All posts by MEC Counselor

New! TEAS Prep Courses!

If you have been diligently preparing to apply to the Traditional Nursing Track or the Online Hybrid Nursing Track at the MEC, then you are aware of how important it is to do your absolute best on the TEAS. To excel at taking the TEAS and becoming the most competitive Nursing applicant you can be, be sure to take advantage of the following TEAS Preparation sessions being offered through Workforce Development this Fall 2013 semester! For further information, please contact the Medical Education Campus Workforce Development office at (703) 822-6523.

 NEW! TEAS Preparation for English

This course is an intensive review to prepare students to ta the English and language Usage section of the Test Essential Academic skills (TEAS).  This will offer an opportunity to become familiar with the format of the exam.  The instructor will support your review of grammar, word meaning, punctuation and sentence structure. 

Medical Education Campus

Mon & Wed       Sept 16 – Sept 25                                6-9pm

 NEW! TEAS Preparation for Reading

This course is an intensive review to prepare students to take the Reading section of the Test Essential Academic skills (TEAS).  This will offer an opportunity to become familiar with the format of the exam.  The instructor will support your review of reading and informational source comprehension. 

Medical Education Campus

Mon & Wed       Sept 30 – Oct 9                                    6-9pm

 NEW! TEAS Preparation for Math

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

 Medical Education Campus

Mon & Wed       Oct 21 – Oct 30                                    6-9pm

MDL 295: Phlebotomy for Healthcare Professionals

The Phlebotomy department will be offering a pilot course for summer called MDL 295: Phlebotomy for Healthcare Professionals. This course is for current MEC students or currently working medical professionals who want or need to learn basic Phlebotomy skills. It is a combination of lecture and lab practice, but there is no clinical component and does not make students eligible to obtain certification.

The course will be offered during the second 6-week session, and will accept 15 students. It is open registration, first-come/first-served; students may sign-up for the course on NovaConnect beginning April 1.


EMS Fall Registration for Intermediate and Paramedic begins MAY 3rd

EMS Fall registration is about to begin. EMS students seeking to advance onto intermediate and paramedic levels, will vie for the few open slots in their programs. It is a pure sprint to the finish line and the only way to enter the race is by being program placed before May 3rd.   Fall registration begins May 3rd at 00:01HRS, 12:01am . Classes will fill quickly, and new sections will not be added.

In order for an EMS student to be program placed they must submit an EMS Education Worksheet. They must also meet all requirements.  In order to guarantee their program placement happens in time, students will need to submit their worksheet by April 24th.  This allows our office a seven business day turnaround time to process the form.

Spark Notes Version of this post

  • EMS Fall Registration opens May 3rd at 12:01am (00:01)
  • EMS Education worksheets should be submitted by April 24th to guarantee they will be processed in time.
    • After April 24th, we cannot guarantee program placement by May 3rd  ( not to mean it won’t happen, just not likely by May 3rd)

What Happens to my Application to the (insert program name) Once I Send it in?

This is a question that is often asked by nervous students getting ready to submit.  Applicants imagine a dark nebulous hole that engulfs their application and consumes their hopes of getting in.  Often they think that an application is passed over, forgotten or lost in some drawer.  In reality every application that is received by student services is vetted by several individuals. It is the general practice that any application which does not meet the requirements be checked by at least two people.

Once an application has been vetted one of a few things occurs depending on the program. In general the applicant receives an email stating that their application has been received and is in process. Any missing requirements are noted in the initial email that goes out.  Students are encouraged to ask questions at this stage. If there has been an error their application is rechecked and corrected right away.  The best way for an applicant to resolve an issue would be to respond to the email they received.

RAD 100 Transitioning to RAD 105

Starting for Spring 2013 registration RAD 100 will be converting to RAD 105. Students working towards completing their course pre-admission requirements for the Radiography program, who have not yet taken RAD 100, will now need to search for and enroll in RAD 105.

Not to worry, students who have already completed RAD 100 in preparation to apply to the Radiography program will not need to retake RAD 105 to fulfill pre-admission requirements.

New Occupational Therapy Assistant Program!

Beginning Fall of 2012, the MEC will be accepting completed applications to be considered for admission to our exciting new Occupational Therapy Assistant program, which will be officially starting January 2013!

Occupational Therapy is the art and science of helping impaired individuals meet a level of independence needed to perform the roles necessary to live a productive life (occupation) within their environment. These tasks may include: work tasks, play/leisure tasks, or self-care tasks.

What exactly does a career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant entail, you ask? As an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) you will work under the supervision of Occupational Therapists to provide rehabilitative services to individuals across the lifespan who have mental, physical, developmental, and/or emotional difficulties. The goal of the OTA is to help clients be able to successfully perform daily activities that promote improved quality of life.

OTAs may work in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, nursing facilities, outpatient/private practice, and academia, and can look forward to enjoying a number of perks including flexible work hours, good salary, job security, and, most important, a fun and rewarding career path.

Some fun facts to consider about OTA:

  • Employment is expected to increase by 30% through 2018!
  • 94% of OTA graduates were able to secure a job within 8 weeks of graduation
  • Median annual salary: $48,230/year
  • Shortage of OTAs = increased likelihood of better salary, sign-on bonuses, tuition reimbursement

To be considered for admission to the OTA program, you must first:

  • Complete the NOVA/VCCS application
  • Attend an OTA Information Session
  • Submit High School Diploma or GED
  • Earn a curricular GPA of 2.5 or greater at last school attended (minimum of 13 credits)
  • Complete ENG 111
  • Complete HLT 141 
  • Complete SDV 101 or equivalent
  • Complete BIO 141 – “C” or higher (NAS 161 will be accepted)
  • Complete BIO 142 – “C” or higher (NAS 162 will be accepted)
  • Qualify for placement into MTH 151 or higher on NOVA Math placement tests or transfer equivalent college credit.
  • Complete 16 hours of observation time/volunteer/and/or paid work time with OT/COTA
  • Submit your application within the application period: September 4, 2012 – October 19, 2012

It is important to be aware that applicants to the OTA program are not guaranteed entrance into the program. For the January 2013  cohort, qualified applicants will be accepted based on an approved competitive admissions process. The competitive admissions process will include:

  1. Meeting all of the above admission requirements in full.
  2. Viewing the total number of observation hours in clinical settings.
  3. Viewing the total number of working hours as a rehabilitation technician or therapy aide.
  4. Viewing if a Career Sciences Certification is earned.
  5. Viewing BIO 141 and BIO 142 grades.
  6. Video Interview.

To review the Allied Health Application and for information session dates and times, please see: