Advanced Health Care


Code: 194

General Information

The purpose of the Advanced Health Care Certificate is to provide a foundation for individuals who are interested in following a career pathway in the health care field. The program includes courses that are valuable for those who are planning to enter nursing or other health-related specialty. Students whose placement test scores show the need to increase levels of proficiency in reading, writing and/or mathematics will be required to enroll in developmental courses so that they are more likely to achieve success in the Advanced Health Care Certificate courses.

This Certificate covers topics such as first aid and safety, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, nutrition, developmental psychology, and the use and abuse of drugs.

Program Requirements

Advanced Health Care – Certificate – Program information sheet


Classes are held on the main campus in Clifton Forge and a variety of other locations, including the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center (RRC) in Buena Vista. Facilities include classrooms, program-specific lab spaces, computer labs, offices and spaces used for student activities, student support services and a wide variety of resources to support student learning.

Most DSLCC nursing courses include traditional lecture, skills practice in a lab setting and some clinical experience. The lecture and lab components are offered on the main campus and selected courses may be available at the DLSCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. Clinical rotations are scheduled at a variety of facilities, requiring students to make their own arrangements for travel. During the academic year, students may be expected to complete rotations in Alleghany, Rockbridge, Roanoke and/or Greenbrier counties. For the successful completion of most courses, students are expected to attend classes, participate in labs and/or complete assignments that require additional study outside of scheduled class times.

Some courses are offered every semester while others are only scheduled in the fall or spring semester or one of the college’s summer sessions. It is important to discuss academic and career plans with an academic advisor who can assist in the development of a pathway that meets each student’s needs and addresses the scheduling of courses by the college. This will assist the student in achieving their goal of completing all requirements for graduation.

Employment Outlook

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information


Occupational Outlook Handbook from the US Department of Labor


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