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Wednesday, May 13 DMS Prospective Student Workshop Online link

The DMS Prospective Student Workshop on Wednesday, May 13 at 5 pm will be online using Zoom Web Conferencing. Submit your DMS Prospective Student Workshop form at least 1 hour prior to the workshop to NOVASONO@nvcc.edu. The meeting password will be emailed to you after receiving your form. Click here to attend the Zoom Prospective Student Workshop on May 13, and then enter the password provided to you in the email.

 

Continue to check the DMS program website for further updates, and to obtain the DMS Prospective Student Workshop form.

MEC Still processing applications

Don’t forget to submit your program applications by the posted deadlines. We are still processing your program applications throughout this closure.

The application is fully functional, please make sure to enter the information session code exactly as shown. The code is both case and space sensitive.

If your program requires the ATI TEAS and that is your only missing requirement, please submit your application now. You will be contacted to go over your ATI TEAS options.

Frequently visit our college website for updates on the current situation.

Walter Reed Society Health Information Management Scholarships

Better Health Information = Better Health.

The Walter Reed Society (WRS) is strengthening this concept by providing funding for Health Information Management (HIM) scholarships to the spouses of active duty military, veterans and their spouses, wounded warriors and their spouses and surviving spouses.  Since 2015, the WRS has funded seven scholarships for those at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s level. In 2019, there were five applications for the HIM scholarships and one awarded. The scholarship recipient is a Navy spouse enrolled in an Associate Degree Program at Tidewater Community College in VA which will allow her to sit for the examination to be credentialed as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).  She stated that she: “sincerely thanks the WRS and donors for their generosity effort and encouragement. The opportunity inspires personal growth and professional success” The WRS desires to have more applicants for these scholarships. Request that the readers educate prospective eligible applicants on the Health Information Management career field: (http://www.ahima.org/careers/healthinfo?tabid=why ) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation Veteran Scholarships: (http://www.ahimafoundation.org/education/VeteransScholarship.aspx)

MEC Student Services Online Options


Click Here M-F 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for the MEC Student Services Virtual Lobby

You can also Dial into the lobby using your phone with one of the numbers below. You will be asked for a meeting id when dialing in. The Meeting ID  is  703 822 6531East coast particpants should use +1 646 558 8656 to dial in.

Appointments available from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Appointments available from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Monday and Thursday.

If you require captioning services please send an email to MECCousnelor@nvcc.edu so that they may schedule an interpreter/captioner for you, or we can use the chat with you within Zoom.


First and foremost, we care about you and your family’s safety and well-being. During this period of remote learning and support, NOVA is committed to ensuring that you receive the highest level of support needed. For the most updated information on NOVA’s response to COVID-19, please check the COVID-19 webpage regularly for updates. https://www.nvcc.edu/coronavirus/index.html You should also visit our college Remote Student Services Page if you need further assistance or download their PDF guide HERE.

If you need to speak with someone regarding a Student Service issue, please contact the Medical EducationCollege-Resource-List-for-Remote-Student-Services Campus (MEC) Student Services Office at 703-822-6537 and press 0 to speak with a Student Service Representative or send an email to meccounselor@nvcc.edu.

The Medical Education Campus will have open walk-in hours via Zoom Monday to Friday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Please use the Zoom link below to enter the virtual lobby. A staff member will assist you and connect you with an available advisor. If you are unable to meet with an advisor, we ask that you follow up with an email to MECCounselor@nvcc.edu to address your issue.

 

Click Here M-F 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for the MEC Student Services Virtual Lobby

You can also Dial into the lobby using your phone with one of the numbers below. You will be asked for a meeting id when dialing in. The Meeting ID  is  703 822 6531East coast participants should use +1 646 558 8656 to dial in.

Dial by your location
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 301 715 8592 US
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US

If your local number isn’t on the list visit the zoom website to locate it, https://vccs.zoom.us/u/aczPzCNYVb 

An appointment request should be sent to meccounselor@nvcc.edu for times before or after scheduled walk-in hours.

If you have questions related to an application you have submitted or are attempting to submit, contact our application team at applymec@nvcc.edu. They will work towards resolving any difficulties you may encounter.


