Virtual MEC Exchange Workshops

For everything you ever wanted to know about the MEC’s Allied Health & Nursing Programs…

April 30th

An MEC Academic Advisor will present information about the admission process for Allied Health and Nursing Programs. The presentation is live and interactive. Please register for the upcoming workshop or check the site for other dates and times!

Interested?  Sign up via our Website,

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Math the Final Frontier:


On most days I’ll have at least one or two students sitting across from me with this very common problem. They’ve completed everything in order to apply and they still need to pass the math placement test, or in the case of our nursing students the math placement test and the TEAS (Nursing Pre-Admission) test.  You can see the frustration hang in clouds around them as they come to the common issue of mastering math before a deadline.  Let us call these two students Sigma (∑) and Mu (µ).

“Do I really need to do this?” Mu asked with a
hopeful glance that I will say no. “Is there someone I can talk to” Sigma plaintively asked, looking to be absolved from the burden of dealing with math.  Again I have to break the news that no, they must meet all established requirements.  Math for most of the allied health and nursing programs is not something to be taken lightly. The placement test requirement is there to make sure a student is well equipped to deal with the mathematical concepts present in the different disciplines.  As such it must be taken to heart that passing the test is not just meeting a requirement, but signaling that you are at least in part ready to tackle the challenge ahead.

Sigma stirs and says, “I’ve completed a degree….I don’t need to take the placement test do I?”  The short answer is always yes; all students are required to demonstrate that they are able to operate at the prescribed math level.  Not all degrees require college level math courses and as such a student may in fact still need to take a test.  If a student has transferred a college level math to NOVA than a test is not required. For all others taking the math placement test is a must.

“Ok I get it. I’m going to have to take the math placement test?  What can I do now? I’m ‘terrible’ at math,” grumbles Mu. At this point in the visit the hope starts to drain out of a prospective student, swallowed up by the idea that this abstract assortment of esoteric knowledge will hold them back in their march forward.

Most students do not realize that they can prepare for the math placement test like any other test. They also do not realize that there exists a wealth of resources to get them up to speed in almost any topic imaginable and they’re all for free.  The cost to the student is the time and effort it takes to understand the material.  (Easier said than done right?)  Nothing comes easy, but at the end of the day the question is how bad you want/need it.  For some students this will mean taking a developmental math course for a semester or two, and potentially missing a deadline. For others it will mean setting aside other commitments in order to focus on the primary objective.  Math does not need to be the end of the road, often it is just the beginning of it.

Take the time to look over the following links as you prepare to take a step towards your goal.

The first step is review the Math Placement Test site on the NOVA website.  It offers a wide variety of links that may assist you. For many students the practice test and review packet is sufficient.

Placement test information:

Review Packet:

Some students will wish to practice their math skills before taking the exam. Khan Academy is a free online school.  Students typically find that practicing on this site at least an hour a day for a week or two  gets them ready for the test.

Math Practice:

If you are not able to pass the required units that your program application requires, you will then be required to take a developmental math course.  Developmental math is not a four letter word, but an opportunity for you to grow academically and better prepared to succeed in your program of choice.

Information on the developmental math program:

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Spring Career Workshops

Military to Civilian: Translating the Resume    hands shaking

4/15/14, 12:00 PM—1:00 PM, MEC 354

Resume and Cover Letter Writing        

4/21/14, 9:00 AM—10:00 AM, MEC 352

4/30/14, 12:00 PM—1:00 PM, MEC352

4/30/14, 4:00 PM—5:00 PM, MEC 352


4/21/14, 12:00 PM—1:00PM, MEC 35

4/28/14, 9:00 AM—10:00 AM, MEC 352 

Job Search and Networking Strategies            

4/23/14, 4:00 PM—5:00 PM, MEC 352

4/28/14, 12:00 PM—1:00 PM, MEC 352

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Nursing Application

The Nursing Application is now available!  Please visit the Nursing homepage:


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Application Deadlines

Upcoming Application Periods: applications

Health Manangaement: March 1- August 15                                            

Radiography March 15-April 15             

Respiratory therapy: March 1-August 15

Please make sure you complete the application and mail it certified to Student Services.  We will send you an email to confirm receipt once we have processed it. Good luck!

