School of Health Sciences Education

Nashville General Hospital's School of Health Sciences Education offers four education options that allow students to enter some of the most dynamic fields in the healthcare industry. Our courses offer recent graduates or those interested in an occupational change the opportunity to advance their careers.

Our programs include:​​​​​​​

Notice of Non-Discrimination: The School of Health Sciences Education at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, religion, origin, disability, sexual preference, marital or parental status in its student admission policies as well as employment administration, program operations and activities.​​​​​​​


Radiologic Technology

This is Middle Tennessee's only 24-month, hospital-based radiologic technology program. The Nashville General Hospital at Meharry's Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by:

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300
​​​​​​​email: mail@jrcert.org

Graduates of this program are well educated technologists who display exceptional skills, competence, and versatility in the medical imaging field. A comprehensive multi-skills education makes our graduates some of the most highly sought Radiologic Technologists in the middle Tennessee area and abroad.

Tuition and Program Fees

  • Tuition - $10,300 for the two-year program ($1,300 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance (cashier's check or money order only made payable to NGH Radiologic Technology Program).  The remaining tuition balance is separated into two $4500 payments (one in September prior to the beginning of the program and one in April of the following year). Note: There is no loan program available at this time. However, the program is Local Workforce Investment Area certified and candidates may be eligible for financial assistance through the Nashville Career Advancement Center (call 615-253-8920 or 615-741-3556). SNAP program participants may also be eligible for educational financial assistance (call 1-866-311-4287). 
  • Textbooks / electronic resources - approximately $1,300
  • Application fee - $50 (non-refundable)
  • Liability Insurance - $80
  • Criminal background check - $50.00
  • Drug screening check - $35.00

Graduate Request for Transcript of Record - $5.00

NOTE: all fees subject to change.  The program currently is not a Title IV participant through the Federal Department of Education. This means students are not eligible for Federal Student Aid (government-funded student loans or deferments).  Please contact the program officials for information on state financial assistance centers.

For more information on this program, please download the following Radiologic Technology documents:

*Program effectiveness data may also be accessed at the following Web address: www.jrcert.org

To learn more about becoming a radiologic technologist, please visit the following helpful web sites:
www.jrcert.org
www.asrt.org
www.arrt.org
​​​​​​​http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm

​​​​​​​For more information on application deadlines and class schedules, please call the School of Health Sciences Education at Nashville General Hospital at 615–341–4659  or email: radprograminfo@nashvilleha.org


Cardiographic Technician (EKG) Certification

​​​​​​​​Course Dates:
Session A: January – March
Session B: April – June
Session C: July – September
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The Cardiographic Technician Certification (CTC) Program was developed in 2004 as a community service to provide a structured educational program for those interested in learning the science of electrocardiographic recording techniques.

Upon fulfillment of all CTC program requirements, graduates receive a certificate of completion. The curriculum is based on the content specifications of the Certified Cardiographic Technician Examination administered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (www.cci-online.org), and graduates are encouraged to sit for this certification examination. Graduates who pass the Certified Cardiographic Technician Examination, obtain the Certified Cardiographic Technician credentials that follow their name as (CCT).

As the only freestanding EKG program of its type in Tennessee, our program is designed to prepare individuals for national cardiographic technician certification. Our goals are to ensure quality of EKG services in an ever-changing healthcare environment, and ensure on-going reimbursement for health care facilities, as it is likely that insurance companies will begin requiring certification of those performing EKG exams as a condition of reimbursement eligibility. Classes are held on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Students are also required to attend a minimum of six clinical hours each week Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm. These clinical hours are flexible to fit into your schedule.

Tuition and Program Fees

  • Application fee - $50 (non-refundable –cashier’s check only, payable to NGH CTC Program)
  • *Tuition - $1,500 (non-refundable - due at orientation, approximately two weeks before class begins (cashier’s check or money order only, payable to NGH CTC Program).  Note: There is no loan program available at this time. However, the program is Local Workforce Investment Area certified and candidates may be eligible for financial assistance through the Nashville Career Advancement Center (call 615-253-8920 or 615-741-3556). SNAP program participants may also be eligible for educational financial assistance (call 1-866-311-4287).                 
  • Textbook – ECGs Made Easy 5th edition by Barbara Aehlert – approximately $50.00
  • Liability insurance - $35.00
  • Criminal background check - $50.00
  • Drug screening - $35.00
  • Uniforms (Navy Blue Scrubs) – (cost varies)

*NOTE: All fees subject to change.  The program currently is not a Title IV participant through the Federal Department of Education. This means students are not eligible for Federal Student Aid (government-funded student loans or deferments).  Please contact the program officials for information on state financial assistance centers.

Optional: Students may purchase a self assessment exam from Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
Note: In the event NGH must cancel a CTC class, qualified applicants will be enrolled in the next scheduled class.

If you are interested in applying for this program, click here for an application and call 615-341-4659 for the program schedule, or email: radprograminfo@nashvilleha.org for more information.


