Health & Medical Sciences
Nominations for 2016-2017 Career and Technical Education Curriculum Review Committees – School divisions may nominate a CTE teacher for each of the 36 committees. Approximately 12 applicants will be selected to serve on each committee. All nominees who wish to serve on a committee must complete the Web-based application using the CTE Application Processing System (CTEAPS) by June 20, 2016. The Web-based application process requires a professional reference and division-level approval (division superintendent or designee). For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 104-16.
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.
Pharmacy Technician Instructor Clinical Training – will be held in collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University July 18-20, 2016. Online pre-registration is required and must be completed by June 15, 2016. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo #123-16.
National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer Curriculum – The Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) Curriculum Workshop, in collaboration with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), is being offered July 10 at James Madison University and July 26, 2016 at Virginia Beach Resort and Conference Center. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo #122-16.
Nurse Aide Program Train-the-Trainer Workshop – will be offered at the Virginia Beach Resort and Conference Center, July 28-29, 2016. Online registration is required and must be completed by June 15, 2016. For more information , see Superintendent’s Memo #120-16.
Emergency Medical Technician Educational Program Guidelines Update Course – In collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Educational Program Guidelines Update course will be held for high school instructors on July 25, 2016 at the Virginia Beach Resort and Conference Center. Pre-registration is required and must be completed by June 3, 2016. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 119-16.
CTE New Teacher Institute – In collaboration with the University of Virginia, the CTE New Teacher Institute will be offered from July 11-15, 2016, at the Hotel Richmond Airport, 5501 Eubank Road, Richmond, Virginia. The Institute is designed specifically for CTE teachers who are transitioning directly from business and industry to the classroom. The Institute will be conducted by the University of Virginia and upon successful completion, participants will receive three hours of graduate credit for the course, PSED 6503-Effective Teaching Strategies. In addition, the Institute will satisfy the Curriculum and Instructional Procedures professional studies requirement for teacher licensure. Registration deadline is June 10, 2016. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo #092-16.
Newly Designed Professional Development, “Experience Works - Engaging Business and Educators” – The Experience Works professional development opportunity will be held June 28-29, 2016, at the Holiday Inn I-64 Westend, 2000 Staples Mill Road in Richmond, Virginia 23230. The targeted audience includes Work-Based Learning (WBL) instructors and coordinators, CTE administrators, school counselors, and career coaches. Submit online registration to be placed on the waitlist. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 081-16.
- 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.
Revised EMT Guidelines – The High School Based Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Educational Program Guidelines (PDF)
were developed jointly with the Office of Emergency Medical Services to unify state and national standards, establish consistent EMT program standards, to ensure high-quality programs are implemented in high schools and technical centers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Also see Superintendent’s Memo 119-16.
- 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)