Earn While You Learn

Earn While You Learn


Join a culture that encourages growth, teamwork, diversity, pride, efficiency, and exceptional patient care. Whether you are starting your very first job or want to start a new career in healthcare, the Earn While You Learn training programs could be the place for you.

Minimum requirements are a high school diploma or GED; no experience is required. Our programs provide structured coursework and on-the-job-training plus full-time benefits while training. If you are seeking a career that is rewarding, makes a difference, and is part of UVA Health, join one of the nation’s premier academic health systems.

Entry-Level Programs

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

    Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Learn more and apply

    Next hire date: June 2024

    Training time: Three months

    What is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)?

    The EMT is a person who is trained to give basic emergency medical care. This has historically been in an ambulance. We are now using EMTs more in hospitals to help provide care to our patients.

    Is there a career path for EMTs?

    While you can work your entire career as an EMT some choose to continue their education. There are a number of options for the EMT such as advanced EMT, paramedic, and critical care paramedic. Others find this introduction to healthcare leads them to careers in nursing, radiology technology, respiratory therapy, or other roles in the hospital setting.

    How does this work:

    Trainees are hired with no prior experience other than high school diploma or equivalent. UVA will pay you a full time salary, your benefits, and expenses for your training. Our benefits package equals about 30% of your salary! UVA asks for 1 year commitment from those we train.

    The EMT course is included in your work hours. Half of your week will be spent in the EMT course or completing related assignments. The other half of your week will be in rotations through a variety of departments including the emergency department, medical transport network, intensive care units, radiology, and psychiatry. The goal is to broaden your educational experience and provide insight areas you may work upon completion.

    Where do EMT’s work at UVA:

    There are a number of places EMT’s can work within the Medical Center.  However, those completing the Earn While You Learn program will most likely work in the Medical Transport Network or the Emergency Department for the first year. 

    Course Details:

    Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) provide out of hospital medical care, and transportation to patients who are experiencing emergency events. The UVA Life Support Learning Center (LSLC) provides EMT education based upon the national standards derived from the US Department of transportation, and is overseen by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.  As part of the earn to learn program, candidates will be enrolled in an EMT program that is three months in duration.

    The EMT course is fairly rigorous with tests and quizzes requiring students maintain passing grade averages.  There is additional study and homework needed for success that will require the trainee complete without pay.

    At the end of three months, you will be prepared to begin your career caring for the ill and injured at the top level 1 Trauma Center at UVA’s Emergency Department, or responding to medical emergencies in the community on one of our Medic V ambulances.

    Training Includes:

    • Basic anatomy and physiology
    • Introductory medical, legal, and ethical knowledge
    • Patient assessment
    • Skill and knowledge development to safely deliver emergency care to patients across the life span: Infant to senior citizens
    • Skill-building to stabilize and safely transport patients
    • Immobilization and splinting of injured extremities and bleeding control
    • Basic pharmacology that includes medication administration in certain specific circumstances
    • Mass-casualty and disaster management
    • Scene safety and personal protection
    • Written and oral communication in the clinical context

    Methods of instruction:

    • Virtual didactic education via the Jones and Bartlett education platform
    • In person lab and skill building sessions using a 1:6 instructor to student ratio
    • In person patient care training using high fidelity mannequins and a 1:2 instructor to student ratio
  • Phlebotomy Trainee

    Phlebotomy Trainee - Learn more and apply

    Next hire date: June 2024

    Training Time: 12 weeks

    As part of the Earn While you learn program, candidates will be enrolled in a three-month program with training and experiences that will allow you to work at UVA Medical Center alongside the best laboratory professionals, nurses, doctors, PCTs, and support staff.

    What is a “Phlebotomist?”

    Phlebotomist draw blood from our patients. This involves receiving orders for lab work from our computer system, identifying the correct patient, assembling needed supplies, safely drawing blood from the patient, and submitting labs for processing. This role is needed inside our hospital (or in-patient) and in our ambulatory clinics. You will be working closely with patients. While your time with each patient may be short it is important to make them comfortable and help them relax.