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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Program offered every three months (call school for next start date:  615-341-4659)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION – Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.  This program is designed for adult learners who are interested in entering the health care field as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and have little or no formal training.   This 12-week program (12 Saturdays*), which consists of a total of 96 hours (60 didactic; 36 clinical), emphasizes care of the older adult, assistance with activities of daily living, bathing, dressing, exercise movement, eating, elimination, safety, and comfort measures. 

*Classes/clinicals are held on Saturdays for 8 hours each day from 9 AM - 6 PM.

PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT - In accordance with and in support of the mission of Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, the Certified Nursing Assistant Program is committed to educating highly skilled certified nursing assistants who will provide quality care for their patients.   It is the program’s mission to promote high quality patient care skills in the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, professionalism and continuing education.   This is accomplished through a three-month didactic and clinical curriculum.

Program Objective

The objective of this short-term training course is to provide students with the theory, laboratory and clinical experience in the practice of basic nursing skills.  The program prepares  students to successfully pass the state Nursing Assistant certification exam. 

PROGRAM GOALS:

1. To introduce the learner to the health care field of nursing assistants.
2. To provide learners with experiences in the classroom and in the clinical setting that result in development of basic competencies required of nursing assistants.
3. To provide the learner with the competencies   required for entry level nursing assistant  jobs.
4. To provide the learner with training required  by State and Federal laws for employment as  a nursing assistant.
5. To prepare learners to pass the state  certification exam.

Admissions Requirements

  • Submit application along with a $50 non-refundable application fee (Cashier's check only, payable to NGH CNA Program).
  • Submit proof of high school graduation or GED completioin.
  • A criminal background check and a drug screening are required.  Applicants are responsible for fees.
  • Once the application, application fee, and transcript(s) have been received, the candidate will be scheduled to start the next scheduled class, pending the results of a background check and drug screening.
  • After the background check and drug screening are cleared, students are required to provide documentation of:
    • TB skin test (PPD) within the last 3 months or a copy of the chest x-ray report within the last 3 months if unable to take the skin test because of a past positive reaction
    • Proof of Tdap (tetanus/diptheria/pertussis) vaccine >= 18th birthday
    • Proof of 2 MMR immunizations OR positive titers for Rubeola, Mumps, and Rubella
    • Proof of 2 Varicella (chickenpox) immunizations OR positive titer
    • Hepatitis B immunization or signed waiver
    • Flu Vaccine

           ​​​​​​​Note: The student may schedule the aforementioned tests through their personal physician or at Nashville General Hospital.

*Program Fees

Application fee - $50 (non-refundable – cashier’s check or money order only, payable to NGH CNA Program)

Tuition - $750 (non-refundable - (To make payment more manageable, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is due at orientation, approximately two weeks before class begins (cashier’s check or money order only, payable to NGH CNA Program).  The balance is due by the last day of the program. ))  Note: There is no loan program available at this time. However, the program is Local Workforce Investment Area certified and candidates may be eligible for financial assistance through the Nashville Career Advancement Center (call 615-253-8920 or 615-741-3556).  SNAP program participants may also be eligible for educational financial assistance (call 1-866-311-4287).                
Textbooks/Resources –Approx. $100.00
Liability insurance - $35.00
Criminal background check - $50.00
Drug screening - $35.00
Uniforms (Maroon Scrubs) – (cost varies depending on where purchased)
CPR for the Health Care Provider - Contact the American Heart Association or American Red Cross

*NOTE: All fees subject to change.  The program currently is not a Title IV participant through the Federal Department of Education. This means students are not eligible for Federal Student Aid (government-funded student loans or deferments).  Please contact the program officials for information on state financial assistance centers.

If you are interested in applying for this program, call 615-341-4659 for the program schedule, or email: radprograminfo@nashvilleha.org for more information.

Note: In the event NGH must cancel a CNA class, qualified applicants will be enrolled in the next scheduled class.


Post-Primary Medical Imaging Preceptorship in CT or MRI

The NGH Preceptorship In CT or MRI offers graduates of a Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)-accredited radiologic technology program the opportunity to participate in a three-month supervised clinical rotation in the imaging specialties of CT or MRI. The preceptorship program provides clinical education and examination performance opportunities to radiographers seeking ARRT registry eligibility in these specialty area(s). Participants are responsible for their own learning and study of physics, equipment operation and maintenance, procedure protocols, and any other information relative to each imaging modality that may be included on the registry examination.

*Tuition and Program Fees​​​​​​​

  • Application fee: $50
  • Tuition: $1,500 per three-month preceptorship
  • Criminal background check: $50**
  • Drug screening test: $35**
  • Liability Insurance: $35/year
  • Dosimeter badge (exception – MRI Preceptorship): (cost based on pricing at time of enrollment)

*NOTE: All fees subject to change.  The program currently is not a Title IV participant through the Federal Department of Education. This means students are not eligible for Federal Student Aid (government-funded student loans or deferments).  Please contact the program officials for information on state financial assistance centers.

** Not required for the NGH Radiologic Technology Program graduate who starts the Preceptorship Program within three months after graduation.

If you are interested in applying for this program, click here for an application and call 615-341-4659 for the program schedule, or email: radprograminfo@nashvilleha.org for more information.