Centura College first began offering career placement services in 1969, and in 1983 opened its first school, Electronic Institute of Technology in Norfolk, Virginia. Over the years, it continued to expand its training options and campus locations. 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 to Centura College.
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.
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.
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 Professional Esthetician diploma program at Centura College provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to become a licensed esthetician. For those passionate about health, wellness, and skin care, our training offers you the chance to learn beauty techniques and health and safety procedures necessary to provide wellness services for your clients. With a career as an esthetician, it’s not just about outer beauty. Our skin is a vital part of our long-term health, and those who provide care and services are contributing to people’s overall well-being.
Massage Therapy training will provide you with the physical, technical, and academic skills to begin a career in the expanding field of massage therapy. You will receive extensive training in massage and bodywork assessment, theory, and application, enabling you to perform a wide range of massage techniques in relaxation, pain management, and injury recovery.
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.
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.