    Is there a career path for Phlebotomist?

    For many the Phlebotomist role may be a long-term career path. For others it can be the first step as they continue their education to be become a Medical Lab Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technologist, or even a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

    Others find this introduction to healthcare leads them to careers in nursing, radiology technology, respiratory therapy, or other roles in the hospital setting.

    How does this work:

    Trainees are hired with no prior experience other than high school diploma or equivalent. UVA will pay you a full time salary, your benefits, and expenses for your training. Our benefits package equals about 30% of your salary! UVA asks for 1-year commitment from those we train.

    Where do Phlebotomist work at UVA:

    Phlebotomist work in both the in-patient setting and a number of ambulatory sites. The pace is busy in both settings.

    Course Details:

    • The course is provided by Piedmont Virginia Community College on site at UVA.
    • The first two weeks is primarily classroom instruction providing important foundational information.
    • Part of the course will be virtual or use a computer. If you do not have computer, please let us know and arrangements can be made to help you access one of ours for your course work.
    • You will have controlled practice in the classroom as you first learn to draw blood.
    • Next you will go into the outpatient clinics and inpatient rotations to gain experience.
    • You will have an exam upon completion.
  • Medical Assistant Training Program

    Medical Assistant Trainee - Learn more and apply

    Next hire date: June 2024

    Spots are limited

    Training time: 12 weeks

    Work for the #1 hospital in VA -- University of Virginia Medical Center. We are hiring into our exciting Earn While You Learn program where you will be trained to become an outpatient Medical Assistant. As part of the Earn While you learn program, candidates will be enrolled in a nine-week program with training and experiences that will allow you to work at UVA Medical Center clinics alongside the best nurses, doctors, and clinic support staff.

    What is a Certified Medical Assistant?

    The CMA role is one of the newer roles in health care. The role works in the ambulatory setting or diagnostic areas such as radiology.

    They assist with medical care ranging from getting a patient’s history and taking vital signs to a number of tasks such as getting EKGs, assisting with exams, administering medications, and other more. This role may also assist with administrative tasks in the medical office setting. They perform a wide range of duties under the supervision of a health care provider.

    Is there a career path for Certified Medical Assistants?

    Many will work their career as CMA. Others find this introduction to healthcare leads them to careers in nursing, radiology technology, respiratory therapy, or other roles in the hospital setting.

    How does this work:

    Trainees are hired with no prior experience other than high school diploma or equivalent. UVA will pay you a full time salary, your benefits, and expenses for your training. Our benefits package equals about 30% of your salary! UVA asks for 1-year commitment from those we train.

    Where do CMAs work at UVA:

    There are a number of places CMAs can work whether they go through the Earn While You Learn program or have taken the CMA course on their own.

    These areas include:

    • Ambulatory Care Units (we have more than 130!)
    • Radiology

    Course Details:

    • Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) provides our CMA course for the Earn While You Learn Program.
    • You can expect to spend some time at PVCC for class and skills.
    • You will also rotate through ambulatory clinic sites to observe and gain more experience that will help you build knowledge and confidence.
    • A number of the lectures are provided virtually. You may be in a group setting watching these via computer. There will be other tasks that require you to have a computer. If you do not have a computer, please let us know and we will work with you to have access.
    • Upon completion there is a certification exam that UVA will cover the costs.
    • You will work with our team to find your permanent job upon class completion. There are many options to choose from!
  • Sterile Processing Technician

    Learn more and apply to Sterile Processing Technician Earn While You Learn Program!

    Next hire date: To be announced
    New to the Earn While You Learn programs!

    Training Time: 16 weeks

    What is a Sterile Processing Technician?

    A Sterile Processing Technician plays a very important role in healthcare. They provide essential patient care in an indirect way. 

    They carefully sterilize and assemble all the equipment required for surgery, exams, and other medical procedures. They ensure both patient and team safety.  This equipment is essential not only to our operating rooms but also our procedural areas and clinics. 

