PVCC Workforce Services Health, Beauty & Wellness

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Our Health, Beauty and Wellness Classes offer a wide variety of courses to keep you happy and healthy.

PVCC Workforce Services noncredit Health Care classes

Health care is one of the fastest-growing employment opportunities in the U.S. PVCC’s Workforce Services Division offers specialized training for job-seekers wanting to obtain employment in the health care field. Stackable industry credentials such as Certified Nurse Aide, Pharmacy Technician, Registered Medication Aide, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and others, can give you the necessary training to find stable employment and begin the ladder to advanced training and higher potential income. Our students receive more than the basic training needed to be eligible for these jobs, we also provide unmatched support systems to help you remove barriers to education and employment making PVCC Workforce programs the gold standard for health care training!

Students interested in pursuing health care training through PVCC Workforce Services Division must attend an Information Session prior to enrollment.

Health care Pre-enrollment information sessions

Information Sessions are held at the Jefferson School Center.  Click here for directions.

Upcoming Information Sessions, Jefferson School Center, Room J127

Special CNA for English Language Learners Info. Session: October November December January, 2019 February, 2019 March, 2019
Thursday, Oct., 11 a.m. Wednesday,
Oct. 17, 10 a.m.
Nov. 14, 10 a.m.
Dec. 3 10 a.m.
Jan. 16 10 a.m.
Feb. 6, 10 a.m.
Mar. 6, 10 a.m.
Oct. 18, 5 p.m.
Nov. 15, 5 p.m.
Dec. 3  5 p.m. 
Jan. 17  5 p.m.
Feb. 7, 5 p.m.
Mar. 7, 5 p.m.
Jan. 30 10 a.m.
Feb. 20, 10 a.m.
Mar. 20, 10 a.m.
Jan. 31, 5 p.m.
Feb. 21, 5 p.m.
Mar. 21, 5 p.m.

Information Sessions Sign-up

Please sign up for a day (10 a.m.–noon) or an evening info session (5–7 p.m.)
The sessions are held at the Jefferson School Center

Please note sessions last approximately 2 hours. 

You must attend an information session 90 days prior to class start date. 




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Certified Nurse Aide

This 136-hour state approved noncredit class prepares you to take the Virginia exam to become a certified nurse aide (CNA) where you will work under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, or physician as an entry-level nurse aide in a variety of inpatient and outpatient care settings such as long-term care facilities, physician offices, clinics and home settings. CNAs play a vital role in the health care team and are in critical shortage in our community.

PVCC in partnership with Commonwise  Home Care will offer Certified Nurse Aide training at the Weedon Professional Building on Ivy Road in Charlottesville, Virginia. Day and evening classes starting every 1-2 months. To find out more, sign-up for an information session. (dates listed above)

October 1–December 16 | Monday, Wednesday | Evening Hours | Commonwise

November 5–December 13 | Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday | Daytime Hours | Jefferson

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CNA State Exam Prep

This class will prepare students who are currently enrolled and have satisfactorily completed at least one (1) clinical course in the nursing program (LPN or RN) which includes at least forty (40) hours of clinical experience involving direct client care or have completed a Virginia Board of Nursing Approved Nurse Aide Training class to take the Virginia Nurse Aide exam.  The 6-hour class will review exam-specific test taking strategies, steps to accurately complete the skills assessment and registration/test day procedures so students will have better preparation for success in passing the exam.
Financial assistance is available for those who qualify, please contact Community Self-Sufficiency by email at .

Clinical Medical Assistant Program

This program will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office.  Instruction includes among other things preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle.  Students will review important topics including phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare. This program includes 166 hours of classroom lecture and hands on labs and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider.  To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements.                       

Note: Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. 

Prerequisites: Minimum age is18 and must have an academic high school diploma or GED®.

November 1, 2018–April 30, 2019 | Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays | 5:30–9:30 p.m. | Jefferson 

Phlebotomy Technician

This 68 hour Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares professionals to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis.  Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely. Classroom and lab work includes terminology, anatomy and physiology; blood collection procedures; specimen hands-on practice; and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods. 

Prerequisites: Minimum age is18 and must have an academic high school diploma or GED®.

Note: Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Phlebotomy Technician  national examination. 

November 1–December 13 | Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday | 5:30–9:30 p.m. | Jefferson

Pharmacy Technician Program with a Clinical Externship

This comprehensive 50 hour program will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.  Course content includes: pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names.  Through classroom lecture and hands on labs, students will review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the “top 200 drugs”, I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parental nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. 

Note: In addition to classroom lecture and labs, this program includes a clinical externship through a local pharmacy.  To be eligible for a clinical externship, students must successfully complete the 50 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements. Students who complete this program will also have the opportunity to pursue the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB) Exam.

Prerequisite: High school graduate or GED® holder.

March 12–April 30 | Tuesdays  & Thursdays | 6–9 p.m. | PVCC Jefferson School Center

Registered Medication Aide

Successful completion of PVCC’s Medication Aide Training Program meets the requirements of the Virginia Board of Nursing for a student to be eligible to sit for the state exam to become a Registered Medication Aide (RMA). This program will cover topics such as legal and ethical issues; preparing for safe administration of medication; introduction to pharmacology; administration of prepared instillations and treatments (oral medications, eye, ear, nose, etc.); documentation, storage, and disposal of medications; special issues in medication administration; and insulin administration. Students will be required to have 100% attendance in both class and clinical, provide a copy of their active, unrestricted Virginia CNA certificate, and submit a background check, drug screen, and PPD (negative TB testing) prior to start of class.
Prerequisite: Active, unrestricted CNA is required prior to registration. Minimum age is18 and must have an academic High School diploma or GED®.

Note: Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Medication Aide national examination. 

November 5–December 13 | Monday, Wednesday, Thursday | Evening Hours | Colonnades

EKG Technician Certification Program

This comprehensive 40 hour EKG Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as EKG Technicians and to take the ASPT – Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam and other National Certification Exams. This course will include important practice and background information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography and stress testing.  Additionally, students will practice with EKG equipment and perform hands on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement and other clinical practices.

Prerequisites: Minimum age is18 and must have an academic high school diploma or GED®.

Note: Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) EKG Technician national examination. 

January 8–March 14, 2019 | Tuesday & Thursday evenings | Jefferson