School of Health Sciences
The School of Health Sciences provides classes for over 1000 credit students annually to include dual-enrolled high school students. The school offers Associate in Applied Science Degrees, Diplomas in Applied Science, and Certificates in Applied Science credentials in a variety of programs to prepare students for the workforce and to meet the community and/or regional needs for quality health care professionals. The school houses 24 programs within five departments.
Uniquely, the School of Health Sciences offers students simulated experiences through the Dr. Barbara P. Lassiter STAT Center Lab (Simulation Technologies And Training Center) and the departments of Dental Hygiene, Veterinary Assistance, Massage Therapy and Diagnostic Medical Sonography provide student-operated clinics open to the general public.
- Cancer Data Management program is accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA)
- Computed Tomography program is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
- Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
- EMT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) based upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP)
- Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
- MRI program is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
- Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)
- Medical Laboratory Technology Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
- Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
- Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
- Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
- Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
- Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
- Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
- Dental Hygiene Associate in Applied Science
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate in Applied Science
- Emergency Medical Technology Associate in Applied Science
- General Technology Associate in Applied Science Health Information Management Systems Technology Career Path
- Health Information Management Associate in Applied Science
- Medical Laboratory Technology Associate in Applied Science
- Nursing Associate in Applied Science
- Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate in Applied Science
- Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Applied Science
- Radiologic Technology Associate in Applied Science
- Respiratory Care Associate in Applied Science
- Surgical Technology Associate in Applied Science
- Cancer Data Management Certificate in Applied Science
- Computed Tomography Certificate in Applied Science
- Emergency Medical Technician Certificate in Applied Science
- EMT-Paramedic Certificate in Applied Science
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate in Applied Science
- Massage Therapy Certificate in Applied Science
- Medical Assistant Certificate in Applied Science
- Medical Scribe Specialist Certificate in Applied Science
- Professional Grooming and Animal Care Certificate in Applied Science
- Sterile Processing Technology Certificate in Applied Science
- Veterinary Assistant Certificate in Applied Science
Visit our web page at https://www.gvltec.edu/health-sciences/.
The following outlines the special admission requirements of all programs within the School of Health Sciences. Specific program requirements are found under each program in this catalog.
Acceptance to the college is managed through the Admissions Office of the college and is required for consideration for acceptance into any program within the School of Health Sciences. However, college acceptance does not guarantee admissions into many of the School’s programs as some programs have additional admission requirements that must be met such as a separate program application.
Students are encouraged to obtain criteria used for competitive admissions once they determine their program of interest. Criteria can be obtained from each program’s website, Career Talk and/or from a student’s assigned advisor. Therefore, it is very important that students meet on a regular basis with their assigned advisor to ensure that they are on the correct path for program entry and that submission of the program application is done in a timely manner.
Programs within the School of Health Sciences may have the requirement that biophysical courses must be completed within five years of starting clinic. Each applicable program’s catalog page will list this applicable requirement.
Career Talk Sessions
Completion of a Career Talk session for the student’s program of interest is a program admission requirement for all of the programs within the School of Health Sciences. Students are encouraged to complete a Career Talk session as soon as possible to ensure that they have the most up-to-date program information.
Depending upon the program of interest, sessions are offered either face-to-face once a month or in an online format. The Career Talk schedule is located at https://www.gvltec.edu/careertalk/.
Programs within the School of Health Sciences may require specific mental and physical functions that must be possessed by students in order to successfully complete program requirements. Students must be able to meet the technical standards of his/her program in order to progress. Demonstration may be required. The technical standards can be obtained from program advisors and are provided to potential students during the Career Talk sessions. Students who are concerned that they may have difficulty meeting the technical standards are strongly encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services. In some instances, reasonable accommodations may be made but only with the required documentation from the Office of Disability Services.
All programs within the School of Health Sciences require participation in and successful completion of clinical/externship/internship courses. In order to provide such experiences, students may be assigned to agencies outside of the college. Written agreements between the agencies and the college outline the requirements of all parties: the college, students, faculty and the agencies. In establishing clinical/externship affiliation agreements, the School’s programs are contractually obligated to comply with the requirements set forth in such agreements. Students and faculty are “guests” at these facilities and must conform to the rules, policies and procedures of the clinical/externship sites in order to participate in clinical/externship experiences. Students must be able to participate in all learning activities that take place in these outside agencies.
