Health Sciences

Hull Street Campus

This course represents the National and Virginia Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Educational Standards. Students explore and apply the fundamentals of EMS, anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology while demonstrating skills in assessing and managing patient care, including assessing the scene and understanding shock, resuscitation, and trauma. Students build on their knowledge and skills for providing basic life support by focusing on the areas of EMS operations, medical emergencies, and management of special patient populations. Supervised field experience that includes at least 10 patient contacts outside of school hours is required.

Successful completion of all course requirements and instructor endorsement may lead to eligibility to take the Virginia State Psychomotor Exam and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) cognitive exam. Students must meet the requirements of the Functional Position Description for the Basic Life Support Provider.

Students must be at least 16 years of age to take this course. To be eligible to take the Emergency Medical Technician assessment, students must pass all Emergency Medical Technician competencies and provide a government-issued form of identification. For students to participate in clinical experiences, it is required to pass a criminal background check.

Occupation Opportunities
Emergency Medical Technician
Paramedic

Certification Opportunities
National Registry EMR
National Registry EMT
AHA BLS CPR

Credits for this Program Include:
Emergency Medical Technician I (1 Credit)
Emergency Medical Technician II (1 Credit)
Medical Terminology or Econ/Personal Finance (1 Credit)

Preferred Aptitudes
Ability to stay calm and controlled in an emergency
Proficient in mathematics and science

Courthouse Campus

Students are introduced to the careers in dentistry, including dentist, hygienist, dental assistant, dental laboratory technician, and dental receptionist. Students practice and learn about many of the skills utilized in these professions while attaining all the skills necessary to become dental assistants. Study includes infection control and OSHA standards; anatomy and physiology; tooth morphology; oral histology; preventive dentistry; applied psychology; effective communication; office administration and management; use of dental software; operative dentistry techniques; dental materials/laboratory skills; and more. To be eligible for the second-year course acquire X-ray certification. During the second year, students are required to participate in the Workplace Transition Program at approved local dental offices or dental labs. Second-year students must possess a valid driver’s license and provide their own transportation to work sites.

Occupation Opportunities
Dental Assistant
Dentist
Radiologic Technologist

Certification Opportunities
Dental Assisting Assessment
X-Ray Certification

Credits for this Program Include:
Year 1: Dental Occupations I (2 Credits)
Medical Terminology OR
Econ/Personal Finance (1 Credit)
Year 2: Dental Occupations II (2 Credits)
Dental Co-op (1 Credit)

Preferred Aptitudes
Good communication skills
Strong responsibility and enthusiasm
Work well with patients who are frightened or upset
Strong in Biology and Chemistry

Courthouse Campus

This program is designed to prepare students for careers assisting physicians by performing medical office clerical skills and health care clinical skills. First-year instruction focuses on teaching these skills as well as workplace readiness skills, ethics, medical asepsis, basic human anatomy and physiology, medical math, and medical terminology. To be eligible for the second year, the student must have a valid driver’s license and their own transportation to their clinical site and have proof of recent physical including immunizations and TB test before the start of the second year.

In preparation for their clinical experience, students earn certifications in first aid and CPR. Then, through advanced on-the-job clinical experience in physicians’ offices or clinics, students further develop their medical-assisting skills and techniques. Students can earn certifications in HIPAA Privacy Rule and OSHA. A credential-earning certification assessment will be administered at the end of the program. To be eligible to take the assessment, students must pass both years of Medical Assistant with final grades of B or higher and have all competencies completed.

Occupation Opportunities
Medical Assistant
Medical Technician
Admitting Clerk

Certification Opportunities
CPR and First Aide
OSHA & HIPAA Certification
National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI): Medical Assistant

Credits for this Program Include:
Year 1: Medical Assisant I (2 Credits)
Medical Terminology OR Econ/Personal Finance (1 Credit)
Year 2: Medical Assistant II (2 Credits)
Medical Assistant Co-op (1 Credit)

Preferred Aptitudes
Proficient in Algebra
Enjoy helping others and have an interest in their welfare

Courthouse Campus

This one-year course is designed to assist students in developing the administrative skills needed for the medical office. Instruction includes general office tasks such as word processing, spreadsheet applications, filing, scheduling appointments, and receptionist duties, as well as specialized training in medical terminology, medical record keeping, insurance forms and reporting, billing, medical correspondence and medical office ethics. Customer service skills related to the responsibilities of working in a medical office are also taught. During the second semester, advanced students with their own transportation and no more than two absences for the year, may be able to participate in work experience at approved medical sites. A lab and uniform fee are required.

Occupation Opportunities
Medical Information Technologist
Administrative Assistant
Medical Transcriptionist
Medical Biller

Certification Opportunities
NOCTI: Administrative Assisting
Workplace Readiness Skills

Credits for this Program Include:
Medical Systems Administration (1 Credit)
Medical Coding & Billing I (1 Credit)
Medical Coding & Billing II (1 Credit)

Preferred Aptitudes
Proficient with typing, Microsoft Word,
Excel and PowerPoint

Hull Street Campus

This program is transitioning from a one-year format to a two-year format. For the 2020-2021 school year only, to best serve all students, seniors will take a condensed one-year course, while juniors will take the first year of the expanded two-year program. This course emphasizes the study of nursing occupations as related to the health care system. Students study normal growth and development, simple body structure and function, and medical terminology and are introduced to microbes and disease. They receive skill training in patient-nursing assistant relationships; taking and recording of vital signs; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and bathing, feeding, dressing, and transporting of patients in rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. Supervised on-the-job clinical instruction is nursing homes is part of this course. This course can be used as an introduction to the nursing field and develop the skills necessary to sit for the Certified Nurse Aide assessment.

