HEALTH & MEDICAL SCIENCES
News & Announcements
Nominations for 2022-2023 Career and Technical Education Curriculum Review Committees
The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education is accepting nominations for the 2022- 2023 curriculum review committees. School divisions may nominate a Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher for any of the 49 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). Refer to Superintendents Memo 114-22 for more detail.
Health and medical sciences courses prepare students for careers in medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other health occupations. Health and medical sciences coursework is appropriate for students who ultimately seek a professional degree; the coursework is also appropriate for students who seek to enter the workforce directly or pursue other post-secondary education. Successful completion of health and medical sciences coursework can lead to entry-level employment in health care and can be a stepping stone on the pathway to advanced training such as that completed by physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physical therapists, and more.
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.
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. Local school divisions determine the structure of health and medical sciences courses. Programs may be offered in blocks of various lengths of time and/or across multiple years.
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.
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)
In In 2014, competencies related to opioid abuse prevention were added to selected courses-This is a Word document..
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.
- Virginia’s CTE Resource Center
- Essential Competency List for Health and medical science – 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 & Technical Student Organization (CTSO)
Virginia Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) - 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 across all health fields. For more information, visit the CTSO web page.
Work-Based Learning Resources
High-Quality Work-Based Learning (HQWBL)
Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Guide-This is a Word document.is based on the redesigned methods of instruction effective August 4, 2022. This implementation guide focuses on the 12 types of HQWBL methods of instruction used in Virginia; job shadowing, service learning, mentorship, externship, school-based enterprise, internship, entrepreneurship, clinical experience, cooperative education, youth registered apprenticeship, registered apprenticeship, and supervised agricultural experience, along with opportunities for students to earn one credit toward graduation in addition to any credit earned through the associated CTE course in cooperative education, internship, entrepreneurship, youth registered apprenticeship, and supervised agricultural experience for completing 280 hours of work experience and one-half credit for 140 hours of work experience in mentorship. It includes Virginia regulations and guidelines for the administration of HQWBL and provides resources for Work-Based Learning coordinators. School divisions should use this guide to implement HQWBL offerings locally.
Per Code of Virginia § 22.1-253.13:4, students are required to
- complete an Advanced Placement, honors, International Baccalaureate, or dual enrollment course; or
- complete a high-quality work-based learning experience, as defined by the Board; or *
- earn a career and technical education credential that has been approved by the Board.
*Excluding: Job Shadowing and Mentorship of less than 140 hours.
College, Career and Civic Readiness Indicator (CCCRI)
The College, Career and Civic Readiness Indicator is scheduled to be part of accreditation ratings starting in the 2023-2024 accreditation year, based on data from the 2022-2023 school year. School accreditation will be measured on graduating seniors having completed at least ONE of the following during high school:
- Receive credit for advanced coursework (AP/IB/DE); or
- Be a CTE completer and earn a CTE credential; or
- Complete a Work-Based Learning experience:* or
- Complete at least 3 state-approved Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) courses.
For more information related to the implementation of the CCCRI:
Frequently Asked Questions-This is a Word document. – January 13, 2021
Superintendent’s Memo #236-21-This is a PDF document. – August 20, 2021
*Excluding: Job Shadowing and Mentorship of less than 140 hours
Revised EMT Guidelines – The High School Based Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Educational Program Guidelines-This is a Word document. 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 285-19-This is a Word document..
- Virginia Health and Medical Sciences Educators Association (VAHAMSEA)
- Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
- Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education (Virginia ACTE)