Health and Medical Sciences

Health and medical sciences courses prepare students for careers in medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other health occupations. Consistent with their abilities, interests, and educational needs, students may complete a variety of health sciences courses to reach a variety of career preparation goals.

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.

Please note that certain health and medical sciences courses follow regulations governed by the Virginia Department of Health Professions and its 13 health regulatory boards including but not limited to the Virginia Board of Nursing and the Virginia Board of Pharmacy. Some courses also follow regulations governed by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services housed within the Virginia Department of Health.

The Health and Medical Sciences program is broken down into four categories:

Nurse Aide, Pharmacy Technician, Sports Medicine, and EMT.