Health & Medical Sciences
News & Announcements
Emergency Medical Technician Program Updates
Effective 2019-2020, Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services joint documents: Emergency Medical Services Guidelines Update, First Class, and Last Class paperwork information will be required to be used by all high school Emergency Medical Services programs. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 285-19-This is a Word document..
Changes in Submission of Licensure by Examination Applications for Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)Effective immediately, procedures for registering RN and LPN students for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) have changed. Nursing instructors should communicate with their students that one of the following program completion verification documents must be submitted with the application to register for the NCLEX. Options for program completion verification are as follows: a letter from the school stating that the student has graduated; or an official student transcript from the school. For more information, see Career and Technical Education Memo 115-17-This is a PDF document. (PDF) and the attachment-This is a Word document. (Word).
Change in Nursing Regulations and Processing Transcript InformationThe new regulation, effective April 20, 2017, authorizes the Board to accept a letter in lieu of an official transcript from a pre-licensure nursing education program administrator attesting to graduation cohorts program completion. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 136-17.
Special Grants for Survey Fee Required for Practical Nursing ProgramsSpecial grants will be offered to school divisions with practical nursing programs that are scheduled for survey visits by the Virginia Board of Nursing during 2017-2018. This grant is being provided with Perkins funds to school divisions on a reimbursement basis and will cover the $2,200 survey fee. For subsequent years, the fee is an allowable expenditure of the Perkins grant award funds for career and technical education, if included in the local approved application. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 039-17.
Health and Medical Sciences prepare students for careers in disciplines related to medicine, nursing, dentistry and other health occupations programs through therapeutic, diagnostic, rehabilitative, managerial and supportive services.
More about health and medical sciences courses...
- 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.
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- 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
- 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
Course RevisionsThe following courses were revised for implementation during the 2019-2020 school year. All curriculum frameworks are available through VERSO from the CTE Resource Center:
• Emergency Medical Telecommunications (8337)
• Health and Medical Sciences Exploratory (8370)
• Home Health Aide (8364)
• Medical Terminology (8383)
• Medication Aide (8368)
• Nurse Aide I (8355)
• Nurse Aide II (8362)
• Nurse Aide II Condensed (8356)
• Patient Care Technician (8303)
• Pharmacy Technician I (8305)
• Pharmacy Technician II (8306)
Note: The Opioid Competencies have been added to the Health and Medical Science courses regarding Executive Order 29 establishing the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse education.
- Dental Careers II (8329)
- Emergency Medical Technician II (8334)
- Emergency Medical Telecommunications (8337)
- Health Assisting Careers (8331)
- Home Health Aide (8364)
- Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences (8302)
- Medical Laboratory Technology II (8378)
- Mental Health Assisting Careers (8332)
- Nurse Aide II (8362)
- Patient Care Technician (8303)
- Pharmacy Technician II (8306)
- Physical/Occupational Therapy II (8366)
- Practical Nursing II (8358)
- Radiologic Technology II (8376)
- Respiratory Therapy II (8373)
Safety Best Practice Guide for CTE
The Safety Best Practice Guide for CTE-This is a Word document. is a collection of best practice resources used to assist school divisions in the development of a local safety school safety plan.
- Health & Medical Sciences Course Listing-This is a Word document.
- Essential Competency List for Health & Medical Sciences (Virginia's CTE Resource Center)
- Administrative Planning Guide for Health and Medical Sciences
- Industry Credentialing
- Equipment Resource Guide – See Equipment for CTE Programs
- Governor’s Health Sciences Academies
- Project Lead the Way
Career & 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.
- Virginia Health Regulatory Boards:
- Virginia Health and Medical Sciences Educators Association (VAHMASEA)
- Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
- Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education (Virginia ACTE)