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: http://www.letmommysleep.com/

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. 




Construction News June 15th- July 31 2015

Mind our dust while we go through our metamorphosis.

The MEC will undergo some needed updates and repairs over the summer. Students are advised that student services will be temporarily relocated to Room 116 on the first floor. Those familiar with our campus will recognize it as our student life office.

We are expecting the relocation to last from June 15th until July 31st.


Consider Becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Consider Becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)By: Megan Cook, OTD, OTR/L


Are you interested in a healthcare career path that is challenging, rewarding, secure, and fun? Consider a career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)! Pursuing a career as an OTA is possible at the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Medical Education Campus. OTAs work under the supervision of an occupational therapist to provide rehabilitative services to individuals across the lifespan, from infants to elderly, with physical, cognitive,    sychosocial, and/or developmental disabilities. OTAs help their clients more independently be able to perform self-care, work, and play/leisure tasks in order to promote a greater quality of life. It is a truly rewarding profession for both the OTA and for the clients served! Every day OTAs get to help individuals live life to the fullest!  

If you are interested in learning more or applying to the OTA program and have not yet attended a mandatory information session, please consider attending the next sessions on Tuesday, June 9 in room 253 from 12-1:30 PM or on Tuesday, July 14 from 12-1:30 PM in room 253. Discover what a path as an OTA could be like and to see if this is the career for you! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Meg Cook, Assistant Dean of the OTA Program at megancook@nvcc.edu.  

Nutrition Tips on Exam Day

 Nutrition Tips on Exam Day

nutritionSeeking to optimize your energy on the day of a big exam? Your nutritional choices can have a significant impact on  your focus and concentration as well as you overall physical energy. Below are some tips to consider when deciding on what food choices that will best boost your brain power:

  • Avoid foods that contain white flower such as cookies, cakes and muffins. They can overtax your digestive system and lower your energy in the process. In addition, foods high in refined sugar like candy and desserts can produce drastic energy highs and lows which can interfere with optimal energy levels and cause brain fog during the “low” periods.
  • While protein is a great energy booster, stay away from eating turkey right before an exam as it contains l-tryptophan, an amino acid that can lead to sleepiness. Instead, substitute chicken, fish, nuts and seeds or beef.  When consuming protein and carbohydrates together, eating a higher proportion of protein is a good way to sustain your energy and mental focus while too many carbohydrates can lead to drowsiness.
  •  When it comes to beverages, avoid sodas or juices with high amounts of sugar to prevent sugar swings which can de-stabilize your energy. Instead, opt for plenty of water to ensure sufficient hydration and limit your intake of caffeinated beverages like coffee and tea to prevent nervousness.
  • With regard to meals, plan several small meals throughout the day rather than a few larger meals. This will ensure that you are not overloading your digestive system in one sitting; smaller, more frequent meals are less work to process while having the added benefit of giving you frequent energy boosts throughout the day. Also, carry healthy snacks for break periods during the exam such as trail mix, granola bars, nuts and seeds to stabilize blood sugar and sustain your energy.
  • Get plenty of sleep and know when to put an end to your studying for the evening to avoid burnout and to let your mind relax. Set a goal for getting 7-8 hours sleep and create a timeline for when to end studying so that you will have enough time to get ready for the day ahead and allow time for a short walk, a chat with a friend, or listening to relaxing music or movie to ensure that your mind is clear and refreshed in time for exam day.

Most importantly, whether it is a month before an exam or a day before, be sure to engage in activities that keep you physically, socially and mentally balanced on a regular basis to ensure that you are maintaining good overall well being in the face of any academic or personal challenge that comes your way.

“The education of our people should be a lifelong process by which we continue to feed new vigor into the life stream of the Nation through intelligent, reasoned decisions. Let us not think of education only in terms of its costs, but rather in terms of the infinite potential of the human mind that can be realized through education. Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our Nation.”





The American Presidency Project

Have Question? We have Answers!



Have a pressing question but can’t come to the MEC Campus?  On your last quarter tank of gas and can’t make the drive? Consider sending us an email. We can answer most questions sent via email. We ask that you send your questions to MECCounselor@nvcc.edu. Make sure to send your email from your student email address and include your 7 digit EMPLID ID number. When submitting questions we ask you to list them out in bullets or 1-10 format. Most questions are answered the same business day, questions requiring a little more research will take longer to answer.

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5 Reasons to Love the MEC


You’ll never have to walk far to get to your next class. The MEC is three floors brimming with next generation teaching tools, and world class labs.


Don’t want to drive?  With shuttle services running throughoutΕ the day, you’re never more than a 10 minute ride from the Franconia-Springfield Metro. Just show your NOVA ID and ride for free.


Our one stop shop has everything you might need in one office. Need Financial aid, Disability services or advising? Come to room 202.


Our student activities office is active and our clubs keep our students engaged with one another and the community. Stop by 116 to find out more.


Need your coffee? We’ve got that too. Our on campus Starbucks is always there to keep you caffeinated.