Category Archives: Academic Divisions

Information on MEC Academic Divisions


Thursday, November 14, 2013    10:30am-2pm

Medical Education Campus, 1st Floor 

The Transfer fair is an excellent opportunity to get information from college representatives for bachelor degree program requirements. 

Schools registered to attend (as of 10/21- subject to change):

  • American Public University System
  • Bluefield College
  • Chamberlain College of Nursing
  • DeVry University
  • Excelsior College
  • George Mason University – College of Health and Human Services/School of Nursing
  • George Washington University
  • Howard University- School of Nursing
  • James Madison University
  • Kaplan University
  • King University
  • Marymount University
  • Old Dominion University- Distance Learning & School of Nursing
  • Shenandoah University
  • Stevenson University
  • Trinity Washington University
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • University of Virginia- School of Nursing
  • Virginia Commonwealth University- Transfer Admissions & School of Nursing
  • Western Governors University

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Preparation Courses

  Workforce Development presents…


TEAS Preparation-English  

This course is an intensive review to prepare students to take the English and Language Usage section of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). This will offer an opportunity to become familiar with the format of the exam and the instructor will support the student’s review of grammar, word meaning, punctuation, and sentence structure. Please visit Workforce Development for times and prices:

 TEAS Preparation MATH: 

This course is an intensive review to prepare students to take the Math section of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). This will offer an opportunity to become familiar with the format of the exam and identify students’ math strengths and weaknesses. Students will explore approaches to the math questions and practice with sample test items and learn successful test taking strategies.


New Dental Assisting Program on the MEC Campus

Northern Virginia Community College will be offering a one year certificate program in Dental Assisting. This  program  will prepare students  with the knowledge  and skills  to perform  chairside  assisting  duties, clinical  supportive functions, business office procedures and radiographic  techniques in the dental  office. Students will receive hands-on training and have the opportunity to rotate through various dental offices in order  to  become  proficient  in  chairside  assisting  duties.    Upon  successful  completion  of  the  program, graduates will  be eligible  to  take  the  Dental  Assisting  National  Board  leading  to  the  credential  of  a “Certified Dental Assistant” (CDA).

    This is an “Accredited” day program that will start during the Fall 2013 semester and end after the P’ 6 weeks of Summer 2014 semester.  If graduates wish to pursue a career in Dental Hygiene, they will receive experience credit for their successful completion of the Dental Assisting program as  part of the admission process to the Dental Hygiene program.

 Prerequisites and  program requirements prior to admission: 

  •  High school diploma or GED
  •  Successful completion of:
  •  ENG Ill College Composition (3 Credits)
  • NAS 150 Human Biology with a grade of “B” or better (4 Credits)
  • SDV 101 (1 Credit)
  • BLS CPR from the American Heart Association, Criminal Background
  • Check, Drug Screening, and Proof of Immunization Records

For  more information please contact Ms. Friba Alizai at (703) 822-6627 or email 

MDL 295: Phlebotomy for Healthcare Professionals

The Phlebotomy department will be offering a pilot course for summer called MDL 295: Phlebotomy for Healthcare Professionals. This course is for current MEC students or currently working medical professionals who want or need to learn basic Phlebotomy skills. It is a combination of lecture and lab practice, but there is no clinical component and does not make students eligible to obtain certification.

The course will be offered during the second 6-week session, and will accept 15 students. It is open registration, first-come/first-served; students may sign-up for the course on NovaConnect beginning April 1.


EMS Fall Registration for Intermediate and Paramedic begins MAY 3rd

EMS Fall registration is about to begin. EMS students seeking to advance onto intermediate and paramedic levels, will vie for the few open slots in their programs. It is a pure sprint to the finish line and the only way to enter the race is by being program placed before May 3rd.   Fall registration begins May 3rd at 00:01HRS, 12:01am . Classes will fill quickly, and new sections will not be added.

In order for an EMS student to be program placed they must submit an EMS Education Worksheet. They must also meet all requirements.  In order to guarantee their program placement happens in time, students will need to submit their worksheet by April 24th.  This allows our office a seven business day turnaround time to process the form.

Spark Notes Version of this post

  • EMS Fall Registration opens May 3rd at 12:01am (00:01)
  • EMS Education worksheets should be submitted by April 24th to guarantee they will be processed in time.
    • After April 24th, we cannot guarantee program placement by May 3rd  ( not to mean it won’t happen, just not likely by May 3rd)

What Happens to my Application to the (insert program name) Once I Send it in?

This is a question that is often asked by nervous students getting ready to submit.  Applicants imagine a dark nebulous hole that engulfs their application and consumes their hopes of getting in.  Often they think that an application is passed over, forgotten or lost in some drawer.  In reality every application that is received by student services is vetted by several individuals. It is the general practice that any application which does not meet the requirements be checked by at least two people.