To be eligible to take the Certified Nurse Aide assessment, students must pass all Nurse Aide competencies and provide a government-issued form of identification. The State Board of Nursing also requires students to participate in clinical experiences, which requires passing a criminal background check.

Occupation Opportunities
Certified Nurse Aide
Home Health Aide
Registered Nurse

Certification Opportunities
Certified Nurse Aide exam
Preferred Aptitudes
Strong mathematics ability
Ability to work with the elderly in an extended care environment

Credits Available
Juniors: Year 1
Nurse Aide I (2 credits)
Medical Terminology OR
Econ/Personal Finance (1 Credit)
Juniors: Year 2
Nurse Aide II (2 credits)
TBD (1 credit)
Seniors (2020-2021 ONLY)
Nurse Aide I (1 credit)
Nurse Aide II (1 credit)
Medical Terminology OR
Econ/Personal Finance (1 Credit)

Courthouse Campus

This certificate program is designed to provide students with the basic skills and knowledge to begin work as a pharmacy technician. 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. Trained, experienced pharmacy technicians who can demonstrate the right skills and knowledge should be able to pursue many exciting and respected career options or post-secondary study in the pharmacy field.

Occupation Opportunities
Pharmacy Technician
Medical Information Technologist
Clinical Laboratory Technologist

Certification Opportunities
Pharmacy Technician Certification

Credits for this Program Include:
Pharmacy Technician I (1 Credit)
Pharmacy Technician II (2 Credits)

Preferred Aptitudes
Proficient in mathematics and sciences
Biology recommended

Hull Street Campus

Chesterfield Career & Technical Center offers two Veterinary Science programs. This page addresses the C-level program, offered at both the Hull Street and Courthouse campuses. The course focuses on small animals and does not include a dual enrollment opportunity.

In this one-year course offered at both Hull Street and Courthouse, 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 needed to succeed in careers involving 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 post-secondary education. Additional educational opportunities include special guest speakers, animal demonstrations and field trips to small animal care related facilities. Students will also learn workplace readiness and leadership skills to further them on their pathway to success. Lab fee, private health insurance, and uniforms are required.

Certification Opportunities
Workplace Readiness Skills

Credits for this Program Include:
Veterinary Science I (1 Credit)
Veterinary Science II (1 Credit)
Intro to Animal Science (1 Credit)

Occupation Opportunities
Veterinarian
Veterinary Technician
Animal Scientist

Preferred Aptitudes
Strong in math and science
Able to stand for long periods of time
Ability to work with animals

Courthouse Campus

Chesterfield Career & Technical Center offers two Veterinary Science programs. This page addresses the honors-level program held at the Courthouse campus, which offers a dual enrollment opportunity and discusses both small and large animals. It also offers a fourth high school credit in Biology 2: Anatomy & Physiology.

This academically challenging, honors-level course held at the Courthouse campus combines classroom discussion and hands-on training featuring large and small animals (horse, cattle, sheep, dogs, cats) in a simulated veterinary hospital environment. It is designed for disciplined and academically motivated students considering college and careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, government regularly agencies, pharmaceutical research, agriculture production and pet industries. Course content includes anatomy and physiology of animals, introduction to animal science (horse, cattle, sheep), veterinary assisting and office procedures, companion animal behavior and management (dog, cat). Students will be prepared to pursue college pathways and entry level career opportunities in related fields, as well as receive Workplace Readiness Certification. A lab and uniform fee are required.

Certification Opportunities
Veterinary Assisting Career Studies Certificate (if Dual Enrolled)
Workplace Readiness Skills

Credits for this Program Include:
Veterinary Science I (1 Credit)
Veterinary Science II (1 Credit)
Intro to Animal Science (1 Credit)
Bio 2 – Anatomy/Physiology (1 Credit)
Dual Enrollment credits available for those that are eligible.

Hull Street Campus

This two-year program will introduce students to the professions of physical and occupational therapy. Students will explore the principles and practices of therapists in the health care industry and observe clinical settings. Students will gain an awareness of and participate in clinical observation under the direct supervision of a licensed physical and/or occupational therapist. These clinical skills will enable them to better understand rehabilitative care, which is practiced throughout the continuum of care and across the life span of individuals. After successful completion of this course and passing a national certification exam, students may choose to pursue employment as a certified physical therapy aide or may seek higher education for specific degrees/licensure in a variety of fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, sports medicine, athletic training, chiropractic medicine, biology, or exercise science.

For the 2020-2021 school year only, a one-year condensed version of the course will be offered exclusively to seniors. The course credits offered in the condensed course will be Physical & Occupational Therapy I (2 credits) and Medical Terminology (1 credit). Students will have the opportunity to earn the Certified Physical Therapy Aide credential.

To be eligible to take the Certified Physical Therapy Aide assessment, students must pass all competencies and provide a government-issued form of identification. It is also required for students to participate in clinical experiences to sit for the assessment, which requires passing a criminal background check.

Occupation Opportunities
Physical Therapist
Speech-Language Pathologist
Athletic Trainer
Personal Trainer

Certification Opportunities
Workplace Readiness Skills
Certified Physical Therapy Aide

Credits for this Program Include:
Year 1
Physical/Occupational Therapy I (2 Credits)
Medical Terminology (1 Credit)
Year 2
Physical/Occupational Therapy II (2 Credits)
Sports Medicine (1 Credit)

Preferred Aptitudes
Strong mathematics and science ability
Ability to stand for long periods of time
Ability to occasionally lift up to 50 pounds