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Information on MEC Program Admissions

MEC Student Services Online Options

Click Here M-F 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for the MEC Student Services Virtual Lobby

You can also Dial into the lobby using your phone with one of the numbers below. You will be asked for a meeting id when dialing in. The Meeting ID  is  703 822 6531East coast particpants should use +1 646 558 8656 to dial in.

Appointments available from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Appointments available from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Monday and Thursday.

If you require captioning services please send an email to so that they may schedule an interpreter/captioner for you, or we can use the chat with you within Zoom.

First and foremost, we care about you and your family’s safety and well-being. During this period of remote learning and support, NOVA is committed to ensuring that you receive the highest level of support needed. For the most updated information on NOVA’s response to COVID-19, please check the COVID-19 webpage regularly for updates. You should also visit our college Remote Student Services Page if you need further assistance or download their PDF guide HERE.

If you need to speak with someone regarding a Student Service issue, please contact the Medical EducationCollege-Resource-List-for-Remote-Student-Services Campus (MEC) Student Services Office at 703-822-6537 and press 0 to speak with a Student Service Representative or send an email to

The Medical Education Campus will have open walk-in hours via Zoom Monday to Friday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Please use the Zoom link below to enter the virtual lobby. A staff member will assist you and connect you with an available advisor. If you are unable to meet with an advisor, we ask that you follow up with an email to to address your issue.


Click Here M-F 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for the MEC Student Services Virtual Lobby

You can also Dial into the lobby using your phone with one of the numbers below. You will be asked for a meeting id when dialing in. The Meeting ID  is  703 822 6531East coast participants should use +1 646 558 8656 to dial in.

Dial by your location
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 301 715 8592 US
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US

If your local number isn’t on the list visit the zoom website to locate it, 

An appointment request should be sent to for times before or after scheduled walk-in hours.

If you have questions related to an application you have submitted or are attempting to submit, contact our application team at They will work towards resolving any difficulties you may encounter.

Available Resources at the Medical Education Campus

Remote Services Method of Contact
24 Hour Student Support Center

Questions related to:

·        College Admission

·       MEC Program Admissions

·       General Advising

·       Financial Aid Assistance





IT Help Desk

Questions related to:

·       Password reset assistance

·       Technology-related issues




Email Support Dean of Students

·       Emergency Assistance

·       Withdrawals for Mitigating Circumstance



Email Support Enrollment Services

Questions related to:

·       Enrollment Verifications

·       Graduation Verifications

·       State Licensure Forms


Email Support Advising and Counseling

Questions related to:

·      Health Science and Nursing admission questions

·       General Advising

·       Change of Program Requests

Virtual Walk-In Advising with MEC Staff

Questions related to:

·       Health Sciences and Nursing admission questions

·       General Advising




Click Here M-F 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for the MEC Student Services Virtual Lobby

Email Support Admissions

Questions related to:

·       Documents that need to be added to already-submitted Health Science and Nursing Applications

·       Problems regarding submission of Health Science and Nursing Application

Email Support Military and Veterans Services

Questions related to:

·       Veteran benefits

·       Military TA

Email Support Disability Services

 Questions related to :

·       Intake, Memorandum of Accommodations,  Documentation, etc.


Email Support Virtual Advising Chat

Questions related to:

·       LIVE CHAT

Email Support Student Life

Questions related to:

·       Clubs and Organizations

·       Event cancellations

Email Support MASON Advance

Questions related to:

Email Support Campus Outreach

Questions related to:

•    Article submissions for The Pulse

Question regarding Campus and Community events



Questions related to general  NOVA information

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Please see the full list of available college resources below by campus

Virtual Advising 

NOVA Online

NOVA Online Contact Form

Alexandria Campus

Student Services Office (Admissions & Registration)

Advising & Counseling (incl. First Year Advising)

Annandale Campus

Student Services Office (Admissions & Registration)

Advising & Counseling (incl. First Year Advising)
Location: CA Building Room 112
First-Year Advising E-mail:

Loudoun Campus

Student Services Office (Admissions & Registration)
Advising & Counseling (incl. First Year Advising)

Manassas Campus

Student Services Office (Admissions & Registration)
Advising & Counseling (incl. First Year Advising)

Woodbridge Campus

Virtual Resources from Woodbridge Campus
Student Services Office (Admissions & Registration)
E-mail: N/A

Medical Education Campus (MEC)

Student Services Office (Admissions & Registration)




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Fall 2020 Applications- Health Science and Nursing

The last of the 2019 school year programs have been seated and we are now shifting our focus to Fall 2020/Spring 2021 admissions.

First, we wanted to congratulate all those that applied for and were accepted into their program of choice. For all those that met the requirements but were not offered a seat, we ask that you review our competitive admissions post to learn how you can strengthen your next application.


Most Common Reasons Applications were not moved forward for Ranking, things to avoid

We wanted to address those applicants that applied without having met the stated entry requirements, or that failed to provide required documentation. It is important that you only apply if you have met those requirements. Unless you have in writing prior to applying an exemption to some requirement, your application will automatically be rejected. In the interest of fairness to your fellow students, who took the time to meet the entry requirements waivers are not granted to any entry requirement. Applicants are weighed against one another at the time of application. Often the very thing you are asking to be waived is one of the ranked items for a program.

