Career Placement Services

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Career Placement Services

Most students find rewarding careers within Sentara Healthcare upon graduation. The College and the Sentara Employment Center help by organizing job fairs at Sentara facilities that include Sentara hiring managers and by providing interviewing skills and support. It is common for students to interview with managers they already know, thanks to the many hours they’ve shared in the clinical setting.

Graduates are actively recruited for positions within the Sentara Healthcare system. However, there is no obligation to work for Sentara after you graduate. While most graduates quickly gain positions, employment with Sentara is not guaranteed.

FAQs About Job Placement After Graduation

After graduation, am I guaranteed a job at Sentara Healthcare?

Prior to graduation, you will be guided through the Sentara Healthcare employment application process. Graduates are actively recruited for positions within Sentara Healthcare; however, there is no obligation to work for Sentara. And while most graduates readily obtain positions, employment with Sentara is not guaranteed.

Where do Patient Care Technicians work at Sentara Healthcare?

Patient Care Technicians are employed at Sentara Healthcare’s acute care facilities/hospitals and work in a variety of units throughout each hospital. Graduates of the PCT program are qualified to work as Patient Care Technicians or Nursing Care Partners.

What is a typical work schedule like?

For Cardiovascular and Surgical Technologists:

Cardiovascular Technologists and Surgical Technologists employed at hospitals typically work day shift hours, Monday through Friday. However, you may be responsible for additional on-call hours during the evening and night hours, weekends, or holidays, and may be required to come to work during those call hours. People who work in physician offices and clinics are usually not required to be on-call or work evenings, nights, weekends, or holidays.

For Registered Nurses, Patient Care Technicians, and Monitor Surveillance Technicians:

Full-time and part-time positions are frequently available on all shifts. In many facilities, shifts are 8 hours:

7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
11:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.

There also may be 12-hour shifts:

7:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Weekend and holiday work is expected in most situations, but is usually done on a rotating basis.

Where do I learn more about Sentara careers?

You can learn more about working at Sentara, browse open job listings, and search for specific opportunities at Sentara's website here, or by visiting

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