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Information on MEC Program Admissions

Changes for the 2019 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Note: The updated online information session reflecting these changes will be posted to the DMS website after July 1.

New PHY 101 Requirement

PHY 195 Physics for Sonographers is being discontinued after the Spring 2018 semester. The new requirement will be PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I or a higher physics. For students that have already taken it, the DMS department will continue to accept PHY 195 for the 2018 and 2019 application periods only.
Beginning with the 2020 application cycle, only PHY 101 or a higher physics will be accepted.

New MTH 154 Requirement

The math courses within the Virginia Community College System are changing and MTH 151 Math for Liberal Arts is being discontinued. The new requirement will be MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning. For students that have already taken it, the DMS department will continue to accept MTH 151 for the 2018 and 2019 application periods only.
Beginning with the 2020 application cycle, only MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning or a higher Math will be accepted.

DMS Advising Workshop

Applicants must have attended at least one DMS Advising Workshop within the previous 18 months to apply to the program. This workshop is required and replaces the former DMS 100 pre-requisite course. The workshop will be held 5 times per year.

Application Process

Applications to the program are now accepted via email. Directions are available in the Allied Health Application.
Echocardiography Pathway
The DMS Echocardiography pathway may be starting in fall 2018. A previous Bachelor’s degree in any field will also be required once this pathway is started.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Department
May 15, 2018

Nursing 2019 Program Admission Requirements

The nursing department will be updating their application requirements for the 2019 application cycle.  The main change pertains to the ATI TEAS testing requirements.

NEW TEAS REQUIREMENTS

  • Students must take all 4 Sections:
    • Reading,
    • Math
    • Science
    • English
  • Student must receive a minimum
    • Total Score of 68%
    • Minimum Reading Score of 73%
  • TEAS Exam can only be taken twice in an application cycle and must ONLY be taken at NOVA MEC Testing Center

PREREQUISITE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

[Same as 2018 application requirements]

  • ENG 111 (English Composition)
  • BIO 141 (Anatomy & Physiology I)
  • BIO 142 (Anatomy & Physiology II)
  • PSY 230 (Developmental Psychology)
  • SDV 101 (Orientation to Healthcare)

HIGH SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS

[Same as 2018 application requirements]

  • “C” GRADE OR HIGHER on all courses, ” C- ” are not acceptable
  • Student must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Algebra or MTH 154 or higher
  • Biology or BIO 101
  • Chemistry or CHM 101

 

Have questions:  Use our question submission form or  email our office at meccounselor@nvcc.edu .

2019 Dental Hygiene Curriculum Changes

The Dental Hygiene will update their homepage to reflect the new entry requirements. Here is a preview of those changes.

NEW Science Prerequisites Requirements

  • BIO 141 (Anatomy & Physiology I)
  • BIO 142 (Anatomy & Physiology II)
  • BIO 150 (Introduction to Microbiology) or BIO 205 (Microbiology)

NAS 161, 162 will be accepted if completed no more than 4 years prior to application.


NEW General Education Requirements

  • Humanities/Fine Art (Approved List (3 credit course)) 
  • SOC 200 (Principles of Sociology)

( PSY 200 or PSY 201 will be accepted if completed in 4 years prior to application)

  • No CST 229 (Intercultural Communication)
  • No PED 116 (Lifetime Fitness and Wellness)

 


 

MEC Open House

Have you ever wondered what the MEC is like, and what to expect in your courses here? Come and find out. Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus will be hosting an Open House, featuring interactive demonstrations by every department and campus tours. Those that register by October 2nd are eligible to win an iPad Mini! Register Now at: https://mecopenhouse2015.eventbrite.com

 

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Transcript evaluation- What will Transfer?

If you have attended college prior to NOVA, you should request your official transcript from each institution attended. Additionally for  Nursing applicants you should  request your high school records as well. In order to know what will officially  transfer to NOVA, you must have each transcript evaluated by the College Records Office.  Simply submit your official transcript at any campus along with a Transcript Evaluation Request form (125-049).  The process takes approximately four to six weeks.

It is pertinent that you begin this process as soon as possible.   If you have other types of transfer credit such as AP, IB , ClEP follow the same steps.


If you would like to know what will transfer to NOVA, you may use the Transfer Credit Evaluation database maintained by the College Records Office.  


