A hashtag in today’s world can be a powerful thing. It can bring a nation to its knees or lift a forgotten cause to the forefront of our minds. To us you are more than a hashtag. You are a complex individual with hopes and dreams. You want a good job and a comfortable life. You also care about other people and see yourself as not only a caretaker for your family, but to others in need.
Your future matters to us. At NOVA we have made it our mission to act as the vehicle for your success. NOVA has been there for you and your family for fifty years. Whether it be at the Medical Education Campus pursuing one of our Allied Health or Nursing degrees, or studying electrical engineering at Annandale NOVA has given you the tools to succeed
NOVA has not stood still. As the economy has evolved so have our programs and campuses. At the MEC we have added Occupational Therapy Assistant and Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs to our offerings.
Our MEC graduates are armed with degrees with starting salaries in the $50,000* range. On average an associate at NOVA cost around $15,000** with books and tuition. This means that the bulk of your cost is covered by the average financial aid package and scholarships. When compared to similar four year bachelor’s programs, it is easy to recognize that a degree from NOVA has a much higher rate of return. Especially considering the large loans that are often required to complete a bachelor’s degree that may have the same earning potential as an Allied Health or Nursing Degree.
We simply ask that you take a moment and review the information session for any of the programs you may be interested in. Send us an email at MECCounselor@nvcc.edu, or visit our office to discuss your options and the necessary steps to apply.
** This is assuming a 72 credit hour associate charged at the prevailing instate rate $171.25 per credit hour and accounting for the average cost of text books and other materials. Some programs will be less than $15,000 while others may coast more. http://www.nvcc.edu/tuition/
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
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.
On most days I’ll have at least one or two students sitting across from me with this pervasive problem. They’ve completed everything to apply, and they still need to pass the math placement test, or in the case of our nursing students the math placement test and the TEAS (Nursing Pre-Admission) test. You can see the frustration hang in clouds around them as they come to the common issue of mastering math before a deadline. Let us call these two students Sigma (∑) and Mu (µ).
“Do I really need to do this?” Mu asked with a hopeful glance that I will say no. “Is there someone I can talk to” Sigma plaintively asked, looking to be absolved from the burden of dealing with math. Again I have to break the news that no, they must meet all established requirements. Math for most of the allied health and nursing programs is not something to be taken lightly. The placement test requirement is there to make sure a student is well equipped to deal with the mathematical concepts present in the different disciplines. As such it must be taken to heart that passing the test is not just meeting a requirement, but signaling that you are at least in part ready to tackle the challenge ahead.
Sigma stirs and says, “I’ve completed a degree….I don’t need to take the placement test do I?” The short answer is always yes; all students are required to demonstrate that they are able to operate at the prescribed math level. Not all degrees require college-level math courses and as such a student may in fact still need to take a test. If a student has transferred college-level math to NOVA than a test is not required. For all others taking the math placement test is a must.
“Ok, I get it. I’m going to have to take the math placement test? What can I do now? I’m ‘terrible’ at math,” grumbles Mu. At this point in the visit, the hope starts to drain out of a prospective student, swallowed up by the idea that this abstract assortment of esoteric knowledge will hold them back in their march forward.
Most students do not realize that they can prepare for the math placement test like any other test. They also do not understand that there exists a wealth of resources to get them up to speed in almost any topic imaginable and they’re all for free. The cost to the student is the time and effort it takes to understand the material. (Easier said than done right?) Nothing comes easy, but at the end of the day, the question is how bad you want/need it. For some students, this will mean taking a developmental math course for a semester or two, and potentially missing a deadline. For others, it will involve setting aside other commitments to focus on the primary objective. Math does not need to be the end of the road, often it is just the beginning of it.
Take the time to look over the following links as you prepare to take a step towards your goal.
The first step is to review the Math Placement Test site on the NOVA website. It offers a wide variety of links that may assist you. For many students the practice test and review packet is sufficient.
Some students will wish to practice their math skills before taking the exam. Khan Academy is a free online school. Students typically find that practicing on this site at least an hour a day for a week or two gets them ready for the test.
If you are not able to pass the required units that your program application requires, you will then be required to take a developmental math course. Developmental math is not a four letter word, but an opportunity for you to grow academically and better prepared to succeed in your program of choice.
For many students the idea of attending college feels daunting or overwhelming. A student might ask themselves, why should I go on for another two, four or eight years of school? Perhaps that student has a relatively well paying job lined up for them straight out of high school.
Some students will find success outside of college or through some sort of post secondary education. However for the vast majority of people young or old seeking an advantage in today job market earning a college degree presents the best pathway to financial success. The Center on Education and the Workforce detailed in their most recent publication The Economic Value of College Majors the importance the right credentials can have. For those students that opt not to complete a degree they can expect their lifetime earnings to be significantly lower than their peers that did.
At NOVA, we strive to facilitate your educational goals and provide courses that maximize your potential. NOVA requires students to complete a Student Development (SDV ) course. This prepares a student to get the most out of their time in higher education. As part of the course you will learn and hone the skills necessary to excel in higher education regardless of your current level of achievement. At the Medical Education Campus we offer several sections of SDV that meet any schedule. SDV 100 and SDV 101 sections are available this summer and fall. If you are willing to commit the time and energy and education at NOVA will be yield rich rewards. SDV is the first step in that journey to life long success.
For those students with tight schedules we offer SDV as an eight week meeting once a week for an hour and forty minutes. Our SDV 100 (58345) starts this fall and meets every Thursday from august 24th until October 20th.
You can view a listing of SDV courses available at the Medical Education Campus HERE.You can also find more offerings by logging into MYNOVA and doing a class search in SIS.
The student services office at the MEC is responsible for the processing of all allied health and nursing applications. As such we do our best to stay abreast of any changes that may be upcoming. Check back regularly and comment to ask questions. If there is anything you’d like us to write about feel free to comment on this post with suggestions or questions.
We generally have students come to our office who merely want to check to see that they have all their ducks in a row. While we encourage students to come a semester in advance to do this, there are some last minute items students forget or overlook. We hope this presentation clears up any confusion.
Feel free to contact us at MECCounselor@nvcc.edu with questions. The subject should read: 2014 “program name” Application Questions.