Once an application has been vetted one of a few things occurs depending on the program. In general the applicant receives an email stating that their application has been received and is in process. Any missing requirements are noted in the initial email that goes out.  Students are encouraged to ask questions at this stage. If there has been an error their application is rechecked and corrected right away.  The best way for an applicant to resolve an issue would be to respond to the email they received.


There have been rumors floating around that the Dianostic Medical Sonography program here at the MEC Campus is not available. This is untrue. The program is still available to students.  However, the specializations are not currently available to students.


The catalog has been updated online to reflect this as well:

Diagnostic Medical Sonography A.A.S. (Degree program still active)

    Echocardiography Specialization NOVA is not currently accepting students into this degree specialization
    Vascular Sonography Specialization NOVA is not currently accepting students into this degree specialization

The program had received notice that it formally received its accreditation in the spring 2012:

Congratulations to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program! The program has now been officially accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Please read the Special Accreditation Announcement for more information.

Please view the information sessions for all current updates and the current application for the program.

Fall 2012 registration: RAD 100 AND DMS 100

RAD 100 –

  • Does not need permission.
  •  The “department consent required” on RAD 100 will be taken off and students can    register beginning June 5. We are staying with the advertised date even though fall registration opened early since this course fills very quickly.

 DMS 100

  • Requires permission from Anita Freeman via email at
  • The course is full but we are keeping a manual wait list for interested students.

Health Information Alphabet Soup: What is HIM/HIT/HIS?

We understand that some students as well as counselors/faculty advisors may have difficulty explaining the differences between HIM, HIT and HIS programs.  The following information was provided by Chidinma Onyedike-former Career Specialist in the HIS Department at the MEC Campus. 

H.I.M stands for Health Information Management. HIM is comprised of employees who manage healthcare information. The importance of HIM is in operations management. HIM professionals manage the coding and accuracy of healthcare data. Careers of HIM professionals include: Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), Certified Coding Associate (CCA), and Certified Coding Specialist (CCS). NOVA offers an A.A.S degree program in HIM.

H.I.T stands for Health Information Technology. HIT is comprised of the technology used to manage healthcare information. These professionals handle hardware, software, and telecommunications technology. Careers of HIT professionals include: Implementation Support Specialist, Technical Support Specialist, Implementation Manager, and other careers that may deal with such things as Electronic Health Records. NOVA offers a 2-track educational workforce training program through the H.I.S Center of Excellence to train the healthcare workforce in 6 work roles. These 6 workforce roles are based on training in Electronic Health Records. This training program is 6 months long and was designed for students with a healthcare or information technology employment background.

H.I.S stands for Health Information Systems. HIS is comprised of the technological systems used to maintain healthcare information. These automated systems use the technology of HIT to record, manipulate, store, recover, and disseminate data. These systems are used by HIT and HIM professionals to do their jobs.

In summary, HIM includes the people who manage healthcare information through the use of HIT. HIT is the technology used by healthcare professionals to maintain data and health information. HIS are the hardware and software systems HIT/HIM professionals use to do their jobs. The main theme of these acronyms is Health Information. Healthcare Information career fields are extremely important in delivering the accurate and quality healthcare that we all need.

Allied Health Common Application: What Happened to the Checklists?

Students, faculty and staff!  If you have not already noticed, there is no longer the two step process to apply for Allied Health Degree programs (at the present time this does not include Nursing).  In the past students had to submit a checklist to MEC Student Services and an advisor would verify whether students met the requirements for admission.  If so, they would receive an application to be submitted to the academic department.

This summer a common application for MEC Allied Health degrees was introduced where students will complete and submit by the admissions deadline.  Allied Health applications are only to be submitted if students have completed all requirements for admission and are ready to apply to the next entering class.  It is now a one-step process!  The Allied Health application can be found on all MEC Allied Health academic department websites and the Allied Health webpage at

Please view information sessions for all interested programs and follow the directions provided in the info sessions and application.  Right now, some information sessions may not have the audio but just the powerpoints are available.  View the powerpoint slides which provide instructions for prospective students.  You may be prompted to open in Acrobat Reader.  Click on that statement if the information session is not visible immediately. 

The application on page 4 provides a great chart that outlines: Pre-Admission Course Requirements, Cumulative Minimum GPA/Placement Test Requirements and Required Attachments to Application.  Please read these sections carefully to avoid applications being returned.  It is also a good resource for counselors to advise pre-Allied Health students at their campuses.  The required attachments are also very important.  For example, we are now requesting that high school transcripts for Dental Hygiene are included with your application packet instead of being mailed separately and in advance.

Certain certificate programs are still utilizing a checklist (EMS).  The common application right now applies to Allied Health associate degree programs.

Let us know if you have any questions!