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HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES PROGRAMS

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HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES PROGRAMS

The College offers numerous opportunities at the Medical Education Center 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reserves the right to require that any student who appears to be unsuited for any Health Technologies program be withdrawn and guided into a more suitable field of study.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.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
FOR HEALTH TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS

One- & Two-Year Health Technology Certificate and Degree Programs

  

Credits

*Dental Hygiene

A.A.S

72
**Emergency Medical Services Technology A.A.S 72
Health Information Technology A.A.S69
Medical Lab Technology A.A.S 72
*NursingA.A.S69
Opticianry Plan of Study for Technical Studies A.A.S.69
**Physical Therapist AssistantA.A.S71
**RadiographyA.A.S72
**Respiratory TherapyA.A.S72
Surgical TechnologyCertificate36
*This program requires students to successfully complete NAS 161, Health Science I (4 credits) prior to admission. See program description for specific details.
**These programs require students to successfully complete NAS 150, Human Biology (4 credits) prior to admission. See program descriptions for specific details.


Career Studies CertificatesCredits
Clinical Data Coding 26
Computed Tomography9
Magnetic Resonance Imaging11
Medical Practice Management27
Optometric Technician29
Pharmacy Technician28
Phlebotomy12


Purpose:

The purpose of Health Technologies programs is to prepare caring, competent, adaptable, reflective, service-oriented health care professionals who can identify and use a variety of resources and technologies to function successfully in diverse and evolving health care practice environments.

General Admission Requirements for Health Technology Programs

Unless otherwise specified, applicants must meet all of the following requirements to be admitted to Health Technology certificate or two-year degree programs:

  1. Be admitted to Northern Virginia Community College at the Annandale Campus.
  2. Be 18 years of age or older, or have program head approval.
  3. Have made satisfactory scores on specified placement tests.
  4. Have completed one unit of high school-level algebra or equivalent.
  5. Have completed at least one unit of high school-level science or equivalent. See "Admission Requirements" under EACH program for particular science course prerequisites.
  6. Have achieved a C average or better in the above course requirements. Deficiencies may be corrected in the College's developmental program before entering a Health Technology program.
  7. Provide evidence of good physical and mental health, as substantiated by a completed Pre-Admission Health History and Physical for Health Technology form (NVCC 125-7) signed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner; this must be submitted prior to entering program courses. Applicants must be free of any physical and/or mental condition which might adversely affect their acceptance or performance in the program. Students with pre-existing physical and/or mental conditions which might adversely affect their acceptance or performance in the program who do not self-disclose this information are subject to dismissal from the program and will not be allowed admission in any other Health Technology program.
  8. Students with criminal convictions who do not self-disclose this information are subject to dismissal from the program and will not be allowed admission in any other Health Technology program.
  9. Have achieved a 2.00 GPA or better in all required general education courses taken preceding admission to a Health Technology program, unless waived by the division chair upon the recommendation of the program head.
  10. Hold current CPR certification prior to entering clinical courses, unless formally waived by the program head.
  11. Have completed a program information session and/or interview with the program head as required.

Responsibilities of Health Technology Students

The following are responsibilities of students in all Health Technology programs:

