Please visit our post All About the TEAS test at NOVA to view updated ATI TEAS requirements for Spring and Fall 2020 applicants.
Visit our Post Am I a Competitive Applicant to see updated nursing selection criteria.
Over the coming weeks, programs will begin ranking students and making their final admissions decisions. Given the competitive nature of each of our programs, some will fall short of their goal. We understand the pressures and demands that face many of our students. Admission into a program can often be life-changing for a person seeking a better life for themselves and their family.
Students are ranked based on a spectrum of indicators. Not surprisingly your performance on your prerequisite courses, specifically your science grades are the most critical factor for most programs at the Medical Education Campus. Other factors include your results on the ATI TEAS test. Our post, “Am I a competitive applicant” delves into the competitive criteria for programs at the MEC.
Having the minimum requirements for any program places a student on the margin. Meaning that if the applicant pool is competitive, they will be the first to be passed over. Because our programs do not have wait-list, an applicant competes every year they apply. If that student does not improve a grade, or a TEAS result or acquire more hours or complete co-requisite courses, they will not move themselves up on the rankings.
Students who apply and do not satisfy the minimum entry requirements will be rejected automatically. You may have an impressive GPA or TEAS results, but if you are missing a requirement or attachment, an application will be denied.
Visit our post on what might get your application rejected to learn more.
If you were not accepted and are planning on applying again, ask yourself where was I weakest?
The categories that different programs look at can be distilled into the following list.
Improving on one or all the above will increase your applications chance of acceptance in the next cycle.
There will no longer be separate Health Science and Nursing application pages.
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:
For programs that require observation hours failing to meet their minimum will result in an application being marked ineligible.
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.
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.
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 Nursing application HERE
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.
The program requires that you satisfy two different Testing requirements.
Lastly, only students that have attended one of the mandatory in-person workshops within the last year will be considered for admission.
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
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.
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|
||Approximately 32||2019 Information Session|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonography||
||2019 Application Requirements|
|Medical Lab Technology||
||Varies||MLT Program Student Handbook|
|Nursing||Applicants are ranked by prerequisite courses and test listed below
In addition, they are assigned extra points for the completion of their general education co-requisite courses (not required for application)
|Occupational Therapy Assistant||
|Physical Therapist Assistant||
||40||2019 Application Requirements|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Does it factor into the competitive ranking?||SCORES
|Department Document||Retest waiting
|50%; higher scores are
more competitive, science
score will not be used in the
|Yes||Three Years||DNH||1 month||3 times/year
(January – December)
|Diagnostic Medical Sonography||Reading
|50% per required section||Yes||Three Years||DMS||1 month||3 times/year
(January – December)
|Medical Laboratory Technology||Reading
|No minimum score
required; higher scores are
|Yes||Three Years||MDL||1 month||3 times/year
(January – December)
higher scores are more
|Yes||Three Years||NUR||1 month||3 times/year
(January – December)
|Physical Therapist Assistant||Reading
|50% in Reading and
English; 50% in Anatomy
& Physiology section of
Science; combined score of
50% on English, Reading
|No||Three Years||PTA||1 month||3 times/year
(January – December)
|50%; higher scores are
|Yes||Three Years||RAD||1 month||3 times/year
(January – December)
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.
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.
*PTA students should attach the full report. The anatomy scores are not on the main page.
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”.
|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||
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.