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Certificates

The Certificate programs are designed to provide specific programmatic coursework that prepares students for the workplace or provides new skills for career advancement. In general, these certificates are not transferable to a four-year institution.

Administrative Support Technology

The Administrative Support Technology Certificate is designed to train persons for full-time employment in an office-related environment. With the rapid growth of industry and business in Virginia,  there is a steady demand for qualified administrative assistants in this region. 

Accounting

The Accounting Certificate is designed to train persons for full- or part-time work in accounting. It provides basic bookkeeping and accounting training.

General Education

The General Education Certificate is designed to provide student working for the AA&S transfer degree with an academic credential recognizing their completion of a specific course of study that leads to that degree. Students in other degree programs can also complete the general education certificate. The program provides a strong foundation in the core competency areas and provides students with an advantage in transferring to a four-year institution over others who have not completed a college program of study. Students completing the General Education Certificate are strongly encouraged to continue their studies and complete a degree program prior to transferring.

Law Enforcement

The certificate in law enforcement is designed for practitioners in law enforcement and associated fields who wish to concentrate on courses which relate directly to their career needs.

Practical Nursing
PN program and application information 

The certificate in Practical Nursing is designed to prepare students to take the National Council Licensure Exam–Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN), which is the currently approved licensing exam for practical nursing in Virginia. Students who pass the exam will be eligible to join of a health-care team in a variety of health service facilities.

 

Career Studies Certificate

Career studies program options are developed and implemented as community needs are identified and institutional resources permit. Learn about the course requirements for the programs listed below.

Administrative Professional

This program is designed to provide an opportunity for administrative support personnel to enhance job skills in the areas of computer applications and organizational leadership. This program has primarily been offered to the employees of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division in King George County. Program completers will be eligible to take a certification examination through the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).

Autism

This program is designed to increase the effectiveness of educators and community members who are personally or professionally dealing with students exhibiting autism spectrum disorders. The program provides an introduction to the disorder as well as information on curriculum development and methodologies for supporting students with autism.

Banking (Discontinued, Jan. 2014)

This program is designed to develop and improve the skills necessary to work in the banking industry and to provide an opportunity for those in the banking industry to advance in their careers.

Culinary Arts

This program is designed to provide a foundation in food production and the culinary arts field. Students will receive technical education in culinary arts and food service management which will prepare students for immediate employment upon graduation.

Computer Applications Specialist

This program is designed to train and equip students with the essential skills needed in an automated working environment. Students will learn basic skills in computer literacy and operations of the microcomputer.

Computer Aided Drafting

This program prepares students to work as CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) technicians and provides skills enhancement for working technicians, engineers, drafters, and designers. It includes advanced CAD drafting and design using auto CAD and specialty software in electronics, graphics programming, or mechanical, architectural, or civil design.

Electrician (Discontinued, Jan. 2014)

This program is designed to offer students with no prior knowledge of electricity or electrical systems the basic theories and practical training necessary for entry into the workforce. The program provides a working understanding of electrical circuits and wiring methods.

Emergency Medical Services-Intermediate (EMS)

The purpose of this curriculum is to produce competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediates (EMT-I/99) who can serve the community with advanced life support care via the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) infrastructure. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for National Registry testing and certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Employment opportunities for EMT-Intermediates are available with ambulance services, fire and rescue services, hospitals, local, state and federal government agencies, and humanitarian relief organizations.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

The purpose of this curriculum is to produce competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who can serve the community with basic life support care via the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) infrastructure. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for National Registry testing and resulting National Registry certification as well as certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Employment opportunities for EMTs are available with ambulance services, fire and rescue services, hospitals, local, state and federal government agencies, and humanitarian relief organizations.

Entrepreneurship (Discontinued, Jan. 2014)

This program is designed to develop the skills necessary to initiate and run a small business including writing a business plan, setting, up bookkeeping, doing market research, and entering into binding contracts.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

This program is designed to train students for entry-level positions requiring skills in installing, troubleshooting, and repairing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems primarily in residential applications.

Advanced Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (AHVAC)

This program is designed to train students in advanced skills in installing, troubleshooting, and repairing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems primarily in residential applications.

Industrial Electricity/Electronics

This program is designed to develop or extend basic skills and provide theory and hands-on training in Industrial Electricity/Electronics.

Infant and Toddler Care

The Infant and Toddler Care Career Studies Certificate is offered by Northern Virginia Community College at RCC. This curriculum is designed to prepare individuals to create and maintain learning environments that are developmentally appropriate for infants and toddlers.

Instructional Technology

This program introduces educators to the practical use of personal computers, educational software, and the Internet, with emphasis on presentation software and multimedia production.

Leadership in Organizations (Discontinued, Jan. 2014)

This program is intended to develop current and future leaders in all types of organizations. Students will examine the set of attitudes, activities, and behaviors that typify effective leadership and practice for the basic, mid-management, and senior management levels (Tiers I-III).

Marine Trades (Discontinued, Jan. 2014)

This program is designed to train personal for full-time employment as marine technicians, marine engineer assistants, and service mechanics for boat dealers, marine equipment dealers, and marine repair businesses.

Medical Administrative Office Specialist (Discontinued, Jan. 2014)

This program of studies will prepare students for positions as front office staff in medical offices. 

Medical Coding and Billing Specialist (Discontinued, Jan. 2014)

This program of studies will prepare students for positions in medical offices and provides the knowledge and skills to prepare insurance and billing forms for patients and insurance companies.  Medical insurance billing/coding and its related occupations are among the fastest growing opportunities in the healthcare industry.

Millwright (Discontinued, Jan. 2014)

This program is designed to prepare students for positions as millwrights and related positions requiring skill in mechanical technologies.

Game Design and Development

This certificate is designed to prepare individuals with entry-level skills to enter the field [or fields] of game design, web design and animation.

Nurse Aide

Nurse Aid Information and Application materials

This program is designed to train persons for full-time employment as nursing assistants. Students will learn the skills required to assist with nursing care in nursing homes, hospitals, and supervised home-care situations.

Phlebotomy

This program is designed to prepare students to work as entry-level phlebotomists. Program graduates are also eligible to sit for the national phlebotomy certification exam.

Web Design

This program is designed to develop the skills necessary to create web pages and websites to meet the challenges of promoting and advertising businesses and services in the 21st century.

Welding: Arc and Gas

This program is designed to train persons for full-time employment as beginning welders. Students are introduced to the principles and techniques of basic oxyacetylene welding and cutting and basic arc welding.

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