Reading Area Community College

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Public Service Industry

Social Services Assistant

Addiction Studies/Human Services, A.A.

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This program is designed to prepare students to work in paraprofessional positions in the varied field of human services and addiction treatment. Students will learn the skills needed to be effective professional helpers, addressing client problems related to addiction, mental health and social needs. Graduates of the program will demonstrate knowledge rooted in social science research surrounding aspects such as: counseling models; drug pharmacology and physiology; and addiction and recovery. Graduates of the program will also demonstrate competence in implementing research-based interventions, including: case management; attending skills and facilitation of psycho-educational groups. The program will also prepare students to enter a baccalaureate program in Behavioral Health Studies or Human Services on the junior level.

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Correctional Officer

Criminal Justice, A.A.S.

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This program is designed to prepare students to work in the field of Law Enforcement. Law enforcement practitioners demonstrate an understanding of the law enforcement and criminal justice system, apply principles of law enforcement operation, learn about the collection and presentation of evidence and technologies utilized in the field, practice the techniques and management of patrol operations and demonstrate the understanding and application of criminal law. Graduates are prepared for employment as patrolman, police officer, state trooper, deputy sheriff, corrections officer, youth detention officer, customs inspector, immigration detention officer, loss prevention investigator, private investigator and claims investigator.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the sectors of criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections) including the interrelationships within the system and the role of the U.S. Constitution in the criminal justice system
Acquire an overall perspective on the history, philosophy, and theories of the criminal justice system as it relates to adults and juveniles
Exhibit awareness of the judicial process of both the federal and state court systems with a specific emphasis on substantive criminal law, legal defenses, and the rules of criminal procedure
Analyze the functions of institutional and community based corrections within the correctional system
Trace the evolution of policing from a respond and prosecute crime approach to a community oriented problem solving approach
Analyze the legal and ethical issues in criminal justice
Demonstrate the ability to think critically and analytically and respond to various criminal justice situations

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Criminal Investigator

Criminal Justice, A.A.S.

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This program is designed to prepare students to work in the field of Law Enforcement. Law enforcement practitioners demonstrate an understanding of the law enforcement and criminal justice system, apply principles of law enforcement operation, learn about the collection and presentation of evidence and technologies utilized in the field, practice the techniques and management of patrol operations and demonstrate the understanding and application of criminal law. Graduates are prepared for employment as patrolman, police officer, state trooper, deputy sheriff, corrections officer, youth detention officer, customs inspector, immigration detention officer, loss prevention investigator, private investigator and claims investigator.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the sectors of criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections) including the interrelationships within the system and the role of the U.S. Constitution in the criminal justice system
Acquire an overall perspective on the history, philosophy, and theories of the criminal justice system as it relates to adults and juveniles
Exhibit awareness of the judicial process of both the federal and state court systems with a specific emphasis on substantive criminal law, legal defenses, and the rules of criminal procedure
Analyze the functions of institutional and community based corrections within the correctional system
Trace the evolution of policing from a respond and prosecute crime approach to a community oriented problem solving approach
Analyze the legal and ethical issues in criminal justice
Demonstrate the ability to think critically and analytically and respond to various criminal justice situations

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Police Officer

Criminal Justice, A.A.S.

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This program is designed to prepare students to work in the field of Law Enforcement. Law enforcement practitioners demonstrate an understanding of the law enforcement and criminal justice system, apply principles of law enforcement operation, learn about the collection and presentation of evidence and technologies utilized in the field, practice the techniques and management of patrol operations and demonstrate the understanding and application of criminal law. Graduates are prepared for employment as patrolman, police officer, state trooper, deputy sheriff, corrections officer, youth detention officer, customs inspector, immigration detention officer, loss prevention investigator, private investigator and claims investigator.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the sectors of criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections) including the interrelationships within the system and the role of the U.S. Constitution in the criminal justice system
Acquire an overall perspective on the history, philosophy, and theories of the criminal justice system as it relates to adults and juveniles
Exhibit awareness of the judicial process of both the federal and state court systems with a specific emphasis on substantive criminal law, legal defenses, and the rules of criminal procedure
Analyze the functions of institutional and community based corrections within the correctional system
Trace the evolution of policing from a respond and prosecute crime approach to a community oriented problem solving approach
Analyze the legal and ethical issues in criminal justice
Demonstrate the ability to think critically and analytically and respond to various criminal justice situations

