Health & Medical Sciences
February is 2016 CTE Month – CTE Month is the perfect time to celebrate and highlight the positive opportunities that Career and Technical Education (CTE) has for career exploration and skills development, as well as recognize the CTE professionals, businesses and community partners making a difference in the lives of students. CTE programs are preparing students to be college and career ready by providing academic, employability and technical job-specific skills. See the proclamation (PDF) and learn more about CTE Month (PDF) and this year’s “Opportunities for Career Success” theme.
Spotlight Referral Request for the R U “College and Career” Ready? Magazine – In partnership with Virginia Business Publication, LLC, the Office of Career and Technical Education is seeking CTE program completers to showcase in the 2017 edition of the R U “College & Career” Ready? Magazine. Completed referrals are due by April 11, 2016 using the CTE Spotlight Referral Questionnaire. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 007-16.
Revised Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing – The Virginia Board of Nursing (VBON) released revised Commonwealth of Virginia Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing), 18VAC 90-20-10 et seq., Statutory Authority: §§54.1-2400 and Chapter 30 of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia on December 2, 2015. The changes will impact all Virginia Department of Education approved practical nursing programs. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 308-15.
Special Grants for Survey Fee Required for Practical Nursing Programs – Special grants will be offered to school divisions with practical nursing programs that are scheduled for survey visits by the Virginia Board of Nursing during 2016-2017. This grant is being provided with Perkins funds to school divisions on a reimbursement basis and will cover the $2,200 survey fee. The survey fee does not apply to high school nurse aide or other health and medical science programs. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 303-15.
Revised National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Certification Examination Content Online – Effective January 1, 2016, Pearson Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) will begin administering the new knowledge (written) examination with slight changes based on the revised NNAAP content outline. The revised NNAAP exam content outline is available on the Pearson VUE nurse aide Web site located at http://www.pearsonvue.com/va/nurseaides/ and in all online candidates’ handbooks. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 281-15.
Virginia Board of Nursing Criminal Background Check Requirements – As enacted by the 2015 Virginia Assembly, effective January 1, 2016, the Virginia Board of Nursing shall require each applicant for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to submit a complete fingerprint-based criminal background check (CBC) to be processed at both the state and federal levels. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 242-15. For additional follow-up, see Career and Technical Education Memo 094-15 (PDF).
Revised Regulations for Nurse Aide Programs, Effective 2015-2016 School Year – The Virginia Board of Nursing recently released revised guidance documents for the Nurse Aide education programs in accordance with the Administrative Code 18 VAC90-26-30.(B)(D) and 18 VAC90-26-30.(C)(D), Requirements for Instructional Personnel. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 221-15.
- introduce secondary students to nursing, medical, dental, and other health occupations
- prepare students with basic skills for employment in nursing homes, clinics, medical and dental offices, hospitals, homes, and certain public health settings
- facilitate entry into advanced health occupations programs that require post-high school education leading to state licensure, certification, registration, or national credentialing
- enable students to become more knowledgeable consumers of health services.
The occupational preparation programs prepare students for entry-level positions in a particular health field or for advanced training in health occupations at the technical and professional levels.
- nursing – certified nurse's aide or licensed practical nurse
- medical – medical assistant, emergency medical technician or surgical technologist
- dental – dental assistant
- other health occupations – physical or occupational therapy aide, respiratory therapy assistant, rehabilitation aide, dietary aide, laboratory aide, geriatric aide, home health aide, housekeeping aide, sterile supply aide, transportation aide or veterinary assistant.
Local school divisions determine the structure of Health and Medical Sciences courses. Programs may be offered in two- or three-hour blocks or in a one-hour block the first year and a two-hour block the second year.
Virginia Board of Nursing Regulations
- Commonwealth of Virginia Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing (PDF)
- Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing PowerPoint (PDF)
- Flowchart Identifying the Process for Preparing and Submitting an “Application for Initial Approval of Nursing Education Program” (PDF)
- Flowchart Identifying the Process for “Continued Approval of Nursing Education Programs” (PDF)
- Nurse Aide Education Program - Instructional Personnel Form (Word)
- Nurse Aide Education Program Skills Record (Word)
- Nurse Aide Education Program Curriculum (Word)
- Criminal History Background Checks
The following courses were revised for implementation during the 2015-2016 school year. All curriculum frameworks are available through VERSO from the CTE Resource Center:
- Patient Care Technician (New course)
- Pharmacy Technician I, II (8305, 8306)
- Physical/Occupational Therapy II (8366)
- Nurse Aide I, II (8360, 8362)
- Home Health Aide (8364)
- Medical Terminology (8383)
- Health and Medical Sciences
- Exploratory (8370)
- Emergency Medical Responder (8336)
- Emergency Medical Telecommunications (8337)
- Health & Medical Sciences Course Listing
- Essential Competency List for Health & Medical Sciences (Virginia's CTE Resource Center)
- Industry Credentialing
- Equipment Resource Guide – See Equipment for CTE Programs
- Governor’s Health Sciences Academies
- Project Lead the Way
Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)Virginia Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
Promotes career opportunities in the health care industry to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. For more information, visit the CTSO web page.
WBL is a school-coordinated, coherent sequence of on-the-job experiences that are related to students’ career goals and/or interests, are based on instructional preparation and are performed in partnership with local businesses, industries or other organizations in the community. For more information on WBL methods of instruction, visit Work-Based Learning.
EMT Guidelines – The High School Based Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Educational Program Guidelines (PDF) are based on the revised state and national standards for EMT programs and serves as a guide to school divisions for implementing the revised EMT programs standards consistently in all high schools and technical centers statewide. The guidelines are presented by VDOE in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health. Also see Superintendent’s Memo 165-14.
- 2015-2016 Reference Sheet (PDF)
- 2015-2016 Calendar of Events (PDF)
- Heath and Medical Sciences Update, April 2014 (PPT)
- Health and Medical Sciences Licensure Endorsement Requirements
- Career Planning Guide
- Virginia Health Regulatory Boards:
- Board of Dentistry
- Board of Health Professions
- Virginia Board of Medicine
- Board of Nursing
- Board of Pharmacy
- Board of Physical Therapy
- Board of Veterinary Medicine
- Virginia Health and Medical Sciences Educators Association (VAHMASEA)
- Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
- Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education (VACTE)