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Do you have questions about our programs at the Medical Education campus?

How do I get into the Nursing program or Radiography?  What courses do I have to complete prior to applying to the program? What are my chances to get into the program?  These are just a few of the questions that get answered at the MEC Exchange Workshop.  

New this year!  We are holding Virtual Workshops.

You can be at home and recevie information and help from an academic advisor.  Our first session is tomorrow 3-5!  Please register for the session now: or email

There are many dates, times, and locations available, please visit the website!

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Thursday, November 14, 2013    10:30am-2pm

Medical Education Campus, 1st Floor 

The Transfer fair is an excellent opportunity to get information from college representatives for bachelor degree program requirements. 

Schools registered to attend (as of 10/21- subject to change):

  • American Public University System
  • Bluefield College
  • Chamberlain College of Nursing
  • DeVry University
  • Excelsior College
  • George Mason University – College of Health and Human Services/School of Nursing
  • George Washington University
  • Howard University- School of Nursing
  • James Madison University
  • Kaplan University
  • King University
  • Marymount University
  • Old Dominion University- Distance Learning & School of Nursing
  • Shenandoah University
  • Stevenson University
  • Trinity Washington University
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • University of Virginia- School of Nursing
  • Virginia Commonwealth University- Transfer Admissions & School of Nursing
  • Western Governors University
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The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Preparation Courses

  Workforce Development presents…


TEAS Preparation-English  

This course is an intensive review to prepare students to take the English and Language Usage section of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). This will offer an opportunity to become familiar with the format of the exam and the instructor will support the student’s review of grammar, word meaning, punctuation, and sentence structure. Please visit Workforce Development for times and prices:

 TEAS Preparation MATH: 

This course is an intensive review to prepare students to take the Math section of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). This will offer an opportunity to become familiar with the format of the exam and identify students’ math strengths and weaknesses. Students will explore approaches to the math questions and practice with sample test items and learn successful test taking strategies.


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How do I get started in an Allied Health or Nursing program?

 To get started, please view or attend the entire online information session for your program(s) of interest and be sure to print any applicable brochures and application(s).  The information sessions are arranged by the academic departments and provide information on the program, admissions requirements, and application procedures.  Please visit: for more information.

If you have a question, please review the FAQs for your program:

Allied Health FAQs:

Nursing FAQs:

If you have further questions, please attend a MEC Exchange Workshop!

You may also attend a MEC Exchange Workshop about the Allied Health and Nursing admission process at the campus nearest you.  To register, click on the following link:

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New Dental Assisting Program on the MEC Campus

Northern Virginia Community College will be offering a one year certificate program in Dental Assisting. This  program  will prepare students  with the knowledge  and skills  to perform  chairside  assisting  duties, clinical  supportive functions, business office procedures and radiographic  techniques in the dental  office. Students will receive hands-on training and have the opportunity to rotate through various dental offices in order  to  become  proficient  in  chairside  assisting  duties.    Upon  successful  completion  of  the  program, graduates will  be eligible  to  take  the  Dental  Assisting  National  Board  leading  to  the  credential  of  a “Certified Dental Assistant” (CDA).

    This is an “Accredited” day program that will start during the Fall 2013 semester and end after the P’ 6 weeks of Summer 2014 semester.  If graduates wish to pursue a career in Dental Hygiene, they will receive experience credit for their successful completion of the Dental Assisting program as  part of the admission process to the Dental Hygiene program.

 Prerequisites and  program requirements prior to admission: 

  •  High school diploma or GED
  •  Successful completion of:
  •  ENG Ill College Composition (3 Credits)
  • NAS 150 Human Biology with a grade of “B” or better (4 Credits)
  • SDV 101 (1 Credit)
  • BLS CPR from the American Heart Association, Criminal Background
  • Check, Drug Screening, and Proof of Immunization Records

For  more information please contact Ms. Friba Alizai at (703) 822-6627 or email 

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