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Compare COA's Health Sciences and Wellness Programs

Are you interested in applying to one of College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Health Sciences and Wellness programs (HSWP)? Contact one of our HSWP advisors listed below. You may also attend one of our face-to-face information sessions at the Elizabeth City Campus Owens Center or watch our video about programs and admission processes.

If you aren’t sure which HSWP is right for you, visit Career Coach™ and complete the Detailed Career Assessment and bring it with you when talking with our advisors.

If you think you meet the admissions requirements and are ready to apply for validation, please contact Annette Roberson at 252-335-0821 ext. 2221, annette_roberson@albemarle.edu or in Elizabeth City Campus office AE 117.

Certificates, Diplomas and Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) Degrees

 

Year
Semester
Phlebotomy Certificate Patient Representative Certificate* Health and Fitness Science Certificate Healthcare IT Foundations Certificate* Phlebotomy Diploma Pathway Medical Assisting Diploma Human Services Technology Diploma Practical Nursing Diploma Nurse Aide Diploma Pathway Healthcare Business Informatics AAS*
(minimal patient interaction)
Medical Office Administration AAS* Medical Assisting AAS Health and Fitness Science AAS Human Services Technology AAS EMS Paramedic AAS EMS Bridge AAS Medical Laboratory Technology AAS
(minimal patient interaction)
Surgical Technology AAS
(minimal patient interaction)
LPN to ADN Option Associate Degree Nursing AAS
Year 1
Semester 1
15
credits
8 – 9
credits
10
credits
9
credits
20
credits
22
credits
15
credits
20
credits
19
credits
15 – 17
credits
17 – 18
credits
22
credits
17
credits
18
credits
17
credits
19
credits
20
credits
19
credits
18
credits**
18
credits
Year 1
Semester 2
n/a 9
credits
8
credits
9
credits
17
credits
20
credits
18
credits
15
credits
18
credits
17 – 18
credits
17 – 18
credits
20
credits
14 – 15
credits
17
credits
19
credits
11
credits
21
credits
20
credits
19
credits
19
credits
Year 1
Summer Semester
n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 6
credits
n/a 9
credits
10
credits
n/a n/a n/a n/a
Year 2
Semester 3
n/a n/a n/a n/a 3
credits
n/a 9
credits
9
credits
9
credits
18
credits
17 – 18
credits
17
credits
16
credits
18
credits
16
credits
n/a 16
credits
12
credits
16
credits
6
credits
Year 2
Semester 4
n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 14 – 15
credits
14 – 16
credits
12
credits
13
credits
14 – 15
credits
14
credits
n/a 14
credits
18
credits
19
credits
19
credits
Total Credits 15 17 – 18 18 18 40 42 42 44 46 65 – 68 65 – 70 71 66 – 67 67 – 68 75 66 – 67 66 – 67 66 – 67 66 – 67 72

 
*No admission process or prerequisites; CPR not required
**Includes 8 semester hours granted by valuation after successful completion of NUR 112 during semester 2 and NUR 212 during semester 3
 

Prerequisites

Prerequisites for HSWP may include:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • CPR certification
  • Drug screening
  • Criminal background check
  • Good health as evidenced by a physician, and proper immunizations

To read about prerequisites for each program, download COA’s Health Sciences Comparison Grid PDF.

Advisors

Susan Daviero
HSWP Advisor Specialist
Elizabeth City Campus: AE 135
252-335-0821 ext. 2452
susan_daviero69@albemarle.edu

Christopher Robertson
Director, HSWP Admissions/Advisement
Elizabeth City Campus: OC 107
252-335-0821 ext. 2304
chris_robertson37@albemarle.edu

Information Sessions

Attendance to a HSWP information session is recommended — and is required for some programs.

Thu 12

 

Programs Descriptions

Download COA’s Health Sciences Programs Comparison PDF

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). RNs provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. Employment opportunities are vast and include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community healthcare facilities. Graduates may continue their education at a variety of transfer programs toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Licensed Practical Nursing/Associate Degree Nursing Option (LPN/ADN)

This option is only for currently Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who desire to advance to an Associate Degree in Nursing. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure as a Registered Nurse. See ADN for full description.

Human Services Technology (HST)

The Human Services Technology curriculum prepares students for entry-level positions in mental health, childcare, family services, social services, rehabilitation, correction and educational agencies. They help people get through difficult times or get additional support/resources, and may work with a variety of areas including children and families, elderly, disabled, people with addictions, people with mental illness, veterans, immigrants, homeless and other populations in need.

Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)

The Medical Laboratory Technology program prepares individuals to perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and immunohematology (transfusion services) that may be used in the maintenance of health and diagnosis/treatment of disease. Course work includes concepts related to specimen collection, laboratory testing procedures, quality assurance, result reporting, and interpretation of findings. Graduates are eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologist Board of Certification MLT exam. Employment opportunities include hospital laboratories, medical offices, research facilities and industry.

Phlebotomy (PBT)

The Phlebotomy program prepares individuals to obtain blood and other specimens for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Course work includes proper specimen collection and handling, communication skills, and maintaining patient data. Graduates may qualify for employment in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, and other healthcare settings and may be eligible for national certification as phlebotomy technicians.

Practical Nursing (PN)

Practical Nursing graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Practical nurses work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors and participate in assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care including monitoring patient health; and administering patient care, providing for the basic comfort of patients, and keeping records. Employment includes long-term and skilled nursing care facilities, clinics, physicians’ offices, industry and home health agencies.

Medical Assisting Diploma

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, health departments, hospitals and other health facilities. The diploma includes course work in scheduling, coding and processing insurance, billing, collections, computer operations; assisting with examinations, routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues. Graduates may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Certification Examination to become Certified Medical Assistants.

Medical Assisting Associate Degree

The Associate Degree in Medical Assisting offers advanced studies designed to demonstrate competence beyond the entry level diploma program. Courses in accounting, business management, patient education, drug therapy, quantitative math, healthcare billing and coding and research and writing skills enable graduates to be better prepared to advance in the profession.

Surgical Technology

The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team. Students develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations. Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians’ offices, and central supply processing units.

Patient Representative

The Patient Representative Certificate curriculum prepares individuals for employment in medical and other health-related offices or in a hospital setting. Duties include written and verbal correspondence, scheduling, collecting co-payments, maintaining patient records, verifying insurance coverage and ensuring overall patient satisfaction.

Medical Office Administration

The Medical Office Administration program prepares individuals for employment in medical and other healthcare-related offices. Course work includes medical terminology; information systems; office management; medical coding, billing and insurance; legal and ethical issues; and formatting and word processing. Students learn administrative and support functions and develop skills to ensure quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems.

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals. This course is designed to provide instruction in the technical procedures for preparing and dispensing drugs in the retail settings under supervision of a registered pharmacist.

Nursing Assistant I

Nursing assistants provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities. Graduates provide personal care and perform basic nursing skills for the elderly and other adults. Upon satisfactory completion of the course and skill/competency evaluation, the graduate may apply for listing as a Nurse Aide I by the North Carolina Division of Facility Services. Employment is in home health agencies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, extended care facilities and doctors’ offices.

Nursing Assistant II

Individuals entering this program must be listed on the Nursing Assistant I Registry and have documentation of a high school diploma or GED. The Nursing Assistant II course prepares graduates to perform more complex skills for patients including training in selected advanced nursing assistant procedures. Emphasis is placed on sterile techniques, respiratory procedures, catheterizations, wound and trach care, irrigations, and ostomy care. Upon satisfactory completion of the course and skill/competency evaluation, the graduate may apply for listing as a Nurse Aide II by the North Carolina Board of Nursing Nurse Aide Registry.

Emergency Medical Science/Services

EMS professionals may vary from EMT, AEMT and Paramedic levels and care for the sick and/or injured in the pre-hospital setting while responding to non-emergency and emergency calls for assistance. They perform lifesaving maneuvers and provide transportation to medical facilities. Employment opportunities include EMS agencies, rescue squads, ambulance services, fire departments and hospitals, as well as educational and governmental agencies.

Healthcare Business Informatics (HBI)

Healthcare Business Informatics prepares individuals for employment as specialists in installation, data management, data archiving/retrieval, system design and support, and computer training for medical information systems. Employment opportunities include data analysts, technical support, informatics technology, appliance technicians, medical records technicians, networking and security technicians, and healthcare computer maintenance professions.

Health Information Technology (HIT)

Instructional Service Agreement (ISA) with Pitt Community College

Learn how to analyze, compile, maintain, manage and report health information. Students learn to classify, code, and index diagnoses and procedures and design system controls to monitor patient information security and a variety of other health information processes. Graduates may be eligible sit for certification to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Employment includes hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes and a wide variety of other health agencies.

Students may earn 33 General Education credit hours at COA for transfer to Pitt Community College’s HIT program. Visit Pitt Community College for other program courses and admission requirements or contact Health Sciences admissions.

The Pitt Community College HIT program is accredited by:

The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
233 N. Michigan Ave, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60601-5800
Email: info@cahiim.org

Dental Assisting

ISA with Martin Community College

This program prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chair-side and related office and laboratory procedures. Provides knowledge in infection/hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry and clinical procedures. Graduates may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. Graduates work in dental offices and other related areas.