Available Resources at the Medical Education Campus

Remote Services Method of Contact
24 Hour Student Support Center

Questions related to:

·        College Admission

·       MEC Program Admissions

·       General Advising

·       Financial Aid Assistance

 

 

 

1-855-323-3199

IT Help Desk

Questions related to:

·       Password reset assistance

·       Technology-related issues

 

 

703-426-4141

Email Support Dean of Students

·       Emergency Assistance

·       Withdrawals for Mitigating Circumstance

                 mmckeithen@nvcc.edu

 

Email Support Enrollment Services

Questions related to:

·       Enrollment Verifications

·       Graduation Verifications

·       State Licensure Forms

 

 

 

MECEnrollment@nvcc.edu

 

Email Support Advising and Counseling

Questions related to:

·      Health Science and Nursing admission questions

·       General Advising

·       Change of Program Requests

 

 

https://blogs.nvcc.edu/mecexchange/

MECCounselor@nvcc.edu

Virtual Walk-In Advising with MEC Staff

Questions related to:

·       Health Sciences and Nursing admission questions

·       General Advising

 

 

 

Click Here M-F 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for the MEC Student Services Virtual Lobby

Email Support Admissions

Questions related to:

·       Documents that need to be added to already-submitted Health Science and Nursing Applications

·       Problems regarding submission of Health Science and Nursing Application

 

 

 

ApplyMEC@nvcc.edu

Email Support Military and Veterans Services

Questions related to:

·       Veteran benefits

·       Military TA

 

 

veteranmilitaryservices@nvcc.edu

militaryservices@nvcc.edu

Email Support Disability Services

 Questions related to :

·       Intake, Memorandum of Accommodations,  Documentation, etc.

akallasalleva@nvcc.edu

disabilityservices@nvcc.edu

 

Email Support Virtual Advising Chat

Questions related to:

·       LIVE CHAT

academicadvising@nvcc.edu

https://www.nvcc.edu/virtualadvising/

Email Support Student Life

Questions related to:

·       Clubs and Organizations

·       Event cancellations

 

 

pmartinmattocks@nvcc.edu

Email Support MASON Advance

Questions related to:

https://www.nvcc.edu/advance/

advance@nvcc.edu

Email Support Campus Outreach

Questions related to:

•    Article submissions for The Pulse

Question regarding Campus and Community events

 

chouse@nvcc.edu

 

 

Questions related to general  NOVA information

www.nvcc.edu

Contact ACE the CHATBOT!

 

 


Please see the full list of available college resources below by campus

Virtual Advising

https://www.nvcc.edu/virtualadvising/index.html 

NOVA Online

NOVA Online Contact Form

Alexandria Campus

Student Services Office (Admissions & Registration)
Website: https://www.nvcc.edu/alexandria/stuservices/index.html
E-mail: ALCounseling@nvcc.edu

Advising & Counseling (incl. First Year Advising)
Website: https://www.nvcc.edu/advising/
E-mail: ALCounseling@nvcc.edu

Annandale Campus

Student Services Office (Admissions & Registration)
Website: https://www.nvcc.edu/annandale/stuservices/index.html
E-mail: ANEnrollment@nvcc.edu

Advising & Counseling (incl. First Year Advising)
Website: https://www.nvcc.edu/advising/
E-mail: ANCounseling@nvcc.edu
Location: CA Building Room 112
First-Year Advising E-mail: GPSAnnandale@nvcc.edu

Loudoun Campus

Student Services Office (Admissions & Registration)
Website: https://www.nvcc.edu/loudoun/stuservices/index.html
E-mail: LOANR@nvcc.edu
Advising & Counseling (incl. First Year Advising)
Website: https://www.nvcc.edu/advising/
E-mail: locounseling@nvcc.edu

Manassas Campus

Student Services Office (Admissions & Registration)
Website: https://www.nvcc.edu/manassas/stuservices/index.html
E-mail: maadmissions@nvcc.edu
Advising & Counseling (incl. First Year Advising)
Website: https://www.nvcc.edu/advising/
E-mail: macouns@nvcc.edu

Woodbridge Campus

Virtual Resources from Woodbridge Campus
Student Services Office (Admissions & Registration)
Website: https://www.nvcc.edu/woodbridge/stuservices/index.html
E-mail: N/A
Website: https://www.nvcc.edu/advising/
E-mail: wocounseling@nvcc.edu

Medical Education Campus (MEC)

Student Services Office (Admissions & Registration)
Website: https://www.nvcc.edu/medical/stuservices/index.html
Website: https://www.nvcc.edu/medical/apply
E-mail: meccounselor@nvcc.edu

Library

Website: https://www.nvcc.edu/library/campus.html

Alexandria

E-mail: library-al@nvcc.edu
Ask A Librarian (AL): https://nvcc.libwizard.com/f/AL-Email-

Annandale

E-mail: ANlibrary@nvcc.edu
Ask A Librarian (AN): https://nvcc.libwizard.com/f/Annandale-Email-a-Librarian

Loudon

Website: https://www.nvcc.edu/library/campus.html
E-mail: LO-Library@nvcc.edu
Ask A Librarian (LO): https://nvcc.libwizard.com/f/Loudoun-Email-Reference

Manassas

Website: https://www.nvcc.edu/library/campus.html
E-mail: malibrary@nvcc.edu
Ask A Librarian (MA): https://nvcc.libwizard.com/f/Manassas-Library-Email-Reference-Form

Medical Education Campus

E-mail: medlib@nvcc.edu
Ask A Librarian (MEC): https://nvcc.libwizard.com/f/MEC-Email-d

Woodbridge

Website: https://www.nvcc.edu/library/campus.html
E-mail: wolibrary@nvcc.edu
Ask A Librarian (WO): https://nvcc.libwizard.com/f/woemail

How to study smart, Not hard

Study smart, not hard – Take a break when you need a break:

If you’re feeling like you need a break from studying, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you need to power through and keep cramming. You might think more = better, but studies have shown that taking a break can actually make you more productive.

