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Former ESL student  earns Nursing degree at NOVA

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Amina Amisi is a spring 2016 graduate from NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC). With plans to pursue a career in nursing, Amisi graduated summa cum laude, with two associate degrees—one in nursing and the other in general studies.

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Amisi enrolled at NOVA in 2012 as an English as a Second Language student. After completing extensive research on which college had what she considered to be “the best nursing program,” she said NOVA appealed to her based on the diversity, sensitivity and acceptance of other cultures.

“Being born in Congo, it was very important for me to blend into a multicultural environment and have classmates that come from different countries in the world,” Amisi said. “I chose to become a student at NOVA because of the quality of instruction and its affordability.”

“After I did my research, I found out that the MEC offered an array of academic resources, like their high tech simulation lab, anatomy visualization system (anatomage table) and cadaver lab,” she added. “Their nursing program was the most rigorous and the hours needed in the different components, lecture and clinical labs were higher than at other colleges.”

Amisi developed a passion for nursing while raising a child with special needs. As she cares for her daughter who has sickle cell disease, Amisi deeply admires the nurses that assist her child daily. This firsthand experience gave her the motivation to care for individuals with challenging medical conditions.

Her active campus and community involvement has made a lasting impression on those around her. As a member of the Board of Directors of Homestretch, an award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering homeless families to secure permanent housing and achieve lasting self-sufficiency, Amisi assisted in giving presentations, strategic planning and fundraising. She also served as an advisor to the City of Falls Church Housing Commission and a delegate to the Arlington County Community Development Advisory Committee. In April 2016, she was honored as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Virginia Academic Team, was the recipient of a 2016 NOVA SEAL Award and Who's Who Among Students in American University and Colleges award.

After graduating from NOVA with a 3.8 GPA, Amisi will transfer to George Washington University to complete her bachelor and master’s degrees in nursing. After pursuing her studies to become a registered nurse first assistant (RNFA) in open heart surgery, she plans to pursue a doctorate in nursing.

By Kristina Ogburn

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.