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Information on MEC Program Admissions

2018 NOVA Medical Education Campus Frequently Asked Questions

Steps to apply to an Health Science or Nursing program

Step 1 Apply to Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)

Step 2 Attend/View an Information Session

Step 3 Submit External Transcripts for Evaluation (only if needed)

Step 4 Take Virginia Placement Tests for English and Math This step is only required for students who have not already transferred college English or Math

Step 5 Complete the Pre-Admission Requirements for the Program

Step 6: Apply to the Program


Health Science and Nursing Application FAQ

Do you need to complete all entry requirements before applying to an Health Science or Nursing program?

I already applied to NOVA so why can’t I register now for a program at the MEC?

How competitive are the Health Science and Nursing programs?

I applied, met all the minimum requirements, but I was not accepted. Why not?

I am an international/out‐of‐state student. Can I apply to the Health Science or Nursing programs?

I have an associates/bachelors/master degree; do I really need to provide my high school transcripts?

I have an associates/bachelors/master degree; do I need to take ENG 111 College Composition?

I have an associates/bachelors/master degree; do I need to take SDV 101?

I have been to college but have not graduated; can I still have SDV waived?

I have not met one or more of the entry requirements, Should I go ahead and apply anyway?

Do I need to update my information in SIS before applying?

 


Transfer credit

What about transfer credit from external schools?

How do I Check the Status of Transfer Credits

International Transcripts

Can I send my international transcript to NOVA for evaluation?

Which Evaluation Agency can I utilize for the evaluation of my College Transcript?

Do I need to have my high school transcripts evaluated if I have a college degree?

Which Companies can I utilize for the evaluation of my High School Transcripts?

Will my medical degree from abroad waive my entry requirements?


Testing

I already have a degree; do I need to take the VPT Math placement test?

I already have a degree; do I need to take the ATI TEAS test?

How do I pay for the ATI TEAS test?

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Transfer Out of NOVA

What Transfer Options Exists for my major?

I want to attend Medical School

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Other

Can I work full‐time and still attend the program

My program requires health insurance. Does NOVA offer a Student Health Insurance plan?

Do you have any additional questions, we should add to this list?


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 Steps to apply to an Allied Health or Nursing program

Step 1 Apply to Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)

Step 2 Attend/View an Information Session

  • View the mandatory program Information Session: http://www.nvcc.edu/medical/sessions.html
  • Some Programs have  mandatory in-person workshops or information sessions that must also be attended
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant
    • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Record the Information Session code on the Allied Health Application

Disclaimer: Information sessions may be updated annually so check back every summer

Step 3 Submit External Transcripts for Evaluation (only if needed)

This step is only required for students who have taken courses outside of NOVA

All applicable courses must be posted to your NOVA student record before submitting an application

  • The College Records Office evaluates transcripts, please visits nvcc.edu/cro/transfercredit.html to learn more about their process.
  • Allow 4 to 6 weeks for US transcripts and 8 to 10 weeks for international transcripts to be evaluated
  • Submit official sealed transcripts from outside colleges to Student Services
  • Complete a Transcript Evaluation Request Form online: https://dashboard.nvcc.edu/Default.aspx
  • College credit from universities outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an international credit evaluation agency before submitting it to the college. NOVA accepts evaluations from https://www.ece.org/ECE, wes.org or www.ierf.org

Step 4 Take Virginia Placement Tests for English and Math This step is only required for students who have not already transferred college English or Math

Step 5 Complete the Pre-Admission Requirements for the Program

Health Science Programs: https://www.nvcc.edu/academics/divisions/health-sciences/index.html

Nursing: http://www.nvcc.edu/medical/divisions/nursing/index.html

  • Plan your schedule so that all requirements will be completed by the application deadline
  • Final grades for pre-requisite courses must be posted before submitting an application

Step 6: Apply to the Program

  • Submit your application within the specified application period for the program
  • Follow the application submission instructions
  • Allow 6 to 8 weeks after the deadline has passed for your application to be processed
  • Check your VCCS student email account frequently for your application status

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 Health Science and Nursing Application FAQ

Do you need to complete all entry requirements before applying to an Health Science or Nursing program?

Yes, while requirements vary by program, you must complete prerequisite requirements by the application deadline. You cannot be currently enrolled when you submit your application. All grades must be posted to your account.

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I already applied to NOVA so why can’t I register now for a program at the MEC?

Medical education programs include student learning experiences called “clinical rotations” that are held at a local hospital, doctor’s office, or other patient care facility. Due to the limited number of available clinical sites, each program can only accept a specific number of students each year.

To ration spaces, some programs are first‐come/first served while other programs are competitive. Interested students should attend or view the program Information Session to find out the required pre‐requisites and how and when to apply.

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How competitive are the Health Science and Nursing programs?

Each program has its admission criteria that are used to rank candidates. The applicant pool can vary from year to year. The competitiveness of a program depends on the number of applications received versus the number of students that can be accepted, and the quality of the applications received for that admission cycle. For the best chance of acceptance, applicants will want to focus on being competitive versus just meeting the minimum requirements to apply.

