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2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Healthcare Technician, Career Studies Certificate Program

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Purpose: This curriculum is designed to provide skills and knowledge to prepare the student to take the certification test for becoming a certified Nurse Aide in Virginia.

Occupational Objective: Upon completion of this curriculum and certification by the Virginia Board of Nursing, individuals will be eligible for employment in a variety of health care settings.

Admission Requirements: All students will be required to demonstrate college readiness through transcript review or informed self-placement.  Based on this review students may request or be required to enroll in prerequisite or corequisite math and/or English courses. Admission requirements include high school graduation or GED, demonstrated competency in Math (MDE 10   eligible), and direct placement in ENG 111   with or without corequisite support. Students who desire progression into any other advancing levels of nursing should qualify for MTH 154   or higher with or without corequisite support.   

A prospective student with a felony/misdemeanor conviction needs to see the HCT course instructor/program advisor. Certain convictions will prevent an individual from being certified as a nurse aide in Virginia and other states. The program requires additional expenditures for the student’s health assessment, immunizations, urine drug screen, criminal background check, student liability, uniforms, supplies, and equipment, which are required for clinical assignments in HCT 101  and HCT 102 . Prior to the onset of the first clinical session, the student must provide criminal background check.

Healthcare Technician Curriculum:

Total Minimum Credits: 17

1 HCT 101  and HCT 102  must be taken during the same semester. A student may choose to take only HCT 101  and HCT 102  and upon completion of these two courses, be a candidate to take the Nurse Aide in Virginia certification test. Students who complete HCT 101 and HCT 102 will be eligible to enroll in HCT 115. Students who successfully complete HCT 115 are eligible to be a candidate to take the Medication Aide Certification test. Students who choose this route will not receive the career studies certificate. However, students who are planning to explore career ladder opportunities to become a LPN or RN are advised to complete the Healthcare Technician Career Study Certificate courses. 

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