As we begin the Fall 2012 semester, it is an ideal time to reflect upon your educational goals and to think about how you will go about achieving them to make this your most successful academic year yet. For those of you interested in applying to one of our Medical Education programs in the Spring 2013 semester, one of the success strategies you may wish to employ is early preparation of your Allied Health or Nursing application package, which for some means gathering a few extra required documents.
If you were not already aware, a couple of the programs offered at the Medical Education Campus require that students submit additional documentation along with their admission application. In particular, Dental Hygiene and all Nursing program tracks require submission of your high school transcript showing date of graduation and, for Nursing, specific coursework with final grades. To answer a common question we advisors frequently hear: Yes, submission of a high school transcript for these programs is required regardless of whether or not a student has previous college credit or has already earned a college degree.
Because there could be delay in obtaining your high school transcript for any number of reasons, you will want to begin this process early so that you will have a complete admission package when it comes time to apply to your program of interest. Those of you who have graduated from a high school within the United States will want to begin by contacting your high school and inquiring about the steps you need to take to have an official transcript mailed to you or how you may be able to pick one up. If you earned a GED and need to request the certificate, you will want to contact the Department of Education in your home state and request an official copy be mailed to you.
For international students, you will also want to begin by contacting your high school and inquiring about the steps required to request and obtain an official transcript; however, prior to submitting them to NOVA, you will need to have them translated and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by one of the agencies listed in the following document: http://www.nvcc.edu/campuses-and-centers/medical/academic-divisions/info-session/_assets/files/InternationalTranscriptsContactList.pdf.
*NOVA will only accept international high school transcripts that have been translated and evaluated.
We understand that in some situations it may be difficult to obtain your international transcripts and to have them evaluated for U.S. equivalence. Under these circumstances, a student will need to take the General Education Development (GED) test and, if you are applying for admission to any of the Nursing tracks, complete the following courses either by taking classes at NVCC or through Nursing ABC: BIO 101, CHM 101, and MTT 4 or higher.
Further information about studying for and taking the GED is available at: http://www.vaged.vcu.edu/
To explore the opportunity to complete courses through Nursing ABC, please visit: www.nursingabc.com.
So, remember: plan ahead, prepare early, and make this your most successful academic year yet! Best of luck in all of your academic endeavors!