Clubs and Organizations
Extracurricular Activities for Students
Alpha Iota Sorority (Alpha Beta Chapter and Peoria Alumnae Chapter)
This organization is an international honorary business sorority for women of high scholastic achievement. Its purpose is to make each member a better businesswoman through the development of self-confidence, leadership skills, and awareness of responsibility to herself and her community. The spirit of loyalty, friendship, cooperation, and education fostered during college years continues for life.
American Association of Medical Assistants
All Medical Assistant A.A.S. Degree students are encouraged to enroll as a student member in the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Students are enrolled as members of the chapter of their choice. This membership is important to the development of professionalism and leadership in students attending our accredited (CAAHEP and AAMA) Medical Assistant program. Student membership is approximately $35 per year, and dues can be incorporated into the student's financial aid package. Please see the Program Director for information.
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
All Health Information Technology A.A.S. Degree students are encouraged to enroll as a student member in the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Students are enrolled as members of the Illinois Component State Association, Illinois Health Information Management Association (ILHIMA). This membership provides the students with access to:
- Valuable peer networking opportunities through the AHIMA Communities of Practice (CoP)
- Subscription to the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Health Information Management Association
- Eligibility for scholarships through the AHIMA Foundation of Research and Education (FORE)
- Access to the FORE Library and HIM Body of Knowledge
- Access to the AHIMA Job Bank
- Discounts on AHIMA books and other products
Standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education recommend exposing students to the professional organization. Student membership is $35 per year, and dues can be incorporated into the student's financial aid package. The application for membership is completed during the student's enrollment process with the Program Director. Students are expected to renew their membership annually until graduation. The renewal dues can also be incorporated into the student's financial aid package upon request.
- American Health Information Management Association
- Illinois Health Information Management Association
Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI)
Formerly the American Association for Medical Transcription, this organization was originally established in 1978. Changes in technology over the next decade will impact medical transcription and practitioners. AHDI works to advance the transcription profession providing legislative advocacy and opportunities for professional development. Student membership is $55 per year, and dues can be incorporated into the student's financial aid package.
Central Illinois Health Information Management Association (CIHIMA)
CIHIMA is a regional association, which is separate from AHIMA and ILHIMA. Annual dues for CIHIMA are $10. CIHIMA provides quarterly educational meetings in Peoria, Normal, and other locations in Central Illinois. Student price to attend CIHIMA meetings is $12.50 for the full day of education.
International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Tri-County Chapter
Every month a group of administrative professionals meet to exchange ideas, conduct group business, and learn information on current professional topics. All Administrative Professional and Office Assistant students are encouraged to join the local Peoria chapter of the IAAP. The initial annual student membership fee is $80.50; the renewal fee is $65.50. Dues can be incorporated into the student's financial aid package. Please contact the Program Director if you would like to attend one of the meetings as a guest or receive membership information.
The Midstate Jurists represent the Paralegal Studies department at Midstate College. All current students of the Paralegal Studies program and all graduates of the Paralegal Studies program currently enrolled in other programs are eligible to join and attend the Midstate Jurists meetings and events. All students in the Paralegal Studies program are encouraged to attend the meetings and other activities of this group.
The purpose/goals of the Midstate Jurists include:
- To promote the paralegal profession
- To encourage and provide for the continuing education for paralegals
- To act as a communications network among members of the Midstate College Paralegal Studies program, the paralegal profession, the legal community, and civic and professional organizations
- To participate in and conduct research, seminars, studies or other works relative to the paralegal profession
- To monitor activities and inform its members of the developments in the paralegal profession
- To recognize the importance of ethical standards in the paralegal profession
- To offer understanding and support for program peers and professionals
Paralegal Studies students are also encouraged to join the Central Illinois Paralegal Association and at least one of the national associations which include:
- National Association of Legal Assistants
- National Federation of Paralegal Associations
- National Paralegal Association
These organizations promote fellowship among the paralegal students and expand the student's horizons through networking and continuing education opportunities in the legal field.
All Allied Health students are encouraged to attend the meetings and other activities of this club. The goals of the club are to promote better understanding of healthcare professions, provide networking opportunities, and promote unification throughout the healthcare professions.
Phi Beta Lambda (Nu Alpha Epsilon Chapter)
Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate division of the national association, Future Business Leaders of American-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL). Membership is open to all students interested in pursuing a business or business-related career. Phi Beta Lambda increases members' knowledge in business through chapter meetings, conferences, and competitive events.
The mission of FBLA-PBL is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovation leadership and career development programs. Through this interaction, student members become more marketable and established contacts that will help them accomplish their career objectives. Businesses will benefit from PBL by gaining access to a market of highly qualified prospective employees.
The goals of Phi Beta Lambda include:
- To develop capable, aggressive business leadership
- To strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work
- To create more interest in and understanding of the American business enterprise
- To encourage members in the development of individual projects, which contribute to the improvement of home, business, and community
- To develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism
- To encourage and practice efficient money management
- To encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty
- To assist students in the establishment of occupational goals
- To facilitate the transition from school to work
Student membership is $25 per year, and dues can be incorporated into the student's financial aid package. The application for membership is completed through the Student Affairs Office.
Realtime Reporting Club
The primary mission and objective of the club is to promote fellowship among Realtime Reporting students and to stimulate and encourage training in their field. Annual plans for professional growth include attending national and state conventions, participating in field trips, and inviting professional speakers to present at classes and special events.