About Us

Cardinal Institute for Health Careers, CIHC, was established in March 2007 as Cardinal Creek Consulting, L.L.C. (CCC) in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The primary focus was on the development of health care educational curriculums and programs, as well as statistical consulting to the medical and legal professions. In addition, CCC began offering on-going Personal Care Aide courses in late 2012 and continues to the present. As of 2015, the company began functioning with its updated name: Cardinal Institute for Health Careers when it relocated to its newly constructed facility in the same building as Strayer University, near Route 17 at I-95.
The quality of the educational offerings is of paramount importance to the Administration and Instructors, who are experienced, qualified health care educators with a variety of management and clinical nursing education and experience. They include Home Health, Community Medicine and Ambulatory Care, Pre- and Hospital Emergency Care, Critical Care, Peri-Operative Services, as well as Quality/Performance Improvement and Corporate Compliance. The curriculum for each of the programs is founded on Federal and the Commonwealth of Virginia regulations, as well as that of nationally recognized educational institutions.

Approvals, Certifications, Memberships, and Professional Affiliations


  • Certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (S.C.H.E.V.) to provide healthcare education programs for:
    • Phlebotomy
    • Medication Management Aide (40-hrs)
    • Personal Care Aide
    • American Heart Association CPR/AED
    • American Heart Association First Aid
    • American Heart Association BLS
  • Approved by the Board of Nursing for the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Professions to provide Nurse Aide programs
  • Approved provider of educational programs by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
  • Approved Testing Center for Pearson VUE
  • Member of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce

Community

Cardinal Institute for Health Careers, L.L.C. is exclusively focused on providing Home Health Care educational programs to the adult residents of our extensive service area that includes: The City of Fredericksburg, and the Counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, Henrico, Orange, Louisa, and, Fauquier. Our students have concern for their community and the elderly and disabled who want to remain safely “Aging in Place” in their homes. Placing our students and our community first is the key to being a successful enterprise. CIHC is an involved participant of the local business community’s organizations, as well as supports initiatives to improve the health and welfare of the community we serve.

Why Us?

As a regionally recognized Center of Excellence, promoting superior, comprehensive healthcare education and training to members of the community with an unequaled dedication to the students’ achievement and success.
To prepare competent upcoming home health care professionals who will improve the health and quality of life for individuals in need within the community.
Provide quality, comprehensive, evidence-based Home Health and Home Care education and training to adults who care for the elderly and disabled members in the community.To be the health care education provider of choice by providing a state-of-the–art learning environment and approved, quality course curriculum’s Establish strong linkages and partnerships with external educational and employment organizations to assist student with career development and financial security.

Linda M. Copeland - Principle/President/R.N/Instructor

Mrs. Copeland is a Principle of Cardinal Institute for Health Careers and its President. In addition to her administrative responsibility, Linda is the Vice President for Healthcare Education. In this role, she is accountable for monitoring the educational needs and trends in the Home Health Care industry and the development of clinical programs to meet those needs. Call Contact
Mrs. Copeland is a Principle of Cardinal Institute for Health Careers and its President. In addition to her administrative responsibility, Linda is the Vice President for Healthcare Education. In this role, she is accountable for monitoring the educational needs and trends in the Home Health Care industry and the development of clinical programs to meet those needs.Her extensive nursing experiences include Critical Care at Princeton Medical Center, Princeton, New Jersey; Perioperative Services at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; Emergency Medical Services, City of New York, New York; and Bellevue Hospital Center’s Emergency Services Critical Care Ward as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner in the City of New York. In addition, she was the primary Nursing Instructor for the federally funded Advanced Emergency Nurse Education Program.As Vice President for Regulatory Affairs and Compliance at the Hospital Association of New York State (HANYS), Linda directed a consulting team specializing in compliance with Federal, State, and City laws and regulations, as well as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JAHCO) Standards.After moving to Virginia, Ms. Copeland was Associate Professor at Germanna Community College and the Section Chief for License Practical Nursing Program. Subsequently, she was engaged to develop clinical educational programs for Germanna’s Center for Workforce and Community Education. Mrs. Copeland’s personal and professional philosophy concerning adult education is that teaching needs to be student-centered and learning is life-long. To that point, Linda is currently a Scholar in the Virginia Geriatric Education Center’s Faculty Development Program. The program is an interdisciplinary development opportunity in geriatrics and gerontology for faculty affiliated with institutions of education in Virginia.