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Diploma in Dental Assisting

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Our Dental Assisting Diploma program is your gateway to a fulfilling career as a Dental Assistant. Here's what you can expect:

Program Overview

Designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as Dental Assistants in various dental settings, this program covers a comprehensive range of dental assisting procedures. You'll receive instruction in chairside assisting, dental office administration, infection control, and common dental treatment procedures performed in dental settings.

Hands-On Learning

The program provides students with a well-rounded education, combining didactic, laboratory, and clinical instruction. In addition to attending courses, students will engage in out-of-class assignments, which may include reading, exercises, problem-solving tasks, projects, research, papers, and presentations. Anticipate dedicating approximately two hours to out-of-class activities for every one hour of lecture.

Program Outcomes

By the end of the program, you should be able to:

  • Professionalism and Communication: Demonstrate the importance of professionalism, communication, and collaboration skills in a professional dental setting.

  • Ethical Standards: Identify and describe the legal and ethical standards, guidelines, and regulations relevant to the dental field and dental assisting.

  • Dental Assisting Skills: Explain the knowledge, skills, and professional behavior necessary to perform as a competent entry-level dental assistant in various settings.

  • Administrative Proficiency: Explain and perform dental office administrative tasks effectively.

  • Infection Control: Demonstrate knowledge of environmental issues, including bloodborne pathogens, as they relate to infection control and dentistry.

  • Clinical Skills: Demonstrate the clinical skills, diagnostic procedures, and appropriate operational functions of dental assisting as defined by state and local regulations and/or licensure requirements.

  • Safe Working Conditions: Demonstrate skills and attitudes that contribute to safe working conditions in the dental office.

  • Radiography Proficiency: Expose, process, mount, and evaluate diagnostic dental radiographs as prescribed by the dentist.

If you're passionate about dentistry and aspire to become a Dental Assistant, our diploma program will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the dental profession. Join us today and take the first step toward a rewarding career in dental assisting!


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Diploma in Electrical Technician

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Our Electrical Technician diploma program offers students the opportunity to cultivate the knowledge and skills essential for a career in the electrical technician field. This comprehensive program covers a wide range of topics, including electrical safety, electrical theory, drawings, device boxes, conduit bending, and more.

Hands-On Learning

Throughout the program, students will engage in hands-on learning experiences, enabling them to practice and apply their skills in real-world scenarios. In addition to classroom instruction, students will be required to complete out-of-class assignments, including reading, exercises, problem-solving tasks, relevant projects, and skill development activities. Expect to invest approximately two hours of out-of-class activities for every one hour of lecture.

Program Outcomes

Our Electrical Technician Diploma Program aims to provide students with the following outcomes:

  • General Trades Skills: Develop a strong foundation in general trades skills and craftsmanship.

  • Electrical Safety: Master electrical safety codes, procedures, and practices to ensure safe work environments.

  • Electrical Theory: Gain a deep understanding of electrical theory, which is fundamental to the field.

  • Electrical Drawings: Review and practice the use and applications of electrical drawings.

  • Time Management: Acquire effective time management skills and the ability to manage project work efficiently.

  • Professional Preparation: Prepare for a successful career in the electrical technician field with a focus on professionalism and industry readiness.

If you're ready to embark on a rewarding journey in the electrical technician field, our diploma program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed for success. Join us and kickstart your career today!


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Diploma in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

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Our comprehensive Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Diploma program is your pathway to a fulfilling career in the HVAC-R industry. Here's what you can expect:

Program Overview

This program is meticulously designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the HVAC-R field. You'll receive thorough training in the installation, maintenance, and repair of HVAC systems while prioritizing industry safety practices. Our curriculum also covers standard rules and regulations governing the HVAC-R industry.

Hands-On Learning

In addition to attending classroom courses, students will engage in out-of-class assignments, including reading, exercises, problem-solving tasks, projects, research, papers, and presentations. These practical activities ensure that you're well-prepared to apply your knowledge in real-world scenarios. Anticipate dedicating approximately two hours of out-of-class activities for every one hour of lecture.

Program Outcomes

By the end of the program, you should be able to:

  • Professionalism and Communication: Understand the importance of professionalism, communication, and collaboration skills in a professional setting.

  • Industry Safety: Demonstrate basic industry safety practices, including working with electricity, refrigeration, and various HVAC systems.

  • HVAC Skills: Exhibit the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for basic HVAC practices, essential for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems' maintenance and repair.

  • Regulatory Compliance: Identify and adhere to EPA guidelines, Clean Air Act rules and regulations, manufacturer recommendations, and good trade practices.

  • System Service and Maintenance: Service and maintain residential and light commercial HVAC and refrigeration systems using standard industry practices.

If you're ready to embark on a career in the HVAC-R industry, our diploma program is tailored to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for success. Join us, and let's start your HVAC-R journey today!


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Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology

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Rockford Career College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology that prepares students for a rewarding career as surgical technologists. Here's an overview of our program:

Program Highlights:

  • Our program curriculum combines professional instruction with hands-on training in both the lab and clinical settings. This blend ensures that you develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors required to excel as an entry-level surgical technologist.
  • Throughout the program, you'll gain insights into basic sciences relevant to surgical technology, learning to recognize and assist with emergency situations.
  • You'll also learn how to prepare and function as a Surgical Technologist during pre-surgical, intra-surgical, and post-surgical procedures.
  • Our program is programmatically accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and upon graduation, you'll be eligible to take the CST examination through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Program Details:

  • Delivery Method: Hybrid
  • Program Length: 18 months
  • Total Credits: 102

Choose Rockford Career College for your surgical technology education, and embark on a fulfilling career in the healthcare industry with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience required for success.


