Centura College expands upon its health care training offerings with the announcement of Health Information Technology Diploma program.
By Jul DeGeus
Centura College’s Richmond and Newport News campuses upgraded their curriculum by introducing Health Information Technology to their list of diploma programs offered. Students will train to work in the integrated industries of health care and information technology, through examination of health data and development of code for billing. Students can enroll now.
The Health Information Technology Diploma program is designed to ready students for the analysis of health data and transcription of diagnostic and procedural terms and services into a coded form for analysis and billing. Courses, such as Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology, develop students for engagement within the health care field, while classes like CPT Coding and Computer Software Application in Healthcare develop students’ information technology skills. The program prepares students for entry-level positions within the health care field and is designed to take as little as 8 months to complete. Upon graduation, students will have acquired the knowledge and eligibility to take the Certified Coding Associate exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Career opportunities for a Heath Information Technology graduate include coder, health information specialist, biller, or a medical record specialist.
Centura College’s Richmond campus is located at 7914 Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond, Va. For more information, call 804-330-0111.
Centura College’s Newport News campus is located at 616 Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, Va. For more information, call 757-874-2121.
About Centura College
Since 1969, Centura College has been training working adults in the important fields of computers, business, law and healthcare. These are among the fastest growing career fields in today’s marketplace and in the future. Currently, Centura College’s Newport News campus is enrolling students to train for careers in medical assisting, massage therapy, information technology, business, phlebotomy and health information technology. Centura College’s Richmond campus is enrolling students to train for careers in medical assisting, massage therapy, dental assisting, practical nursing, nurse aide, phlebotomy, building maintenance and repair, health information technology and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The school offers professional facilities, knowledgeable instructors, day or evening classes, and job placement assistance. To learn more, visit www.CenturaCollege.edu. Like us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/centura.edu.
By Esperanza Poquiz Edited by Jul DeGeus
International Nurses Day is a day for people around the world to give thanks to the subtle heroes who quietly help save lives, daily. Though nurses should be appreciated every day, it’s always nice to have a dedicated time to celebrate these hard working professionals. International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12th, which is the anniversary of the birth of one of the most famous nurses in history, Florence Nightingale. Today, Centura College acknowledges a few nurses that helped changed history and say thank you to all the nurses around the globe.
Source: Library of Congress
Florence Nightingale is widely known as the founder of modern nursing. In 1854, the Secretary of War, Sidney Herbert, requested Nightingale to assemble a unit of nurses to help aide the soldiers of Crimea. Not only did Nightingale care for the wounded, but she also improved the hospital’s living conditions. Before her arrival, soldiers were dying more from infectious diseases than actual battle wounds obtained on the field. She was able to help drop the mortality rates in the hospitals by changing the sanitary methods in the facility. Her work did not go unnoticed and she was honored with the title of “the Angel of the Crimea.” (1)
Source: Library of Congress
Clara Barton, or “the Angel of the Battlefield,” is the founder of American Red Cross. Barton traveled with Army ambulances during the American Civil War. She tended to the victims of the battlefield, distributed supplies, and provided comfort and support to patients in hopes to keep the moral high. After the war was over, Barton headed a program that helped locate and identify men, both alive and deceased, to notifying their families of their statuses. When her duties to the Civil War were complete, Barton traveled to Europe and came into contact with the International Committee of the Red Cross. Inspired by what the organization stood for, Barton petitioned to begin a branch of the Red Cross in America. Though she was met with resistance from the government at first, the request was granted in 1881, with Barton as the American Red Cross’s first president. (2)
Source: Library of Congress
Dorothea Dix is known for bringing to light the terrible treatment of the mentally ill and fighting for their rights. After seeing the horrible conditions patients were living in, Dix decided to bring matters to the United States Congress. With her carefully noted research and data, she was able to get the support and funds needed to help provide more humane living conditions and treatment for the mentally disabled. Dix’s efforts resulted in the creation of more than 30 institutions for the mentally ill across the United States and Europe. (3)
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Mary Eliza Mahoney is the first registered African American Nurse. She began her “health care” career working as a janitor, cook, and laundry woman at the New England Hospital. Between her three jobs at the hospital, Mahoney became an unofficial nurse aide. This unsanctioned hobby helped kick-start Mahoney’s passion and career in nursing. In 1829, Mahoney became “official.” She was admitted into the hospital’s nursing program and was one of only three students to graduate. Her perseverance helped African American students become widely accepted for nurse training. After experiencing racial discrimination in the field, Mahoney helped co-find the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, NACGN, in 1908. This improved the statuses of African American nurses nationwide. (3)
So there you have it, just a few nurses whose actions and passions helped mold the field of nursing as we know it. Centura College thanks these incredible ladies and nurses all over the world for the hard work, toiling hours and dedication that goes into helping better the health of others. If you are feeling inspired and can see yourself in a health care field, a great way to start that new journey is looking into the various health programs we offer here at Centura College.