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Teacher Assistant

Early Childhood CDA Prep Certificate

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The Early Childhood CDA Prep Certificate is designed to provide fundamental course work for entry level employment as an aide in the early care and education field. It also serves as the educational component for the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). The CDA is a national credential awarded through the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. Credits in this program may be applied to the Professional Child Care Certificate and/or Early Childhood Teaching or Management Associate Degree Programs.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, the student should be able to:

Establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment.
Advance the physical and intellectual competence of young children.
Support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance for young children.
Establish positive and productive relationships with families.
Ensure a well-run program that is responsive to participant needs.
Maintain a commitment to professionalism.

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Early Childhood Teaching (PreK-Grade 4), A.A.S.

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The Early Childhood Teaching (PreK-Grade 4) program is designed to prepare graduates for immediate employment in the ECE field as well as provide the first 60-63 credits of the bachelor’s degree leading to PreK - Grade 4 Teacher certification. Graduates of this program may seek employment opportunities with Head Start and early childhood programs serving infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and school-aged children. In addition, graduates may also seek employment as educational assistants or para-educators in public and private schools. Students entering this curriculum may find it necessary to attend the summer sessions to fulfill their degree requirements within two years. College credit may be granted through Tech Prep articulation agreements between RACC and approved secondary schools.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Prepare early childhood curriculum through a knowledge of child development and learning as well as knowledge of teaching strategies that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.
Create family and community partnerships.
Organized an effective classroom environment through child observation, documentation, assessment and developmentally effective approaches.
Distinguish qualities of professionalism through application of the NAEYC code of conduct.

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Preschool Teacher

Early Childhood Teaching (PreK-Grade 4), A.A.S.

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The Early Childhood Teaching (PreK-Grade 4) program is designed to prepare graduates for immediate employment in the ECE field as well as provide the first 60-63 credits of the bachelor’s degree leading to PreK - Grade 4 Teacher certification. Graduates of this program may seek employment opportunities with Head Start and early childhood programs serving infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and school-aged children. In addition, graduates may also seek employment as educational assistants or para-educators in public and private schools. Students entering this curriculum may find it necessary to attend the summer sessions to fulfill their degree requirements within two years. College credit may be granted through Tech Prep articulation agreements between RACC and approved secondary schools.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Prepare early childhood curriculum through a knowledge of child development and learning as well as knowledge of teaching strategies that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.
Create family and community partnerships.
Organized an effective classroom environment through child observation, documentation, assessment and developmentally effective approaches.
Distinguish qualities of professionalism through application of the NAEYC code of conduct.

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Information Technology Industry

IT Support Specialist

Computer Technology, A.A.S.

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The Computer Technology Program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in information technology support positions. Students will gain experience in supporting others in the use of computer hardware, software, networks and websites. Coursework will aid students in preparing to sit for various industry-standard certification exams. College credit may be granted through Tech Prep articulation agreements between RACC and approved secondary schools.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Utilize effective writing, speaking, and interpersonal communication skills to provide technical support.
Install, maintain, and troubleshoot Windows-based computer networks.
Code, test, and debug entry-level computer programs using appropriate languages and techniques
Implement security measures to prevent and counter network attacks.

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Information Technology Certificate

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The Information Technology Proficiency Certificate Program is designed to develop the skills necessary to install and maintain Windows-based computer systems. The knowledge gained from these courses will be helpful in entry-level Computer Repair and IT Support positions. Coursework may later be applied to an Associate in Applied Science degree if the student desires.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Explain how the components of information systems work together to collect, retrieve, process, store, and distribute information
Install, maintain, and troubleshoot personal computers and peripheral devices
Configure, manage, and troubleshoot comomon wired and wireless network devices
Creae integrated documents, worksheets, databases, and presentations suitable for coursework and professional purposes

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Network Support Specialist Certificate