    Sterile Processing Technicians are detail-oriented and careful workers. This job requires compliance with processes and standards, documentation of efforts, and quality control.  Additionally, this highly specialized role involves the use and maintenance of sterile processing equipment, sterile packaging of instruments, and inventory control.

    Is there a career path for Sterile Processing Technician?

    There are opportunities to advance to senior positions within the sterile processing field. As part of the Perioperative care team the Surgical Scrub Technician role is one area for growth.  Of course within healthcare there are many areas to pursue. 

    How does this work:

    Trainees are hired with no prior experience other than high school diploma or equivalent. UVA will pay you a full-time salary, your benefits, and expenses for your training. Our benefits package equals about 30% of your salary! UVA asks for 1-year commitment from those we train.

    Where do Sterile Processing Technicians work UVA:

    Sterile Processing Technicians typically work in hospitals, clinics, and other settings where medical equipment is used.  At UVA Central Sterile Processing is located near the operating rooms within the UVA Medical Center and our ambulatory surgical locations.  

    Course Details:

    • The course is provided by Piedmont Virginia Community College and UVA Health.
    • This course will include educational time at both PVCC and UVA.  Many hours will be spent documenting your clinical experience at UVA. 
    • Topics you will focus on include infection control, sterilization, packaging of sterile instruments, record keeping and compliance, quality control practices, inventory management, and specific knowledge related to medical instruments.
    • This course will contain 550 contact hours.  About 150 hours are classroom based and the remainder is documented clinical experience.
    • Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Registered Central Sterile Technician (CRCST) credentials exam offered by the international Association of Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA).

     

  • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

    Nurse Assistant Trainee (CNA) - Learn more and apply

    Next hire date: June 2024

    Training time: 6-8 weeks

    What is a Certified Nurse Assistant? 

    A CNA is an entry level member of the patient's healthcare team. They provide important patient-centered care and tasks under the supervision ofa licensed nursing staff. Our CNAs are integral to the care of our patients.

    Is there a career path for CNAs?

    At UVA many of our CNAs will go on to become a Patient Care Assistant or Patient Care Technician. This training is provided by UVA to our employees. In this training more advanced skills will be taught.

    Others find this introduction to healthcare leads them to careers in nursing, radiology technology, respiratory therapy, or other roles in the hospital setting.

    How does this work?

    Trainees are hired with no prior experience other than high school diploma or equivalent. UVA will pay you a full-time salary, your benefits, and expenses for your training. Our benefits package equals about 30% of your salary! UVA asks for 1-year commitment from those we train.

    The CNA course is included in your work hours. In June 2024 the model used for our program will be changing.  Trainees can expect to spend 40 hours per week in the educational setting with one day per week in the clinical setting with an instructor.  Upon program completion they will interview and hire into one of our clinical care departments.

    Where do CNAs work at UVA?

    CNAs are essential to the care of our patients. Positions are available in many patient care areas. You can expect to receive additional training after the course is complete to advance to a Patient Care Technician.

    Course Details:

    • UVA is working with CATEC to provide the CNA course. Classes are taught in person at CATEC, on-line, and clinical days at a local long term care facility.
    • If you do not have a computer—this is not a problem. We will help find a solution for this just let us know.
    • Starting in June 2024 the educational period for CNA will primarily be Monday-Friday day shift.  However, trainees must anticipate full time placement in clinical care departments will require shift rotations (day, evening, and nights), weekends, and holidays. 
    • A “clinical day” is where you, your fellow trainees, and your instructor actually take care of patients on a UVA patient care unit.
    • When your course is complete you will need to take a test and skills evaluation to receive your certification. Testing fees are paid by UVA. You can take the tests more than once if needed for success.
  • Pharmacy Technician

    Training Time: 9-12 months
    Hiring: Ongoing

    The UVA Pharmacy Technician Training Program is an ASHP/ACPE accredited program. The program is to prepare current and aspiring pharmacy technicians with standardized training that meets state requirements to practice as a pharmacy technician. In addition, this program is to prepare technicians for any state or national certification exam.

