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Why your application might get marked ineligible

Applications are compared to the criteria established by a program by Student Services staff. If an applicant does not meet the minimum standards, an advisor will mark that application ineligible. This excludes that applicant from the ranking and pool of applicants that will be considered for admission into a program.  It is essential that an applicant satisfies all minimum criteria before they proceed with any application.

Reasons your application may have been flagged ineligible include:

A required prerequisite course was

    • not taken

OR

    • if taken did not meet the minimum grade requirement

OR

    • if taken at another college not transferred

OR

  • if taken at another college than not transferred as the required course ( student assigned BIO EEE for example)

OR

  • College Science course is more than ten years old

Failure to provide required documentation along with your application

    • Attaching ATI TEAS results TO the application
    • Attaching wrong ATI result to the online application
    • Failure to attach requested high school documentation (Nursing and Dental Assisting)
      • International High School Documents not evaluated by an evaluation agency such as www.ece.org or www.ierf.org
      • Required high school courses grades below C ( nursing only)
    • Did not submit OTA observation hours via the online application
    • Did not Submit PTA observation form via certified mail

Did not meet the minimum number of observation hours

For programs that require observation hours failing to meet their minimum will result in an application being marked ineligible.

Did not attend a mandatory in-person information session or provided wrong information session code

For programs with mandatory in-person information sessions, not having gone or not having gone within the last year, is grounds for being marked ineligible.

Did not meet a minimum testing requirement

  • ATI TEAS minimum was not meet for a specific program
  • minimum math placement scores not met

GPA below the minimum established by a program

  • GPA at last school attended and/or NOVA GPA below the established minimum.

ATI TEAS taken outside of applicable period

For Fall 2019 Nursing applicants TEAS scores must be from the period December 3rd 2018 to March 20 2019. Any scores from outside of that period will not be considered.

Test Scores are older than allowed for your program. Please check our ATI TEAS post for the time frames.

 

If your application was marked ineligible, it will have been for one of the above reasons. Students are invited to correct any errors they may have made and apply during the subsequent application period for their desired program of study.

Please review our FAQ to learn how to avoid any pitfalls that will prevent your application from being considered in the future.

You can learn how to be a competitive applicant here.

Physical Therapist Assistant Application

FAQ

The first priority period for the 2019 Fall Physical Therapist Assistant program opens March 15, 2019, and closes March 30, 2019.

Only submissions sent via the Online Health Science and Nursing Application will be processed.  Physical Applications mailed via certified mail will not be processed.

You can access the Health Sciences and Nursing application HERE


Prerequisite Course Requirements

  • BIO 141 and BIO 142- Anatomy and Physiology 1&2 OR NAS 150-Human Biology with a grade of B or better
  • HLT 141 or HIM 111- Medical Terminology with a B or better
  • ENG 111 College Composition or higher with a B or Better

Observation Hours

In addition, you must complete a minimum of FOUR clinical observation hours with a PT or PTA.

Clinical Observation hours must be mailed via certified mail in advance of the deadline for the period you are applying to.

DO NOT OPEN AND SCAN OBSERVATION HOUR FORMS. They must be mailed in via certified mail.  Only Hours received by the priority period deadline will be counted. 

Attn: Student Services Room 202
6699 Springfield Center Drive
Springfield, VA 22150


Testing Requirements

The program requires that you satisfy two different Testing requirements.

  1. Take and pass the VPT Math Placement test at the MT 154 level or higher OR complete developmental math to qualify you for MT 154 or higher OR transfer MT 154 or higher to the college.
  2. Take and pass the ATI TEAS exam with a minimum score of 50% in the English, Reading and Human Anatomy and Physiology subsection of the Science portion.
    1. It is important that a student submit their full results packet with their PTA application. Directions on how to download results can be found HERE. Failure to do so will result in a delay in the processing of an application.

Lastly, only students that have attended one of the mandatory in-person workshops within the last year will be considered for admission.


Attachments

The only attachment that should be included with your PTA Application is a PDF version of your ATI TEAS Results.  Please do not attach additional items unless specifically instructed to do so.

