Healthcare & Medical Services Academy

Healthcare & Medical Services Academy

CATEC is partnered with Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC), Reynolds Community College (RCC), and local businesses to develop career and educational pathways in the areas of nursing, pharmacy, veterinary science, 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
Veterinary Science 1 CATEC Small Animal Science & Technology Assessment Veterinary Assistant
2+ BRCC A.S. Veterinary Technician
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
Veterinary Science I & II 8088
8089
1 year 10-12 BRCC – 12 credits Small Animal Science and Technology Assessment PM Only
Pharmacy Technician I & II 8305

8306

1 year 10-12 PVCC – 18 credits State Certified Pharmacy Technician, CPR AM Only
EMT I & II 8333

8334

1 year Age 16 or older by start of school PVCC – 12 credits 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.

Veterinary Assistant: Credit and Certifications

Students will learn about veterinary science in a classroom setting, on site visits, as well as in a simulated small animal veterinary hospital, with hands-on training in small animal care.  The course will introduce students to the technical knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in careers pertaining to companion animals, including, but not limited to, pet care industries, government agencies, laboratory research institutions, pharmaceutical occupations and veterinary medical assisting and technology, as well as postsecondary education.  Additional educational opportunities include special guest speakers, animal demonstrations and field trips to small animal care facilities.  Students will also learn workplace readiness and leadership skills to further them on their pathway to success.

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

Small Animal Science & Technology Assessment. Duel enrollment students who satisfactorily compete the program with a C or better will also complete the Blue Ridge Community College Career Studies Certificate in Veterinary Assisting concurrent with high school graduation.

Career Pathway
  • Career Opportunity: Veterinary Assistant
    Assist vet, set up equipment, prepare animal for treatment, and keep records.
  • National Wage Average: $25,250.00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $25,270.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +19.6%
Dual Enrollment Details

The Dental Assistant program is dual enrolled with Blue Ridge Community College. Students successfully completing the program may receive 12 college credits. Detail below.

College Course Codes College Course Name Credit Per Course College
VET 101 Introduction to Veterinary Assisting 3 BRCC
VET 102 Care and Maintenance of Small Domestic Animals 3 BRCC
VET 103 Veterinary Office Assisting 3 BRCC
VET 136 Companion Animal Behavior 3 BRCC

*DE Vet Science students who satisfactorily compete the program with a C or better will also complete the Blue Ridge Community College Career Studies Certificate in Veterinary Assisting concurrent with high school graduation.

Instructor: Dr. Kim Smyth

Dr. Kim Smyth has a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina and graduated from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Smyth practiced in a small animal clinic in Bucks County, Pennsylvania before moving to Charlottesville in 2007. Dr. Smyth has practiced in small animal clinics in and around Charlottesville and is also part of the staff of Petplan, Inc., a pet health insurance company.

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 18 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 3  PVCC
HLT261 Basic Pharmacy I 3  PVCC
HLT261 Basic Pharmacy I (Lab) 1  PVCC
HLT262 Basic Pharmacy II 3  PVCC
HLT262 Basic Pharmacy II (Lab) 1  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

Students successfully completing the EMT program may receive college credit for the courses listed below.

College Course Codes College Course Name Credit Per Course College
EMS111 Emergency Medical Technician 7 PVCC
EMS Clinic Emergency Medical Technician Clinical 1 PVCC
HLT100 First Aid/CPR 2 PVCC
HLT141 Intro to Medical Terminology 2 PVCC
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.