We follow the mantra that you should not assume you have met any requirement. Verify that you have met the requirements by reviewing your own record to see that items have been correctly posted, that all test results are available and that transfer credit is posted to your account. In addition, you should provide documents when requested i.e. high school transcripts, ATI TEAS results, etc.  It is good practice to over provide documents than under provide.  You can always email from your student email and confirm that a document is on file. When doing so include your NOVA ID number, and the specific document or requirement you have questions about.

Avoid questions such as” have I met the entry requirements? can I apply now?”. Generally when we get an email that only asks that it almost always means a student has not reviewed their account, the entry requirements, information session or application page.

A better question would be: “Is my high school transcript from (school name) on file and have I met all the high school level requirements”. It is in your best interest to ask pointed specific questions that demonstrate you have done your due diligence in sourcing information from the information session or application page.

Student Failed to regularly check the student email addresses and respond in a timely manner to request from application processing staff.

Application Team emails requesting documents ignored until after the student’s application was marked not eligible.

Missing high school transcript

(nursing and dental assisting)

The student assumed that their high school transcripts were either on file or not needed because they had submitted college transcripts

International High School Transcripts not evaluated or not evaluated course by course.

(nursing and dental assisting)

Students assumed that a translation was sufficient and didn’t have either or to evaluate their high school transcripts course by course.

Missing a high school level Chemistry


      • Students assumed they aged out of the high school level requirement
      • Students assumed a C- would suffice
      • Students assumed their GED would waive the requirement

ATI TEAS Scores below the threshold

        • Students assumed that scores would be rounded up
        • Students assumed that scores taken after the deadline would count
        • Students assumed passing one or two sections with 100’s would exempt them from passing other sections

The student did not attach the correct ATI TEAS Test Report

The student did not follow the steps outlined in the Health Science and nursing TEAS information document, and failed to provide the correct format

The student was missing an entry course

The student assumed they could apply if an entry course was in progress

Do I Need SDV 101?

Current Application page:


I am reading some of the evaluations of my SDV 101 faculty and some students will make the comment that they have already taken SDV 100-College Success Skills.

The following students are exempt from taking SDV 101 for program admission:

  • You have already taken SDV 100 or another SDV course at NOVA
  • You have transferred in an SDV elective from another college (verified by NOVA transcript evaluation)
  • You have a transferrable associates degree or higher from a U.S. college or university (verified by NOVA transcript evaluation)
  • You have passed the NOVA SDV ABLE Examination

All first-time college students interested in MEC are encouraged to take SDV 101 within their first 16 credits at NOVA.  You can take the course on MEC campus or online through NOVA Online.

The SDV course is centered on college success skills.  Often students misinterpret the 101 courses to be Health Science 101 or Nursing 101.  The discipline is STUDENT DEVELOPMENT.  The learning outcomes are the same as SDV 100 courses but we adjust our instruction, textbook, and assignments to students who are interested in healthcare careers.

You have the opportunity to learn more about MEC admissions if you take the SDV 101 course.  You can also experience the campus environment and some facilities if you take the in-person courses in Springfield.

Not Sure you meet the Fall 2020 Nursing entry requirements? Click to learn more

Use our tool to see if you qualify to apply. This tool is for informational purposes only, please follow up with if you have any questions. You will need to log into the form via your NOVA student email. Make sure to either log out of your other Gmail accounts or open the link in the incognito mode in chrome or InPrivate mode for IE.

2020 Spring Nursing Eligibility Checker



Getting Into your Program of Choice

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.

Meeting Minimums

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.

Applying without meeting the minimum requirements

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.

  • Grades
  • Test Scores
  • Co-requisite course completion
  • Clinical observation hours

Improving on one or all the above will increase your applications chance of acceptance in the next cycle.


Why your application might get marked ineligible

Updated 2/3/2020

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:

A required prerequisite course was

    • not taken


    • if taken did not meet the minimum grade requirement


    • if taken at another college not transferred


  • if taken at another college than not transferred as the required course ( student assigned BIO EEE for example)


  • College Science course is more than ten years old

Failure to provide required documentation along with your application

    • Attaching ATI TEAS results TO the application
      • ‘ATI TEAS Sent my Scores’. Scores are not acceible via that method for the advising team. Please follow directions and attach scores per our ATI TEAS blog post.
    • Attaching wrong ATI result to the online application
    • Failure to attach requested high school documentation (Nursing and Dental Assisting)
      • International High School Documents not evaluated by an evaluation agency such as or
      • Required high school courses grades below C ( nursing only)
    • Did not submit OTA observation hours via the online application
    • Did not Submit PTA observation form via certified mail

Did not meet the minimum number of observation hours

For programs that require observation hours failing to meet their minimum will result in an application being marked ineligible.

Did not attend a mandatory in-person information session or provided wrong information session code

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.

Did not meet a minimum testing requirement

  • ATI TEAS minimum was not meet for a specific program
  • minimum math placement scores not met

GPA below the minimum established by a program

  • GPA at last school attended and/or NOVA GPA below the established minimum.

ATI TEAS taken outside of the applicable period

Test Scores that 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.

Physical Therapist Assistant Application


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.

You can access the Health Sciences and Nursing application 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. 

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

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.


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