Competitive criteria can be found HERE

What’s “Mindset” got to do with it?

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What’s “Mindset” Got to do with it?

Vicky Krug is an Associate Professor of College Literacy, Psychology, Critical Thinking and Freshman Experience at Westmoreland County Community College and the Community College of Allegheny County. Her most recent graduate degree is from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Education in Mind, Brain and Teaching. She is currently pursuing another Masters from Hopkins; this one in Liberal Arts. She has studied at Seton Hill University, The University of Pittsburgh, California University and Boston University in Education; Social Work, Psychology and Neuroeducation. She enjoys bicycling, kayaking, traveling, reading, learning and being with people. With advances in technology, neurological research findings, and ever-increasing diversity of our population, life seems ever more complex. Teaching, learning, leadership and living life can be improved and enhanced if we have the appropriate “Mindset”.

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Dental Hygiene Program Looking for Patients

FREE DENTAL CLEANING AND COMPENSATION

  • Haven’t had a cleaning in over 4 years?
  • Don’t floss and have VISIBLE calculus (tartar build up)?
  • Do not have decayed teeth? (small cavities ok)
  • Are between the ages of 21-35?
  • No missing teeth, no dental implants or crowns! (Missing wisdom teeth ok)
  • Do not have advanced periodontal disease (slight is ok)

If YES TO ALL OF THE ABOVE, YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR:

  • A free deep cleaning/ comprehensive evaluation (over $1200 value), free electric toothbrush ($100 value) and additional compensation upon approval/qualification.

 

NOVA College’s graduating Dental Hygiene students need Board licensing exam patients. Starting March 2019 every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11:30 and 1-3:30 for screenings and X-rays and Friday, April 12th for the actual licensing exam) except during NOVA’s spring break 3/11-3/15

 

  • Potential candidates MUST BE RELIABLE and live in the Northern Virginia area; students, staff, family, and friends all welcome!

 

TO BE SCREENED PLEASE EMAIL:

Narges at novascleanteeth@gmail.com.

(After email, phone number of dental hygiene student will be given for an appointment time)

 

Address:

NOVA MEC Campus 6699 Springfield Center Dr.  Springfield, VA 22150

 

MEC ACADEMIC SUCCESS TUTORING CENTER SCHEDULE SPRING 2019

MEC Tutoring Center

 

  • All face-to-tutoring sessions will be held at the Tutoring Center in room 106 unless otherwise indicated.
  • All online tutoring sessions will be held via the link from the appointment slot. If you choose an online session, from your computer/device, click on the link approximately 5-10 minutes before the start of your session. Then, open the appointment and click on the “Meet Me” link to start the session with your Tutor. Note: Online drop-in hours end at posted end time! If you log-in one minute before the end of the session time, you will have one minute with the Tutor accordingly.
  • You can schedule an appointment no more than 14 days in advance.

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Kathleen Odigé, Academic Success Center Coordinator at kodige@nvcc.edu

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TUTOR SUBJECTS TUTORED MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
Arturo PTH Courses ·         10A-12P, (Walk-In)

·         12-2P (By Appointment)

Bill EMS-Basic ·         2-5P  (Walk-in)

 

1-5P (By Appointment)
Dasha 1st-year DNH courses, DNA courses ·         4-7P (Walk-in) ·         7-8A  (By Appointment)

·         4-7P (By Appointment)

·         4-6P (By Appointment)
Dereje BIO 141-142, CHM 111-112, Statistics, 1st year RAD courses ·         6-9P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment) ·         4-5P (By Appointment) ·         6-9P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment) ·         3-5P (Group, By Appointment)
Jana Coding courses ·         4-6P  (Walk-in)

·         6-7P (By Appointment)

Lwam 1st year RTH courses ·         9A-12P (Walk-in)

·         12-1P (By Appointment)