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The Network Support Certificate is designed to develop the skills necessary to support computer networks that utilize Cisco connecting devices, and to prepare students for Cisco Certification. The knowledge gained from this coursework will prepare the student for entry-level jobs in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry and provides the prerequisites to pursue more specialized ICT skills. Coursework may later be applied to an Associate in Applied Science degree if the student desires.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

Install, maintain, and troubleshoot Windows-based computer networks
Build, configure maintian, and troubleshoot networks using Cisco connecting devices
Implelment security measures to prevent and counter network attacks

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Network and Computer Systems Administrator

Cyber Defense Certificate

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The Cyber Defense Certificate is a 37-40-credit certificate that combines both networking and systems administration fundamentals, with a focus on defensive strategies for securing systems. The program objectives are based on the guidelines in the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework published by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE).

This accelerated program is ideal for industry professionals looking to upgrade their skills, individuals looking to change careers, or college students who wish to specialize in the field of cyber security.
The coursework prepares graduates to sit for industry-recognized certifications that includes: Network+, Linux+, Security+, Cisco CCENT, and Microsoft MCP.

Program Learning Outcomes

Determine the role of network security technologies within a network and establish appropriate security policy.
Identify appropriate network security tools and technologies to establish and configure a secure computer network.
Develop ethical hacking skills and apply these in countermeasures and cyber defense to system intrusions and data breaches.
Plan, implement and maintain security measures and controls to protect critical information assets.
Analyze and evaluate emerging cybersecurity risks and solutions with creative, critical thinking and inquiry.

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Network Support Specialist Certificate

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The Network Support Certificate is designed to develop the skills necessary to support computer networks that utilize Cisco connecting devices, and to prepare students for Cisco Certification. The knowledge gained from this coursework will prepare the student for entry-level jobs in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry and provides the prerequisites to pursue more specialized ICT skills. Coursework may later be applied to an Associate in Applied Science degree if the student desires.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

Install, maintain, and troubleshoot Windows-based computer networks
Build, configure maintian, and troubleshoot networks using Cisco connecting devices
Implelment security measures to prevent and counter network attacks

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Data Security Management

Cyber Defense Certificate

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The Cyber Defense Certificate is a 37-40-credit certificate that combines both networking and systems administration fundamentals, with a focus on defensive strategies for securing systems. The program objectives are based on the guidelines in the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework published by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE).

This accelerated program is ideal for industry professionals looking to upgrade their skills, individuals looking to change careers, or college students who wish to specialize in the field of cyber security.
The coursework prepares graduates to sit for industry-recognized certifications that includes: Network+, Linux+, Security+, Cisco CCENT, and Microsoft MCP.

Program Learning Outcomes

Determine the role of network security technologies within a network and establish appropriate security policy.
Identify appropriate network security tools and technologies to establish and configure a secure computer network.
Develop ethical hacking skills and apply these in countermeasures and cyber defense to system intrusions and data breaches.
Plan, implement and maintain security measures and controls to protect critical information assets.
Analyze and evaluate emerging cybersecurity risks and solutions with creative, critical thinking and inquiry.

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Graphic Designer

Web Site Development Certificate

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The Web Site Development concentration is designed to prepare graduates as website developers. Students will gain experience in website design, creation and implementation. They will also be able to maintain a web server. The program is also designed for individuals working in advertising and marketing, as well as for students who currently have a bachelor’s degree and desire a change of careers. Students may receive credit for certain courses if they can demonstrate or document proficiency.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Create programs that solve common business problems using structured programming and modular design.
Describe the hardware and software needs in a modern business environment using appropriate computer terminology.
Plan and design websites using fundamental web design principles.
Create multimedia websites using web authoring tools.
Employ the skills necessary to be an Internet site developer, designer or webmaster.
Create e-commerce websites.
Discuss the issues of professional standards and ethics for Information Technology workers.
Utilize a personal computer to prepare documents using word processing, spreadsheet and and database software and to perform basic navigation of the Internet.

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Web Site Development, A.A.S.