    Training includes: Online classroom training through Pharmacy Technician University, Experiential training in our state-of-the-art pharmacy, Preparation for passing the national certification exam. Candidates accepting a position will continue in their role as a pharmacy technician after completing the program and achieving their Virginia registration.

    The program is a 426.5 hour program that can be completed within 9-12 months, however candidates have a maximum of 2 years to complete the program and pass the PTCE exam. The didactic portion of the program is completed online, is self-paced, and contains graded quizzes, unit exams, midterm, and final exam. The simulation portion of the program is observed and graded by local instructors.  The experiential portion of the program is completed at designated pharmacy sites with an assigned preceptor. 

    Hours Breakdown:

    • Didactic: 136.9 hours
    • Simulation: 65.6 hours
    • Experiential: 224 hours        

    Admission’s Requirements:

    It is our goal for each student to succeed throughout the training program and into their career. To ensure the success of our students, they must meet the following minimum qualifications to enroll in the program: 

    • Possess a high school diploma or the equivalent.
    • Have English language and math proficiency sufficient to fulfill the requirements of the pharmacy technician job responsibilities, demonstrated by passing the TRC Reading Comprehension and Math Assessments in three attempts or less.  A minimum score of 70% is required for each assessment.
    • Pass a screening pertaining to any illicit drug use and a criminal record background check.
    • Comply with immunization requirements of experiential sites and employers. 
    • Meet state-specific age requirements for employment of pharmacy technicians. 
    • Meet state-specific requirements as regulated by the State Board of Pharmacy. 
    • Meet employer-specific requirements, if applicable. 

    *Note:  Any applicant needing special accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact your Program Director.

    The Program Director has final approval of applicants’ qualifications for acceptance into the training program.

    How to Apply:

    You may search and apply for openings for Pharmacy Technician 1

    roles on the career website for the University of Virginia.  Please be sure to include a cover letter outlining why you are interested in becoming a Pharmacy Technician and an updated resume.

    UVA Health Careers website

    Contact Information: 

    UVA Health Department of Pharmacy Services 
    1240 Lee Street 
    Charlottesville, VA 22903 

    Program Director:

    Timony Couturier, CPhT
    Email: tan4z@uvahealth.org
    Phone: 434.982.2626

    Chief Pharmacy Officer:

    Danielle Griggs, PharmD, MBA, MS

    How do I get my Pharmacy Technician license in Virginia?

    1. Successfully complete a VA Board of Pharmacy approved training program
    2. Register and pay for the National Exam
    3. Take and pass the National exam
    4. Complete an online Virginia Pharmacy Technician Registration Application

    Effective July 1, 2022 the Virginia Board of Pharmacy mandated that a pharmacy technician applicant must complete a pharmacy technician training program that is

    1) jointly accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), or 2) an accredited training program operated through the Department of Education’s (DOE) Career and Technical Education program, or 3) a program operated through a federal agency or branch of the military, or 4) a program accredited by an accreditation body approved by the board.  Please note that the DOE has indicated that it intends to require joint accreditation through ASHP and ACPE, and to date, the Board has not approved another accreditation body.

    License and Registration Requirements and Fees:

    *All costs listed below are out of pocket for pharmacy technician candidates. The exam fee required for National Certification may be eligible for reimbursement through UVA Health’s tuition and education benefits (must pass exam).

    Pharmacy Technician Trainees: Persons enrolled in a pharmacy technician training program must obtain a pharmacy technician trainee registration if they will be performing the duties of a pharmacy technician. Registration is valid for two years. Registration applications can be found on the Virginia Board of Pharmacy website.