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I applied, met all the minimum requirements, but I was not accepted. Why not?

Admission into Health Science and Nursing programs is competitive. Due to the sheer volume of applications, programs have established criteria to rank students. While criteria vary from program to program, there are some general insights. Please visit program homepage and information sessions for specific criteria used.

Criteria may include but is not limited to the following:

  • A Competitive Cumulative GPA, prerequisite GPA or science GPA (varies by program)
  • A Competitive ATI TEAS score (DNH, DMS, NUR, RAD)
  • A Completion of program co-requisites ( DNH, DMS, OTA, PTA, RAD, RTH)
  • Total Clinical Observation Hours (OTA, PTA)
  • Work experience (DNH, OTA)

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I am an international/out‐of‐state student. Can I apply to the Health Science programs?

Any students who have met the required pre‐requisites may apply to an Health Science  or Nursing program. However, international and out‐of‐state students should note the following priority admission policy:

Due to the limited laboratory, classroom and/or clinical space, certain Allied Health programs have restricted enrollment. As stated in the NOVA catalog, Health Science 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
  4. International students requiring Form I‐20

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I have an associates/bachelors/master degree; do I really need to provide my high school transcripts?

Yes, if you are applying to the nursing program, you will be required to provide your course-by-course transcript regardless of the level of education.  International students will need to have their equivalent high school credential evaluated as well. University transcripts evaluations often lack the required high school information. For international high school evaluations, refer to the Do I need to have my high school transcripts evaluated if I have a college degree? section.

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I have an associates/bachelors/master degree; do I need to take ENG 111 College Composition?

Yes, you must either take or transfer ENG 111 and have completed it with the required minimum grade. Bear in mind that some majors within the Allied Health division require a minimum grade of a “B”. Your degree will not waive the ENG 111 or grade requirement.

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I have an associates/bachelors/master degree; do I need to take SDV 101?

No, the current policy as outlined in the Credit for Prior Learning Manual P. 10, state that those, “who have graduated with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher education are considered to have fulfilled NOVA’s SDV requirement.” (http://www.nvcc.edu/prior-learning/cpl-manual.html) Applied Associates degrees do not waive the SDV requirement.

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I have been to college but have not graduated; can I still have SDV waived?

Yes, you can also satisfy the SDV 101 requirement via testing. The SDV ABLE exam is available to take at any campus. Passing the exam will exempt you from the SDV 101 requirement. http://www.nvcc.edu/academics/success-skills/exam.html

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I have not met one or more of the entry requirements, Should I go ahead and apply anyway?

No, incomplete applications are rejected and will not be considered for admission. Only those that have satisfied all entry requirements at the time of application are considered for admission.

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Do I need to update my information in SIS before applying?

Yes, you should go to MYNOVA>SIS>Campus Personal Information> and update your Addresses, phone numbers, and email address.

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Transfer credit

What about transfer credit from external schools?

All transfer credit must be posted to your academic record by the application deadline. Submit your official sealed transcripts from each school attended to a NOVA Student Services Center. For further details, please visit our website http://www.nvcc.edu/cro/transfercredit.html. Students from other VCCS school only need to submit the Transfer Credit Evaluation Request (form 125‐049E) form (https://dashboard.nvcc.edu/Default.aspx.)

Applicants with pending transfer credit after the deadline will not be considered for admission.

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How do I Check the Status of Transfer Credits

You can check the outcome of your transcript evaluation request by logging onto MyNOVA and >accessing your transfer credit report.  MYNOVA>SIS>Self Service>Transfer Credit > View Transfer Credit Report

MYNOVA: https://www.nvcc.edu/academic-tools/index.html

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International Transcripts

Can I send my international transcript to NOVA for evaluation?

Yes. However, the College Records Office requires that you have your international transcript evaluated by an accredited evaluation agency.
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Which Evaluation Agency can I utilize for the evaluation of my College Transcript?

Please visit http://www.nvcc.edu/cro/transfercredit.html and click on the International transcripts tab to learn which companies are acceptable by the College Records Office.
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Do I need to have my high school transcripts evaluated if I have a college degree?

Yes, if you are applying to the nursing program you will be required to have your high school transcript evaluated. Your university level evaluation will not always contain the required information.
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Which Companies can I utilize for the evaluation of my High School Transcripts?

The two most popular companies utilized by students are Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) and International Education Research Foundation (www.ierf.org) .
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Will my medical degree from abroad waive my entry requirements?

Foreign medical degrees, training and work experience do not exempt students from any entry requirements.  A course-by-course evaluation of your college and university transcripts will be required to determine if any program requirements have been met. Please refer to your program website for the validity period of science courses.

 


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Testing

I already have a degree; do I need to take the VPT Math placement test?

Students are required to take the VPT Math Placement test if they have not transferred a college math course. Students that have taken the SAT and ACT exams may also be waived form the test. Please provide an advisor with your scores to determine if you can be waived from the test.
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I already have a degree; do I need to take the ATI TEAS test?

