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  Information about Oakton Community College clinics, registering in a technical degree program to develop job skills, and taking free practice tests online. Which college degrees will give you the best chances of finding employment after graduation? Some students select a major because it offers practical training that will be valuable in the workplace. Other students choose their major simply because they enjoy the subject material. Given the variety of nursing specializations, there is a niche that will appeal to you as a nurse. Further, due to advances in medical systems, there is a growing skill-shortage of trained nurses across all sectors. The most popular college major is business administration, split evenly between men and women. On the other hand, men make up the vast majority of computer science and engineering majors. For women, the fields of education, English and liberal arts dominate the list.

You don't have to be currently enrolled in a degree program in order to sign up for online courses. Distance education reduces the need for high-priced course textbooks, as many books are now available on Kindle, Google Books, or as shareware. If you so choose, online education gives you the opportunity to take difficult courses that won't show up on your transcript. Alternatively, you may be able to complete online credits for a grade. Advanced Placement exams (AP Exams) are offered in a variety of subjects, offering college credit for classes that you have taken. Test yourself with free practice exams, before visiting the College Board website to register to take your actual AP Tests. If you earn a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam, you may be granted advanced placement in college.

Online Courses - MOOCs

Oakton Community College clinicsCollege degree majors with high starting-salaries after graduation include physical sciences, business administration, and engineering. If you remain true to your career interests, not just going after salary, your overall job earnings will increase as you gain experience. However, if your focus is more on salary alone, there's a higher risk that you'll suffer early signs of burnout, and be forced to change careers later on.

Technical training programs are a low-cost alternative to attending a regular four-year college, and still you may earn good money as a highly-skilled, technical specialist. By taking some of your required degree courses online, you may be able to graduate earlier, thus saving money on tuition. If you're currently employed, you can take online courses in your spare time to advance your career. Massive Open Online Courses are known as MOOCs, utilizing cloud-based software, interactive platforms such as Blackboard, and mobile apps.

An online degree may be just as marketable as a college degree that was earned on campus. Udemy online learning is a new startup with backing from the founders of Groupon. Similarly, Khan Academy now offers over 4,000 micro-lectures served through YouTube. Coursera, a competing software platform, has millions of enrolled students from around the world. Recently, MIT announced that it's open courseware platform will be available to students and instructors at no cost.

Online Tests - Free Practice!

This section offers practice tests in a variety of academic subject areas. Each of the following multiple-choice tests has 10 questions to work on. No sign-up required, just straight to the test.
Business Tests

Nursing Tests

English Tests
Engineering Tests

Other colleges near Des Plaines, Illinois:

Take a few moments to browse other colleges and universities near Des Plaines. It's a good idea to compare all schools in the area, as well as consider taking some of your classes online, to save on tuition fees. By continuing your education, you can improve your salary prospects or train for a more interesting position. According to the Occupational Outlook Quarterly, from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, college graduates are twice as likely to find employment as those without a college degree in today's competitive job market. Further, it may be possible to receive degree credit via Advanced Placement exams, as well as through honors classes that you've taken.

Financial aid deadlines are typically scheduled well in advance of regular admission dates, so be sure to apply early. You may request free information from several different schools below, without making a commitment.

College GuidePhoneIn-state TuitionOut-of-state TuitionStudent Body SizeRequest Info
MacMurray College
    Jacksonville, IL
(217) 479-7000 $$$ $$$ small Program Info
Spoon River College
    Canton, IL
(309) 647-4645 $$ $$ medium Program Info
Northwestern University
    Evanston, IL
(847) 491-3741$$$$$$$$very large Program Info
Hebrew College
    Skokie, IL
(847) 982-2500 $$$ $$$ small Program Info
John A Logan College
    Carterville, IL
(618) 985-3741 $$ $$ large Program Info
Cortiva Institute Chicago
    Chicago, IL
(312) 753-7900 $ (low) $ (low) small Program Info
Saint Augustine College
    Chicago, IL
(773) 878-8756 $$ $$ small Program Info
Rockford College
    Rockford, IL
(815) 226-4050$$$$$$$$ medium Program Info
BIR Training Center
    Chicago, IL
(773) 866-0111 $$ $$ very small Program Info
Trinity International University Illinois
    Deerfield, IL
(847) 945-8800$$$$$$$$ medium Program Info

Nursing Education

There is indeed a shortage of nurses, but please be aware that the education required is very challenging. Community colleges offer an Associate of Science degree in Nursing, and some diploma programs also award certificates in practical nursing. Nurse training can take a long time to complete, based on your ability to learn, and whether you are able to attend nursing school full-time. Deciding whether to get an associates degree or a bachelors degree should depend on your career goals and budget. In fact, most students may not have the means to attend four straight years of college.

If you can pass the rigorous training program, a variety of specialized nursing jobs are increasingly available, due to the aging US population, as well as the increased quality of healthcare services. Registered nurses (RN), and licensed vocational nurses (LVN), provide patient care and emotional support to patients. Diagnostic medical sonographers use ultrasound imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body, in a procedure commonly known as a sonogram, or echocardiogram, to diagnose medical conditions. The following occupations are ranked in the fastest-growing job categories by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Physical therapists help people who have injuries or illnesses improve their movement and manage their pain. Physical therapist assistants work under the direction of physical therapists.

Other medical jobs provide challenging career paths, as well as competitive starting salaries, although continuing education will be required to keep abreast of the advancements in your chosen field. Respiratory therapists care for patients who have trouble breathing from a chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma or emphysema. They provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, stroke, drowning, or shock. Radiation therapists treat cancer and other diseases in patients by giving radiation treatments. Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on patients.

Nursing & Medical Job Listings

Earning a CNA degree (Certified Nursing Assistant) is the first step towards becoming a fully-qualified nurse. Most CNA programs can be completed within a few months, allowing you to join the workforce quickly. The next step in a nursing career is to become a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) or LVN ( Licensed Vocational Nurse). These are year-long programs, in which you'll work under an RN distributing meds, treating wounds, and providing basic patient care.
Nursing & Medical Careers
Each link lists current openings:
Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Dental Hygienists$30,430$41,530
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers$36,090$68,520
EMT, Paramedics$29,390$65,280
Home Health Aides$30,100$57,030
Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)$54,480$84,780
Massage Therapists$33,000$62,670
Medical Assistants$26,980$37,140
Medical Lab Technicians$30,550$59,260
Medical Records$29,140$45,260
Pharmacy Tech$30,180$46,600
Physical Therapist Assistants$41,410$56,220
Radiologic Technicians$52,110$77,160
Respiratory Therapy Technicians$39,860$56,220
Surgical Technologists$39,680$73,630
Veterinary Assistants$21,060$39,510

In order to become an RN (Registered Nurse), a bachelors degree in nursing is recommended. RN's command a greater salary, and are responsible for an enlarged scope of practice over LPNs and CNAs. Students will receive classroom instruction and clinical training in a hospital setting. A 4-year BSN program allows students to further specialize in the areas of pediatrics, geriatrics and mental health. After completing your nursing education, you must be licensed by the state in which you'll be practicing, given that state boards of nursing each have specific certification requirements.

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1600 E Golf Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016-1268

Phone: (847) 635-1600
Fax: (847) 635-1764

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Oakton Community College
1600 E Golf Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016-1268

Phone: (847) 635-1600
Fax: (847) 635-1764
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Skilled Careers
Current openings:
Starting Salary
(up to)
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Oakton Community College has a reputation for academics, allowing you to pursue the degree program that's right for you. Additionally, career placement services can help you to structure your job search after graduation. If you'd like to request course information, please use the inquiry form at the top of this page.

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