    Pharmacy Technician Trainee Registration:

    Application fee: $20

    Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT): The UVA Pharmacy Technician Training Program is recognized by the ASHP/ACHE. The pharmacy technician applicant will receive a diploma at the end of the program, and will then be eligible to sit for a National Exam to achieve “certified pharmacy technician” status. Two exams are recognized for board licensure; the PTCE, and the ExCPT. More information about the exams can be found below.

    Upon passing a national exam, candidates must complete the final step of the process to practice as a pharmacy technician in Virginia. Candidates must register for a Virginia Pharmacy Technician License. Click here for more information.

    Pharmacy Technician Registration:

    Initial application fee: $35
    Annual renewal fee: $35

  • Surgical Support Technician

    Next hire date: To be announced
    New to the Earn While You Learn programs!

    Training Time: 10-12 weeks

    What is a Surgical Support Technician?

    Surgical Support Technicians are important members of the OR team. They provide a number of vital services that have a significant impact on patient safety during a patient’s operation. 

    Surgical Support Technicians must be able to communicate effectively in English in person, in writing, and on the telephone.  The role requires critical thinking and working independently with minimal supervision. The ability to manage multiple assignments, set priorities, work well under pressure. Must have the ability to recall information with accuracy with great attention

    This is a very busy role and physically demanding.  It requires standing for long periods of time and the ability to lift/push/pull 25-50 lbs. The OR environment may have with fumes, chemicals, vibrations, heat, noise, blood/body fluids and infectious disease.  Trainees must be comfortable with the sight of blood and the graphic nature of surgical procedures.

    The role entails the following skills which will be taught during the educational process:

    • The set up and break down of OR surgical rooms
    • Sort and dispose contaminated materials per hospital guidelines
    • Patient transport to and from Surgery, providing comfort and report concerns as needed
    •  Demonstrate infection control principles and aseptic techniques
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the normal growth and development of the pediatric,
      adolescent, adult populations and normal aging process of the elderly
    • Work cooperatively with the surgical team
      Competent in the practice of advanced level case assignment and advanced level equipment
    • Demonstrated knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the use of equipment, instruments and supplies
    • Demonstrates knowledge of surgical procedures and terminology
    • Perform basic math functions

    Is there a career path for Surgical Support Technicians?

    There are opportunities to advance on the career ladder for Surgical Support Technicians. As part of the Perioperative care team the Surgical Technology role is one area for growth. There are others as well such as nursing, respiratory therapy, radiology, and more.

    How does this work?

    Trainees are hired with no prior experience other than high school diploma or equivalent. UVA will pay you a full-time salary, your benefits, and expenses for your training. Our benefits package equals about 30% of your salary! UVA asks for 1-year commitment from those we train.

    Where do Surgical Support Technicians work at UVA?

    Surgical Support Technicians work in the operating rooms within the UVA Medical Center and our ambulatory surgical locations (UVA Battle Building and Ivy Mountain Orthopedics).  

    Course Details:

    • The training course is taught by the UVA Operating Room staff
    • The training period will be about 10-12 weeks, may require shift rotations (day, evening, nights), weekends, and holidays
    • The skills learned require precision as they have significant impact on patient safety and outcomes.

Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) Resources

Nursing Resources

Advising Resources at PVCC 

Nursing Advisors at PVCC:

NOTE: Use the steps in above in "Step-By-Step How to Make an Appointment 

  • April Pannell (manages names starting with A-M)
  • Tanairy Carbo (manages names starting with N-Z)

General Pre-Admission Evaluation

Pre-Admission Transcript Evaluation
If you have taken any of the following courses at a college or university outside of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and are unsure if they will transfer to PVCC to satisfy a prerequisite or general education for your desired program.

