NOVA Foundation Board Meets the Biotechnology Program

Dr. Diane Mucci, dean of science and applied technologies introduced the NOVA Foundation Board to AAS in Biotechnology. The program is designed to prepare NOVA graduates for employment into entry-level positions at biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies or to transfer and earn a  four-year degree. A majority of the graduates of the program are able to transfer or find employment in the field, including several pursuing master’s or doctoral level degrees. Since 2011, there has been a clear pathway from NOVA to George Washington University. Students in this program who complete 60 credits and earn a certain GPA are guaranteed admittance into GWU College of Professional Studies. Students in this program pursue GW degrees in science, technologies, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

April Brisky, an Air Force Veteran, completed the NOVA/GWU pathway. She attended NOVA’s Biotechnology AAS program (’12 Cum Laude) and transferred to GWU through the early articulation agreement where she completed her BPS in Integrated Information, Science, and Technology in Biotechnology (’14 Cum Laude). She took a year off and then returned to the workforce before starting her current program where she will graduate this May with a MS in Reproductive Clinical Sciences from Eastern Virginia Medical School (Cum Laude). She is focusing on embryology, andrology and endocrinology. Last October, she started her dream job working as an embryologist with the medical faculty associates at GWU in Washington, DC.

To learn more about NOVA’s AAS Biotechnology program, contact Dr. Xin Zhou at

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