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Student Profile - Nannette Tucker

There has never been a time when I’ve felt out of place at NOVA. I am the oldest person in my class, but no one has ever made me feel as though I shouldn’t be here. That was something I didn’t expect when I started in the Respiratory Therapy program at MEC.

A lot of people think of nursing as the only profession when they think of going into allied health. If you explore the different careers associated with the field, you will find that there is more than one way to help a patient. You just have to find the right way for you. It has to be something that fits you and it has to be something you are willing to devote your time.  

It can be a great feeling to help a patient who may have a chronic health condition such as asthma or cystic fibrosis. Although, you may not necessarily be able to cure them, you can teach them how to manage it better; improving their quality of life. Careers in the allied health field are rewarding because you often walk away at the end of a day feeling good knowing you made a difference in someone’s life.

If you meet the required guidelines, the state of Virginia allows senior citizens aged 60 and over the opportunity to audit classes for free. You’re able to take up to three credit classes a semester. As a 65 year-old woman, this program helped me return to school and finally earn my degree. More importantly, it has proven that no matter how old you are, your age should never be a factor in your desire to get an education.