Thirty-Eight U.S. Navy Students to Graduate from TNCC Medical Technology Laboratory Program


Published: July 28, 2008

VIRGINIA PENINSULA – On Wednesday, August 6, at 9:00 a.m., thirty-eight U.S. Navy Sailors will graduate from the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program at Thomas Nelson Community College. The graduating students will receive the TNCC Medical Laboratory Technician Certificate and will be awarded the Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) HM 8506.  The ceremony will take place on the TNCC Hampton campus in Templin Hall. Captain Susan E. Herron, NC, USN, Commanding Officer of the Naval School of Health Sciences Portsmouth, Va. and Dr. Charles A. Taylor will be addressing the graduating class.

In addition to the HM 8506 NEC, 12 of the graduating students have also completed the requirements in Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) and will be receiving degrees in Medical Laboratory Technology.

Furthermore, the students have the opportunity to complete their educational goals by utilizing the Navy Tuition Assistance Program. Tuition Assistance (TA) is the Navy’s educational financial assistance program. It provides active duty personnel funding for tuition costs for courses taken in an off-duty status at a college, university or vocational/technical institution, whose regional or national accreditation is recognized by the Department of Education.  Navy TA pays for both classroom and independent study/distance learning courses, regardless of course length. Courses must be offered in semester hours, quarter hours, or clock hours. The credits earned must show on the institution’s transcript.

This is the eighteenth class to graduate from Thomas Nelson Community College since the U.S. Navy awarded the contract to Thomas Nelson in 1998. The program calls for an accelerated 60-credit hour MLT certificate to be completed in 54 weeks. TNCC is the only community college in the nation to train U.S. Navy personnel as medical lab technicians. Students complete seven months of their training at Thomas Nelson and five months of clinical medical laboratory internship at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth. Graduating students apply the training received at U.S. Navy facilities around the world.

Thirty-one of the graduating students are re-enlisting in the U.S. Navy for a minimum of three years to maximum of six years.  Twenty-seven of these students will be receiving selective re-enlistment bonuses for obligating additional service to the U.S. Navy.  The total monetary amount to be paid to these sailors exceeds $700,000.

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