You will need to do the following:
1. Apply to PVCC through our online portal
2. Email Admissions and Advising (admissions@pvcc.edu) to request a pre-admission evaluation including the following information:
a. Full name and PVCC ID number
b. Program(s) you are applying to and desired application cycle (ex. Fall 2024)
c. Full name and city/state of the colleges up for review d. Unofficial transcripts to have reviewed (do not include if within the VCCS)
i. Please make sure all grades and courses are legible.
ii. Highlight the courses up for evaluation.
iii. Your name and graduation dates should be visible.
Please note: This review does not guarantee the transfer of courses from an outside college or university to PVCC. This process is for application use only. Omitted information in your email request will delay your evaluation return time.
3. Once this request sent, you will receive a confirmation email that is has been submitted. From point of confirmation, you will be emailed your evaluation results within 5 business days. Consider this timeline in comparison to your application deadline.

Once a student has gained admission to the program, they must do the following:

1. Complete an official Transcript Evaluation Request Form through the PVCC Registrar’s Office to confirm that all prerequisite and general education course requirements are met. More information can be found here: https://www.pvcc.edu/transcript-evaluation
Please note: Once admitted if it is determined that a general education course taken at an outside college or university does not meet PVCC transfer requirements, the course may need to be repeated to satisfy the degree.

 

Advanced Programs

Our Earn While You Learn Advanced Programs are new in 2024! 

We are expanding opportunities for UVA Medical Center employees to advance their careers.  These are known as our "advanced" or “What next?” programs for those seeking growth. 

The Advanced Programs are for UVA Medical Center employees who have been full-time employees for at least 1 year. Additional requirements for these programs include—good performance standing, good attendance history, and manager’s support. 

These programs are much longer in duration—typically 1-2 years.  They do require a commitment back to UVA Medical Center after program completion.  This is typically a year for a year.  This means a 2-year program would require a 2-year commitment to UVA after graduation.

  • Nursing: Registered Nurse (RN)

    New to the Earn While You Learn programs!

    Training Time: 2 Years

    Start Time: Fall Semester 2024

    RN Informational Sessions:

     

    Next Program Entry Opportunity:

    Align with PVCC Application process for Fall Semester and Spring Semester starts. 

    The Opportunity:

    Registered Nurse is now part of the Earn While You Learn Program!  UVA Medical Center in collaboration with Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) will offer the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS) and subsequent NCLEX-RN licensure will be offered within the Medical Center's Earn While You Learn Program. 

    Program Details:

    The nursing program lasts for two years (4 semesters). Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse after successfully passing the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

    Requirements:

    Entrance into the PVCC Nursing Program requires completion of several pre-requisite courses, TEAS testing, and additional admission requirements. This program is available to UVA employees with 1 year or more full-time service to UVA Health, are in good performance standing, have demonstrated good attendance, and have manager’s support.

    While enrolled in the program trainees can expect to work in their current role for 24 hours and have the remaining 16 hours per week focused on coursework toward the associate degree in nursing.  This program requires hours of study outside of work that are not compensated. 

    Trainees must meet all program and graduation requirements as outlined at the time of admission.  Successful graduates will be expected to commit to employment at UVA for a period of two (2) years after completing the program.   

    Support:

    Trainees admitted to the Earn While You Learn RN Program will continue to receive their full-time salary and benefits.  Educational expenses including tuition, fees, and textbooks will be covered by UVA Medical Center and available grants.

    For more Information: 

    Visit the EWYL website, attend one of the upcoming information sessions, or contact: Beth Mehring (ebb6f@uvahealth.org)

    PVCC Website for RN Program

    PVCC Admission Handbook

    PVCC Faculty and Administration

    Clarissa Moctezuma- Associate Dean of Nursing  

    PVCC Academic Advisors

    Tanairy Carbo 

    April Pannell 

  • Nursing: LPN to RN Bridge

    LPN to RN Informational Sessions:

    The Opportunity:

    There is now a great opportunity available to LPNs working at UVA!  In cooperation with Piedmont Virginia Community College, licensed LPNs employed at UVA can enroll in a “bridge program” that leads to the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS) and subsequent NCLEX-RN licensure. 

    Program Details:

    Trainees who are admitted to the program take “bridge” courses in the first semester and then are eligible to take the second-year nursing courses and graduate with an associate degree in nursing after three semesters. Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse after successfully passing the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. 