 

Please be aware that NOVA will only accept transfer credit from other universities that have been accredited by one of the following agencies.

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Middle States
  • Commission of Higher Education
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  •  Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Please note that NOVA does not accept transfer credit from schools accredited by: Association Of Independent Colleges And Universities or National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities. 


 

 

 

5 Reasons to Love the MEC

1

You’ll never have to walk far to get to your next class. The MEC is three floors brimming with next generation teaching tools, and world class labs.


2

Don’t want to drive?  With shuttle services running throughoutΕ the day, you’re never more than a 10 minute ride from the Franconia-Springfield Metro. Just show your NOVA ID and ride for free.


3

Our one stop shop has everything you might need in one office. Need Financial aid, Disability services or advising? Come to room 202.


4

Our student activities office is active and our clubs keep our students engaged with one another and the community. Stop by 116 to find out more.


5

Need your coffee? We’ve got that too. Our on campus Starbucks is always there to keep you caffeinated.

Math the Final Frontier:

 

On most days I’ll have at least one or two students sitting across from me with this very common problem. They’ve completed everything in order to apply and they still need to pass the math placement test, or in the case of our nursing students the math placement test and the TEAS (Nursing Pre-Admission) test.  You can see the frustration hang in clouds around them as they come to the common issue of mastering math before a deadline.  Let us call these two students Sigma (∑) and Mu (µ).

“Do I really need to do this?” Mu asked with a
hopeful glance that I will say no. “Is there someone I can talk to” Sigma plaintively asked, looking to be absolved from the burden of dealing with math.  Again I have to break the news that no, they must meet all established requirements.  Math for most of the allied health and nursing programs is not something to be taken lightly. The placement test requirement is there to make sure a student is well equipped to deal with the mathematical concepts present in the different disciplines.  As such it must be taken to heart that passing the test is not just meeting a requirement, but signaling that you are at least in part ready to tackle the challenge ahead.

Sigma stirs and says, “I’ve completed a degree….I don’t need to take the placement test do I?”  The short answer is always yes; all students are required to demonstrate that they are able to operate at the prescribed math level.  Not all degrees require college level math courses and as such a student may in fact still need to take a test.  If a student has transferred a college level math to NOVA than a test is not required. For all others taking the math placement test is a must.

“Ok I get it. I’m going to have to take the math placement test?  What can I do now? I’m ‘terrible’ at math,” grumbles Mu. At this point in the visit the hope starts to drain out of a prospective student, swallowed up by the idea that this abstract assortment of esoteric knowledge will hold them back in their march forward.

Most students do not realize that they can prepare for the math placement test like any other test. They also do not realize that there exists a wealth of resources to get them up to speed in almost any topic imaginable and they’re all for free.  The cost to the student is the time and effort it takes to understand the material.  (Easier said than done right?)  Nothing comes easy, but at the end of the day the question is how bad you want/need it.  For some students this will mean taking a developmental math course for a semester or two, and potentially missing a deadline. For others it will mean setting aside other commitments in order to focus on the primary objective.  Math does not need to be the end of the road, often it is just the beginning of it.

Take the time to look over the following links as you prepare to take a step towards your goal.

The first step is review the Math Placement Test site on the NOVA website.  It offers a wide variety of links that may assist you. For many students the practice test and review packet is sufficient.

Placement test information:

http://www.nvcc.edu/future-students/placement-tests/index.html#MTH

Review Packet:

http://www.nvcc.edu/future-students/placement-tests/VPTPracticeMaterials.pdf

Some students will wish to practice their math skills before taking the exam. Khan Academy is a free online school.  Students typically find that practicing on this site at least an hour a day for a week or two  gets them ready for the test.

Math Practice:

http://www.khanacademy.org/exercisedashboard

If you are not able to pass the required units that your program application requires, you will then be required to take a developmental math course.  Developmental math is not a four letter word, but an opportunity for you to grow academically and better prepared to succeed in your program of choice.

 

What Would You like to know?

The student services office at the MEC is responsible for the processing of all allied health and nursing applications. As such we do our best to stay abreast of any changes that may be upcoming. Check back regularly and comment to ask questions. If there is anything you’d like us to write about feel free to comment on this post with suggestions or questions.

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