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BHC closed Monday, May 25

All Black Hawk College facilities will be closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. The college will reopen Tuesday, May 26.

BHC donates $1,010 to Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund

ISA Nepal Red Cross May 2015 (web)Black Hawk College students and employees recently donated $1,010 to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund through the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area.

The International Student Association (ISA) coordinated a week-long fundraiser at the Quad-Cities Campus then presented the donation to Melissa Levan (seated) from the Red Cross.

Pictured with Levan are (from left to right) ISA members Emin Huseinbegovic from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Adele Tossou from Togo and Laxmi Gurung from Nepal.


Last updated 5/21/2015

Veterinary Technology AAS

Last updated 5/19/2015

Associate in Science Code 5017

Program Contacts:
East Campus

Colleen A. Lewis, DVM, Program Director, 309-854-1752; Advising Center, 309-854-1713

Coming soon . . . pending ICCB approval, Fall 2015

This degree is offered at the East Campus.

The Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology prepares students to perform veterinary procedures under the supervision of a veterinarian. Students will be prepared and eligible to take the National Veterinary Technician Examination in becoming a Certified Veterinary Tehcnician (CVT). CVTs are primarily employed in veterinary clinics and hospitals.

The curriculum for Veterinary Technology is career oriented and accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Admission Requirements:

  1. High school graduation or equivalent.
  2. A physical examination prior to any clinical course-work.
  3. The applicant will shadow a CVT or equivalent for a minimum of 40 hours in an animal care facility under the direction of a licensed veterinarian. A completion form must be signed by the CVT and veterinarian prior to application.
  4. VT Application Process: students are strongly encouraged to get their application in early, as this selection process begins in January and is very competitive. Applications will be accepted starting September 1. Applicants are interviewed and reviewed for selection in the order in which the program received their appliction. The program admits 24 students each fall. Applications are available online at the department page or you may request to have one mailed to you through New Student Services.
  5. Students wishing to apply after March 1 should check whether applications are still being accepted at the department page.
  6. Interview with VT selection committee: the interview is part of a written and oral selection process.
  7. A rabies vaccination is required prior to admission and required by many clinical sites.
  8. Minimum of “C” average in courses previously completed at Black Hawk College and any courses transferred from other colleges is required.
  9. Students must achieve a grade of “C” or above in all VT courses to continue in the program. Final grades below a “C” will result in dismissal from the program. Readmission is at the disgression of the program director and as space permits.

Students must also successfully document all job shadowing, health and background checks required by academic departments and/or clinical sites prior to admission to program and/or courses.

Descriptions for all new courses within the proposed veterinary technology program follow the program.

Veterinary Technology AAS
Associate in Applied Science Code 5017
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
VT 102 — Interpersonal Communication (3)
VT 110 — Vet Tech Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
VT 115 — Small Animal Health Care I (3)
VT 123 — Vet Tech Math (3)
VT 140 — Microbiology & Parasitology (3)

Second Semester
VT 111 — Vet Tech Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
VT 116 — Small Animal Health Care II (3)
VT 130 — Repro, Production & Nutrition (2)
VT 150 — Lab and Exotic Animal Care (3)
VT 160 — Vet Tech Pharmacology (3)

VT 170 — Anesthesia & Surgical Prep (2)
VT 166 — Clinical Preceptorship (4)

Third Semester
VT 203 — Vet Ethics & Critical Thinking (2)
VT 210 — Vet Diagnostic Imaging (3)
VT 215 — Large Animal Health Care (2)
VT 240 — Clin Path & Lab Procedures I (3)
VT 270 — Vet Tech Surgery & Nursing (5)

Fourth Semester
VT 202 — Veterinary Office Practices (3)
VT 222 — National Board (NVTE) Review (2)
VT 241 — Clin Path & Lab Procedures II (3)
VT 266 — Vet Tech Clinical Internship (4)

Minimum total hours required for degree (80-82)

Note: Upon completion of this course of study, students will be eligible to take the board examination to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. (The student is bound by the Illinois Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004: 225 ILCS 115/3) (from Ch. 111, par.7003).

Courses for this program include: »

  • See contact person as defined in program description.

Veterinary Assisting Certificate

Last updated 5/19/2015

Certificate Code 5117

Program Contacts:
QC Campus

Betsey Morthland, 309-796-5049,; Dianne Abels, 309-796-5394,; Advising Center, 309-796-5100

Coming soon . . . pending ICCB approval, Fall 2015

This certificate is offered at the Quad-Cities Campus.

The Veterinary Assisting certificate program prepares students to become a member of the veterinary healthcare team that aids the veterinarian and veterinary technician perform daily tasks. The curriculum was developed to meet the guidelines of the National Association of Veterinary Technologists (NAVTA). Students will be prepared and eligible to take the NAVTA credentialing exam to become an Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA). AVAs are employed primarily in veterinary clinics and hospitals and may perform the following duties:

  • Kennel work
  • Assisting with the handling of animals
  • Feeding and exercising animals
  • Cleaning and setting up equipment
  • Clerical work

Admission Requirements:

  1. High School graduation or equivalent.
  2. Application to the VA program. Applications may be obtained on the program web page and will be accepted until July 15 for the fall semester start. The program will admit 24 students per academic year.
  3. Candidates will be interviewed by the program director prior to admission.
  4. Students wishing to obtain the Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology upon completion of the VA Certificate should contact that program director of the VT AAS (East Campus only) prior to the start of VA classes.

Veterinary Assisting
Certificate Code 5117
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
BIOL 150 — Medical Terminology (3)
VT 100 — Intro to Veterinary Technology online (2)
VA 147 — Vet Clinical I (4)
BIOL 100 — Introduction to Biology (4)

HIM 251 — Medical Office Procedures (3)

Spring Semester
VT 102 — Interpersonal Communication (3)
VT 160 — Vet Tech Pharmacology (3)
VT 203 — Vet Ethics and Critical Thinking online (2)
VA 247 — Vet Clinical II (4)

Summer Semester
VA 261 — Seminar (1)
VA 265 — Internship (3)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (32)

Courses for this program include: »

  • See contact person as defined in program description.

Gainful Employment

Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.

Veterinary Assisting Certificate

May is Water Safety Month

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

It’s almost time for vacations or weekends at the water park, beach, pool, or boating and fishing.  Before you’re swimming in the water, make sure you are able to perform all five basic water skills. Currently, only 56% of self-described swimmers can perform the water skills competently. That is not good news. To be safe in the water, the Red Cross suggests you are competently able to perform the five basic water skills:

  1. Float or tread water for one minute without a flotation device.
  2. Step or jump into water over your head and return to the surface.
  3. Tread water or float in a full circle and then find a way out of the water.
  4. Exit a pool without using a ladder.
  5. Swim 25 yards (the length of a standard pool) without stopping.

Did you know drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury or death in the United States? Each day, 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Two of the 10 people include children aged 14 or younger. Unfortunately, studies indicate that children 1-4 years old are more likely to die at home in their pool. A survey from the Center of Disease Control indicates four parents out of 10 report that their children ages 4-17 can perform all of the five basic swimming skills. The survey also indicated that 46% of people in the U.S. have had an experience where they were afraid they might drown, and 19% of people know of someone who drowned or nearly drowned.

Stay safe by practicing good safety habits. Francis Bacon once said “Knowledge is power.” This month, we say “Knowledge is lifesaving.” When near or in the water:

  • Use a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Air-filled water wings, foam noodles or inner-tubes are not life jackets.
  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The more quickly CPR is started, the better the outcome.
  • Swim with a buddy and select sites that have lifeguards when possible.
  • Eliminate alcohol. 80% of men drown due to alcohol consumption.
  • Be aware of the weather conditions. Strong winds and thunderstorms with lightning strikes are dangerous.
  • Watch for dangerous waves and rip currents. Look for water that is discolored and choppy, foamy or water filled with debris moving away from shore.
  • If you get caught in a current, don’t panic. Swim parallel to shore. Once free of the current, swim diagonally toward shore.

You are never too old to learn to swim!

