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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.16 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.12 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.12 responses
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Liberal Arts and Humanities223 Graduates
Nursing Assistant193 Graduates
Biological and Physical Sciences181 Graduates
Automotive Mechanics86 Graduates
Agricultural Mechanics and Machinery47 Graduates
Culinary Arts and Food Service31 Graduates
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technician29 Graduates
Architectural Drafting (CAD/CADD)24 Graduates
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I liked the size of the college and the ratio of students to teacher. I also like the campus itself. It is beautiful, the lake is very close to campus, and camp sites are close for commuters who live a ways off campus. I really enjoyed my chemistry class with professor Paul Sandrock, my speech class, and agriculture classes. I would like to see a change in academic advisors. The best advisor is Heather Bauersachs at the Pinckneyville campus. The advisors on campus need more education about the degree tracks and what is best for transfer students.
My major is Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic. I am already an EMT-Basic. My program's workload is heavy and quite taxing. There is so much we as students must learn about the human body and the advanced care that paramedics provide. Emergency medications, cardiac rhythms, life-saving procedures, and patient assessments are a few of the things that we have to learn as a paramedic student. It is important to retain and be comfortable with this information because if we aren't comfortable and know what we are doing, people's lives are at stake. As a paramedic student, I have 10 hours of school each week consisting of 8 hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab (on average). Each class, we have a quiz over emergency medications and procedures. We have a cumulative final at the end of each semester. Our facilities include a lecture classroom and a lab consisting of CPR mannequins, intubation mannequins, IV mannequins, a cardiac rhythm simulator, a medication box (all medications containing normal saline to practice calculating and drawing the correct amount of medication), and a simulator of the back of an ambulance containing a camera so the rest of the class can observe while a group is in the back of the simulator. The quality of education we receive at Rend Lake College's paramedic program is top notch. It has made me a better EMT & I feel I will excel as a paramedic because of this program. Our instructors are available to us through Blackboard & e-mail. Our instructors are also willing to arrive early to lecture or stay after to go over information and skills with us. My paramedic program is unique because of all of the lab opportunities we have that I listed above. This program focuses on preparing us for taking care of patient's in the real world, which is very valuable. During our time enrolled in the paramedic program, we are required to do 85 hours of hospital clinicals and 85 hours of ambulance clinicals in order to move on to the next semester.
My experience at Rend Lake College has been truly one of the greatest experiences in my life. I've met so many great people who are always willing to help out if I have a question or need assistance with anything. As for the instructors, mine are amazing. They push me to do things I never knew I had the strength to do. The instructors help build my confidence, help me overcome my fears, and help me excel as a student, EMT, & future paramedic. I am grateful for the knowledge that my instructors instill in me. They aren't just there to teach and go home. They are willing to present a long lecture and lab and then stay afterwards for any questions or concerns, or to just go over a certain skill again. As a paramedic student, it is important to thoroughly understand the procedures you will be performing on patients. My instructors really make sure we understand and they truly care and want us to excel. I've learned so much about paramedicine and life in general through the Rend Lake Paramedic Program. My school is unique because of the close-knit student-professor relationship. The willingness of instructors to come before class or stay after to further explain any information we may be confused about. I would absolutely choose my school again if I could do it all over. It has helped me grow as a person and as an Emergency Medical Technician.