Do I Need SDV 101?

I am reading some of the evaluations of my SDV 101 faculty and some students will make the comment that they have already taken SDV 100-College Success Skills.

The following students are exempt from taking SDV 101 for program admission:

  • You have already taken SDV 100 or another SDV course at NOVA
  • You have transferred in an SDV elective from another college (verified by NOVA transcript evaluation)
  • You have a transferrable associates degree or higher from a U.S. college or university (verfied by NOVA transcript evaluation)
  • You have passed the NOVA SDV ABLE Examination

All first-time college students interested in MEC are encouraged to take SDV 101 within their first 16 credits at NOVA.  You can take the course on MEC campus or online through the Extended Learning Institute (ELI).  

The SDV course is centered on college success skills.  Often students misinterpret the 101 courses to be Allied Health 101 or Nursing 101.  The discipline is STUDENT DEVELOPMENT.  The learning outcomes are the same as SDV 100 courses but we adjust our instruction, textbook, and assignments to students who are interested in healthcare careers. 

You have the opportunity to learn more about MEC admissions if you take the SDV 101 course.  You can also experience the campus environment and some facilities if you take the in-person courses in Springfield.

No Wait Lists at MEC

We do not have wait lists for Nursing and Allied Health programs.  Years and years ago some MEC programs did have wait lists (sometimes the wait would be over one year).   Currently, students apply and are either accepted or denied admission into the entering class.

Right now the following programs are competitive:  Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Radiography.  Sonography is a possible addition in the future to the competitive admissions process (pending approval).  These programs have a period where they accept applications by a published deadline.  Next, all qualified applicants are reviewed and students are offered admission based upon the scoring criteria of that academic department.  Each department can only allow admission to a certain amount of students based upon accreditation and available faculty/clinical sites, etc.  So although many qualify and are great students, not everyone can be offered admission each year.  If you are not accepted into the program, you have the opportunity to reapply for the next entering class.   There is no wait list.  Now occassionally one or more students who are accepted into programs may decline admission (because they are moving or going to another college, etc.).  In that case, the offer may be extended to the next competitive applicant.

Other Allied Health programs are first-come first served and do not have a competitive admissions process.  Yes most of these programs have deadlines; however, as eligible students apply they will be offered admission until all spaces for that program has been filled.  So when you complete your pre-requisites for those programs, submit your application pronto!  The first-come first served programs include:  Medical Laboratory Technology/Phlebotomy, Physical Therapist Assistant, Respiratory Therapy, Health Information Management/Clinical Data Coding, and Emergency Medical Services.

For deadlines refer to page 4 of the Allied Health Application packet online and the Nursing website.  Please comment if you have any questions.

Upcoming Workshop for Prospective MEC Students

If you are a student who is interested in applying to either MEC Nursing or Allied Health programs, this workshop is for you!

 At this academic advising week workshop, we will: 

  • review admissions requirements,
  • discuss how to prioritize pre-requisites/plan ahead for course selection,
  • discuss frequently asked questions/common mistakes, and
  • provide other program options (if not offered MEC Admission)

 MEC Exchange Workshop (Friday, November 4th, 2pm-4pm, Rooms 327/330)

 Prospective MEC students, please click on the following link to register for the MEC Exchange Workshop:  

 Space is limited.  You must register to attend. If you have any additional inquiries please contact Ms. Tonda Shine (MEC Retention Counselor) at