    Requirements:

    This program is available to LPNs who have been employed by UVA for year, are in good performance standing, and have their manager’s support.  LPNs accepted into the program will have met all admission requirements for the PVCC associate degree in nursing and will complete 41 hours of coursework in three semesters.  

    While enrolled in the program, LPNs will work in their current job for 24 hours per week and have the remaining 16 hours per week focused on coursework toward the associate degree in nursing.  Between semesters LPNs in the program will work 40 hours per at their current job.  This program requires hours of study outside of work hours that are not compensated.   

    Trainees must meet all program and graduation requirements as outlined at the time of admission.  Successful graduates will be expected to commit to employment at UVA for a period of two (2) years after completing the program.   

    Support:

    Trainees admitted to the Earn While You Learn LPN to RN Bridge Program will continue to receive their full-time salary and benefits.  Educational expenses including tuition, fees, and textbooks will be covered by UVA and available grants.

    For more information:

    Visit the EWYL website, attend one of the upcoming information sessions, or contact: Beth Mehring (ebb6f@uvahealth.org)

     

    PVCC College Catalog

    PVCC Website 

    PVCC Faculty & Administration

    Brittany Hinkle-Assistant Professor of Practical Nursing 

    PVCC Academic Advisors

    Tanairy Carbo 

    April Pannell 

     

     

     

    Piedmont Virginia Community College: LPN to RN Bridge Program
  • Paramedic

    Next Program Opportunity:

    Fall Semester 2024 will be the start for our first cohort of trainees. The next cohort will start Fall Semester 2025.

    The Opportunity:

    The Earn While You Learn Paramedic Program is a career progression opportunity for EMTs employed in the UVA Medical Transport Network and UVA Emergency Department.

    Program Details:

    The one-year certificate program will be offered in collaboration with Piedmont Virginia Community College.

    Graduates are eligible to sit for the national registry exam. Upon successful completion of this examination, candidates receive their National Registry Paramedic certification. This is required prior to applying for the reciprocity as a Virginia paramedic. The Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services will only grant certification as a paramedic in Virginia through initial certification and reciprocity afforded through the National Registry.

    Requirements:

    Consideration for the Earn While You Learn Paramedic program includes the following:

    • EMT in good standing employed by UVA Medical Transport Network or UVA Emergency Department
    • UVA employee in good standing with manager’s approval for program entry
    • PVCC Competency requirement for math and English

    Additionally, candidates should be in good performance standing and have demonstrated good attendance.

    Support:

    Paramedic trainees will work clinically as an EMT for 24 hours per week (2 12-hour shifts) with 16 hours (2 8-hour shifts) of educational time. During school breaks and holidays clinical work as an EMT will be 40 hours per week. Trainees can expect to commit some unpaid hours in support of educational efforts beyond the 16 hours/week provided.

    Trainees will be full-time employees with full benefits and educational expenses will be covered. Upon program completion, they will continue employment in either the Medical Transport Network or UVA Emergency Department for 1 year.

    Paramedic graduates who wish to continue their education can receive an

    Associate Degree with an additional 6 classes. These 6 classes will not be Earn While You Learn, but will have tuition support through UVA.

    For More Information:

    For more information contact: Jermaine Clayborne (JTC5G@uvahealth.org)  OR Beth Mehring (ebb6f@uvahealth.org)

  • Surgical Technology

    This job type is currently in development with a projected start date of Fall 2024. Please check this website for updates.

  • Medical Lab Assistant

    Next Program Entry Opportunity: The next application cycle will be October/November 2024 to begin coursework in the Spring of 2025.

    Program Details:

    The Medical Lab Assistant Program is in collaboration with Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC).

    Requirements:

    One year of employment as a specimen management technician or phlebotomist in the medical laboratories.

    Support:

    During the college semester this student enrolled in the program will receive eight hours of paid study time and guaranteed time away from work to attend classes. The class and clinical time will be unpaid.  Tuition will either be covered by grants or UVA educational assistance, and books will be paid for by the department.

