Health & Medical Sciences
Revised EMT Education Program Guidelines – The High School Based Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Educational Program Guidelines 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. Also see Superintendent’s Memo 165-14 or EMT Guidelines, below.
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.
Health & Medical Science 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. Entry-level positions include:
- 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.
HOSA is a national organization for secondary and postsecondary/collegiate career and technical education students enrolled in health science (and pre-technical health science) programs, or for students who are planning to pursue a health career. The activities of HOSA are an integral part of the instructional program that provides occupational skills as well as leadership skills. Local HOSA chapters provide programs and activities to help individuals develop their physical, mental and social well-being. Members strengthen their leadership and citizenship abilities through interaction with professional, business and other student organizations.
Course Revisions for 2014-2015
- Emergency Medical Responder AND Emergency Medical Dispatcher (New courses)
- Patient Care Technician (new course)
- Pharmacy Technician I and II (8305, 8306)
- Physical/Occupational Therapy II (8366)
- Nurse Aide I and II (8360,8362)
- Home Health Aide (8364)
- Medical Terminology (8383)
- Health and Medical Sciences Exploratory (8370)
- Biomedical Technician (8347)
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.
- 2014-2015 Reference Sheet (PDF)
- 2014-2015 Calendar of Events (PDF)
- Heath and Medical Sciences Update, April 2014 (PPT)
- Essential Competency List for Health & Medical Sciences (Virginia's CTE Resource Center)
- Administrative Planning Guide for Health and Medical Sciences
- Equipment Resource Guide – See Equipment for CTE Programs
- Health and Medical Sciences Licensure Endorsement Requirements (PDF) – See 8VAC20-22-250 on pages 32-33 of the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel document.
- Career Planning Guide
- Industry Credentialing
- Governor’s Health Sciences Academies
- Project Lead the Way
- 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
- Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) – Virginia Association
- Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
- Association for Career and Technical Education – ACTE
- Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education – VACTE
- Virginia Health and Medical Sciences Educators Association – VAHMASEA