If you don’t know how or you want to brush up on your skills, enroll in private or group swim lessons. Call and enroll in Black Hawk College’s Swim School which is a learn-to-swim program focusing on safety, fun and individual success. The college offers swim levels 1-7, beginner through pre-competitive, with low student-to-teacher ratios. Stay safe and enjoy the water!

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Disclaimer: These tips have been provided as general information for increasing safety awareness and for informational purposes only. Black Hawk College does not accept any liability for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) that is provided. We make every effort to insure the integrity and validity of the data provided. Always, check with your care provider before making any changes.

BHC baseball team headed to regional tournament

BHC Braves baseball team group shot (cropped)

Congratulations to the 2015 Black Hawk College Braves baseball players!

The Quad-Cities Campus team has qualified for the NJCAA North Central District/Region IV Championship coming up May 15-17 in Schaumburg, Ill.

The Braves won three straight elimination games to advance to the regional tournament.

The winner of the four-team tournament will advance the NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series taking place May 23-30 in Enid, Okla. The other teams in the regional tournament are Madison College, Oakton Community College and Morton College.

The team’s current season record is 34-22. The Braves also are:

  • 2015 Arrowhead Conference Champions
  • 2015 NJCAA Region IV Sectional Champions


Last updated 5/13/2015

Kids can learn to swim this summer at BHC

The next session of Swim School for youths ages 4-15 begins Monday, June 8 at the Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

Choose from Monday-Thursday sessions or twice-a-week evening sessions:

  • Monday-Thursday at 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 4:15 p.m. OR 5:15 p.m.
    • June 8-18
    • June 22-July 2
    • July 6-16
    • July 20-30
  • Mondays AND Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.
    • June 8-July 1
    • July 6-29

All sessions are eight classes. Cost is $55 per session.

To register, call 309-796-5601. For more information, visit

BHC pool closed for maintenance May 23-31

The BHC Aquatic Center at the Quad-Cities Campus will be closed for scheduled spring maintenance Saturday, May 23 through Sunday, May 31.

The pool offers lap swim, open swim, classes for children and aquatic exercise. Pool rentals and private lessons also are available.

For more information, go to or call 309-796-5601 or 309-796-5603.



BHC golfers wrapping up successful year

Black Hawk College men’s golfers have continued the Braves tradition of being successful student-athletes.

In Fall 2014, the Black Hawk College golf team won its 20th Region IV Final, which provided the team with an opportunity to complete in the NJCAA Division II National Golf Tournament May 19-22 at Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro, Ala.

On May 6, 2015, Black Hawk College hosted the Arrowhead Conference final meet at Byron Hills G.C. in Port Byron, IL. The BHC golf team earned its 31st Arrowhead Conference Championship, and six players earned All-Conference.

Traveling team members and Spring 2015 averages in six meets:

  • Chad Nitz – 74.8 (Rockridge High School – sophomore)
  • Eli Day – 75.7 (Kenosha United High School – sophomore)
  • Cody Bender – 76.3 (Bettendorf High School – sophomore)
  • Joe Hanlin – 78 (Byron High School – freshman)
  • Rich Snell – 78.5 (Geneseo High School – sophomore)
  • Bill Mosenfelder – 78.8 (Rock Island High School – Freshman)

Commencement 2015 information for families, friends

QC Campus grad 2014Quad-Cities Campus Commencement

The Quad-Cities Campus Commencement Ceremony will be Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the iWireless Center in downtown Moline, 1201 River Drive. Flowers and balloons will be for sale in the lobby.

Rehearsal – Noon
Ceremony – 7 p.m.

East Campus Commencement

The East Campus Commencement Ceremony will be Friday, May 22, 2015, at the Kewanee National Guard Armory in downtown Kewanee, 111 N. East St.

Rehearsal – 9 a.m.
Ceremony – 7 p.m.

Tickets are not needed to attend either commencement ceremony. Parking is free.

Both commencement venues are handicapped accessible. There will be a sign language interpreter at both ceremonies.

After both ceremonies, family and friends are invited to attend the on-site reception honoring graduates.

For more information, visit