Healthcare Schools in Virginia Beach, VA with Course Descriptions

Feb 20, 2019

There are at least 11 schools within 30 miles of Virginia Beach, VA, that have healthcare degree programs. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Virginia Beach Schools with Healthcare Programs

While Virginia Beach, VA, has a few schools with healthcare-related programs, the schools with the widest range of programs are outside of the city limits. This article looks at three schools, all within 40 minutes of downtown Virginia Beach, and the programs they offer in the broad field of healthcare. There is a table of facts about each school that prospective students can use to help them figure out which is their best option. Data regarding enrollment, tuition and the graduation rates at these institutions is presented here. Following this is information on a few other Virginia Beach schools and the healthcare programs they offer.

  • About 11 miles away in downtown Norfolk, VA, Eastern Virginia Medical School offers master's degree programs in physician assisting and public health and doctor of medicine degrees, among other programs.
  • Old Dominion University, also in Norfolk, 21 miles from downtown Virginia Beach, has several undergraduate and graduate programs in a broad array of healthcare fields. This article looks at the school's Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Certificate in Molecular Diagnostics, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Physical Therapy programs.
  • In Hampton, about 30 miles away, is Hampton University. Among the undergraduate and graduate programs it offers are the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Comparison of Schools

Students who are deciding on a school need to look at many factors. This table compiles important information on these three schools so they can easily be prepared.

Eastern Virginia Medical School Old Dominion University Hampton University
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; public 4-year; private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (in 2017) 1,256* 24,375* 4,618*
Campus Setting Midsize city Midsize city Midsize city
Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $21,605 (in-state); $29,556 (out-of-state)* $11,904 (in-state); $27,900 (out-of-state)* $11,350*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) N/A 92%* 95%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A* 86%* 36%*
Retention Rate (Fall 2016 to Fall 2017) N/A 80% (full-time students); 50% (part-time students)* 78% (full-time students); 27% (part-time students)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students who began in Fall 2011) N/A 54%; 28% (transfer-out rate)* 56%; 24% (transfer-out rate)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS)

This school is affiliated with the Eastern Virginia Medical Center. In addition to the degree and certificate programs, the school also offers residency and fellowship programs. EVMS is divided into nearly 20 departments, including internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, surgery, urology and radiology.

Master of Physician Assistant

Incoming students need to have completed prerequisite coursework, possess a bachelor's degree and have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. The curriculum is divided into two phases. The first phase focuses on coursework and simulations; courses may cover pharmacology, surgical care, epidemiology and health assessment. Phase 2 consists of three semesters of supervised clinical training in various health specialties like family care, pediatrics, internal medicine and emergency care. After graduating from the 28-month program, individuals may qualify for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam.

Master of Public Health

EVMS partners with Old Dominion University to offer this program. Applicants need a bachelor's degree and to have completed prerequisite coursework. Students choose from three concentration areas: epidemiology, health management and policy, and a dual MD/MPH program. Some of the courses that all MPH students may take include the fundamentals of public healthcare, behavioral sciences, biostatistics and epidemiology.

Doctor of Medicine

Individuals seeking admission must complete the Medical College Admissions Test and at least 100 college credits that include courses in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and physics. It takes about four years to complete this program. In the first two years, students take courses covering organ functions, behavioral science, nutrition, immunology, pathology and epidemiology.

Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University is made up of eight colleges, including the College of Health Sciences. This college is further divided into the School of Community and Environmental Health, School of Medical Diagnostic and Translational Sciences, School of Dental Hygiene, School of Nursing and School of Physical Therapy. Old Dominion University offers numerous certificate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in a variety of healthcare fields.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Students can pursue a prelicensure or postlicensure undergraduate degree in nursing. Which path students take depends on their prior college training; those who already have a bachelor's degree or have completed many of the lower division requirements may qualify for the postlicensure option. Some of the upper-level courses in both options include pharmacology, public health, maternity care and mental healthcare. Both programs include extensive clinical training in various health specialties.

Certificate in Molecular Diagnostics

Applicants must have bachelor's degrees in medical technology, cytotechnology, biology or a related field. Students can expect to complete coursework, presentations, labs and hands-on training in this program. Courses cover molecular diseases and diagnostics.

Master of Science in Nursing

This program prepares individuals to become advanced nurse practitioners in a specific health specialty. Options include nurse administrator, family nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery and adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist/educator. Curricula vary for each specialty, but coursework and clinical training are required for each.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Applicants apply to this program using the Physical Therapy Centralized Admissions Service. Potential students need a bachelor's degree and three letters of recommendation. Students can complete this program in three years of full-time, continuous participation. Some of the courses include neuroscience, kinesiology and patient assessment. Clinical internships begin at the start of the third year and continue throughout the final year of the program.

Hampton University

Hampton University consists of seven schools, including the School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and School of Science. Within these schools, students can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in physical therapy, communication sciences and disorders, nursing and pharmacy.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The School of Nursing has BSN program pathways for first-time freshmen, licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. Students in all options complete coursework like community health, nutrition, statistics and nursing leadership. Seminars and clinical practicum courses are also included.

Master of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Before beginning the coursework for this program, students must have first completed foundational courses like phonetics, audiology and speech science. Additionally, they should have acquired some clinical observation experience. It typically takes about five semesters to complete the required 49 credit hours. Some of the courses may cover youth language conditions, motor speech problems, technical communication and voice conditions. The curriculum also includes research courses and a clinical practicum. At the end of the program, students must complete a comprehensive examination.

Master of Science in Nursing

Among other requirements, applicants must have a bachelor's degree in nursing to be considered for this program. Specialty areas are available for those who want to work in nursing administration, nursing education or advanced practice nursing. Students can choose to complete a thesis or comprehensive exam. Although the curricula vary for each program specialty, some commonalities exist, including courses in statistics, group behavior, primary care nursing and family care.

Doctor of Pharmacy

Students can enter the pre-professional program in the School of Pharmacy as freshmen. This portion of the program includes courses like general and organic chemistry, biology, physics and calculus. Some of the admission requirements for the professional portion of the program include completion of prerequisite courses and the Pharmacy College Admission Test. Once accepted, students complete four years of coursework, which includes seminars, simulations and practica. Courses may cover patient evaluations, medicinal chemistry, internal medicine and psychiatry.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program includes clinical and research components, as well as physical therapy techniques and community health coursework. Community health and preparing to work with underserved populations is emphasized throughout the three years of the program. The graduate school uses the Physical Therapy Centralized Admissions Service for applications to the DPT program and requires applicants to submit evidence of 40 hours of physical therapy volunteer experience along with the application. Prospective applicants must have a bachelor's degree with science coursework including physics, chemistry, anatomy and statistics.

Other School Options

Additional schools in Virginia Beach that offer healthcare programs include the Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center, which has a practical nursing program and a medical systems administration program. Those interested in massage therapy can find relevant diploma programs at the Cayce Reilly School of Massotherapy. Norfolk has a few other school options for students who want to learn about healthcare, including Norfolk State University, Central School of Practical Nursing and Tidewater Community College.

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