Students accepted to a program within the School of Health Sciences may be required to have a physical exam based on individual program requirements. The physical exam must be performed by a licensed, practicing physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner and must be documented on the School’s health form. Results of the physical must indicate that the student is in good physical and mental health. Due dates vary and will be provided either by a student’s advisor or from the program faculty.
In an effort to protect the students enrolled in the programs within the School of Health Sciences and the patients/clients with whom the students come in contact from communicable diseases, students are required to provide an up-to-date immunization record. No Exemptions are permitted except for medical exemptions according to the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control (CDC). A medical exemption form must be completed by a practicing physician. This form may be obtained from program faculty. Students who have an approved, documented medical exemption may not be able to progress through their program if clinical/externship experiences are denied by the clinical/externship affiliate.
The immunization record must include:
- Two (2) MMR vaccinations: positive titers may be accepted
- Two (2) Varicella vaccinations: a positive titer may be accepted
- Negative TB screening
- Tdap within the past ten (10) years
Although not required, all students are strongly encouraged to obtain the Hepatitis B vaccine. Those who choose not to be vaccinated for Hepatitis B will be required to sign a waiver indicating their decision. However, if the Hepatitis B vaccine is required by an affiliated agency, the student must comply with the requirement in order to participate in activities at that agency. Additional immunizations may be required upon the request of the clinical/externship sites (i.e., flu vaccine during flu season). Students assigned to such sites will be required to meet the immunization requirement(s).
Students enrolled in an Animal Studies program are only required to provide evidence of a current tetanus vaccine. The pre-exposure rabies vaccine is not required but is strongly recommended for students enrolled in Animal Studies.
Students enrolled in the Massage Therapy and Personal Training programs are exempt from the immunization policy unless a clinical/externship site requires documentation of immunization.
The college shares an obligation with the clinical/externship agencies to protect the agency’s patients/clients to the extent reasonably possible from harm due to students who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol while in the clinical/externship agency. In addition, the college wishes to ensure that the health and safety of the students are not compromised. Students accepted into and enrolled in a program within the School of Health Sciences must submit to drug testing. Initially, a negative 10-panel drug screen is required for clinical/externship eligibility. The student is responsible for paying the initial drug screening. Drug screens must be completed through the agency outlined in the School’s policy. All students are subject to random drug screening with reasonable suspicion.
Criminal Background Checks
In order to comply with affiliate agencies, all students enrolled in a program within the School of Health Sciences must submit to a comprehensive, multi-state criminal record check to include at minimum a check of the past seven (7) years. The student will responsible for the cost of each record check. The record check must be completed through the agency outlined in the School’s policy. The criminal background check must be acceptable based upon the School’s policy. Criminal background checks are conducted upon formal acceptance into a program. Students may be subject to more than one background check during a program based on affiliate requirements. Questions regarding individual situations may be directed to the Assistant Dean of Compliance for the School of Health Sciences.
Regulatory Compliance Training
Training consists of modules addressing topics such as hazardous communication, electrical safety, infection control, HIPAA and many others. Many of the programs within the School of Health Sciences require students to complete these modules on an annual basis. The student will be responsible for the cost of this training and must use the agency outlined in the School’s policy. All modules must be completed for clinical/externship placement for specific programs.
Students may be required to travel to clinical/externship sites during the professional component of the program. Travel may require two (2) or more hours of driving. Transportation, parking, housing and food expenses are the responsibility of the student.
Dr. Barbara J. Lassiter Simulation Technologies and Training Center
A $1.5 million Simulation Technologies and Training (STAT) Center opened in 2009 at Greenville Technical College.
- Eight simulators in seven environments
- Settings include a city street where a car accident has occurred, a scene inside a home, an emergency room, an operating room and a specialty room, such as intensive care or pediatric intensive care.
- A $300,000 custom-designed audio-visual system allows students to see and hear what happens as a care scenario unfolds and how they might improve on their reactions.
- Simulators are portable and wireless and can sweat, cry, bleed, tear and salivate. They respond to medications and treatments as a human would.
- Students have the chance to make the most common and preventable medical mistakes without risk.
- With better education, medical errors should be reduced when these students become professionals.
- Simulation increases the hands-on experience and builds confidence.
Used by students in the following programs
- Emergency Medical Technology
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Physical Therapist Assistant
- Radiologic Technology
- Respiratory Care