Find a Career in Less Than a Year
Interested in finding a job but don't have a lot of time to spare? Enroll in a Prairie State College non-credit career-focused class and learn the skills to get a job in less than a year. View an overview of our short term career training programs. For details on the dates on times and when these programs are offered, please view our current schedule.
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Clinical Medical Assistant Program - WIOA APPROVED
140 Classroom Hours Plus Clinical Externship Plus 180 Hours Clinical Externship
Instruction includes preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy, and the cardiac life cycle. Students will review important topics, including pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology, including proper administration of medications, and proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics, and the legal aspects of healthcare. This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture, hands-on labs, and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening, and meet other requirements. To receive a non-credit vocational certificate, participants must successfully complete this course
Note: Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination.
Dialysis Technician--WIOA APPROVED
This 50-hour course prepares students for entry-level employment in a kidney dialysis center. Course content includes medical terminology, anatomy, renal function, and principles of renal dialysis. To receive a non-credit vocational certificate, participants must successfully complete this course.
Health Unit Coordinator--WIOA APPROVED
This program prepares students to be a health unit coordinator and interface daily with multidisciplinary hospital team members, answer phone calls, and manage medical orders for inpatients. This program covers how to transcribe doctor orders, coordinate workflow for a nursing unit, and order necessary lab work and diets. Students will be introduced to processes that involve daily care of patient's medical records, retrieving clinical lab results, and understanding patient privacy. To receive a non-credit vocational certificate, participants must successfully complete this course along with: Medical Terminology, Health Unit Coordinator, Microsoft Office and Keyboarding.
Medical Administrative Assistant--WIOA APPROVED
This program prepares students to enter the health care field as a medical office assistant. Students learn how to assist patients and help with organizational needs by performing a variety of office support or business functions. Students are introduced to appointment scheduling, insurance billing, answering telephones, and preparing correspondence. To receive a non-credit vocational certificate, participants must successfully complete this course along with: Medical Terminology, Microsoft Office, Keyboarding, Computerized Medical Billing and Spanish I.
Medical Billing/Coding Specialist--WIOA APPROVED
Medical billing/coding specialists review patient records, calculate charges for procedures and services, and prepare itemized statements for third-party payment. This program prepares students with the skills to transform verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries and procedures into numeric or alphanumeric designations. To receive a non-credit vocational certificate, participants must successfully complete this course along with: Medical Terminology, Pathophysiology, Introduction to CPT-4 Coding, Introduction to ICD-10, and Computerized Medical Billing. The following courses are highly recommended but not required to obtain the non-credit vocational certificate: Introduction to Health Information Technology, Insurance Procedures, Microsoft Office (Office 2013), and Keyboarding.
Medical Central Service Technology--WIOA APPROVED
This course prepares participants for the national exam for Central Service for the Certification of Healthcare Sterile Processing and Distribution. Learn how to properly sterilize and store medical instruments. Participants are prepared for all positions within the Central Sterile Processing Department. To receive a non-credit vocational certificate, participants must successfully complete this course.
Pharmacy Technician --WIOA APPROVED
This 50-hour course prepares students to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading, and interpreting prescriptions, and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement. To receive a non-credit vocational certificate, participants must successfully complete this course.
Veterinary Assistants are an important part of the veterinary medical team. As part of the medical team, you will learn to feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Students will learn how to clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. Instruction on providing routine post-operative care, administering medication orally or topically, and preparing samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists will also be discussed.
CDL Truck Driver Training Program
Start a new career with higher earning potential Train to be a truck driver at the KLLM Driving Academy, Inc., a fully accredited training program, in partnership with Prairie State College. In a matter of weeks, you can earn a Class A Commercial Driver's License using state of the art training equipment. Plus, you can obtain full time employment with KLLM Transport Services at the conclusion of training. All of this with no out-of-pocket expenses.
- Full tuition scholarships valued at $4000
- Guaranteed job with KLLM upon completion of training
- Highest quality training using state of the art equipment
- Choice in your career direction
- Earning potential while in training
- Comprehensive benefits package and a 401 (k) retirement plan
Have a Class A CDL, but it's been a while since you've been on the road? Ask about our six-day refresher course.
