Your Future Matters


A hashtag in today’s world can be a powerful thing. It can bring a nation to its knees or lift a forgotten cause to the forefront of our minds. To us you are more than a hashtag. You are a complex individual with hopes and dreams. You want a good job and a comfortable life. You also care about other people and see yourself as not only a caretaker for your family, but to others in need.

Your future matters to us. At NOVA we have made it our mission to act as the vehicle for your success. NOVA has been there for you and your family for fifty years. Whether it be at the Medical Education Campus pursuing one of our Allied Health or Nursing degrees, or studying electrical engineering at Annandale NOVA has given you the tools to succeed

NOVA has not stood still. As the economy has evolved so have our programs and campuses. At the MEC we have added Occupational Therapy Assistant and Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs to our offerings.

Our MEC graduates are armed with degrees with starting salaries in the $50,000* range. On average an associate at NOVA cost around $15,000** with books and tuition. This means that the bulk of your cost is covered by the average financial aid package and scholarships. When compared to similar four year bachelor’s programs, it is easy to recognize that a degree from NOVA has a much higher rate of return. Especially considering the large loans that are often required to complete a bachelor’s degree that may have the same earning potential as an Allied Health or Nursing Degree.


NOVA and GMU Cost Compare

We simply ask that you take a moment and review the information session for any of the programs you may be interested in. Send us an email at, or visit our office to discuss your options and the necessary steps to apply.


We will be hosting an Open House at the MEC Campus on October 17. Join us to explore the programs that the MEC campus has to offer. Register by October 2nd and get entered to win an iPad Mini. 
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#YourFutureMatters to us.


*BLS: May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

** This is assuming a 72 credit hour associate charged at the prevailing instate rate $171.25 per credit hour and accounting for the average cost of text books and other materials. Some programs will be less than $15,000 while others may coast more.

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MEC Open House

Have you ever wondered what the MEC is like, and what to expect in your courses here? Come and find out. Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus will be hosting an Open House, featuring interactive demonstrations by every department and campus tours. Those that register by October 2nd are eligible to win an iPad Mini! Register Now at:



Employee Spotlight

Life Matters have attended our past job fair. They have made many connections with NOVA Students.  We will be chatting with them online today. Stay tuned for the video chat! Please visit their website for more information:

Founded in 2004, Lifematters has grown into the largest employee-based home care agency in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.  We employ more than 1,000 people that provide care for more than 600 clients each month. As a still growing company we are always looking for dedicated, compassionate, trustworthy and experienced CNA’s, LPN’s and RN’s to join our organization.

We offer benefits and flexible schedules (day, night, weekend, and live-in shifts).  Staff always have the ability to choose whether or not to accept a case and we strive to always match a staff member whose skills and experiences are best suited to provide each client with the highest quality care possible.  Our staff includes a variety of working professionals who work full-time, part-time, or PRN schedules.  All of our clients receive one on one care, allowing maximum client interaction and providing a comfortable environment in which to work.

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Resume Workshop

Graduation will sneak up before you know it. Do you need help creating or updating your resume? We will be holding a workshop on September 15th from 2:30-3:30 at the Medical Education campus in room 256. You will learn basic resume writing for the healthcare professions. Be prepared early. Once you have been to a workshop, you may make an appointment with us to review your resume. Please email  with any questions. Register for the event with Eventbrite.

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Free Shuttle Service To and From the Franconia Springfield Metro

Getting to and from campus can be a chore. Especially when you have test to prep for. Grab a shuttle to campus from the Franconia Springfield Metro. Study and relax on the short ride from the metro. Need to grab lunch at the Mall? No worries the shuttle runs all day and has mid day stops at the Mall Food Court.