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Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technician

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The Veterinary Technician Associate's Degree at Rockford Career College is designed to prepare students to effectively contribute to the health and well-being of veterinary patients. This program equips you with the skills and knowledge required to work in a small animal clinic setting while also exposing you to large animal and research information. Veterinary technicians play a crucial role in the care of animals under the supervision of a veterinarian. Here's what you'll learn in this program:

Program Highlights:

  • Perform patient examinations and collect data on vital signs.
  • Calculate, prepare, and administer medications by common drug routes and prepare pharmaceuticals as prescribed by a veterinarian.
  • Prepare anesthetic delivery systems, induce anesthesia, monitor patients under anesthesia, manage complications, and recover anesthesia.
  • Perform dental prophylactic procedures on dogs and cats.
  • Collect and process samples for diagnostic tests, such as blood chemistries, differentials, culture/sensitivities, and EKGs.
  • Recognize and assess behavioral signs of animals and how it relates to husbandry, handling, and disease.
  • Educate clients on their animal's health, nutrition, management during illness, preventative medicine, and euthanasia.
  • Perform nursing care for small, large, and exotic species while being advocates for the animals' health.

Program Details:

  • Delivery Method: Hybrid
  • Program Length: 24 months
  • Credits: 114.5

Embark on a fulfilling career path as a Veterinary Technician by enrolling in the program at Rockford Career College. Your love for animals can translate into a rewarding profession.


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Diploma in Medical Assistant

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Our Medical Assistant Diploma program is your stepping stone to a rewarding career in the healthcare industry. Here's what you can expect:

Program Overview

Designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the medical assistant profession, our diploma program covers a wide range of essential knowledge and skills. This includes comprehensive training in office administration procedures and the technology used in medical offices.

Hands-On Learning

Success in the program requires active participation in class sessions and completion of in-class and out-of-class assignments. These assignments may include reading, projects, papers, and various learning activities. Anticipate dedicating approximately two hours to out-of-class activities for every one hour of lecture.

Program Outcomes

By the end of the program, you should be able to:

  • Professionalism and Communication: Demonstrate professionalism and skill in both written and oral communication, as well as collaborative skills suitable for a professional work environment.

  • Ethical Standards: Articulate legal and ethical standards, procedures, and regulations relevant to the medical assisting field.

  • Clinical Skills: Understand and demonstrate the clinical skills, diagnostic procedures, and operational functions required in medical assisting, as defined by state and local regulations and/or licensure requirements.

  • Administrative Proficiency: Demonstrate effective administrative tasks and procedures necessary in a medical office.

If you're ready to embark on a fulfilling career as a Medical Assistant, our diploma program will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills. Join us today and take the first step towards your future in the healthcare industry!


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Diploma in Welding

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Embark on an exciting journey into the world of welding, where you'll master the art of joining metals using the transformative power of heat. This program will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to become a welding expert. Here's an overview of the program:

Program Highlights:

  • Gain comprehensive expertise in various welding processes, including Stick, Flux Core, MIG, and TIG on mild steel up to 3/8".
  • Have the opportunity to earn a Certified Welding Inspection (CWI) report through the prestigious American Welding Society (AWS) at no cost.
  • Hold the CWI report as a symbol of your expertise and dedication, boosting your pride and confidence in your welding abilities.

Program Details:

  • Delivery Method: Ground (on-campus)
  • Program Length: 10 months
  • No High School Diploma Needed

Don't miss the opportunity to ignite your passion for welding and embark on a rewarding career path in the welding industry. Enroll in the Welding program at Rockford Career College today.


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Diploma in Practical Nursing

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Rockford Career College offers a Practical Nursing Program designed to provide students with a quality education and equip them with the skills and knowledge needed for a career in nursing. Here's an overview of our program:

Program Highlights:

  • The mission of our Practical Nursing Program (PN Program) is to provide a quality education to students with a passion for helping people. Our program emphasizes ethics and respect for the medical profession, guiding students through practical application, clinical skills, critical thinking, and continued learning.
  • During the program, students will learn to perform all nursing functions within safe, legal, and ethical parameters.
  • The curriculum focuses on clinical judgment, achieving a precision level in biological, physical, psychosocial, and nursing sciences.
  • Students will acquire the judgment and skill to safely and accurately administer medication.
  • Upon graduation, students will qualify to take the Licensure Examination.

Program Details:

  • Delivery Method: Hybrid
  • Program Length: 14 months
  • Total Credits: 76.5

Choose Rockford Career College for your practical nursing education, and embark on a fulfilling career in the healthcare industry with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience required for success.


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About school

Rockford Career College was established in 1862 with the aim of offering affordable, quality business education to the people of Rockford, Illinois. Over time, the institution diversified its programs by introducing additional vocational courses. It holds the distinction of being the fifth-oldest college in Illinois. While the school has undergone multiple changes in ownership throughout its history, its fundamental mission has consistently revolved around providing practical training that enables students to swiftly enter the workforce.

In the Rockford, IL area

1130 South Alpine Road, Rockford, IL 61108