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Local students in GMU Early Identification Program gain healthcare experience at NOVA’s Medical Education Campus

Students in EIP
Students in EIP learn about healthcare programs at NOVA’s Medical Education Campus.

For the fifth consecutive year, Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) has hosted a career shadowing day as part of George Mason University’s Early Identification Program (EIP) Summer Academy. The program is for rising 11th grade students with an interest in healthcare careers. A total of 12 high schoolers from seven local districts throughout Northern Virginia toured the MEC’s state-of-the-art facility and learned about various medical professions on July 27th

Faculty and staff from NOVA’s Medical Education Campus provided demonstrations to EIP students on careers in nursing, phlebotomy and occupational therapy. Students also learned about financial literacy and ways to navigate the freshman college experience. Each year, as part of the EIP Summer Academy, participants explore different career sectors by traveling to local businesses and organizations for an opportunity to shadow professionals in their field of interest. Whether it is public service, healthcare, education or information technology, EIP students attend the summer academy to gain a realistic view of their anticipated profession. 

The Early Identification Program (EIP) was established in 1987 to serve as a college preparatory program. EIP provides access to educational resources for first-generation middle and high school students who plan to be the first in their families to attend a college or university. Over 1,600 students have graduated from the program and many are pursuing a four-year education.

NOVA’s Medical Education Campus was established in 2003 as the only specialized community college campus in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The state-of-the-art campus houses all of NOVA’s healthcare degree programs and health-related certificate programs. Programs available include Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, EMS, Health Information Management, Medical Laboratory Technology, Occupational Therapy, Phlebotomy, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiography and Respiratory Therapy Assistant. The campus offers a 32-chair dental hygiene clinic where students work directly with patients, as well as a state-of-the-art patient simulators lab and an anatomy lab, where students have the opportunity to learn on human cadavers.


For information on EIP, contact Khaseem Davis, EIP Director at kdavisi@gmu.edu or 703.993.3120.


Media Contact: Kristina Ogburn | 703.503.6338 | kogburn@nvcc.edu



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.