For a full list of Shuttle Schedules Visit


Route E: Medical Education / Franconia-Springfield Metro / Springfield Mall

NOVA Shuttle Schedule for Route E

Franconia Springfield Metro Springfield Town Center
Food Court
Medical Education Campus
Morning Service
7:30 7:40
7:50 8:00
8:10 8:20
8:30 8:40
8:50 9:00
9:10 9:20
9:30 9:40
9:50 End
11:10 11:20
11:30 11:40 11:50
Afternoon Service
12:00 12:10 12:20
12:30 12:40 12:50
1:00 1:10 1:20
1:30 1:40 1:50
2:00 2:10
2:20 2:30
2:40 2:50
3:00 3:10
3:20 3:30
3:40 3:50
4:00 4:10
4:20 4:30
4:40 4:50
5:00 5:10
5:20 5:30
5:40 5:50

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Networking Event

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Health eWorkforce(HeW) Service Update

  Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Invites NOVA-MEC students and faculty to attend a

Business Networking Mixer

Meet. Share. Network.

FREE if you RSVP Monique Shelton, HEW Employment Specialist, @ or (571) 419-8743

Thursday, July 16, 2015

5:00 — 7:00 PM

Location:  7411 Alban Station Court—Suite A102, Springfield VA 22150

More info at:

  • Business Casual Attire.  Stop in for a short visit or stay the entire time!

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Promo Funded by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Grant #TC-23745-12-60-A-53

Resume Buzzwords to Be Wary Of

Guest post by: Erika Coddington

edited by: Germaine Andino-Rexach

A well crafted resume is the first step towards successfully selling yourself to potential employers.  While you don’t need to be a master wordsmith, you should avoid a few common pitfalls. Those include overusing common buzzwords or phrases.  The meaning you intend to convey may end up being different from that received by the employer.

Instead of utilizing worn out buzzwords that sound good, be specific. Showcase and elaborate on your accomplishments in your specific job.  Below are some commonly used buzzwords to steer away from when updating your resume:

Self Starter

Employers are going to assume that you are a self starter if you are applying for the position and it is a given that they will want that in a prospective candidate so there is no need to reiterate this on your resume.


Again, employers are going to assume that you are motivated if you are eager enough to apply and enter the applicant pool; illustrate, through your previous work accomplishments that you had motivation, rather than simply list it as a characteristic on your resume.

Responsible for

Rather than list the specific tasks that you did at each job, include the innovative action steps you took to make things happen.

Problem solver

Employers are looking to hire individuals who possess this quality so there is no need to include it on your resume. An employer will surmise that you have this qality when you apply for the job.


You can illustrate in your objective and your Skills section, your passion for the industry by drawing attention to the diverse array of patients or customers that you did and your ability to go above and beyond the call of duty to accomplish the tasks that were expected of you.


Rather than use “extensive experience”, show through the diverse positions that you had what you accomplished and be specific


This word is one of the most overused buzzwords; it is recommended that you use another word or phrase to describe how you collaborated with others in a team environment or task.

For additional guidance on resume development, contact Bridget Page at  or Erika Coddington at

For more information on this topic, visit the following link.


Featured Employer: Let Mommy Sleep

Let Mommy Sleep is a regular at our MEC Job fair and has made many connections with NOVA Graduates! We are happy to highlight this potential employer for our students.  Please visit their website for more information:

Let Mommy Sleep is the only team of elite Baby Nurses serving Northern VA, DC and Maryland, currently expanding nationwide. Our team of Registered Nurses, Newborn Care Providers (NCP) and Lactation Consultants take a team approach to care for our families transitioning from hospital to home with their newborns. We provide nurturing care to newborns and evidence based education to parents allowing new families to be confident and healthy.



Transcript evaluation- What will Transfer?

If you have attended college prior to NOVA, you should request your official transcript from each institution attended. Additionally for  Nursing applicants you should  request your high school records as well. In order to know what will officially  transfer to NOVA, you must have each transcript evaluated by the College Records Office.  Simply submit your official transcript at any campus along with a Transcript Evaluation Request form (125-049).  The process takes approximately four to six weeks.

It is pertinent that you begin this process as soon as possible.   If you have other types of transfer credit such as AP, IB , ClEP follow the same steps.

If you would like to know what will transfer to NOVA, you may use the Transfer Credit Evaluation database maintained by the College Records Office.  


Please be aware that NOVA will only accept transfer credit from other universities that have been accredited by one of the following agencies.

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Middle States
  • Commission of Higher Education
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  •  Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Please note that NOVA does not accept transfer credit from schools accredited by: Association Of Independent Colleges And Universities or National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities.