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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-

All about the ATI TEAS at NOVA

Updated: 5/13/2019

FAQ

  • Preparing for the TEAS
  • How to pay to take the TEAS at NOVA
  • Minimum scores by program
  • Submitting your TEAS to NOVA
  • TEST OF ESSENTIAL ACADEMIC SKILLS BREAKDOWN  OF ATI TEAS

 

Preparing for the TEAS

The TEAS exam is a proprietary exam offered by the ATI Testing company. They have developed their own study resources for students to review. You can find them on their TEAS homepage. If you have taken the ATI TEAS test before, you can create a  My Results. Within the My Results area of your account, next to your score report, you can create a Focused Review. A Focused Review is an online review tool that aligns question topics missed and the relevant study materials for your review.

NOVA Libraries has a large assortment of TEAS preparation materials available for checkout.  Including the official ATI TEAS study manual.  These materials are available free of charge to NOVA students. You can also get some good tips from the testing centers “Tips for Taking the Test of Essential Academic Skills” document. 

Students also find it helpful to prepare by reviewing other exams.  The Medical Education Campus Tutoring Center has a list of excellent resources for students to help prepare them for an exam.

How to pay to take the TEAS at NOVA

If your program requires that you take the TEAS, visit the Medical Education Campus Application website. Click on “Health Sciences & Nursing TEAS Information” to learn about paying for and taking the ATI TEAS. This includes the form link to receive an access code required to register for the test at the MEC Testing Center.

You will only be able to register for the ATI TEAS at NOVA with this link.  Your request for an access code needs to be submitted 24 to 48 hours before when you plan on taking the exam.

Once you have the code you can pay for and register for the ATI TEAS test. This will allow you to come into the MEC Testing center to take the test.  The Testing Center administers test on a walk-in basis only.  Checking the MEC Testing Center website for hours.

 

What to bring on test day

Please arrive at the testing center with either your NOVA student ID card or government-issued photo identification. No other items should be brought to the testing center on the day of the exam.

When are results given

Results are printed and presented to the student immediately after the test is complete.  Score reports are also available online via the www.atitesting.com website.


Minimum scores by program

 

Program Sections
required
Minimum score
per section
Does it factor into the competitive ranking? SCORES
ARE GOOD
FOR
Department Document Retest waiting
period*
Retest Policy**
Dental Hygiene Reading
Math
Science
English
50%; higher scores are
more competitive
Yes Three Years DNH 1 month 3 times/year
(January – December)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Reading
Math
English
50% per required section Yes Three Years DMS 1 month 3 times/year
(January – December)
Medical Laboratory Technology Reading
Math
English
No minimum score
required; higher scores are
more competitive
Yes Three Years MDL 1 month 3 times/year
(January – December)
Nursing Reading
Math
Science
English
73% Reading
65% Math
52% Science
62% English
higher scores are more
competitive
Yes Three Years NUR 1 month 3 times/year
(January – December)
Physical Therapist Assistant Reading
English
Science
50% in Reading and
English; 50% in Anatomy
& Physiology section of
Science; combined score of
50% on English, Reading
& Science
No Three Years PTA 1 month 3 times/year
(January – December)
Radiography Reading
Math
English
50%; higher scores are
more competitive
Yes Three Years RAD 1 month 3 times/year
(January – December)
* If retest date falls on a holiday or weekend, the retest date will be the following business day
** Applicants may only test up to 3 times in a calendar year regardless of testing location or program

Submitting your TEAS to NOVA

When  to submit your TEAS

Your ATI TEAS results must be attached to the application.  Therefore the deadline to take and submit the TEAS test is when you are submitting your application.

How to submit your TEAS

The new online application allows you to attach documents. You can download a copy of your report directly from www.ATItesting.com website.  Log into your ATI account, under the main menu select My Results, click on the exam attempt and then the download report on the top right of the website.

 

 

What it should look like

*PTA students should attach the full report. The anatomy scores are not on the main page. 

What it should not look like

 

Also not this

Submitting your TEAS

If you have already submitted an application, simply open the confirmation email that was sent to you, scroll down and click on “View Request”. This will allow you to open your application and attach your TEAS Results.

This will take you back to the application where you can attach more files.

Please note that when attaching documents to the application after your initial submission, you will not see a new submit button. Your application automatically updates when you click “Attach This File”.


TEST OF ESSENTIAL ACADEMIC SKILLS BREAKDOWN  OF ATI TEAS

ATI TEAS Format:

The ATI TEAS test is comprised of 170 questions set up in a multiple-choice format with four-option answers. Questions are designed to test the basic academic skills you will need to perform in class in the areas of: Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language Usage.

170


QUESTIONS

209


MINUTES
Reading Mathematics Science English and Language Usage
Number of Questions 53 36 53 28
Time Limit (Minutes) 64 min 54 min 63 min 28 min
Specific Content Covered
  • Key ideas and details
  • Craft and structure
  • Integration of knowledge & ideas
  • Numbers and algebra
  • Measurement and data
  • Human anatomy & physiology
  • Life and physical sciences
  • Scientific reasoning
  • Conventions of standard English
  • Knowledge of language
  • Vocabulary acquisition

source: https://www.atitesting.com/teas/teas-exam 

Online Health Science and Nursing application

Updated 03/26/2019

FAQ

Starting with the 2019 application cycle, students will be required to submit applications to all Health Science and Nursing Programs online.

Visit our general FAQ for other application related questions.

Where to Find the Application

The application is available on the Medical Education Campus Application Homepage. Only submissions via the new Health Science and Nursing Application will be accepted and reviewed. Any mailed submissions will not be reviewed.

The application has been optimized mobile and will allow you to submit with any smartphone.

Troubleshooting

My name or address is wrong

Students should go to their Student Center on NovaConnect (SIS) to update their mailing address. If your name has changed please visit any campus Student Services Center to update your name. Please make sure your personal information is correct in NovaConnect (SIS) prior to submitting any application.

I can’t log in

A valid MyNOVA username and password will be needed to access the online application. If you’re unable to log into MyNOVA, reset your password or contact the IT Help Desk.

I’m not able to submit

If your program application window has not yet opened, you will not be able to apply. Please refer to your program page for details on application windows.

 

You must also fill out all required fields and provide an information session code where required. Please note that not all programs require an information session code.

Inactive NOVA student Account

If your NOVA student account is not active, you will not be able to submit the application. You will need to apply to NOVA and activate your account.   This must be done 24 hours before you plan on applying to the program.

Attachments

Students will be able to submit any required attachments via the new online application. Campus computer labs are available to students that do not have access to a scanner or scanning app on their mobile phones. The application has been optimized for mobile which allows you to use your phone camera to attach documents from within the mobile browser.

If you forgot to attach something an adviser will notify you via email to provide the missing documentation before your application is processed any further.

External College Transcripts must be submitted four to eight weeks prior to the application deadline. Do not attach external college transcripts to the application. Visit, the College Records Office website to learn how to transfer external courses to NOVA.

I forgot to attach an Item

If you forgot to attach an item, go to the confirmation email that was sent to you. Click on the View Request link and you will be able to access your application and attach additional items. Do not submit a duplicate application.

Physical Therapy Assistant Observation form

Students applying to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program are still required to mail their unopened clinical observation hours to 6699 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield VA 22150 Suite 202 using certified USPS mail or Fedex/UPS with tracking.

Programs Covered by new Application

  • Clinical Data Coding
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography (all specialties)
  • Emergency Medical Services (all specialties)
  • Health Information Management
  • Medical Laboratory Assisting
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy Assistant
  • Phlebotomy
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Therapy

HOW DO I TAKE THE TEAS AT NOVA?

If your program requires that you take the TEAS, visit the Medical Education Campus Testing website. There you will complete a form via the link “Paying for the TEAS Test”. Testing center staff will respond with the access code required to pay for the test at the MEC Testing Center.  You should submit your request for an access code 24 to 48 hours prior to when you plan on taking the exam.

Don’t Sell Yourself Sold Short

NOVA_HP_StartThe number one mistake you can make is never trying.  If you have met the stated requirements for a program you should submit an application. You will never be penalized for applying to many times to a program. Some years our programs are highly competitive, while in other years we accept a significant portion of our applicants. In any case, you are best served by applying when you have completed your prerequisites.

Remember never sell yourself short.

MEC NOVA TRANSFER TALK

The programs the Medical Education Campus offers are Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS).  According to the NOVA College Catalog, “Transfer is NOT the primary purpose of an AAS, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career – oriented programs to selected senior institutions.”
So, although transfer is not the main focus of MEC programs, there are opportunities for MEC students to transfer after obtaining their AAS degree.
NOVA TRANSFER
It is important to be aware of these opportunities so you, as an MEC student, can make the best choices about your education. Here are some examples:
  • AAS RN to BSN
  • Allied Health degrees to BS Health Science
  • AAS Dental hygiene to  BS Dental Hygiene
  • AAS OTA to BS OTA
Speak with your faculty advisor, visit the NOVA transfer site, or contact your school of interest to research potential transfer options in your career area.  Also, stop by transfer tables and speak with school representatives when they visit MEC.  This will help you make good course choices now, to make transfer attainable in the future.