Category Archives: MEC Student Success

Information on MEC’s Student Success Initiatives including Orientation, First Year Experience and Student Life

MEC Allied Health and Nursing Career Fair

Northern Virginia Community College: Mec Career Fair

When: March 2 11-3 and Where: 1st floor Forum

Get exclusive access to jobs
in the medical field

Market your skills and interests to recruiters

Meet employers who can help you jump start your career

A few of the particpating  recruiters:

Continuum Pediatric Nursing, Let Mommy Sleep, Fairfax, Loudoun,  and Fauquier County, HomeCare Assitance, Achieve Beyond, Virginia HeartGenesis Rehab Services, INOVA, Virginia Hospital and HCA Healthcare

Register online:


Inpatient and Outpatient
Permanent Full-Time Hire with Benefits – beautiful Pacific NW!
Seeking RRT – Must be ACLS and NRP within 6 months of hire date and PALS within 12 months.
Preference for critical care experience, and open to consider other levels of experience.

Come and grow with us; this position is for a newly created team which will work closely with the already developed team in sister department – a strong organization undergoing growth in all departments

Work for an organization providing highly effective, safe patient care, and following the highest standards for quality care. You will see a wide range of patient diagnosis and work amongst the finest healthcare professionals. Work within interdisciplinary teams, see entire patient treatment plan.
Non-profit organization all about patient care

Overview of job:
• Work with other RRTs in a new department – which works closely with sister department
• Set up and monitor oxygen aerosol administration
• Therapeutic modalities: Nebulizer, CPT, CPAP/BiPAP, Flutter Valve, High Flow, Invasive and noninvasive ventilation
• Perform artificial airway care and deep blind tracheal suction on patients
• Code Team
• Familiar with pulse oximeter, Wrights respirometer, oxygen blenders
• CCA clinical rounds with medical director
• Department provides services in: Urgent care patient assessments, EKG, intubation, IV starts and other duties encompassing the complete care of the patient. Work with nursing.
• The department is supportive of evidence-based practice and updated technology/equipment.

Schedule: 40-hour week – M-F, 1330-2200
Compensation: Salary Range goes up to $40/hour; rate is based on years of experience
• Full Benefits / Relo Package
• 401(k) company matches and your contributions are always 100% vested
• Onsite Interview Expenses are paid for

Fabulous outdoor recreational location outside of Seattle: Unlimited outdoor sports, outstanding schools, and an area with an abundance of culture and art. Mountain biking, hiking, rafting, running/cycling trails – extremely bike friendly community. Many new restaurants, taverns with outdoor music, shopping, breathtaking natural beauty, new construction. A thriving Pacific NW community!

Please reach out for full details.
Patty Wyatt – / direct 469.626.5161 /

Preschoolers Explore Careers at MEC’s Health Education Day

 Sixty preschoolers enrolled at Annandale Christian Community for Action’s (ACCA) Child Development Center visited the Medical Education Campus (MEC) on August 10 for a full day of interactive learning about nutrition, healthy eating habits and health care careers.  Way to go NOVA Nursing students!

September 6, 2016


Laura Thomas, a 2008 NOVA graduate and ACCA parent, attended the MEC Health Education Day with her 5- year-old daughter Zahra.

In Aug., Sixty preschoolers enrolled at Annandale Christian Community for Action’s (ACCA) Child Development Center visited the Medical Education Campus (MEC) on August 10 for a full day of interactive learning about nutrition, healthy eating habits and health care careers.

ACCA, a preschool center serving diverse and low-income families in the Northern Virginia area, partnered with the MEC to offer children, ages 3 to 5, a learning experience referred to as Health Education Day. The event was a first for MEC nursing student volunteers who facilitated the activities and earned pediatric clinical hours toward their graduation requirements. ACCA instructors and parent volunteers assisted while children participated in several activity stations related to hand-washing and healthy snack preparation, health care professions, exercise/active play and body tracing, creating a paper silhouette of each child. Each child learned how to properly brush their teeth, identify parts of the body and had the chance to dress up in costumes as nurses and doctors to gain insight into what it means to treat patients.

Preschoolers learn what it takes to work in health care.

ACCA Child Development Center Executive Director Maria Isabel Ballivian said her organization partnered with NOVA’s Dual Generational Pathways to assist in the process of enhancing post-secondary educational attainment of low-income families and early childhood care providers.

The partnership has led to introducing college activities to children enrolled in the ACCA program through Pathways’ Crayons-to-College field trip initiative. For the past three years, Dual Generational Pathways has partnered with ACCA, Hopkins House and Northern Virginia Family Services Head Start preschool centers to offer day trips to NOVA campuses.

“Health Education Day was a wonderful way for the nursing students and faculty at the MEC to help our children become more comfortable with interacting with nurses in a medical environment,” Ballivian said. “It’s very inspirational for our children to visit an institution like the MEC. This experience will leave a lasting impression in their minds that could lead to them exploring what they want to be when they grow up.”

Laura Thomas, an ACCA parent said she was eager to attend Health Education Day with her 5- year-old daughter Zahra. As a 2008 NOVA graduate, Thomas attributed her success in becoming a registered nurse to the quality education she received while enrolled in the nursing program at the MEC.

“I thought this was an amazing opportunity for our children to learn more about what it means to work in health care,” Thomas said. “My daughter has always been fascinated with wanting to be a nurse when she grows up. Out of all the field trips I usually attend with my daughter, I was particularly excited to visit the MEC and show her where I went to school and earned my degree. NOVA has truly changed my life and I wanted to share this experience with her.”

