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Health Sciences

The Health Sciences offers a variety of degree and certificate programs designed to successfully prepare students for a career in the diverse and evolving health care environment. These programs prepare students with the academic foundation necessary to thrive in the workforce.

The first step to beginning health career training at NOVA-MEC is to attend an information session.

Starting in Fall 2022, there will be changes to BIO 141, Human Anatomy and Physiology I. Students must now show mastery in chemistry, cell and inheritance before enrolling in BIO 141. This new pre-requisite requirement can be met through one of three ways:

Option 1: Complete BIO 101, General Biology I, with a grade of a C of higher. This option is recommended for most students since BIO 101 is a transferrable course and can be used to meet the science with lab requirement.

Option 2: Complete NAS 2, Foundations of Life Sciences, with a passing grade. This course should only be taken by students who do not plan to transfer to a 4-year institution or do not need BIO 101 as a course requirement.

Option 3: Take a placement exam. This option allows students to take a placement exam that will be given at a NOVA testing center. A grade of a 75% or higher will be required. Students may only take this exam a max of twice per semester. Students who already had biology and chemistry may use this option to place into the BIO 141 course. Students may utilize an online, self-paced CANVAS course to review material before taking the placement exam.

General Studies: Health Sciences Specialization AS Degree

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The academic foundation in this degree will allow students to continue their education by applying to a competitive program at the Medical Education Campus or prepare for entry to a variety of allied health or health sciences baccalaureate programs. Students should consult an academic advisor in selecting electives to this curriculum.

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Contact & Office Information

The Health Sciences division is located at the Medical Education campus. It is led by an academic dean with an associate dean.

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