Centura College first began offering career placement services in 1969. In 1983, the company opened its first school, Electronic Institute of Technology, in Norfolk, Virginia. Over the years, training options and campus locations expanded, resulting in the campuses uniting under the new name of Tidewater Tech. In 1991, Tidewater Tech opened its fourth location in Hampton Roads just off Greenbrier Parkway in Chesapeake. After years of growth, the Peninsula campus relocated to its larger current location on Denbigh Boulevard, Newport News, in 1991, and in 2008, the school’s name was changed again, this time to Centura College.
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The Medical Assisting program prepares students for entry-level employment in the medical support field. This program provides the student with the knowledge and skills to become employed as a medical assistant working in physicians’ offices, office and hospital laboratories, urgent care centers and other health care facilities. The program prepares students to work with a focus on the back office, limited scope radiology, or clinical areas of health care facilities. While in school, students learn the fundamentals of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, medical laboratory procedures, exam room procedures and insurance billing. Students gain the skills necessary to take vital signs, perform EKG and phlebotomy procedures, assist physicians with in-office examinations, and perform various laboratory procedures. Students may also elect to attend classes which lead to state certification in limited scope radiography.
Medical Assisting careers can open the doors to working alongside doctors and nurses in many health care settings. Some people focus their training on the clinical side of the business so they can have a more direct hands-on approach with patients. Others focus on the office management side of the business, where management, administration, and technological skills allow them to excel.
A dental assistant performs several functions in a dental office, but the primary duty is to assist the dentist during chairside procedures. Other duties include taking and processing x-rays, preparing dental instruments for patient treatment, sterilizing and disinfecting instruments, and instructing patients on oral hygiene and care.
The Wind Turbine Technician program provides students with the technical skills to install, maintain, and repair wind turbines. Students are introduced with the fundamentals of generating electrical power from wind energy. Areas of study include wind turbine safety, climbing wind towers, electrical theory, electrical circuits, electrical test equipment, alternating current and three-phase systems, circuits breakers and fuses, switching devices, wind turbine power distribution systems, fasteners and torquing, bearings, lubrication, and hydraulic systems associated with wind turbines.
The carpentry program provides students with the technical skills to build, install and/or repair residential, commercial, and industrial structures such as floors, walls, roofing, windows, and doors as well as interior and exterior building structures. Students who graduate from this program will have learned how to construct, repair and install building framework and structures made from wood and other materials.
The construction electrician program provides students with the technical skills to setup, install, repair and maintain electrical systems that provide heating, cooling, lighting, communications, and power distribution for residential, commercial and industrial structures.