One of the most common questions that come into the office is, “Am I a competitive applicant?” The answer is almost always it varies. Some programs might accept all eligible applicants one year, and the next only have room for 10% of the qualified applicant pool.
That question is also tied to its sister, “Why was I not accepted.” Due to the limited availability of clinical rotations, our programs can only accept but so many students. This will mean that many well-qualified applicants will apply, but not all will be admitted. Students meeting that just meets the minimum requirements are the most at risk of not being accepted. Likewise, if you were a well qualified applicant, but applied to a high demand program it may be that your domicile status placed you behind other students.
So how do you get in?
Some programs outline the criteria that are used to rank and select their students. Where available we have included the criteria used by a program. In general science courses and/or prerequisite courses and ATI TEAS scores are used to rank students. That, however, is not the case for all programs. Where available we have indicated a programs competitive criteria and source of information for your review.
Letters of recommendation resumes and personal statements are not used in the admissions decision for any program.
|Program||Competitive Criteria||Number Accepted||source|
||Approximately 32||2018 Information Session|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonography||
||2019 Application Requirements|
|Medical Lab Technology||
||Varies||MLT Program Student Handbook|
|Occupational Therapy Assistant||
|Physical Therapist Assistant||
||40||2019 Application Requirements|
Admission Policy for Limited Enrollment Programs
Due to limited laboratory, classroom and/or clinical space, certain programs have restricted enrollment. As stated in the NOVA catalog, students are accepted on either a competitive or a first-come/first served basis.
Priority is given to:
- Legal residents domiciled in the cities and counties supporting the College
- Other Virginia legal residents
- Out-of-state applicants
- International students requiring form I-20.
Category 1 may include areas in which clinical affiliates have contractual agreements with NOVA or students from other VCCS service areas whose community college does not offer the specific program.
Residency and citizenship/visa status will be verified using the current information on file in the Student Information System (SIS). Level I and II domiciliary decisions and appeals are reviewed and determined by Campus Registrar and Dean of Students. Applicants may be asked to provide additional information or documentation before acceptance to the program is considered.
How your domicile relates to rankings
If a program received enough eligible applicants from the first priority group, no students from the subsequent groups will be accepted. Regardless of how competitive they are otherwise. As a result, your likelihood of acceptance as an out of state or “F-1” student drops as the applicant pool grows. However, there have been students accepted from every priority group among the programs offered at the Medical Education Campus.