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Health Professions

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Industry-informed programs at the forefront of medical education.

Elgin Community College (ECC) is dedicated to providing a comprehensive educational foundation and hands-on clinical experience that equips you for success in the dynamic world of health care. Our programs have a track record of high job placement rates and success in certificate and licensing exams, showcasing the quality of education you'll receive here.

At ECC, we don't just meet the industry standards; we exceed them. By providing you with the highest standards in medical education, we are shaping the future of health care professionals who will lead, innovate, and significantly impact the local and regional community.

Standout Curriculum

Our programs are meticulously designed with input from industry experts through our advisory committees, ensuring that you receive the most up-to-date and relevant education. We stay at the forefront of medical advancements, integrating the latest research and best practices into your curriculum. Another hallmark of our excellence is our programs meet national accreditation standards, giving your credentials an extra competitive edge.

Degree Programs

Certificate Programs

  • Basic Nurse Assistant
  • Clinical Dental Assisting
  • Clinical Laboratory Assistant
  • Computed Tomography
  • Dental Office Aide
  • Group Fitness Professional
  • Histotechnology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Mammography
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assisting
  • Personal Training
  • Phlebotomy
  • Pre-clinical Dental Assisting
  • Respiratory Care - Coming Spring 2025
  • Sterile Processing and Distribution

Plan of Study and Course Descriptions

Please refer to the ECC catalog for program details and course descriptions.

ECC Catalog

What are ECC’s facilities like?

At ECC, we take learning to a new level with our cutting-edge on-campus facilities and state-of-the-art laboratories. These dynamic spaces aren't your typical classrooms. They're immersive learning environments designed to make your educational journey truly hands-on and engaging. We have the latest technology and equipment, mirroring the modern health care landscape. Hands-on experience before graduation will help set you apart when applying for positions.

Register for a campus tour today!

Tour our beautiful campus and explore programs, student resources, and academic spaces. Tours are available every other Wednesday at 4 pm and are led by a friendly student ambassador or admissions staff member.

In-Person Campus Tours

Do you have partnerships with local hospitals and clinics?

ECC's partnerships with local experts offer networking, internships, and real-world experience, bridging the gap between the classroom and practice for seamless career transitions to finding a job in a hospital, a doctor’s office, or in the public sector. Our robust partnerships help you to undertake clinical rotations and hands-on learning experiences beyond the campus walls. Such interactions bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world practice, enabling you to witness firsthand the challenges and rewards of health professions.

ECC’s programs have received recognition from their respective accrediting agencies.

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST)
  • Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA)
  • Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)
  • Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

ECC in the News

ECC Nursing Graduate Michael Lacala
Accomplishment | Alumni Profile
Published 08/24/2022

ECC nursing graduate awarded national scholarship for nursing exam

Elgin Community College nursing graduate Michael Lacala is one of 15 Phi Theta Kappa members in the country to be awarded the Hurst Review National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) Scholarships to help cover the cost of the NCLEX exam fees and study materials. Lacala graduated this past spring from ECC’s nursing program.

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ECC Physical Therapist Assistant student Natalia Martinez
Academics | Accomplishment | Student Profile
Published 04/20/2023

ECC student Natalia Martinez earns IPTF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship

The Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF) granted Elgin Community College physical therapist assistant program student Natalia Martinez the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Scholarship. The IPTF, along with the Illinois Physical Therapist Association (IPTA), provides the DEI scholarship to recognize the importance of promoting greater diversity within the physical therapy profession to better serve the residents of Illinois and its members.

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Elgin Community College Spring 2023 graduate Jordan Williams
Commencement | Graduation Essays
Published 05/17/2023

Jordan Williams: My advice for future students is to never give up

My time at Elgin Community College has been quite the experience! I first enrolled in 2016 to start my journey to qualify for the nursing program.

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A respiratory care therapist treats a patient
Published 06/29/2023

New ECC program breathes life into the community

Elgin Community College’s newest health professions program, Respiratory Care, focuses on helping people breathe easier. Starting in the fall of 2024, the new program will train students as respiratory therapists and prepare them to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

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ECC nursing graduate Esmeralda Guerra
Academics | Accomplishment | Alumni Profile
Published 07/12/2023

ECC student turns trials into triumph

Esmeralda Guerra’s life has revolved around helping others even when she had nothing. That’s how her passion to become a nurse was born.

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ECC's first medical assisting class
Academics | Accomplishment
Published 09/05/2023

Responding to local health care needs: Inaugural medical assisting class graduates

The first cohort of ECC’s new medical assisting program completed their final class in August 2023. Launched last year, the program is ECC’s response to local health care agencies who alerted the college to the increasing regional demand for these skilled health care professionals.

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Melia Delaney, student speaker for the Spring 2024 Career and Technical Programs Commencement Ceremony
Accomplishment | Commencement | Graduation Essays | Student Profile
Published 05/21/2024

Melia Delaney: It was ECC that helped me make that difference

Let's give another round of applause for our graduates here today! All that work and effort to bring each one of us here. It's the work of these 200-plus students that fills this space, with so many more watching online right now.

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