·         9A-1P (By Appointment)
Marley OCT courses ·         5-8P ( Online on a computer~  Drop-in) ·         5-6P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment) ·         5-8P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment) ·         5-8P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment)
Maryam MDL courses, MTT-Pre-Calculus, BIO 141-142 ·         1-3P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment)
Nancy Effective Communication in Healthcare, Study Skills, General TEAS guidance, Writing ·         10A-2P(Walk-in) ·         10A-2P(Walk-in) ·         10A-2P(Walk-in) ·         10A-2P(Walk-in)
Narges 1st-year DNH courses, DNA courses ·         4-8P (By Appointment) ·         4-7P (Walk-in) ·         7-8P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment) ·         3-6P (Group in HE 329) (Walk-in)
Nelly MDL courses ·         7-9P  ( Online on a computer~  By appointment)
Sharmeen ACC 211, ECO 202, HIM 111, HIM141-142, HIM 200, HIM220, MTT, MTH 154, Writing ·         1-4P (Walk-in) ·         10A-4P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment) ·         10A-9P 10A-9P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment) ·         10A-9P 10A-9P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment)

 

Am I a competitive applicant?

FAQ

Updated 5/28/2019

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
Dental Hygiene
  • Grades received in science courses
  • completion of general education courses
  • TEAS Results
  • Dental Work Experience
Approximately 32 2019 Information Session
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • The final grade in BIO 141, BIO 142, MTH 154 and PHY 101
  • Highest Scores of all attempts on the English, Reading, and Math sections of the TEAS
  • Additional points for current RT(r), RVT RDMS or RDCS licensure
  • 14 General
  • 6 Echocardiography
  • 6 Vascular
2019 Application Requirements
Medical Lab Technology
  • TEAS score
  • Work Experience Certification
    • AAMA Certified Medical Assistant
    • ASCP BOC certified Phlebotomist
    • NAACLS Approved Clinical Assistant
    • Prerequisite course grades
    • Completion of corequisites
    • MDL 100 Grade
Varies MLT Program Student Handbook
Nursing Applicants are ranked by prerequisite courses and test listed below

    • BIO 141
    • PSY 230
    • TEAS scores

In addition, they are assigned extra points for the  completion of their  general education co-requisite courses (not required for application) 

    • BIO 142
    • BIO 150
    • CST elective [229, 110, 115, 126]
    • Humanities elective
Varies Nursing Brochure 
Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Grades in BIO 141 and BIO 142
  • The number of observation hours and/or work hours with an OT or OTA based on signed and dated form(s). Points are awarded after completing 25 hours or more.
  • Earned a Health Science Career Studies Certificate
  • Video Statement
Varies Information Session
Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Priority Period
  • Grades in anatomy and physiology
  • Grades in medical terminology
  • The Number of observation hours
  • Variety of Clinical settings for observation hours
Varies Information Session
Radiography
  • The final grade in BIO 141, BIO 142 and RAD 105
  • Highest Scores of all attempts on the English, Reading, and Math sections of the TEAS
  • Completion of  humanities, social science and HLT 141( or HIM 111 or MEdical Terminology ABLE exam)
40 2019 Application Requirements
Respiratory Therapy
  • Grades in BIO 141, BIO 142
  • GPA
  • Completion of a college level math course
  • Completion of co-requisite courses
25 Information Session

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:

  1. Legal residents domiciled in the cities and counties supporting the College
  2. Other Virginia legal residents
  3. Out-of-state applicants
  4. 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.

 

 


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It’s Spring Blood Drive Time!!

NOVA MEC/INOVA BLOOD DRIVE

 Thursday, March 7, 2019

11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Reminder- Fall 2019 Phlebotomy Application Opens March 1

The application window for the Phlebotomy Program opens March 1 at 12:01 AM.  Students are accepted on a first come first served basis. Please make sure that you have an active NOVA student account and have reviewed the information session before submitting. All entry requirements must be satisfied at the time of submission to avoid an application being marked incomplete.

 

Students must have a GPA of 2.0 and qualify for ENG 111 to be eligible for the program.

Visit our Online application FAQ for questions related to the application.