Overview

Let’s get ready to gain the skills for accelerated training! Our programs below are designed to prepare a forward path in your healthcare career. Programs marked with a FastForward Eligible Program are eligible for the FastForward program.


How to Enroll

To enroll in one of our Health Professions programs:

  1. For all programs except CCMA and CNA, get added to our list for notifications and to be screened for available funding by completing our Program Interest and Funding Assistance form.
  2. Complete the onboarding and financial assistance process to be officially enrolled in the program. Your Career Navigator will guide you through this. Please be aware that this can take up to a month.

Programs

FFEligible logo Certified EKG Technician

Take your healthcare career to the next level as a certified EKG Tech!  LPNs, RNs, MAs, CCMAs, and EMTs, can all benefit from an EKG Tech credential. Gain the knowledge, skills, and hands-on clinical experience you need to take the nationally recognized Certified EKG Technician exam issued by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) in just 7 weeks. According to NHA, the need for qualified EKG technicians continues to rise as the aging population in America grows (and with it, the prevalence of heart-related conditions).  Call now to enroll!

Learn the Skills

  • Set up and administer EKGs and stress tests
  • Prepare patients for Holter or ambulatory monitoring
  • Identify and differentiate between various cardiac dysrhythmias
  • Learn legal and ethical considerations in EKG
  • Recognize and respond to cardiac emergencies

Certification

Students will be prepared to sit for the EKG Technician (CET) exam through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Requirements

Must be a licensed or credentialed CNA, CCMA, MA, LPN, RN, EMT, or other direct patient care certification/license, or have 1 year of experience working in a hospital or healthcare facility providing patient care.

FFEligible logo Certified Medical Assistant

Kick off your new healthcare career as a Medical Assistant! Learn the clinical and administrative skills to work in ambulatory care settings, such as primary care offices, urgent care centers, and specialty clinics. Get ready to pass the nationally recognized CCMA exam issued by the National Heathcareer Association (NHA), in just 14 weeks. Medical Assistants are in high demand and earn an average of $13/hour in the Roanoke area. Get on your way with our career readiness resources and networking opportunities!

Learn the Skills

  • Assist the physician during exams
  • Interview and educate patients
  • Measure and record vital signs
  • Administer injections
  • Data entry and scheduling

Certification

Students will be prepared to sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam through the National Health Career Association (NHA).

How to Enroll

  1. Start Pre-Qualifying by completing the C.C.M.A. Pre-Registration Form.
  2. Complete the onboarding and financial assistance process to be officially enrolled in the program. Your Career Navigator will guide you through this. Please be aware that this can take up to a month.

FFEligible logo Certified Medical Administrative Assistant

Get started in your healthcare career with an entry-level job as a medical administrative assistant. As a professional assisting a medical office, you will be on the front lines as a patient service representative utilizing computer software, medical record systems, telephone etiquette, email and written correspondence, and interpersonal communication with diverse audiences. This program covers the professional soft skills and hands-on technical skills to work as a patient service representative, medical secretary, medical administrative assistant, or medical records clerk. This program is ideal for students who have never worked in healthcare, or are looking for an introduction to the healthcare field.

Dental Radiation Safety Certification

This course meets the requirements of the Virginia State Board of Dentistry for certification in radiography safety. This hybrid class will include x-ray production, radiation biology, radiation safety and hygiene, dental radiography techniques, film placement and proper positioning of the cone.

A comprehensive exam will be given after the completion of the online session. The exam emphasizes safety for the patient; operator and co-worker (including infection control, health and safety procedures).The student must pass the exam with a minimum grade of 75%.  This class will not provide clinical competence in taking x-rays.

FFEligible logo Pharmacy Technician Program

The pharmacy is often the most accessible form of health care, and pharmacy technicians play a vital role in hospitals, health systems, and community, grocery or drug store pharmacies. Pharmacy technicians are comfortable communicating with diverse audiences, performing data entry with various software programs, problem solving to work in a busy environment, and maintaining professionalism to provide quality patient care. This course will prepare you to support pharmacists to provide safe and effective patient care.

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