For interest in becoming a community partner or additional information on NOVA’s Dual Generational Pathways initiative, visit their website.


Healthcare Workers Needed!

Nova’s College Central Network has available positions!

CCN’s one-stop career and job/internship search resources are FREE to NOVA students, alumni and area employers.

Students and Alumni can access hundreds of jobs and internships, career and résumé services, podcasts and help guides, NOVA career event announcements, and much more! CCN is available 24/7; get started by clicking on the icon below.

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Some of the available jobs:

  • 09/28/2016 4680941 Patient Services Professional
  • 09/28/2016 4680944 Patient Care Assistant
  • 9/28/2016 4680941 Patient Services Professional
  • 09/29/2016 4681885 Medical Records Coordinator
  •  09/29/2016 4681903 Medical Records Coordinator
  • 9/29/2016 4681914 Medical Records Assistant
  •  09/28/2016 4680944 Patient Care Assistant
  • 9/30/2016 4685257 Medical Receptionist
  • 0/05/2016 4507531 Medical Scribe –
  • 12/16/2016 4664624 Caregiver/Home Health Aide
  • 12/31/2016 4436486 LICENSED PHYSICAL THRPY AST

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OPEN HOUSE: INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital RN and Clinical Technician

When: Thursday 4:00 pm-7:00 pm

Where:  Inova Fair Oaks Medical Campus
Auditorium – Lower Level
3580 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax, VA

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is recognized as one of the best
in Northern Virginia, with safety as our number one priority.
We are seeking experienced Registered Nurse and
Registered Nurse Graduates, as well as Clinical Technicians.
See our facility and meet with leaders from various
departments including Critical Care, Emergency
Department, Labor and Delivery, NICU, Obstetrics,
Operating Room, Pediatrics and more.

RSVP with a copy of your resume to Kristy DeHaven
at by Monday, July 18th


IFOH Open House July 21 2016

Job Fair!

We wanted to spread the word. The Fairfax is hosting a job fair this May.  Details below.


The Fairfax
9140 Belvoir Woods Pkwy Fort Belvoir, VA
Corner of Telegraph Rd. and Route 1

Monday, May 9 from 11 to 4

Bringing a smile to a residents face is the most rewarding feeling that you can get from your job.

The advantage of working at The Fairfax goes far beyond a beautiful work environment.
We have great benefits for full time positions and flexible schedules for all positions.
Health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts- Comprehensive medical and prescription
drug plan Paid vacation, sick time, holiday and bereavement leave- Long-term service recognition
program- Life and accident insurance plans- Tuition reimbursement program- 401(k) retirement
savings plan- Wellness program- Dental plan- Vision plan

The Fairfax is always looking for talented, professional Team Members!

Do you have passion for working with seniors? Are you motivate and driven to be the best?

Are you ready to start your career, not just a job?

Then join us to at our Job Fair to learn how you can join our team of dedicated professionals.

ositions available Servers Cooks CNAs LPNs

Stop by for an interview at our Job Fair or apply online


Snowed In- Organize and Optimize

For many students unexpected time off may feel like a blessing. Time to relax and repose. However the avid learner will recognize that this “extra” time is illusory. As a student you will still be expected to keep up with your assigned materials. What you miss is vital instruction time. For our Allied Health and Nursing students, this means time away from practice labs and clinical rotations. Each hour spent in lab or clinical is a vital learning opportunity. Time snowed in is best spent practicing your skills and reviewing.

We recommend that when faced with extra time you do some of the following.

 1. Organize

We often fail to realize how important good organization is. This will mean different things to different people. However the key is to understand that you must optimize your time and workspace to best leverage your learning style and available resources.

This might mean cleaning your desk, moving furniture or organizing and digitizing notes. Knowing when things are due, and where things are will save you a great deal of time going forward.

The point here is not to model your workspace after some ideal, but to model it after your ideal.  This may visually translate into a spartan desktop, or a chaotic maelstrom.

2. Inventory

Part of the effort to organize will involve inventorying. This basically means assessing your physical resources as well as you intellectual resources. Are you really good at memorizing and recalling information? Great! But do you struggle with contextualizing that information? Do you have enough pens, batteries and the entire minutia required for studying well? Have you set an appointment to speak to a disabilities or academic success counselor?
Another part and possibly most crucial part of the inventory, is to understand realistically how long it takes you to complete a given task. If you know it takes you a day to read a chapter make a note of it. Knowing the boundaries of your abilities will help you push those boundaries further.
The greater detail in your personal inventory the better organized you’ll become.

3. L.S.E

After you have organized and inventoried your life, you will almost be ready to tackle your assignments. Having organized and inventoried, the first thing you will need is a copy of your syllabus from each course. In addition you will have any in class and online announcements related to your class easily accessible.

Make a list of all pending work. This includes projects, exams, and the areas of weakness you identified earlier. Next to each establish a deadline and level of priority. You should also write down the how much time you realistically take on the task.

Armed with your list of task, deadlines, priorities and projected times to completion you will be able to make an accurate schedule. Order your list of task by deadline and then priority.

This last part is pretty straight forward, but the most challenging. Now you need to honor your schedule which given the level of detail and attention should allow you to flow effortlessly from task to task.

Becoming a successful student directly translates into becoming a better worker. Having a toolkit that allows you to prioritize and manage your time is one of the keys to having a successful career in any field. Next time you have “extra” time, try executing these simple tips. You’re work productivity should increase and your stress reduced.

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.


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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. 
Eventbrite - MEC Open House

#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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