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Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Spring 2021

Hello All,

We are the Advisors and Counselors at the Medical Education Campus with Northern Virginia Community College. We will attempt to answer your questions about the upcoming Spring 2021 Nursing admissions process.

Application website

https://www.nvcc.edu/medical/apply/

Application Period

July 20 to September 20

Entry Requirments

  • All course work must be final by the program deadline of September 20, 2020. Course work that
  • Ends after the deadline of September 20, 2020, will not count
  • has not transferred AND posted to your NOVA account from an external school Including other VCCS schools, will not count.
    • For example, you submit your GMU transcript on September 20, 2020, and your transfer credit post-September 31, your applicants would have been rejected.

Common reasons applications don't make it past the initial review for eligibility

  1. The student did not take a course listed as an entry requirement
  2. The student took a course listed as an entry requirement but never transferred the credit to NOVA via the official transfer credit process.
  3. The student had a C- or did not take a required high school level course
  4. The student never provided their high school transcript with their application.

We are still waiting on the final word for the ATI TEAS exam. Check our website for an update on July 17.

  1. GPA of 2.5 at NOVA or if you have never taken NOVA courses a 2.5 at your most recent school
  2. Completion of ENG 111 or higher
  3. Completion of SDV 101 or SDV 100
  4. Completion of BIO 141
  5. Completion fo PSY 230
  6. Completion of Open elective [ BIO 150 and BIO 142 can not be used as open electives]
  7. Provide high school transcript-
    1. If your high school was in a different country you will need a course by course evaluation by either www.ece.org or www.ierf.org.
    2. All students regardless of the level of education are required to provide their high school transcripts
    3. not doing so will automatically flag your application and lead to a rejection
  8. Show that you took and passed in high school or college with a C or better [not C-]. If you took some other science course in place of Chemistry for example it is likely that it will not count.
    1. BIology
    2. Algebra
    3. Chemistry

How will you be ranked

Ranking criteria are listed on the information session(

and in the nursing brochure (https://www.nvcc.edu/academics/divisions/nursing/_docs/nsg-brochure.pdf) ) Please carefully review these documents and follow all steps to submit a complete application.

Do you still need a copy of the high school diploma if we are current students and yiy have it on file?

Thank you for the very informative post!! I just need some clarification. On the nursing webpage it states the TEAS is waived for Spring 2021, that could possibly change on July 17th?

1 hour ago, Estefa Noguez said:

Do you still need a copy of the high school diploma if we are current students and yiy have it on file?

We would advise that you provide a copy with your application. in our experience many students assume it is on file when it actually is not.

32 minutes ago, Marie33 said:

Thank you for the very informative post!! I just need some clarification. On the nursing webpage it states the TEAS is waived for Spring 2021, that could possibly change on July 17th?

Once it is posted to www.nvcc.edu/medical/apply we can say for sure that it has been waived.

Since the TEAS are being waived again, if we have completed our prerequisites with all As and completed all the co-reqs, is there anything else we can do to better our chances of getting in?

I am very concerned that they would send out information confirming that the TEAS will not be used for the Spring 2021 applicants and then casually mention that fact that is undecided and we will know for sure on July 17th. There has been such unprofessionalism around sending out inaccurate information. How are students supposed to prepare if we can't even get accurate information or well-rounded responses? It's in writing via email to everyone that got a denial email that the TEAS test will not be used this time around, that statement should be honored.

So if TEAS are required for the Spring, when will the testing centers reopen? Will we have time to take them by the September deadline? I would like to use all three opportunities to improve my scores (only took it once before everything closed in March)

I wish consistent information would be given out. Seems a bit disorganized.

48 minutes ago, Molly15 said:

So if TEAS are required for the Spring, when will the testing centers reopen? Will we have time to take them by the September deadline? I would like to use all three opportunities to improve my scores (only took it once before everything closed in March)

I wish consistent information would be given out. Seems a bit disorganized.

Unfortunately, nvcc has already put on their website that the TEAS will be waived again for Spring applications and I don’t think they will change their mind.

