Graduates of the Southwestern Illinois College health sciences programs recently gathered at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Belleville for the 2017 Health Sciences Pinning Ceremony.
This year, nearly 200 students graduated from SWIC health sciences programs. Among the graduates participating in the ceremony were nursing students, physical therapist and medical assistants, as well as medical laboratory technology and radiologic technology students.
Local registered nursing students who graduated included Sarah Brooks, Kerry Harbour, Cheryl Blakeslee, and Amanda Kurtz, all of of O’Fallon. Registered nurses provide a variety of comprehensive medical services that range from promoting good hygiene to administering medication in order to maintain or restore a patient’s good health. Nurses practice in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physicians’ offices, schools, industries and home-health-care settings. Harbour and Brooks also earned licensed practical nurses degrees.
Local physical therapist assistant graduates included Robert Baker and Haylee LeBlanc, both of O’Fallon. LeBlanc delivered the farewell address to her class. Physical therapist assistants aid physical therapists in the care of patients who need physical treatment or rehabilitation due to injury or illness. These professionals practice in medical centers, nursing homes, school districts, rehabilitation centers, outpatient facilities, aquatic centers, sports medicine clinics and home-health-care agencies.
Christopher Portell of O’Fallon was among the medical laboratory technology graduates. A medical laboratory technologist’s duties include matching blood types, performing blood cell counts and identifying disease-producing bacteria. Hospitals, independent laboratories, physicians’ offices, public health agencies, the federal government, pharmaceutical and industrial firms, and research and educational institutions employ lab technologists.
Local medical assistant graduates included Ashley Hartsoe, Crystal Leravatanakul, Ikram Nijmeh, Teknema Dunn, Anna Henning, and Travis B. Green Sr., all of O’Fallon. Green delivered the farewell address to his class. Medical assistants perform a variety of services, including gathering medical histories, transcribing records, sterilizing instruments and performing electrocardiograms. Medical assistants are employed in physicians’ offices, the pharmaceutical industry, supply sales, clinical research and hospitals.
Local radiologic technology graduates included Maycie M. Smith, Jian K. Modesto, Stephanie R. Jozwiak and Kassandre Baldwin, all of O’Fallon, and Haley E. Wingler of Scott Air Force Base. Through the use of X-rays and other specialized technology such as ultrasound, MRI and CT scanning, radiologic technologists provide doctors with an internal view of the human anatomy to help them make a diagnosis and check medical progress.
SWIC offers a two-year associate in these applied science degree in all these programs. A 10-month certificate of proficiency is also offered as a medical assistant.