Healthcare & Medical Services Academy

Healthcare & Medical Services Academy

CATEC is partnered with Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), Reynolds Community College (RCC), and local businesses to develop career and educational pathways in the areas of nursing, pharmacy, dental, and emergency medicine

Pathways

Education Pathways

Career Pathways

Program Year Credential Health and Medical
Nursing 1 CATEC CNA Certified Nurse Assistant
Home Health Care Specialist
2-3 PVCC LPN Licensed Practical Nurse
Dental Assisting 1 CATEC Radiation Health and Safety, Infection Control Dental Assistant
2+ GCC A.S. Dental Hygienist
Pharmacy 1 CATEC CphT Pharmacy Technician
2 PVCC Certificate Pharmacy Technician
Emergency Medicine 1 CATEC EMT-B Emergency Medical Technician
2-3 PVCC EMT-P Paramedic

Academy Course Offerings

Class State Code Duration Grades(s) Dual Enrollment Credentials AM or PM
Nurse Assistant I & II 8360

8362

1 year 11-12 PVCC – 11 credits State Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), CPR, First Aid AM PM
Dental Assistant I & II 8328

8329

1 year 10-12 PVCC – 4 credits Radiation Health Safety, Infection Control, CPR, First Aid PM Only
Pharmacy Technician I & II 8305

8306

1 year 10-12 PVCC – 15 credits State Certified Pharmacy Technician, CPR AM Only
EMT I & II 8333

8334

1 year Age 16 or older by start of school PVCC – credits TBD State Certified EMT-B, CPR PM Only

Nurse Assistant: Credit and Certifications

In the Nurse Aide program, students develop skills for entry into the rewarding career of nursing. Students learn technical knowledge and grow their skills as medical professionals. In the second semester of the course students engage in clinical placements, working as Nurse Aides in local Charlottesville medical facilities.

High School Credit

Students receive up to 3 high school elective credits each year for successful completion of the program. Passage of the certification exam will award the student 2 student-verified elective credits, one of which can be substituted for a verified credit in either science or history.

Certifications

Virginia Board of Nursing Certified Nurse Aide examination; Healthcare Provider First Aid and CPR

Career Pathway
  • Career Opportunity: Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
    Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.
  • National Wage Average: $25,100.00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $23,400.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +28.6%
Dual Enrollment Credit

The Nurse Aide program is dual enrolled with Piedmont Virginia Community College. Students successfully completing the program may receive 11 college credits.

College Course Codes College Course Name Credit Per Course College
HTC101 Healthcare Technician I 3 PVCC
HCT102 Healthcare Technician I 3  PVCC
HLT100 First Aid/CPR 2  PVCC
HLT130 Normal Nutrition 1  PVCC
HLT141 Intro to Medical Terminology 2  PVCC
Instructor: Mary Lou Boyd

Ms. Boyd is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She is also an American Heart Association CPR and First Aide instructor. Her students complete a rigorous program which includes hands-on clinical experience.

Dental Assistant: Credit and Certifications

Units of study include medical emergencies, coronal polishing, oral pathology, dental roentgenology, nutrition, schedule IV drugs and pharmacology, and advanced laboratory techniques. While attending classes for part of the week, students also have an opportunity to participate in internships in local private dental offices and public health dental facilities, where they participate and work hands on with a dentist. At the end of the program, students are eligible to take the State Dental Board examination, which offers certification in Radiation Hygiene and Safety and in Infection Control, qualifying those who pass to work as a dental assistant, dental receptionist, patient educator, appointment controller, and dental office manager. After two years in the field, graduates of the program are eligible to take the national examination to become a certified Dental Assistant. Many graduates choose to continue their dental assisting education at community colleges and universities.

High School Credit

Students receive up to 3 high school elective credits each year for successful completion of the program. Passage of the certification exam will award the student 2 student-verified elective credits, one of which can be substituted for a verified credit in either science or history.

Certifications

Dental Assisting National Board Infection Control (ICE) examination and Radiation Health Safety (RHS) examination

Career Pathway
  • Career Opportunity: Dental Assistant
    Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.
  • National Wage Average: $35,390.00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $35,700.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +37.3%
Dual Enrollment Details

The Dental Assistant program is dual enrolled with Piedmont Virginia Community College. Students successfully completing the program may receive 4 college credits. Detail below.

College Course Codes College Course Name Credit Per Course College
HLT 141 Into to Medical Terminology 2 PVCC
HLT100 First Aid/CPR 2 PVCC

*Anticipated beginning the 2016-2017 school year

Instructor: Katrin Voigt

Ms. Voigt is a certified dental assistant through the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc., and she teaches Dental Careers (Dental Assistant I & II).  She fosters community partnerships that provide students internship and employment opportunities.  Ms. Voigt has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science Degree from Cameron University.  She has served previously as a dental assistant in Germany and Oklahoma.  Ms. Voigt continues to serve as a dental assistant in a local Charlottesville office, while also serving as a CATEC instructor.

Pharmacy Technician: Credit and Certifications

This one-year program will prepare students to perform all the tasks of a Pharmacy  Technician. Students study safety procedures, medication and inventory control, maintaining records, preparing labels, and processing insurance claims. The coursework will fulfill the requirements of the Board of Pharmacy and prepare students to take either the state examination or the national examination administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

High School Credit

Students receive up to 3 high school elective credits each year for successful completion of the program. Passage of the certification exam will award the student 2 student-verified elective credits, one of which can be substituted for a verified credit in either science or history.

Certifications

State Certified Pharmacy Technician, CPR

Career Pathway
  • Career Opportunity: Pharmacy Technician
    Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.
  • National Wage Average: $29,810.00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $27,620.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +19.2%
Dual Enrollment Credit

The Pharmacy Technician program is dual enrolled with Piedmont Virginia Community College. Students successfully completing the program may receive 15 college credits.

College Course Codes College Course Name Credit Per Course College
HLT141 Intro to Medical Terminology 2  PVCC
HLT195 Intro to Pharmacology 3  PVCC
HLT100 First Aid/CPR 2  PVCC
HLT250 Pharmacology 2  PVCC
HLT261 Basic Pharmacy I 3  PVCC
HLT262 Basic Pharmacy II 3  PVCC
Instructor: Scott Puccio

Mr. Puccio is an alumnus of James Madison University and has over 13 years of experience as a Pharmacy Technician.

EMT: Credit and Certifications

Students will learn the basics of emergency medical care, including anatomy and physiology; initial patient survey and triage; airway management; oxygen therapy; and treatment of bleeding, shock, cardiac arrest, fractures, spinal injuries, and other medical emergencies. Course requires strenuous physical activity. This course is part of CATEC’s Health and Medical Academy.

High School Credit

Students receive up to 3 high school elective credits each year for successful completion of the program. Passage of the certification exam will award the student 2 student-verified elective credits, one of which can be substituted for a verified credit in either science or history.

Certifications

Virginia EMT-Basic, CPR

C. Gardner

Instructor: Catherine Gardner

Ms. Gardner is the new instructor for Emergency Medical Technician I & II.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Virginia.  Ms. Gardner taught the Emergency Medical Technician program for ten years in Stafford County (Stafford County Public Schools), and she taught Biology for three years in Fairfax County (Fairfax County Public Schools).  In addition, she previously served five years as a paramedic for the City of Alexandria Fire Department.