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School of Career & Corporate Training

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Let's get ready to gain the skills for accelerated training! Our programs below are designed to prepare a forward path in your healthcare career. Programs marked with a Fast Forward Eligible are eligible for the FastForward program.


Certified Medical Assistant

Fast Forward Eligible Certified Medical Assistant: In our region, employers are looking for candidates who have completed a medical assistant training program, a certification from an industry recognized agency like the National Healthcareer Association, and a clinical rotation experience. Our program will get you trained, certified, and in a clinical rotation in just one semester.

  1. Sign-up for the Pre-Qualifying Class.
  2. Set-up an appointment with a navigator to complete the pre-qualifying process.
    Amanda Decker: 540-857-6279 or Melissa Marcus: 540-857-6820
  3. Complete the onboarding and financial assistance process to be officially enrolled in the program. Your Career Navigator will guide you through this. Please be aware that this can take up to a month.
Certified Nurse Aide

Fast Forward Eligible Certified Nurse Aide: Interested in a career in nursing? Picture yourself in "scrubs"? Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) are in high demand in Roanoke and it's no wonder–CNAs work hard and are key members of the health care team. There are hundreds of openings in Roanoke in settings such as long-term care centers, assisted living facilities, hospitals, home health care businesses, and even doctor's offices.  

Employment as a CNA is one step on the nursing career pathway and a useful introduction to patient care. Duties may include measuring patient vital signs, assisting patients with activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing, making beds and safely transferring patients from beds to chairs. The work is challenging, but caring for others can be rewarding.  Many LPNs and RNs started as a CNA.   

Virginia Western Community College's fast-paced CCT Nurse Aide program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Successful graduates will be qualified to take the NNAAP exam leading to certification as a nurse aide (CNA)! Well-qualified students may even have an employment agreement (based upon successful completion of the program) prior to graduation.  

Come learn and practice skills on the same campus where Virginia Western's other nursing students study. Gain the knowledge and learn the skills you'll need to pass the NNAAP exam. Our friendly and qualified staff are here to help you succeed. Tuition assistance is often available and the training typically takes less than 6 weeks. Call or email today to learn more and to join our next CNA class!

Learn the Skills
  • Basic patient care: bathing, dressing, toileting, and feeding
  • Patient education and emotional support
  • Measure and record vital signs: blood pressure, pulse, and respiration
  • Infection control and safety procedures

Students will be prepared to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) certification exam.

Pharmacy Technician Program

Fast Forward Eligible Pharmacy Technician Program: The pharmacy is often the most accessible form of health care, and pharmacy technicians play a vital role in hospitals, health systems, and community, grocery or drug store pharmacies. Pharmacy technicians are comfortable communicating with diverse audiences, performing data entry with various software programs, problem solving to work in a busy environment, and maintaining professionalism to provide quality patient care. This course will prepare you to support pharmacists to provide safe and effective patient care.

Dental Radiation Safety Certification

Dental Radiation Safety Certification: This course meets the requirements of the Virginia State Board of Dentistry for certification in radiography safety. This hybrid class will include x-ray production, radiation biology, radiation safety and hygiene, dental radiography techniques, film placement and proper positioning of the cone.

A comprehensive exam will be given after the completion of the online session. The exam emphasizes safety for the patient; operator and co-worker (including infection control, health and safety procedures).The student must pass the exam with a minimum grade of 75%.  This class will not provide clinical competence in taking x-rays.

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Career Path & Funding Assistance:

Amanda Decker: 540-857-6279
Melissa Marcus: 540-857-6820

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Location: Thomas Center - Ground Floor
Phone: 540-857-6076
Fax: 540-857-7386

Mailing Address:
3074 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015