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Continuing Education Classes in Virginia with School Info

Universities and colleges throughout Virginia provide opportunities for continuing education. Read about three Virginia schools that offer departments dedicated to providing continuing education opportunities for adult learners.

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Virginia is home to many colleges and universities offering continuing education classes to the public. Preview three of these schools and some of the classes available at each institution.

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 three Virginia schools offering continuing education classes. Then, read on to learn details about a few of their program offerings.

Schools at a Glance

University of Virginia

  • This 4-year public school is located in Charlottesville, VA.
  • The net cost of attendance for most students was estimated to be $14,069 for 2014-2015.

Norfolk State University

  • This is a public 4-year university in Norfolk, VA.
  • The NCES estimated an average net cost of attendance at $11,874 for 2014-2015.

Tidewater Community College

  • This school is located in Norfolk, VA.
  • A public 2-year institution, the average net cost of attendance in 2014-2015 was $6,745.

University of Virginia

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 certified financial planning, project management, accounting, and public relations courses.

Non-Credit Certificates

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:

Paralegal Certificate

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.

Tidewater Community College

Tidewater Community College offers many continuing education options for interested adult learners. Over 150 courses are available. With both on campus and online programs, as well as weekend and evening classes, those looking to expand their education and better themselves have many opportunities to learn. Both credit and non-credit options are available.

Foreign Language Courses

TCC has many options for learning a foreign language. Beginner-level courses are available in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish.

Photography Courses

Several digital photography and editing courses are available at TCC. Classes are available in photography and video techniques, as well as photographic media arts and studio lighting techniques. A history of photography course is also available. Students with experience can also take an advanced photography course to build on what skills they already have.

Recreation Sports Courses

Recreational sports are available as classes at TCC. Programs are available in areas like dance, golf, yoga, and fitness walking. Students learn about the activity in a class setting and improve their skills over the course of the program.

Adults can look to the University of Virginia, Norfolk State University, and Tidewater Community College for options in finding continuing education courses. Some are part of credit-granting programs, while others are stand-alone courses.

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