Community Partnerships

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To truly prepare students to succeed in their chosen careers, education must be up-to-date, hands-on and real-world. That’s especially true in the high-stakes world of health care. Combined, our health care programs require more than 1,400 hours of observation or clnical time to graduate. Thanks to the many partnerships with hospitals, clinics and nursing homes within our region, Waubonsee’s health care students are able to get the hours, interactions and expertise they need to competently and compassionately care for the community.

  • Certified Nurse Assistant
    Offered at Aurora Fox Valley, Aurora Downtown and Plano, this popular program is a great way to quickly enter the health care field. Over the years, more than 6,000 students have earned their CNA credential here, complete with the 40 hours of clinical experience mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  • Emergency Medical Technician
    The work-based learning opportunities provided by our area health care partners helped our EMT - Paramedic program receive national recognition from Advance CTE, a national nonprofit that represents state directors and leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult career technical education (CTE) programs across the U.S. The award also noted the rigor of our academic and technical coursework, which prepares students with the skills they need for success.
  • Health Care Interpreting
    Responding to a community need, Waubonsee became a pioneer in this field, with our health care interpreting associate degree being the first of its kind in the state. Health care interpreters are bilingual (English/Spanish) individuals who help patients and doctors speaking different languages understand one another.
  • Health Information Technology
    While this program, which combines the disciplines of information technology, clinical health care and business administration, doesn’t require hands-on patient care, it does require hands-on experience, and so our students work in local health care settings to gain the required 160 hours of clinicals.
  • Medical Assistant
    Students in this program gain real-world type skills well before their required externship, thanks to a new simulated doctor’s office set-up in the newly renovated Aurora Fox Valley Campus.
  • Nursing
    The stellar reputation this program enjoys in the community is due to the fine work of its 2,300 graduates, each of whom complete 700 hours of clinicals in order to become licensed registered nurses (RNs).
  • Phlebotomy
    If you’ve ever gotten blood drawn at an area clinic or lab, chances are high that it was done by a student or graduate of this program.
  • Surgical Technology
    Students in this program must be a part of 120-150 surgical procedures in order to graduate, and so are often on-site at local hospitals preparing for their future profession.