Students may earn General Education credit hours at COA for transfer to Martin Community College’s Dental Assisting program. Please visit the Martin Community College website for other program courses and admission requirements or contact Health Sciences admissions.

Health and Fitness Science (HFS)

Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the fitness and exercise industry. Students will be trained in exercise science and administer basic fitness tests, health risk appraisals, teach fitness classes, and provide instruction in the proper use of exercise equipment and facilities. Employment opportunities include commercial fitness clubs, wellness programs in business and industry, Parks and Recreation Departments, and other organizations implementing exercise and fitness programs.

Medication Aide

The course covers topics on medication administration for long-term care. It’s designed to meet the training requirements for a Certified Nurse Aide I to become a Medication Aide.

Cardiovascular Technician/Monitor

Prepares student to become a certified EKG (ECG) Technician/Monitor. Covers anatomy/physiology of the heart, principles of EKG, dysrhythmia recognition, operating EKG equipment, running and mounting strips, reading and interpreting cardiac lead tracings produced from 12 and five lead monitors and the basics of capnography.

RN to BSN Step Center

The Strategic Transition in Education Progression (STEP) Center at COA is focused on promoting your completion of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)/Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs. We help recent ADN graduates, as well as registered nurses within the community, streamline the transition into RN-BSN/MSN programs based on individual needs and academic history.

This program expedites completion of Registered Nursing-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prerequisite courses at COA at reasonable cost and convenience for working RNs who are ADN graduates, and streamlines selection and transition into RN-BSN programs based strategically on an individual nurse’s needs and academic history.

Things to Consider

Finding Your Right Career

Students are encouraged to fully explore their career options. If you’re uncertain about your college/career choice, attend one of COA’s Health Sciences orientation sessions or meet with a career counselor for career planning. Contact 252-335-0821 ext. 2304 or 2452 for more information.

Are you prepared for COA’s Health Sciences program competitive admission process?

Most of the Health Sciences programs at COA admit on a yearly basis and only admit a limited number of applicants; therefore making admission into the programs a competitive process. Applicants who have met all of the required academic and testing criteria are ranked on a numerically objective ranking system based off of the applicant’s academic performance in areas that may include the Assessment Technologies Institute Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS), the classes within the program’s curriculum and the applicant’s GPA.

Is this the “right” time for you?

The Health Science programs are academically demanding and rigorous and require a great deal of commitment. You need to ask yourself if this is the right time in your life to commit to the challenge of starting a program. Do you have reliable childcare? Do you have reliable transportation? Are you financially prepared? Do you have your family’s support?

Have you considered your family?

Support from your family and friends will be important to help you meet your study commitments and become successful in your program of study. Family members will soon learn that you’ll not be able to attend to all of the family responsibilities that you used to do or that they’re accustomed to (i.e. house chores, entertainment, ball games, etc.). The adjustment can be difficult for some family members (especially young children) so we encourage you to have an honest conversation with your family before you accept a seat in your program of study.

What are the keys to success for a Health Sciences program?

You need to have strong reading, writing and math skills. You must also have good study skills and maintain a high GPA. Successful students attend all classes, take good notes and are self- directed. In addition, you must adhere to the course syllabi and comply with the program’s Student Handbook.

Are you still in high school?

Health Sciences programs are often more intense and require more in-depth study than many other careers, so it’s important that you start preparing while you’re in high school. All of the competitive Health Science programs require high school Biology and some require Chemistry as well. You may also check with your high school guidance counselor to enroll in college courses while in high school.

Have you enrolled in COA?

 

Workforce Development and Career Readiness (Noncredit Programs)

For more information about our noncredit programs, call 252-335-0821 ext. 2250.

Medication
Aide
Pharmacy
Technician
Cardiovascular
Technician
Nursing
Assistant I
Nursing
Assistant II
Phlebotomy Emergency
Medical
Technician (EMT)
Advanced
Emergency
Medical
Technician (AEMT)
Paramedic
Certification is awarded upon successful completion of state medication aide exam CPR not required CPR not required Certification is awarded upon successful completion of state nurse aide exam and practical Certification/listing on NC Board of Nursing Nurse Aide Registry upon successful completion of course CPR not required n/a n/a n/a
24
hours
96
hours
96
hours
160
hours
176
hours
178
hours
240
hours
307
hours
1224
hours

American Heart Association™ Training Center

Visit our American Heart Association web page for information about our Heartsaver, BLS (CPR), ACLS and PALS certifications.

For class details, call 252-335-0821 ext. 2285.


COA reserves the right to change program requirements and/or courses at any time.