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The Web Site Development concentration is designed to prepare graduates as website developers. Students will gain experience in website design, creation and implementation. They will also be able to maintain a web server. College credit may be granted through Tech Prep articulation agreements between RACC and approved secondary schools.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Create programs that solve common business problems using structured programming and modular design.
Describe the hardware and software needs in a modern business environment using appropriate computer terminology.
Plan and design websites using fundamental web design principles.
Create multimedia websites using web authoring tools.
Employ the skills necessary to be an Internet site developer, designer or webmaster.
Create e-commerce websites.
Discuss the issues of professional standards and ethics for Information Technology workers.
Utilize a personal computer to prepare documents using word processing, spreadsheet and database software and to perform basic navigation of the Internet.
Demonstrate effective communication skills in writing and speaking in a business environment.
Utilize effective human relations skills in business situations.
Develop a marketing plan for a product or an organization using the fundamental elements of the marketing mix.
Apply basic language skills associated with parts of speech, sentence formation, numerical expression, capitalization, punctuation and word division rules to business correspondence.

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Software Developer

Web Site Development Certificate

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The Web Site Development concentration is designed to prepare graduates as website developers. Students will gain experience in website design, creation and implementation. They will also be able to maintain a web server. The program is also designed for individuals working in advertising and marketing, as well as for students who currently have a bachelor’s degree and desire a change of careers. Students may receive credit for certain courses if they can demonstrate or document proficiency.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Create programs that solve common business problems using structured programming and modular design.
Describe the hardware and software needs in a modern business environment using appropriate computer terminology.
Plan and design websites using fundamental web design principles.
Create multimedia websites using web authoring tools.
Employ the skills necessary to be an Internet site developer, designer or webmaster.
Create e-commerce websites.
Discuss the issues of professional standards and ethics for Information Technology workers.
Utilize a personal computer to prepare documents using word processing, spreadsheet and and database software and to perform basic navigation of the Internet.

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Systems Analyst

Web Site Development, A.A.S.

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The Web Site Development concentration is designed to prepare graduates as website developers. Students will gain experience in website design, creation and implementation. They will also be able to maintain a web server. College credit may be granted through Tech Prep articulation agreements between RACC and approved secondary schools.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Create programs that solve common business problems using structured programming and modular design.
Describe the hardware and software needs in a modern business environment using appropriate computer terminology.
Plan and design websites using fundamental web design principles.
Create multimedia websites using web authoring tools.
Employ the skills necessary to be an Internet site developer, designer or webmaster.
Create e-commerce websites.
Discuss the issues of professional standards and ethics for Information Technology workers.
Utilize a personal computer to prepare documents using word processing, spreadsheet and database software and to perform basic navigation of the Internet.
Demonstrate effective communication skills in writing and speaking in a business environment.
Utilize effective human relations skills in business situations.
Develop a marketing plan for a product or an organization using the fundamental elements of the marketing mix.
Apply basic language skills associated with parts of speech, sentence formation, numerical expression, capitalization, punctuation and word division rules to business correspondence.

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Healthcare Industry

Dental Assistant

Dental Assisting Program

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This part-time program will prepare individuals for employment in a dental of ce. Students will receive theory and practical applications regarding chair-side assisting. Students will also learn basic laboratory procedures, infection control, radiation health and safety, and prepare to take the state certi cation exam in radiology. In addition to classroom instruction, there is a 200-hour internship in a dental of ce.

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Medical Records and Health Information Technician

Medical Coding and Billing Specialist, A.A.S.

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The Medical Coding and Billing Specialist Program is designed to provide students with the competencies necessary to obtain employment as a medical coding and/or billing specialist in the healthcare environment. Students will gain experience in reviewing medical documentation and acting as “translators” by comparing medical documentation to the standards of AMA (American Medical Association) and CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and contractual agreements with health insurance plans and abstracting written information and distilling into standardized codes. Students will also gain experience in auditing and submitting accurate claims to be reimbursed by third-party payers. Graduates are prepared to work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, group practices, health insurance offices, specialty practices, as well as coding/billing companies. Coursework will aid students in preparing to sit for certification exams offered by American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Program Learning Outcomes
Interpret health record documentation to identify diagnoses and procedures and apply coding guidelines to patient documentation by abstracting, assigning and arranging codes.
Apply medical office procedures and HIPAA laws to set priorities, organize work, and use appropriate electronic medical technology to fulfill responsibilities of the position.
Utilize standards and practices in the healthcare environment to fulfill the expectations of the mission of the healthcare organization while adhering to the ethics policy.
Employ medical terms in the diagnosis, pathology, and treatment of major body systems within the healthcare environment.

