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. In 2008, the school’s name was changed again, this time to Centura College.

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Programs Available

Medical Assistant Diploma

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.

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Medical Assistant with Limited-Scope
Radiologic Technology Diploma

This program provides the student with the knowledge and skills needed to be become employed as a medical assistant with the added training needed to pursue licensure as a limited scope X-ray technician for work in physician offices, hospitals, urgent care centers, and other health care facilities. The healthcare industry desires the professional and medical skills of our graduates along with the interpersonal skills that we teach within the program.

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Associate of Applied Science in Biomedical Equipment Technology

The Biomedical Equipment Technology (BMET) program prepares students for entry-level employment within the field of healthcare technology management. Students learn the specialized skills necessary to trouble shoot, install, inspect, maintain, repair and calibrate biomedical equipment and support systems to adhere to medical standards and guidelines.

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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business
Concentration in Management

Centura College’s Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business prepares students for entry-level careers and opportunities within the contemporary business workplace. The core curriculum of the program teaches business technologies and software, along with financial, managerial, and leadership principles. The various concentrations without the program allow the student to focus their coursework on an area of Business that most interests them, and prepares them for a career within their chosen field.

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Associate of Occupational Science Degree in Medical Assisting
Concentration in Clinical Support

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.

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Teacher's Assistant (Paraprofessional Diploma)

The Paraprofessional diploma program prepares students for entry-level employment in the educational field. The program provides the student with the knowledge and skills to become employed as a teaching assistant working in public and private school sectors, to include elementary, middle, and high school learning environments.

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Teacher's Assistant

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Diploma

The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program provides students with the technical skills necessary for entry-level employment in the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry. This program explains typical HVAC systems followed by practical hands-on competencies for the three areas of HVAC: mechanical, electrical, and airflow systems, including extensive troubleshooting of each area.

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  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
  • Certified by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in Federal Title IV programs
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Military Tuition Assistance
  • National Association for Health Professionals
  • National Healthcare Association
  • Virginia Career Works Hampton Roads Region – Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA)
  • State Approving Agency for Veterans Education and Training
  • Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
Department of Veterans Services - Training and Education Alliance