Know your own learning style:

Many students may make it to the college-level without even knowing what their unique learning style is, but for sustained performance tailored to your receptors, it is critical to get acquainted with your learning preferences, i.e. verbal, visual, auditory, kinesthetic, spatial, etc.

Reward yourself:

Advice from a 26-year-old labor and delivery nurse Danielle Smith: Her biggest tip is to set rewards for studying. For example, she suggests that if you want to watch the new episode of “This is Us”, you should tell yourself you must first finish your flash cards for a chapter or complete at least 25 practice questions, etc.

“Other rewards could be a date/night out, or even a treat like your favorite candy bar, but not unless you accomplish something for school first,” Smith says. “This worked wonders for her!”

Avoid cramming:

Make sure you give yourself enough time to study all the content before your test! Cramming is never good. You should normally start studying a week before your class and always do a little bit every day, no matter what. You MUST get into the habit of using a planner, so you know exactly when your assignments and tests are due, and pen in study time, chores, leisure, etcetera on your calendar to hold yourself fully accountable! Another tip is to do a lot of practice questions. That’s helped many students immensely in knowing how to answer questions on their Board exams. Amidst the stress, I must emphasize the need for self-care.

Schedule that study time:

Second-year nursing student Kelly Carson, 25, says that time management and prioritizing are everything. And the real key? Scheduling out a time to study—don’t just leave it until you feel like it.

The assignments are never ending so make sure you have a place whether it’s on the computer or an old fashion planner to write down your assignments for the entire semester. Also, getting a head start at the beginning of the semester will help you to not get behind on readings and assignments!

 

Diffuse oils for concentration:

If you need a little pick-me-up before studying, try some essential oils. Lavender, rosemary, and peppermint oils have all been studied and have been shown to increase concentration and retention. Try diffusing the oils or dabbing a little on your wrists before sitting down to a study session.

For music aficionados, the “Mozart effect” cannot be underestimated. Works by Bach, Brahms, Mozart and others are effective aids that improve sleep patterns and reduce stress, studies find. As the season of cramming and finals approaches, you can get help with a healthy, easily accessible study aid — classical music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyiEv7khrH0&app=desktop (best music for concentration and study alpha waves mp3 download)

Try the 45-15 study strategy:

If you’re having trouble focusing on your study sessions, try mixing things up with the 45-15 study strategy. The strategy is simple: set a timer for 45 minutes, then take a break for the next 15. The key is really, really focusing during those 45 minutes (no social media, folks!) and then really, really taking a break. Get up, get moving, talk a walk, and then get back to it. The strategy is a good way to prep and take advantage of the natural ebb and flow of concentration in your brain.

Create a study ritual:

Pay attention to how you feel when you sit down to study—are you dreading it before you even begin? Groaning internally? Exhausted just thinking about it? It may be time to re-evaluate your study environment. There is no reason to make study time something you absolutely hate; instead, try to set up little rituals for yourself before and while you study to make it more enjoyable. Try setting up a special corner, lighting a candle or even stashing your favorite snacks nearby for a little treat. And on the flip side, if you’re a creature of habit while studying, you could also try mixing up your environment. Get out of your house or apartment and visit a new coffee shop or deli to get some new sights and sounds while you study.

Don’t study solo:

Just like nurses and healthcare workers out in the field depend on their coworkers to survive, so too do nursing and healthcare students. You develop an odd little family with your peers because you are together more than anyone else. Find a few people who you mesh well with, this is what will get you through nursing school. Support each other, encourage, and hold each other accountable.

Use each other to study, quiz, vent, give a different perspective and discuss how nursing school is affecting your family life, and you as an individual. People who have never experienced nursing school cannot relate to what you’re going through. The stress, demands, assignments, working for free, being away from your family, and when you are home, doing nothing but read or study. These guys will know exactly how you feel because they are going through it, too. Many students couldn’t have done it without their nursing crew.”

Prep before class:

Chances are, your typical study style might look something like this: go to class, take notes, review the material, study, take test, right? Well, Shelby B., a second-year nursing student who runs the account @coffeeandcareplans has a different strategy that I think is genius. In an Instagram post on her page, she explains how she actually reviews the course material before class so she knows exactly what to listen for during the lecture and is even more prepared to get clarity on the concepts she needs more help with.