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Medical Office/Health Records Specialist Certificate

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The Medical Office/Health Records Specialist Certificate program is designed to provide students with the competencies necessary to obtain entry-level employment in the healthcare environment. All coursework may later be applied to an Associate in Applied Science degree if the student desires.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Demonstrate technical competency in computer skills to produce correspondence from various formatted sources with speed and accuracy.
Apply medical office procedures and HIPAA laws to set priorities, organize work, and use appropriate electronic medical technology to fulfill responsibilities of the position.
Exhibit effective writing, speaking, and interpersonal communication skills individually and as part of teams in face-to-face and virtual environments within homogeneous and heterogeneous cultures in a healthcare setting.
Utilized standards and practices in the healthcare environment to fulfill the expectations of the mission of the healthcare organization while adhering to the ethics policy.

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Medical Office/Health Records Specialist, A.A.S.

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The Medical Office/Health Records Specialist Program is designed to provide students with the competencies necessary to obtain employment in a variety of roles within the medical office and in the health records field. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of healthcare environments such as physicians’ offices, hospitals, clinics, specialty practices, health insurance offices, and nursing homes. College credit may be granted through Tech Prep articulation agreements between RACC and approved secondary schools.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Demonstrate technical competency in computer skills to produce correspondence from various formatted sources with speed and accuracy.
Apply medical office procedures and HIPAA laws to set priorities, organize work, and use appropriate electronic medical technology to fulfill responsibilities of the position.
Exhibit effective writing, speaking, and interpersonal communication skills individually and as part of teams in face-to-face and virtual environments within homogeneous and heterogeneous cultures in a healthcare setting.
Utilize standards and practices in the healthcare environment to fulfill the expectations of the mission of the healthcare organization while adhering to the ethics policy.

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Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technician, A.A.S.

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This program is intended primarily to educate technicians for work in clinical, diagnostic laboratories. Medical Laboratory Technicians perform tests under the direction of a physician who specializes in diagnosing the causes and nature of disease. Medical Laboratory Technicians also work under the supervision of scientists doing research on new drugs or the improvement of laboratory techniques. Graduates may seek employment with hospitals, independent laboratories, physicians, clinics, public health agencies, pharmaceutical firms, research institutions and industrial laboratories. This program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119). Graduates are therefore eligible to take national certifying exams to become registered Medical Laboratory Technicians. College credit may be granted through Tech Prep articulation agreements between RACC and approved secondary schools. Please refer to Selective Admissions Procedures.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the entry-level Medical Laboratory Technician should be able to:

Follow established pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical procedures for specimen collection, processing, and analytical testing.
Recognize abnormal laboratory results and correlate them with common disease processes.
Operate instruments following established protocols while utilizing appropriate quality control methods.
Effectively communicate information such as test results, reference ranges, and specimen requirements to authorized sources.
Comply with safety procedures and follow approved standards of practice.
Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors consistent with those of a laboratory professional.

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Certified Nursing Assistant

Nurse Aide

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This program prepares students for employment in a long-term care facility. During this course, the student will be presented with both theory and practical information regarding patient care. This course meets the requirements of the state of Pennsylvania. Students completing the course will be eligible to sit for the Pennsylvania State Competency Exam.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant, A.A.S.