Prior coursework or degrees do not waive students from the ATI TEAS Test. All applicants to programs with an ATI TEAS are required to take one.
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How do I pay for the ATI TEAS test?

Please go to the following link for more information www.nvcc.edu/medical/testing and click on Paying for TEAS Test.

 


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Transfer Out of NOVA

What Transfer Options Exists for my major?

Many of our programs offer a wide range of transfer options. Popular transfer destinations for our Allied Health and Nursing students include George Washington University, George Mason University, University of Virginia, Old Dominion University and many more. We encourage you to review the list of guaranteed admissions agreements (www.nvcc.edu/gaa) in place as well as visiting an advisor or counselor to learn about specific options for your specific major.
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I want to attend Medical School

If your ultimate goal is to become a medical doctor, your best plan of action would be to major in the Associate of Science (A.S.) in Science degree program at one of the general campuses of NOVA.  The MEC prepares students for Health Science  and Nursing career fields.  Transfer is always an option but our programs are more vocationally focused.  You would need a transferable degree to a university in order to obtain your Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and then attend Medical School thereafter.

For more information about the Associate of Science (A.S.) in Science at NOVA please visit: http://www.nvcc.edu/curcatalog/programs/pdf/Science-AS.pdf.

If you would like additional transfer advisement, visit to one of the general campus counseling centers closest to you.  It would also be beneficial to start researching some of the colleges/universities and schools with pre-medical programs and science majors that may be of interest to you.

You can use the following list of websites to assist you as you plan your academic future.


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Other

Can I work full‐time and still attend the program?

The Health Science and Nursing programs are intensive, and it is highly recommended that students work no more than 20 hours while attending the program. Any work schedules that students have must be arranged around the designated days and times for the lectures, labs, and clinical rotations for the program.

My program requires health insurance. Does NOVA offer a Student Health Insurance plan?

No. NOVA does not offer a student health insurance plan. Students are encouraged to visit www.healthcare.gov for health insurance options.

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How to Get the Most from an Advising Session

Most advising sessions begin with a simple question, how may I assist you today? Another common question is, what do you want to get out of NOVA? We want to know what purpose NOVA serves in your life and academic plans. This can convert a conversation from a recitation of the facts, to an exploration of your goals and avenues for growth and improvement.

Before contacting our office, or visiting we encourage you to become an active stakeholder in your future. Take the initiative and do your research. A successful student tends to be the one who is organized and anticipates their next step. In short, you must mise en place your academic life. The more research and preparation you do, the more you can get out of a visit with an advisor or counselor. Below are some tips to help you get the most of your session.

Know your NOVA ID/EMPLID number

Having your ID number or better yet your NOVA Card is an indispensable tool. Not only can you use it around campus it speeds up pulling up your account.

When possible write your questions down in a bulleted list

Writing your questions down provides a framework that ensures your questions are answered. Due to time constraints and the fact that there is a lot to go over, an advisor may not be able to cover everything in detail about a program. Your bulleted list signals to the advisors that you’ve done your initial research. This allows the advisor to focus on what you specialty don’t know or are in need of clarification.

  1. How do I transfer Credits
  2. What are the entry requirements for…
  3. How can I satisfy the math placement requirement

Bring your official external transcripts.

Students often ask us what courses they have left to take. While we encourage you to bring your external transcripts, we are not able to give you a list of courses that will or will not transfer. In some cases, a student can know what will transfer by visiting the College Records Office website and utilize their transfer guide. Preferably this would have been done before your visit to the office. If you have already transferred courses to NOVA, you should review your transfer credit center and compare the transferred courses to your program requirements.

Take Notes

You’ve done your research, brought transcripts if applicable and wrote your questions down. Your next step is to take notes during your visit. We generally have scrap paper and pens on hand for you to use. However, it is best that you keep a notebook, or note app on your smartphone at the ready. Again the more organized you are the more likely you are to succeed.

Ask Extra Questions

If something an advisor has said isn’t clear, ask again. Always ask for clarification if you don’t understand. Remeber that an advising session is a conversation, so its ok to go off script.

Follow Up

Part of being the advocate of your own destiny is being proactive. Take charge and constantly investigating options, program requirements and areas of improvement are wholly your responsibility. Checking in at least once a semester is ideal, especially if you are applying to a program more than a year out.

Things Change

Program changes can occur often with little warning. As such you must be vigilant and ready to act. When possible our office reaches out to students via email or on our blog and facebook pages, but it is impossible to inform everyone. When changes occur a student may feel frustrated, often because a course or courses are no longer required or used by a program. This is normally an issue when students are planning to join a program two or three years down the line. You will need to carefully weigh the risk of program changes when starting on an extended academic plan. this may require that you try and start a little sooner.

We hope that you get the most out of your interaction with our advising staff. As always feel free to send your questions and we will work to answer them as quickly as possible.

Correction Nursing 2019 Program Admission Requirements

Correction to May 15th Post The Nursing department has provided us with their updated minimum ATI TEAS Scores.  Please subscribe to stay informed of any changes as they are reported.

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 76%
  • 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 .

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% 76%
  • 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.