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About MEC

In 1965, Northern Virginia Technical College opened for classes with 761 students in the Carlyn Springs Road warehouse, located in Bailey's Crossroads. In the fall of 2003, in response to the strong demand for qualified health care professionals, the College opened the Medical Education Campus in Springfield.

Known as the first specialized community college campus in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Medical Education Campus meets the needs of college students interested in the health care profession and offers courses to high school students and current health care providers seeking to expand their knowledge.

Today, the Medical Education Campus offers 10 health-related programs and features state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, dental clinics and a clinical practice site for nursing and allied health students.

The Medical Education Campus is part of NoVaHealthFORCE.

Provost Welcome

Photo of Anne Loochtan  Welcome to the Medical Education Campus, also known as the MEC.

The MEC offers a wide variety of healthcare programs, from certificates to associate degrees. Our campus community prides itself on offering high quality instruction and service. Students in MEC programs have access to up-to-date laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment. The clinical simulation laboratory offers an opportunity for students to practice on high-fidelity simulation manikins without the worry of the clinical setting. It is ideal for early learning in a safe environment and for interdisciplinary activities.

Our programs are accredited at the national level by a variety of specialized programmatic accreditors. In turn, our graduates are sought after in the medical community throughout Northern Virginia.

The MEC has a focus on continuing education and providing educational pathways. Many of our programs have agreements in place with universities that enable graduates to complete their baccalaureate degrees in an accelerated manner at one of our sister universities. Whatever your interest area in healthcare education, the MEC can assist you.

Anne Loochtan, PhD
Email: aloochtan@nvcc.edu
Phone: 703.822.6699
Fax: 703.822.6619

Forum Council

NOVA's Forum Council is part of the College Forum. The Forum, according to its constitution and bylaws, is "representative of teaching faculty, administrative faculty and students and classified staff and shall be composed of a College Senate, a Forum Council on each campus and the standing committees of the College Forum".

Forum Council serves the college community by performing the following functions:

  • Expressing the viewpoints of administrators, faculty, classified staff and students on issues that are relevant to a particular campus.
  • Advising and seeking advice from the Provost on campus issues.
  • Making specific recommendations to or communicating with campus committees, college committees and College Senate.
  • Submitting, through the Provost, advice and recommendations to the College President.
  • Receiving recommendations from the Instructional and Student Services and Personnel Services College committees for deliberation and action.
  • Assisting in the selection of members for the College Senate.
  • Enhancing the learning environment on campus.
  • Establishing committees as needed to fulfill the Forum Council's responsibilities to the college community.

Forum Council Membership, Minutes and Agendas


  • Andy Cornell, AF
  • Karen Gordon, TF
  • Don Johnson, CL
  • Patti Ottavio, TF (Chair)


There are no agendas available at this time.