U.S. Navy Students to Graduate from Medical Laboratory Technology Program at TNCC

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On Wednesday, August 8, at 9:00 a.m., 37 U.S. Navy students, some of who are part of the Navy’s new Perform to Serve program, will be graduating from the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Thomas Nelson Community College. The ceremony will take place at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the College’s Hampton campus with keynote speaker CDR Jean T. Scherrer, Director of Clinical Support Services, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Va.

The U.S. Navy’s Perform to Serve program allows Sailors in other rates like Operation Specialist (OS), Master-at-Arms (MA), Boatswain’s Mate (BM), etc. with no prior medical experience to transfer or “cross-rate” into the Navy Hospital Corps and acquire Navy Enlisted Classifications (NECs) in critically understaffed areas.

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U.S. Navy Students to Graduate from Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Thomas Nelson Community College

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Six of the Graduating Students Served as Hospital Corpsmen in Iraq and Afghanistan:
The Virginia Peninsula – On Wednesday, August 9, at 8:30 a.m., 32 U.S. Navy students will be graduating from the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Thomas Nelson Community College. The ceremony will take place at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the Thomas Nelson Hampton campus.

Six of the graduating students served in Iraq and Afghanistan supporting the U.S. Marine Corps as hospital corpsmen prior to convening for school at Thomas Nelson Community College. Hospital corpsmen play a key role in rendering emergency medical treatment to U.S. Marines in a combat environment. Upon graduation, these U.S. Navy students will be sent around the world to serve as Med Lab Technicians in U.S. Navy facilities where medical laboratories are available.

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U.S. Navy Medical Lab Technicians to Graduate from Thomas Nelson Community College

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The Virginia Peninsula – On Thursday, February 9, at 8:30 a.m., thirty-two U.S. Navy students will graduate from the Medical Technology Laboratory Program at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC). The ceremony will take place at the Dr. Mary T . Christian Auditorium on the Hampton campus. CAPT Tom McGue, USN, Deputy Commander of the Naval Medical Education and Training Command in Bethesda, MD, will be addressing the graduating class. This is the thirteenth class to graduate from TNCC since the U.S. Navy first awarded the contract to TNCC in 1999.

The graduating students will receive the TNCC Medical Laboratory Technician Certificate and will be awarded the Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) HM 8506. In addition, fourteen students will be receiving their Associate in Applied Science degrees in Medical Laboratory. This is the largest number of students in a MLT graduating class to complete the requirements for their associate degrees. The average registry exam pass rate for the last three MLT graduating classes is 86%, the highest in the nation.

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Media Advisory: U.S. Navy Students to Graduate from TNCC’s Medical Laboratory Technician Program

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The Virginia Peninsula — On Thursday, February 9, thirty-two U.S. Navy sailors will graduate from the Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Thomas Nelson Community College. The ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the TNCC Hampton Campus. The keynote speaker will be Captain Thomas E. McGue, Deputy Commander, Naval Medical Education and Training Command.

News media interested in covering this event can contact the TNCC Office of Public Relations at 825-2725.

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