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Lehigh County Community College seeks to facilitate the transfer of students from Reading Area Community College to the AAS degree Program in Occupational Therapy Assistant at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Students complete the general education requirements at Reading Area Community College and then apply for competitive admission to the Occupational Therapist Assistant program at Lehigh Carbon Community College. ALL OTA courses are held on the LCCC campus. Students who are admitted to LCCC’s program will receive sponsoring district tuition rates. After satisfactory completion of all program requirements at LCCC, the student earns an Associate in Applied Science in Occupational Therapist Assistant from Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Graduates of this program are prepared for entry level employment as occupational therapy assistants, and are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Provide all clients with safe care in a variety of health care settings.
Provide the services expected of an entry-level occupational therapy assistant.
Assist in management of delivery of occupational therapy as a member of the health care team in a variety of settings.
Utilize the COTA/OTR supervision process and professional and educational resources to improve and increase knowledge and professional techniques to function effectively as a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.
Demonstrate a professional manner, abide by the policies and procedures of the facility and practice the ethics of the occupational therapy profession.
Address the health needs of individuals, communities and society as a whole by assisting in community wellness and prevention programs.
Utilize effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to participate in the profession and society.
Develop self-confidence and accountability to assume professional behaviors.
Recognize education is a lifelong commitment to continued personal and professional development.
Practice within the ethical parameters of the occupational therapy profession.
Take an active role in student and professional organizations.
Recognize individual differences and develop positive attitudes from this awareness.
Demonstrate a holistic awareness of each individual and understand individual differences in adaptive responses.
Adopt individualized learning when caring for individuals with diverse cultural, socioeconomical and environmental needs.
Collaborate with client/patient and other health care providers to enhance occupational therapy service delivery.

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Phlebotomist

Phlebotomy with EKG Training

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This program prepares individuals to collect blood from adult patients, donor patients and perform EKGs. The initial component of training will consist of basic medical courses and a word processing course. The second part of this training consists of a full-time (day) clinical internship.

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Physical Therapy Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S.

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Lehigh County Community College seeks to facilitate the transfer of students from Reading Area Community College to the AAS degree Program in Physical Therapy Assistant at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Students complete the general education requirements at Reading Area Community College and then apply for competitive admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant clinical program at Lehigh Carbon Community College. All PTA courses are held on the LCCC campus. After satisfactory completion of all program requirements, the student earns an Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant from Lehigh Carbon Community College.

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is fully accredited under the commission on accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. This program will prepare the graduate to work under the supervision and direction of a licensed physical therapist in performing physical therapy treatments that include the following: therapeutic exercise, mechanical traction, massage, compression, heat, cold, sound, ultraviolet, water and electricity; instruction in activities of daily living (ADL); and the use and care of braces, prostheses and ambulation devices. The program includes clinical experience under the direction of a licensed physical therapist in area health facilities. Jobs for which graduates are expected to be qualified include physical therapist assistants in hospitals, extended health care facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, private physical therapy practices and children’s centers.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Use therapeutic exercise, mechanical traction, therapeutic massage, compression, heat, cold, ultraviolet, water, electricity and ultrasound.
Measure and adjust crutches, canes, walkers and wheelchairs, and instruction in their use and care.
Instruct, motivate and assist patients and others in improving pulmonary function, learning and improving functional activities, such as preambulation, transfer, ambulation, and daily living activities, and the use and care of orthoses, prostheses and supportive devices.
Perform, without interpretation, of selected measurement procedures, such as range of joint motion, gross strength of muscle groups, length and girth of body parts and vital signs.
Modify treatment procedures as indicated by patient response and within the limits specified in the plan of care, and reporting orally or in writing to the physical therapist.
Communicate with members of physical therapy staff and other health team members, individually and in conference, to provide patient information.

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Nurse - LPN / LVN

Practical Nursing Certificate

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The Practical Nursing Certificate Program is full-time and 12 months in length. It prepares the student to provide direct client care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, licensed physician or licensed dentist. The graduate will participate in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care in cooperation with other members of the health care team. Upon graduation students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensing examination. The Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing Programs are approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. Both programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). For more information regarding ACEN contact 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (404)975-5000, http://www.acenursing.org.The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and the Practical Nurse Program has full approval status by the State Board of Nursing. Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Provide safe nursing care along with physical comfort and psychological and spiritual support by utilizing the nursing process.
Practice effective communication techniques in settings with clients, clients’ families and members of the health care team.
Seek self-improvement and growth by active participation in education and career development.
Function within the legal and ethical parameters of the law governing practical nursing.

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Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Care, A.A.S.