    Please note the educational support model for this advanced program is different than others due to restrictions by the accrediting organization.

    For More Information:

    Primary program contact is Briana Shelton (BMS7H@uvahealth.org)

  • MRI Technologist

    https://www.pvcc.edu/nursingNext Program Entry Opportunity: November 2024

    Opportunity:

    As an MRI Trainee, all tuition expenses are paid by the organization. Also, earn a salary while supporting our team in MRI and learning the necessary skills to become a registered MRI technologist at UVA Health

    Program Details:

    • Academics: Satisfy academic requirements via successful enrollment and acceptance into the Tesla Institute of MRI Technology. The trainee will log 2000 clinical hours as a trainee while enrolled in the program and will.
    • Clinical: Apply and interview for an open MRI Trainee position.  An applicant must be successful in both academic enrollment as well as being hired into the trainee position.

    Requirements:

    • Applicant must have successfully completed college-level anatomy and physiology 1 and 2 (BIO 141 & 142).
    • Applicant must have background and history exposing them to medical terminology or college course in medical terminology.
    • Ideal candidate would possess a certification in imaging, but previous certification is not required if the candidate has a strong clinical background as EMT, CMA, LPN, or support staff position.
    • Upon completion of both academic and clinical requirements, candidate must pass professional registry.
    • Upon completion of the program and successfully passing registry, applicant is required to work in the UVA MRI department for at least 12 months.

    Support:

    • MRI Trainee is a paid position with benefits
    • MRI Trainee will gain entry level experience relative to patient care, prep, and safety
    • MRI Trainee will be assigned a mentor to help bridge / link the academic program to the clinical experience
    • Tuition for the Tesla institute is 100% paid by UVA Health

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Frequently Asked Questions

We are so pleased you are interested in your career progression and returning school! We also recognize this is very new to many of you. The language may be different than what you use every day. 

See below for answers to frequently asked questions about the Earn While You Learn program.

  • What does Pre-requisite class mean?

    Most of the educational programs offered in our Advanced EWYL Programs require certain classes be completed before you can apply to the actual program such as nursing or paramedic.  

    For example, in nursing you must complete: 

    On page 9 in the Nursing Admission Information Book

    Admission Pre-requisites are listed and include:

    ENG 111  College Composition 1

    BIO 141  Human Anatomy & Physiology 1

    PSY 230  Developmental Psychology

    SDV 100 College Success Skills

  • What is a 'credit hour' and what is a 'semester?'

    A credit hour is a unit of measure representing an hour (50 minutes) of instruction over a 15-week period in a semester. It is applied toward the total number of hours needed for completing the requirements of a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.

    You can appreciate a 1 credit hour course is much less time than a 4 credit hour course. This is important as you plan your schedule. 

    A semester system generally consists of two 15-week terms: one in the fall (followed by a winter break) and one in the spring (followed by a summer break)

  • What is 'Earn While You Learn?'

    Earn While You Learn is a program UVA started in 2022 to help individuals gain employment and training for jobs within our community. We hire people as full-time employees and pay them salary, benefits, and tuition support as they train for jobs within our Medical Center.

  • Does EWYL teach the courses offered?

    In most instances we collaborate with an educational facility to provide the training.  There are a couple of entry level programs that we teach at UVA Medical Center.  For the Advanced programs we will be working with educational programs, such as Piedmont Virginia Community College, to provide the actual education.  

    The Earn While You Learn program provides the salary support and labor time needed to complete the courses.  

  • What is an entry level program versus an advanced program?

    An entry-level program in Earn While You Learn is a role that typically requires no experience in the field but will require training on the job. The training programs related to this are listed on this website.  The training is shorter in duration, usually about 10-16 weeks.  

    An advanced program is much longer in duration, usually 1-2 years, and awards a degree and/or a license.  At UVA Medical Center these programs are now available in the Earn While You Learn Programs but only for Medical Center employees.