NVCC 2001-2002 Catalog
    Instructional Programs


The College offers numerous opportunities at the Annandale Campus for those who wish to pursue health-related careers. Each certificate and degree program is designed with the advice of community health professionals to include a balance of technical and general education courses. In response to community needs, specialized short-term courses or technical certificates are also offered. Students may take general education support courses at any of the five College campuses. Because of limited laboratory, classroom and/or clinical space, certain Health Technologies programs have limited enrollment. Acceptance to Northern Virginia Community College does not constitute acceptance into a specific Health Science program. The College contracts with a large number of Metropolitan Washington health-care facilities and community-based agencies for clinical instruction. These contracts regulate the conditions under which NVCC Health Technologies students may obtain required clinical experience and in some cases may specify program requirements. Each program has specific admission, program continuation, and program completion criteria. These are described under each program. Due to the unique responsibilities involved in health careers, the college reserves the right to require that any student who appears to be unsuited for any Health Technologies program be withdrawn and guided into a more suitable field of study. Admission into a Health Technologies program begins with application to the College, followed by attendance at a program information session. To declare your major in a Health Technologies program an interview with a counselor or a program head may also be required. Admission is not complete until all admission requirements are met. Early application is desirable. Students are accepted on a first-come/first-served basis with priority given to: (1) legal residents domiciled in the cities and counties supporting the College, (2) other Virginia legal residents, (3) out-of-state applicants, and (4) international students. For certain Health Science programs, "counties supporting the College" may include those in which clinical affiliates have contractual agreements with NVCC. The Health Technologies programs are authorized to deny enrollment in health programs to any student who has been arrested and charged with a felony pertaining to controlled substances and who was adjudicated guilty, or adjudication was withheld because of placement in a pre-trial intervention program or who entered a plea of nolo contendere. Students are advised that the Northern Virginia Community College Health Technologies programs have been designed to prepare students for direct entry to health careers. Some programs have articulated agreements with four-year colleges and universities that enable the partial or complete transfer of NVCC course work to four-year degree programs. Students who wish to consider such options should consult the appropriate program head early in the program of study.