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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.

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

You can access the Health Sciences and Nursiapplicationton 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. 


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

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

 

Career Corner Sept 2019

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. Princess Diana

Creating Your Brand

Personal branding is creating a professional and personal reputation. How you want people to see you as a person and a colleague. It helps bring to light your goals and how you will achieve them as a person.

Employees will google you, they will build an image of you online, resume, phone interview, ad in-person interview

  1. Determine your emotional appeal
    • How do I make people feel?
    • How would someone describe me?
    • Make a list of words to describe you.
  2. Determine your description of what or who your brand is for
    • What industry (e.g. healthcare)
    • Target Market (look for common terms used in your specific field)
  3. Determine your function what do you do
    1. What transferable skills/skills do you have to bring to the position.
  4. Put it all together to create your professional summary
How to begin to prepare for job placement now

Journal Writing

will not only help you reflect on your day, but will also help gather your experiences to draw from when interviewing.

Soft skills in Healthcare:

Empathy, communication, team player, strong work ethic, positivity, and flexibility are all needed in the healthcare industry. While on clinical you will need to shine in these skills.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/healthcare-importance-soft-skills-dan-hobson-healthcare-recruitment-

Am I a competitive applicant?

FAQ

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.

 

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.

As stated in the NOVA catalog, Health Sciences students are accepted on either a competitive or a first-come/first served basis with priority given to: (1) legal residents domiciled in the cities and counties supporting the College, (2) other Virginia legal residents, (3) out-of-state applicants, and (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.

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 2018 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 Unavailable Varies Unavailable
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

2019 Nursing Required Attachments

FAQ

Updated 03/19/2019

For the 2019 Fall Nursing program application, the following must be included in your online submission. You should only submit the following items unless otherwise directed to do so by the application team via email.

  • ATI TEAS results
  • High School Transcript
    • You can scan your high school transcript and save it as a PDF.  This high school pdf document should be attached to your application if you have not already submitted in the past.
    • Do not assume that NOVA has your transcript. UNless you provided it NOVA will not have it.

If you have already submitted a high school transcript you are not required to do so again. However, ATI TEAS must always be attached to your application submission.

 

Background Check

DO NOT attach any information about the background check The nursing department is given this information directly by Castlebranch.  

 

 

Visit our FAQ on the application and ATI TEAS for more information

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.