- Biography.com Editors. “Florence Nightingale.”Biography.com. A&E Networks Television, 28 Apr. 2017. Web. 5 May 2017. < http://www.biography.com/people/florence-nightingale-9423539 >
- History.com Staff. “Clara Barton.”History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 5 May 2017. < http://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/clara-barton#>
- “25 Famous Nurses – Past to Present World’s Popular Nurse Professionals | Coffee Time – Pulse Uniform.” Pulse Uniform – Medical Nursing scrubs. N.p., 01 Feb. 2016. Web. 05 May 2017. < http://www.pulseuniform.com/coffee-time/index.php/2016/02/01/25-famous-nurses-past-to-present-wolrds-popular-nurse-professionals/ >
Licensed Practical Nurses help meet the nation-wide need for health care workers.
By Brian Stauss
Centura College’s Norfolk and Richmond campuses announce new classes enrolling now for Practical Nursing. Students learn to work with patients, to evaluate patient health status, and develop individualized care plans. Classroom instruction and supervised clinical (patient care) experiences are integrated to reinforce learning and to help develop the attitudes to succeed. This program prepares students to work in a variety of settings including: doctor’s office, a clinic, hospital, long term care facility or in a private home care setting.
“Nursing is a dynamic and expanding profession, ideal for individuals looking to help others, be intellectually stimulated, and have a variety of employment and educational opportunities,” says Tara Crosby, Nursing Director of Education at Centura College’s Norfolk campus.
The program is designed to take only 15 months to complete and teach the student the skills and qualifications to begin a career in the world of nursing. Completion of the program, and subsequent Practical Nursing licensure by the Commonwealth of Virginia, qualifies the graduate for an entry level position as a Practical Nurse as defined by the Virginia Nurse Practice Act.
Centura College’s Norfolk campus is located at 7020 N. Military Highway, Va. For more information, call (757) 853-2121.
Centura College’s Richmond campus is located at 7914 Midlothian Turnpike in North Chesterfield, Va. For more information, call (804) 330-0111.
About Centura College
Centura College has been part of an organization dedicated to helping men and women develop careers since 1969. By training working adults in healthcare, technology, business, legal studies and trades, they connect communities with some of the fastest growing career fields in today’s marketplace. The school offers professional facilities, knowledgeable instructors, day or evening classes, job placement assistance and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). To learn more, visit www.CenturaCollege.edu or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/centura.edu.
Centura College is giving locals and students another reason to give thanks this November—new career opportunities! The career fair kicks off Thursday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendance is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive in business attire with résumés in hand.
“With the holidays quickly approaching, we want to get folks working! More than 20 employers will be looking for staff through the busy holiday season, as well as after. This is what we’re all about at Centura College—connecting communities and careers,” said school director, Dale Weiberg.
Featured employers include Verizon, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Home Depot, Kelly Services, Right at Home, Rescare, South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Cumulus Radio Corp., Lexington Work Force and more.
Other activities will include campus tours and meet and greets with admissions representatives and financial aid officers. They will also be accepting donations for the local community still affected by recent flooding, such as toiletries, dry goods and anything else that can assist them in their recovery.
Centura College’s Columbia campus is located at 7500 Two Notch Road. For more information about the career fair, call the campus at 803-754-7544.
Centura College Norfolk is pleased to announce the opening of our new Veteran Center. It is our goal to be the most veteran friendly and empowering campus in our region by providing excellent service to our students. Our focus is to provide a variety of services that ease the transition from military service to campus life, develop and foster a community culture of past, present and future veterans, and continue to drive awareness of veterans issues, service and benefits. Here at Centura College Norfolk, we take pride in our veterans and will continue to offer them quality service and support through graduation and into rewarding careers.
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