Our colleagues at NOVA Parking have announced some exciting changes to how you pay for hourly parking.
Coming September 9th, 2019
MEC GARAGE CHANGES!
The MEC garage will be moving to a new Pay Station System for Hourly Parking
HOW IS THIS SYSTEM DIFFERENT?
Hourly Customers will now Pay Upon Arrival to the MEC Garage
- No More pulling tickets or waiting for gates!
ONCE I ARRIVE WHAT DO I DO?
- Permit holders simply enter and park on their respective levels
- Hourly Customers enter and find a numbered space on either Level 1 or 5
- Take note of the space number where you parked
- Pay for the amount of time you wish at one of the Pay Stations
- The Pay Stations are located inside the Main Entrance on the 1st floor
- No need to display anything on your dash. Just Pay and Go!
*You will need your receipt to add additional time*
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND HOW DO I PAY?
The pricing has not changed:
$2.00 Per Hour – $10.00 Daily Max
You may pay with your phone using our Passport App – PassportParking.com
Or at the Pay Stations which accept the following payment types:
Coins- $1, .25¢, .10¢, .05¢
Credit Cards– Visa, Mastercard, AMEX
*Please Note the Pay Stations DO NOT accept Bills & There are NO refunds*
As always Parking is still:
FREE after 3:45pm on Levels 1,2,3 & 5!
Contact MEC Parking Services at 703-822-6688
Current Application page: http://www.nvcc.edu/medical/apply
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.
Use our tool to see if you qualify to apply. This tool is for informational purposes only, please follow up with MECCounselor@nvcc.edu 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.
To survive and thrive we all need:
The pressure to succeed and move on with their life is a very real thing for our Health Science and Nursing students at the Medical Education Campus (MEC and across Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). For some, their time at NOVA is the bridge between a difficult life and a comfortable one. For others, NOVA is a low-risk environment to explore an interest or a jumpstart their bachelor’s degree. Whatever the need, NOVA stands ready to help students along their path.
Each student’s personal narrative is different and the path unique. Staff and Faculty at the MEC realize this and have taken strides to alleviate some of the non-academic pressures a student may face. Nationally 1 in 3 undergraduate students faces food insecurity issues. At NOVA our students also face these issues on their pathway to success. Our Student Life Office (HE116) under the direction of Patricia Martin-Mattocks and her excellent staff, maintain a food pantry to assist students. Their office is a central hub of student engagement on campus, promoting cross-discipline activities and leadership opportunities for our students. Any student facing food insecurity should reach out to her without hesitation.
Child Care Services
Energy Assistance (Fuel, Crisis, or Cooling)
Food Assistance (SNAP)
Health Care Coverage
Temporary Cash Assistance
Emergency Cash Assistance
AND MUCH MORE.
In addition to our food pantry, NOVA is committed to the success and well-being of her students. The office of NOVACARES has reporting tools that allow individuals to inform the college if they or someone they know is having difficulties or has been a victim of sexual assault. Reports are confidential and handled by trained staff who will decide on the appropriate response.
Please know that we are here as guides and mentors along your path. Students are our greatest credential and source of pride.
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As we begin the next semester, it is an ideal time to reflect upon your educational goals and to think about how you will go about achieving them to make this your most successful academic year yet. For those of you interested in applying to one of our Medical Education programs, one of the success strategies you may wish to employ is early preparation of your Health Science or Nursing application package, which for some means gathering a few extra required documents.
If you were not already aware, a couple of the programs offered at the Medical Education Campus require that students submit additional documentation along with their admission application. In particular, Dental Assisting and the Nursing program require submission of your high school transcript showing the date of graduation and, for Nursing, specific coursework with final grades. To answer a common question we advisors frequently hear: Yes, submission of a high school transcript for these programs is required regardless of whether or not a student has previous college credit or has already earned a college degree.
Because there could be a delay in obtaining your high school transcript for any number of reasons, you will want to begin this process early so that you will have a complete admission package when it comes time to apply to your program of interest. Those of you who have graduated from a high school within the United States will want to begin by contacting your high school and inquiring about the steps you need to take to have an official transcript mailed to you or how you may be able to pick one up. If you earned a GED and need to request the certificate, you will want to contact the Department of Education in your home state and request an official copy be mailed to you.
For international students, you will also want to begin by contacting your high school and inquiring about the steps required to request and obtain an official transcript; however, prior to submitting them to NOVA, you will need to have them translated and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by one of the agencies listed in our FAQ.
*NOVA will only accept international high school transcripts that have been translated and evaluated.
We understand that in some situations it may be difficult to obtain your international transcripts and to have them evaluated for U.S. equivalence. Under these circumstances, a student will need to take the General Education Development (GED) test and, if you are applying for admission to any of the Nursing tracks, complete the following courses either by taking classes at NVCC or through Nursing ABC: BIO 101, CHM 101, and MTH 154 or higher.
Further information about studying for and taking the GED is available at http://www.vaged.vcu.edu/
To explore the opportunity to complete courses through Nursing ABC, please visit: www.nursingabc.com.
Some of these high school level course requirements can be met by taking the College Board CLEP Exam. Free preparation courses for the College Board CLEP exam are located at www.modernstates.org
So, remember: plan ahead, prepare early, and make this your most successful academic year yet! Best of luck in all of your academic endeavors!
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.
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.
- 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.
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 www.ece.org or www.ierf.org
- 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
- Attaching ATI TEAS results TO the application
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.
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
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
The program requires that you satisfy two different Testing requirements.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
So how do you get in?
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||
|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||
Admission Policy for Limited Enrollment Programs
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.
Priority is given to:
- Legal residents domiciled in the cities and counties supporting the College
- Other Virginia legal residents
- Out-of-state applicants
- International students requiring form I-20.
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.
How your domicile relates to rankings
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.