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Care Begins With You

Nurses and allied health professionals serve a vital role and save lives. The unique qualities of caregivers are in high demand in the health care industry.

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Put the ‘Care’ in Your Career

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." — Mahatma Ghandi

NOVA’s Nursing & Health Sciences tracks prepare students to be valued members of a healthcare team. 

You will receive specialized training in direct patient care, which can translate into jobs working in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physicians’ offices, HMOs, etc.

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  • Transfer is not the primary goal of an AAS degree, but transfer resources are available for students interested in applying to senior institutions.

  • The NOVA Nursing curriculum is fully approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

Jobs With a Personal Touch

Whatever career you choose, your NOVA training will put you at the forefront of patient care.

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  • Registered Nurse

    Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

    • Potential Salary: $70,000*
    • Local Companies: Inova Health Systems, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Hospital Center, Grace Home Healthcare, LLC.
    • Programs at NOVA: Nursing A.A.S.

    *Based on BLS data

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  • Physical Therapist Assistant

    Physical therapist assistants, sometimes called PTAs, and physical therapist aides work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain.

    *Based on VA BLS data

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  • Dental Hygienist

    Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventive dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.

    • Potential Salary: $74,070*
    • Local Companies: Dental One Associates, Fusion Dental 
    • Programs at NOVA: Dental Hygiene A.A.S. 

    *Based on BLS data

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  • Health Information Technician

    Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data. They ensure that the information maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security.

    *Based on BLS data

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  • Paramedic

    Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these workers.

    *Based on BLS data

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  • Sonographer Technician

    • Potential Salary: $65,620*
    • Programs at NOVA: Diagnostic Medical Sonography A.A.S.  

    *Based on BLS data

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Discover Your Passion

There is a lot of variety in the healthcare industry. Choose a program that best fits your interests and your future goals.

Radiography A.A.S.

Trained technicians can diagnose tricky illnesses, and assist doctors with X-rays, CTs, MRIs, and more.

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Emergency Medical Services A.A.S.

EMTs have a unique combination of interpersonal skills, medical knowledge, and clear thinking in high-stress situations.

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  • Clinical Data Coding Career Studies Certificate

    Clinical data coding specialists are in demand across the spectrum of healthcare organizations including hospitals, physician offices, insurance companies, managed care organizations, contracting groups, and accounting firms.

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  • Dental Assisting Certificate

    This curriculum is designed to prepare students to perform chairside assisting, minor laboratory, and basic office procedures.

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  • Dental Hygiene A.A.S.

    The program is designed to prepare students to serve in a dynamic and growing health profession as members of the dental health team.

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  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography A.A.S.

    Associate of Applied Science Degree

    This curriculum is designed to prepare students to produce diagnostic images of the human body using special equipment to direct high frequency sound waves into different anatomic structures in a patient’s body.

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  • Echocardiography Specialization

    The curriculum prepares students to produce diagnostic images of the heart structures and motion to diagnose cardiovascular changes.

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  • Emergency Medical Services A.A.S.

    The curriculum is designed to develop the competencies needed to prepare the student to be certified as a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate and/or Paramedic.

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  • Emergency Medical Technician – Basic Career Studies Certificate

    This curriculum is designed to produce competent, entry-level Emergency Medical Technician–Basic (EMT–B) providers, who can function either in a volunteer or career fire and rescue department capacity, and service the community with basic life support care via the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) infrastructure.

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  • Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate Career Studies Certificate

    This curriculum is designed to produce competent, entry-level Emergency Medical Technician–Intermediate providers, who can function either in a volunteer or career fire and rescue department capacity, and service the community with advanced life support care via the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) infrastructure.

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  • Fire Science Technology A.A.S.

    The overall goal of the program is to prepare individuals for entry or advancement in the fire service or a related field by providing them with knowledge of the fire protection profession and giving them the general education necessary to function and advance in one of these professions.

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  • Health Information Management A.A.S.

    The curriculum is designed to provide training in the management of systems to collect, store, process, retrieve, analyze, disseminate, and communicate information related to the research, planning, provision, and evaluation of healthcare services.

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  • Health Information Technology Career Studies Certificate

    This curriculum is designed to produce students competent in all aspects of workflow process analysis and redesign, as it relates to the adoption, implementation, maintenance, and optimization phases of the transition to the use of an electronic health records system.

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  • Health Science Career Studies Certificate

    The growth and development of the health professions as well as the changes in healthcare requires the healthcare provider be multi-skilled and well prepared.

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  • Massage Therapy Career Studies Certificate

    This program is designed to prepare students for certification and employment as massage therapists in a wide variety of environments, including hospitals and clinics, doctor and chiropractic offices, sports and fitness facilities, corporate offices, and beauty and skin care salons and spas.

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  • Medical Laboratory Assistant Career Studies Certificate

    The program is designed to prepare personnel who collect, process, and perform selected tests on samples for medical laboratory analysis.

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  • Medical Laboratory Technology A.A.S.

    The curriculum is designed to prepare students to perform essential laboratory testing on blood and body fluids that is critical to the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.

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  • Nursing A.A.S.

    The program is designed to prepare students to participate as contributing members of the healthcare team, rendering direct care to patients in a variety of healthcare facilities and agencies.

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  • Occupational Therapy Assistant A.A.S.

    The program is designed to provide students with the philosophical, theoretical, and clinical knowledge necessary to provide quality occupational therapy.

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  • Paramedic Career Studies Certificate

    This curriculum is designed to produce competent, entry-level Paramedic providers, who can function either in a volunteer or career fire and rescue department capacity, and service the community with advanced life support care via the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) infrastructure.

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  • Personal Training Career Studies Certificate

    This program is based on the standards of the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and prepares students to become knowledgeable fitness professionals in health clubs, recreation departments, and fitness facilities in private, commercial, corporate, or government settings.

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  • Phlebotomy Career Studies Certificate

    The program is designed to prepare personnel who collect and process blood and other samples for medical laboratory analysis.

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  • Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S.

    The program is designed to prepare students to utilize exercise, specialty equipment, and other treatment procedures to prevent, identify, correct, and alleviate movement dysfunction.

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  • Radiation Oncology A.A.S.

    Through a collaborative arrangement with Virginia Western Community College (VWCC), NOVA students have access to the VWCC Radiation Oncology Program.

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  • Radiography A.A.S.

    The curriculum is designed to prepare students to produce diagnostic images of the human body through safe application of x-radiation. The radiographer is a central member of the health care team and assists the radiologist, a physician specialized in body image interpretation.

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  • Respiratory Therapy A.A.S.

    The curriculum is designed to prepare students to be effective members of the healthcare team in assisting with diagnosis, treatment, management, and preventive care of patients with cardiopulmonary problems.

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  • Vascular Sonography Specialization

    The curriculum is designed to prepare students to produce diagnostic images of the blood and blood flow.

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  • Veterinary Technology A.A.S.

    Our program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).

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Want More About a Future in Health Care?

Health care jobs pay well and are in high demand. More importantly, they can be extremely rewarding on a personal level. Find out more.

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