theatre practicum will allow for dedicated experience in areas of special interest to the individual student.

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Theatre Arts: Performance Track

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The performance track provides a foundation for further study in acting, voice, movement, and theatre production. This track prepares students for careers as actors, performers, and production personnel in the entertainment industry including theatre, film, and broadcast.

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Veterinary Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Veterinary technicians assist the veterinarian in clinical laboratory testing, X-ray procedures, pharmacy duties, anesthesia and surgery support, client information, patient treatments, record keeping, and office procedures. This program is accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

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  • - Financial aid eligible
  • - Transferable to a 4-year institution
  • - Transferable to specific 4-year institutions through 2+2 agreements
  • - Can be earned entirely online