KLLM is an equal opportunity employer. You must be 21 or older to apply and pass the DOT physical and drug test. For more information on this program, please call 800-925-KLLM or visit kllmdrivingacademy.com
Forklift Operator Training - 20 Hour Certification Course --WIOA APPROVED (also available in Spanish)
This 20-hour certification course covers the basic forklift driving skills needed to obtain your forklift operator certification. Students learn the operation of industrial forklifts used in warehousing and distribution centers and the types of equipment used for material handling. Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a certificate of completion for Forklift Operation and a certification card for completing Basic Operator Training.
Forklift Operator Training - 40 Hour Certification Course --WIOA APPROVED
Students learn the operation of industrial forklifts used in warehousing and distribution centers and the types of equipment used for material handling. The course includes instruction on pre-shift inspection, stacking and un-stacking pallets from a rack system, simulated loading of a semi-trailer, and how to move loads around a dock area safely and efficiently. The OSHA-10-hour safety training course is part of this certification course. Students will receive a certificate of completion for Forklift Operation, a certification card for completing the Forklift Operators Training, and a certification card for completing the OSHA 10-hour safety training course.
Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate Course
This online program prepares registered nurses and physician assistants for a career in the legal field as legal nurse consultants. Learn the fundamental skills necessary to advise law firms, health care providers, insurance companies, and governmental agencies regarding medially-related issues, as well as appear in court as expert witnesses. This course presents legal concepts related to the health care industry, as well as the role a legal nurse consultant might play in litigation areas such as medical malpractice, toxic torts, product liability, wrongful death, criminal law, and workers' compensation. To receive a non-credit vocational certificate, participants must successfully complete this course.
Legal Secretary Certificate Course
This online program is designed for both beginning and experienced secretaries who are interested in improving their skills and working more efficiently within the law office. Topics include legal terminology, legal process, jurisdiction and venue, ethics, written communications, filing procedures, billing and accounting, records management, legal research, and citation format. To receive a non-credit vocational certificate, participants must successfully complete this course.
Paralegal Certificate Course
Learn to interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, prepare legal documents, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to: legal terminology, documents, ethics and the litigation process; introduction to the evidentiary predicate; identifying relevant authority; introduction to legal research and practice; and legal writing and appellate procedure. Job-hunting techniques also will be discussed for this field. To receive a non-credit vocational certificate, participants must successfully complete this course.
Victim Advocacy Certificate Course
This online course prepares students to work in victim advocacy arenas, domestic violence shelters, crisis centers, crisis hotlines, and with state and county governments to assist crime victims in progressing through the criminal justice system and toward recovery. Topics include: legal terminology, legal process, legislation regarding victim's rights, jurisdiction and venue, ethics, effects of victimization on the victim, victim advocate skills, guardianships, and crisis intervention. Also, counseling skills for victims of assault, battery, robbery, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and homicide are covered. Job search strategies and placement possibilities discussed. A high school diploma or GED is a prerequisite. To receive a non-credit vocational certificate, participants must successfully complete this course.
Home Inspection (Now Approved for Indiana)
Home inspection careers require passing the state home inspector examination for Illinois or Indiana. Learn what is needed to pass the exam. There is an onsite field day prior to final examination. All applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED. Textbooks are included in the course fee and are distributed at the first class. Attendance is mandatory per state regulations. To receive a non-credit vocational certificate, participants must successfully complete this course.
IT Career Lab: Cisco Training- WIOA APPROVED
IT Career Lab, in partnership with National Able, is an integrated training program that combines classroom-based instruction hands-on experience using a live Cisco network, an IT-focused Job Readiness Training, and job placement services into a single curriculum that provides training for three stackable IT certifications in 16 weeks: Network+, CCENT, and CCNA certifications. The valuable certification programming and end-to-end career coaching support is combined to provide clients with highly competitive employment prospects following program completion. IT Networking Academy, is certified by the Illinois State Board of Higher Education and is post-9/11 GI Bill certified.
Chicago Heights Workforce Center at Prairie State College
The Chicago Heights Workforce Center provides a wide variety of resources to help individuals obtain new job skills and training to make them more employable. You may qualify for training at no cost to you. Look for PSC WIOA approved programs that lead to high-demand jobs. For more information call (708) 709-7975 or attend an orientation at Prairie State College on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in ATOC building located at 202 S. Halted St., Chicago Heights.
Look for PSC approved programs that lead to high-demand jobs.