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The Associate Degree program in Respiratory Care prepares the student to assume responsible positions as part of the Health Care team. The graduate will be eligible to sit for the National Registry Examination, administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (N.B.R.C.). Respiratory Care students participate in various classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences. The laboratory provides students the opportunity for hands-on experience in preparation for clinical practicum. The classroom courses give the student the foundational knowledge in Respiratory Care.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Provide, under medical direction, treatment, management, diagnostic evaluation and care to patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiorespiratory system.
Administer the therapeutic use of the following: medical gases and administration apparatus, environmental control systems, humidification, aerosols, medications, ventilatory support, bronchopulmonary resuscitation and airway management.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with acceptable professional conduct standards such as appearance, quality of work, quantity of work, continuing education, human relations skills, leadership skills, reading skills, writing skills and verbal communication skills.

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Vet Technician

Veterinary Assistant

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This program will provide the student with the basic, entry-level knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing a
career in a veterinary hospital as an assistant. This training is technically challenging. The program includes classroom and animal restraint competencies that must be successfully demonstrated prior to clinical
placement for hands-on experience in local veterinary hospitals. Mastering medical terminology and basic technical veterinary skills are an integral part of the training.

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Construction Industry

Electrical Lineman

Electrical Utility Technology, A.A.S.

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This program is offered in partnership with FirstEnergy Service Company. It prepares students for potential employment as a line or substation worker in electric and related utility industries. Students gain knowledge and skills in DC/AC electricity, electrical circuits, electrical control wiring, wiring systems, transformers, power generation, and power distribution. In addition to classroom and laboratory instruction students also participate in hands-on training at a local FirstEnergy electric utility company training facility. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be more employable and may command a higher starting wage rate than the typical entry-level employee in the utility industry. Completion does not guarantee employment with FirstEnergy. Enrollment in the program is restricted by a selection process conducted by FirstEnergy Service Company.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Demonstrate effective technical writing skills.
Demonstrate work practices that comply with OSHA and safety guidelines for the electric utility industry.
Demonstrate proficiency in the use of various hand tools used in the electrical utility industry.
Operate equipment used in the maintenance and repair of electric utility systems.
Obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) or other appropriate industrial truck operation certification.
Troubleshoot faults in both above ground and underground circuits or substation systems.
Repair deenergized and energized circuits as appropriate to line or substation work.

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Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician

Electrical Utility Technology, A.A.S.

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This program is offered in partnership with FirstEnergy Service Company. It prepares students for potential employment as a line or substation worker in electric and related utility industries. Students gain knowledge and skills in DC/AC electricity, electrical circuits, electrical control wiring, wiring systems, transformers, power generation, and power distribution. In addition to classroom and laboratory instruction students also participate in hands-on training at a local FirstEnergy electric utility company training facility. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be more employable and may command a higher starting wage rate than the typical entry-level employee in the utility industry. Completion does not guarantee employment with FirstEnergy. Enrollment in the program is restricted by a selection process conducted by FirstEnergy Service Company.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Demonstrate effective technical writing skills.
Demonstrate work practices that comply with OSHA and safety guidelines for the electric utility industry.
Demonstrate proficiency in the use of various hand tools used in the electrical utility industry.
Operate equipment used in the maintenance and repair of electric utility systems.
Obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) or other appropriate industrial truck operation certification.
Troubleshoot faults in both above ground and underground circuits or substation systems.
Repair deenergized and energized circuits as appropriate to line or substation work.

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Electrician

Electrical Utility Technology, A.A.S.

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This program is offered in partnership with FirstEnergy Service Company. It prepares students for potential employment as a line or substation worker in electric and related utility industries. Students gain knowledge and skills in DC/AC electricity, electrical circuits, electrical control wiring, wiring systems, transformers, power generation, and power distribution. In addition to classroom and laboratory instruction students also participate in hands-on training at a local FirstEnergy electric utility company training facility. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be more employable and may command a higher starting wage rate than the typical entry-level employee in the utility industry. Completion does not guarantee employment with FirstEnergy. Enrollment in the program is restricted by a selection process conducted by FirstEnergy Service Company.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Demonstrate effective technical writing skills.
Demonstrate work practices that comply with OSHA and safety guidelines for the electric utility industry.
Demonstrate proficiency in the use of various hand tools used in the electrical utility industry.
Operate equipment used in the maintenance and repair of electric utility systems.
Obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) or other appropriate industrial truck operation certification.
Troubleshoot faults in both above ground and underground circuits or substation systems.
Repair deenergized and energized circuits as appropriate to line or substation work.