12 hours ago, Victoria Palma said:

Unfortunately, nvcc has already put on their website that the TEAS will be waived again for Spring applications and I don’t think they will change their mind.

Would you mind where exactly you saw this, I am seeing "Spring 2021 Nursing Applicants: An information update on the TEAS and math placement exams will be made available no later than July 17, 2020" on the health sciences and nursing page.

26 minutes ago, sana44 said:

Would you mind where exactly you saw this, I am seeing "Spring 2021 Nursing Applicants: An information update on the TEAS and math placement exams will be made available no later than July 17, 2020" on the health sciences and nursing page.

If you go to the main nursing page it is listed in a yellow box at the top.

https://www.nvcc.edu/academics/divisions/nursing/

It says Spring 2020 in the yellow box, not Spring 2021....unless that’s a typo.

51 minutes ago, Molly15 said:

It says Spring 2020 in the yellow box, not Spring 2021....unless that’s a typo.

I think it’s a typo because it doesn’t make sense to post that when Spring 2020 already happened. I guess we will see!

1 hour ago, sana44 said:

Would you mind where exactly you saw this, I am seeing "Spring 2021 Nursing Applicants: An information update on the TEAS and math placement exams will be made available no later than July 17, 2020" on the health sciences and nursing page.

My apologies I misread that and thought it said Spring 2021 rather than Spring 2020, although on the “fall 2020” nvcc thread on this website, many of those who got a rejection email posted what their email looked like and nova also stated that the TEAS will be waived again for the next application period.

For anyone taking Micro (BIO150) or any other co-req like myself during the Summer, is it best to apply after the course ends on August 9th? Or can we just apply when the application opens since the course will be finished before the Sept 20th deadline?

On 6/8/2020 at 6:29 PM, Victoria Palma said:

Since the TEAS are being waived again, if we have completed our prerequisites with all As and completed all the co-reqs, is there anything else we can do to better our chances of getting in?

your Bio 141/PSY 230 courses and co-requisites are all they will be looking at based on the information in the information session and brochure. Ther would not be anything else that we could advise to do to improve your chances based on the information we have.

12 hours ago, allymcm01 said:

For anyone taking Micro (BIO150) or any other co-req like myself during the Summer, is it best to apply after the course ends on August 9th? Or can we just apply when the application opens since the course will be finished before the Sept 20th deadline?

The application team won't be looking at submissions until Monday, September 21. So it does not really matter if you apply on July 20 or September 20. We would suggest applying sooner only so that you have it out of the way.

The most important thing is to provide your high school documents. Do Not Assume NOVA has them.

2 minutes ago, MEC Counselor said:

your Bio 141/PSY 230 courses and co-requisites are all they will be looking at based on the information in the information session and brochure. Ther would not be anything else that we could advise to do to improve your chances based on the information we have.

What are the tiebreakers after they consider Bio 141/Psy 230 and co-requisites? There were so many people who had all A's in all of those classes, as well as the right zip code and still did not get in.

On 6/8/2020 at 6:32 PM, goodvibes said:

I am very concerned that they would send out information confirming that the TEAS will not be used for the Spring 2021 applicants and then casually mention that fact that is undecided and we will know for sure on July 17th. There has been such unprofessionalism around sending out inaccurate information. How are students supposed to prepare if we can't even get accurate information or well-rounded responses? It's in writing via email to everyone that got a denial email that the TEAS test will not be used this time around, that statement should be honored.

We apologize for any negative experiences you may have had. We are just unable to confirm information that is not published to the NOVA website. Once published we are at liberty to discuss it further.

Just now, sana44 said:

What are the tiebreakers after they consider Bio 141/Psy 230 and co-requisites? There were so many people who had all A's in all of those classes, as well as the right zip code and still did not get in.

We are not aware of any tie-breaker. that would be information the nursing division would need to release.

There is conflicting information on the NOVA website. Saying that the TEAS will be waived and that there will be an update to address the TEAS in July to advise if the TEAS will be waived.

I feel as if it is extremely difficult to differentiate between candidates by waiving the TEAS. If NOVA is waiving the TEAS then shouldn't GPA be factored in when ranking candidates?

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