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Information on MEC Program Admissions

Reminder- Fall 2019 Phlebotomy Application Opens March 1

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.

 

 

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.

How to Get the Most from an Advising Session

FAQ

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.

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

2019 Dental Hygiene Curriculum Changes

Current Application Website: www.nvcc.edu/medical/apply 

FAQ

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.