  1. To prepare students for the high ethical standards of the health professions, the College expects absolute academic integrity both in the classroom and in clinical practice. Therefore, cheating, attempting to cheat, plagiarizing, lying, stealing academic work which includes secured tests or related materials, submitting papers purchased or written by others, or failing to report an occurrence of academic dishonesty or any violation of this honor code may subject the student to the College's disciplinary procedures as defined in the NVCC Student Handbook.
  2. Students in Health Technology programs incur a variety of additional expenses. These include, but are not limited to, the cost of uniforms, accessories, and travel to clinical assignments. Students are also responsible for state licensure and national accreditation application and testing fees.
  3. A strict dress code is required in the clinical setting. Students may be dismissed if they fail to comply with this dress code.
  4. The College reserves the right to require students to obtain and maintain at their own expense liability/malpractice insurance with a carrier authorized to transact such business in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Whether or not insurance appropriate to the program is required, students are encouraged to carry such insurance on their own.
  5. Students are required to complete learning experiences at local hospitals and/or other community-based agencies. Students may be required to attend both day and/or evening clinical assignments.
  6. Students must provide their own transportation to clinical assignments. Strict attendance is required at clinical sites.
  7. Students may utilize the resources of the assigned clinical affiliate for emergency medical treatment for injuries or illness that may occur during the time period when students are assigned to the health care facility. The student is responsible for any expenses incurred for this treatment.
  8. Students must comply with all clinical contract protocols including immunization requirements.
  9. Students must keep their CPR certifications current each year, when required.
  10. While enrolled in clinical courses, students may not replace or take the responsibility of "qualified" staff in affiliated facilities. However, after demonstrating proficiency, students may be permitted to perform specified procedures under careful supervision. Health Technology students may be employed in clinical facilities outside regular education hours provided that such work does not interfere with academic responsibilities. The work must be non-compulsory and subject to employee regulations. Any exception to this policy must have the approval of the Health Technology Division Chair.
  11. Students are expected to demonstrate professional behavior consistent with standards associated with health care practitioners.

Continuation Requirements for Health Technology Students

The following continuation requirements govern students in all Health Technology programs:

  1. All courses in the program major must be completed with a grade of C or better before taking the next course in the sequence and to satisfy graduation requirements, unless waived by the division chair upon the recommendation of the program head.
  2. All courses in the major must be taken in the sequence prescribed in the NVCC Catalog, unless otherwise approved by the program head.
  3. To pass a course students must successfully complete both the theoretical (classroom) and the didactic (clinical/lab) requirements.
  4. Program faculty and clinical affiliates reserve the right to recommend, through appropriate channels, withdrawal of any student who exhibits unsafe performance or non-adherence to prescribed clinical affiliate policies and procedures.
  5. Satisfactory physical and mental health must be maintained for continuance in the program. Applicants must be free of any physical and/or mental condition that might adversely affect their acceptance or performances in the program. The College reserves the right to require medical examinations to verify continuing compliance. Students with pre-existing physical and/or mental conditions which might adversely affect performance in the program who do not self-disclose this information are subject to dismissal from the program and will not be allowed admission in any other Health Technology program.
  6. Students with criminal convictions who do not self-disclose this information are subject to dismissal from the program and will not be allowed admission in any other Health Technology program.

Program Re-Enrollment Requirements for Health Technology Students

Any student who has voluntarily withdrawn or who has been withdrawn due to unsatisfactory academic or clinical performance may apply for re-admission the following academic year. Acceptance will be based upon space availability, successful fulfillment of any contingencies agreed to in writing at the time of withdrawal, and program head approval. An interview and medical examination may be required.



HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES PROGRAMS
 
DENTAL HYGIENE
Associate in Applied Science Degree AN
 
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES TECHNOLOGY
Associate in Applied Science Degree AN
 
HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Associate in Applied Science Degree AN
 
CLINICAL DATA CODING
Career Studies Certificate AN
 
MEDICAL PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Career Studies Certificate AN
 
MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY
Associate in Applied Science Degree AN
 
NURSING
Associate in Applied Science Degree AN
 
Opticianry Plan of Study for Technical Studies
Associate in Applied Science Degree AN
 
OPTOMETRIC TECHNICIAN
Career Studies Certificate AN
 
PHLEBOTOMY
Career Studies Certificate AN
 
PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT
Associate in Applied Science Degree AN
 
RADIOGRAPHY
Associate in Applied Science Degree AN
 
COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY
Career Studies Certificate AN
 
MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING
Career Studies Certificate AN
 
RESPIRATORY THERAPY
Associate in Applied Science Degree AN
 
SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY
Certificate AN

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