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Manufacturing Industry

Industrial Machinery Mechanic

Machine Tool Technology, A.A.S.

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The Machine Tool Technology Program is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge required of personnel entering industrial positions as a parts inspector, computer numerical control (CNC) machine operator/programmer, machinist, tool and die designer, and related professions. Students may complete multiple levels of NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) credentials as they progress through the program of study, and these credentials allow students to have multiple entry and exit points that meet their career and educational needs.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Demonstrate effective technical writing skills.
Analyze, interpret, and prepare mechanical drawings.
Demonstrate proficiency in the use of semi precision, precision layout, and measuring tools.
Operate the machine tools used in manufacturing according to National Institute Metalworking Skills (NIMS) standards.
Demonstrate proficiency in writing part programs, set-up and operating CNC milling according to industrial standards.
Demonstrate proficiency in designing parts, generating toolpaths and CNC code in 2D and 3D.

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Machinist

Machine Tool Technology, A.A.S.

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The Machine Tool Technology Program is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge required of personnel entering industrial positions as a parts inspector, computer numerical control (CNC) machine operator/programmer, machinist, tool and die designer, and related professions. Students may complete multiple levels of NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) credentials as they progress through the program of study, and these credentials allow students to have multiple entry and exit points that meet their career and educational needs.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Demonstrate effective technical writing skills.
Analyze, interpret, and prepare mechanical drawings.
Demonstrate proficiency in the use of semi precision, precision layout, and measuring tools.
Operate the machine tools used in manufacturing according to National Institute Metalworking Skills (NIMS) standards.
Demonstrate proficiency in writing part programs, set-up and operating CNC milling according to industrial standards.
Demonstrate proficiency in designing parts, generating toolpaths and CNC code in 2D and 3D.

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Electro-Mechanical Technician

Mechatronics Engineering Technology Certificate

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The Mechatronics Engineering Technology Certificate program provides the student with a route to obtain both a college credential and a national certification (Advanced Manufacturing Integrated Systems Technology, AMIST-1). This provides the student with a strong foundation for potential employment as an entry-level industrial maintenance technician or to continue towards completion of the RACC Mechatronics Engineering Technology AAS program of study. The program integrates basic industrial mechanical and electrical systems with digital controls to match the needs of modern manufacturing.

Students are granted credit by articulation for the required Mechatronics Engineering Technology (MET) courses after completion of the course competencies through courses offered by RACC’s Workforce and Economic Development/ Community Education Division. Students should contact that division to obtain information on course offerings and costs.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

Demonstrate effective technical writing skills.
Use basic hand and power tools proficiently for equipment maintenance.
Demonstrate mechanical, electrical, and digital controller skills appropriate for equipment maintenance.
Apply mathematical methods to solve problems in applied physics.

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Mechatronics Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

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The Mechatronics Engineering Technology Program prepares students for careers as engineering technicians in diversified manufacturing. Students gain knowledge and skills in blueprint reading, CAD drawing, mechanics, pneumatics, hydraulics, electricity, motors, motor control, programmable logic controls, robotics and motion control, process control, instrumentation and computer integrated manufacturing. Emphasis is placed on predictive maintenance, troubleshooting and quality assurance. College credit may be granted through Dual Enrollment or Tech Prep articulation agreements between RACC and approved secondary schools.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the students should be able to:

Demonstrate effective technical writing skills.
Analyze and interpret electric schematic, architectural and industrial prints.
Demonstrate proficiency in the use of various hand and power tools used in equipment maintenance and repair.
Operate, troubleshoot and repair commercial mechanical, electrical, fluid power, electronic, robotic and integrated manufacturing systems.
Interface and integrate manufacturing components and unit operations into useful systems.
Develop and implement project plans that integrate electrical systems, mechanical systems, control systems and computer systems.

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Reading, PA 19602
United States