Schools and Programs
Virginia students can find continuing education courses and programs at a number of institutions across the state, including both community colleges and 4-year universities. Program options include non-credit courses designed to help students develop new skills, as well as certificates, degrees and professional certification programs.
Use the table below to review facts about two Virginia schools offering continuing education classes. Then, read on to learn details about a few of their program offerings.
Schools at a Glance
|School||Location||Institution Type||Net Cost|
|University of Virginia||Charlottesville, VA||4-year, public||$14,069|
|Norfolk State University||Norfolk, VA||4-year, public||$11,874|
University of Virginia's Adult Education Programs
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) at the University of Virginia provides a variety of continuing education classes for adult and non-traditional students. In addition to non-credit courses, offered both online and on site, the school offers an adult degree completion program, professional certificates and personal enrichment classes. Programs are available on campuses throughout Virginia.
Personal Enrichment Courses
Adults seeking individual courses to learn new skills or expand hobbies can enroll in personal enrichment courses offered by the University of Virginia. Course offerings change by semester, but often include options in the arts, finance, cooking and languages. Some specific course topics may include an introduction to the Spanish language, pruning, medicinal herbs, novel writing, healthy lifestyle choices and digital photography.
Students can pursue non-credit certificate programs that prepare them for professional licensure or to enter a career. Options are available in public relations, certified financial planning and criminal justice.
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Designed for adult students who have already earned some college credits, this program allows working adults to complete a bachelor's degree program during evenings and weekends. Students are required to complete a capstone research project before receiving their degree.
Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management
This online, part-time program is for adults with a technical background to help them prepare for careers in such areas as medical technology, health information management or emergency medical services. Students take courses addressing health informatics, information technology, public health and healthcare ethics as well as a capstone course.
Norfolk State University
Norfolk State University provides continuing education courses and programs to Virginia students. The university offers classroom-based certificate programs, as well as online courses, workforce development programs and a variety of seminars and workshops. In addition to a Licensed Social Worker exam preparation course, the university offers the following CE programs:
Designed for the beginning or advanced legal worker, this program provides students with marketable skills for careers in law-related environments. Topics of study include legal terminology, legal research, document preparation, legal writing and the litigation process.
Clinical Laboratory Assistant Certificate
Introductory courses in lab procedures and safety practices, materials and lab operations are among those offered in this certificate program. This 12-week program also covers specimen collection, pathogens and chemical handling. Students will also become familiar with regulatory laws regarding clinical labs.
Clinical Medical Assistant Training Program
From preparing medical exam rooms to taking vital signs, students in this program will learn all aspects of this career. Processes for documenting patient information, collecting lab specimens and performing diagnostic tests are also addressed.
EKG Interpretation Course
Students of this course learn through hands-on learning experiences and demonstrations. It combines the study of introductory and advanced practices. Non-invasive EKG methods are conducted on classmates in laboratory settings. Students are prepared to pursue EKG certification upon the completion of this course.
Medical Billing and Coding Courses
Students interested in an entry-level healthcare career can learn the skills needed for PT, ICD-10-CM, and Level II HCPCS coding systems and reimbursement. Introductory and advanced courses are available.
Pharmacy Technician Training Course
This course covers terminology used in both the medical and pharmaceutical fields, as well as pharmacology, pharmacy laws and math calculations. It is designed to prepare students for pharmacy technician certification.
Phlebotomy Technician Course
In this course, students will learn blood and specimen collection methods, specimen handling techniques, quality management and possible complications in blood drawing and testing. Other coursework includes medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology.