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For those that are applying to the Fall 2020 Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA/NVCC) Fall nursing program we'd like to invite you to reach out to us with any questions you may have. 

Make sure to review the information session and program application requirements on our application portal, www.nvcc.edu/medical/apply and our FAQ on our blog https://blogs.nvcc.edu/mecexchange . If you have advising questions drop our office a line by email at meccounselor@nvcc.edu. One of our advisors will respond. We recommend that if you have questions about your NOVA account, you contact us via your official NOVA student email address. When doing so include your ID number. that will allow our advisors to look up your account and answer questions in greater detail. 

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I didnt recieve an email for spring2020. Does that mean i didnt get in?

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On 10/25/2019 at 5:17 PM, jessvq22 said:

As a side question, which I’m sure will be answered there, are there ways for students to get involved with the MEC Counseling Office? I have a few ideas I thought would be cool for the even newer cohorts coming in! 

Our student life office and clubs are a great way to get involved. We always love to hear feedback from students so that we can improve the experience for everyone. 

On 10/25/2019 at 8:15 PM, Hope92 said:

 I didn't get an email so I guess that means I didn't get in. This was my second attempt. This is so discouraging and disappointing. 😞 My heart is so heavy. But I sincerely want to congratulate everyone that got in; you guys deserve it. Good luck! Do your absolute best!

The majority of students that will get in were sent acceptance offers. If they do not accept their spot than the program will move down the list.  Depending on your rank, you may still have a chance. 

On 10/26/2019 at 11:02 AM, FutureRNMar83 said:

Congrats to all who got in!  Does anyone know if there was a FB group for the spring 2020 cohort? Thanks! 😊

Students tend to self organize and create facebook groups and/or groupme groups. NOVA does not officially endorse either. 

On 10/26/2019 at 1:52 PM, jessvq22 said:

Maybe we can ask the MEC Counselor how past cohorts stay connected too? Or how they organized their past FB pages 

Students tend to self organize and create facebook groups and/or groupme groups. NOVA does not officially endorse either. 

27 minutes ago, pragmaticunicorn said:

Symposium dates on the enrollment services quiz hasn't been updated as well.

We have updated the dates. There is only one date for the MEC Symposium, NOV. 22. Those starting in the fall normally get four dates to pick from. 

On 10/25/2019 at 8:18 PM, Hope92 said:

I didnt recieve an email for spring2020. Does that mean i didnt get in?

The majority of students that will get in were sent acceptance offers. If they do not accept their spot than the program will move down the list.  Depending on your rank, you may still have a chance. 

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How Students are Ranked


  1. Grade in BIO 141
    • Note: If the minimum grade for entry is a "C" then no extra point is awarded for meeting the minimum.
  2. Grade in PSY 230
    • Note: If the minimum grade for entry is a "C" then no extra point is awarded for meeting the minimum.
  3. Scores on the ATI TEAS
  4. Completion of any or all of the Co-requisite courses- CST elective, humanities elective, BIO 142 and BIO 150.
    • Note: It is not required that you complete the co-requisite courses prior to applying. However, if you are weak in the other areas it is not a bad idea to knock out some of the co-requisites. 

Those are the four categories that students are awarded points on. our blog post, https://blogs.nvcc.edu/mecexchange/2019/02/27/am-i-a-competitive-applicant/ is updated when criteria change, so we encourage you to review it for more details. 

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

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

    1. Application Team emails requesting documents ignored until after the student's application was marked not eligible. 
  2. Missing high school transcript

    1. a student assumed that their high school transcripts were either on file or not needed because they had submitted college transcripts
  3. International High School Transcripts not evaluated or not evaluated course by course. 

    1. Students assumed that a translation was sufficient and didn't have either www.ece.org or www.ierf.org to evaluate their high school transcripts course by course. 
  4. Missing a high school level Chemistry

    1. Students assumed they aged out of the high school level requirement
    2. Students assumed a C- would suffice
    3. Students assumed their GED would waive the requirement 
  5. ATI TEAS Scores below the threshold

    1. Students assumed that scores would be rounded up
    2. Students assumed that scores taken after the deadline would count
    3. Students assumed passing one or two sections with 100's would exempt them from passing other sections 
  6. The student did not attach the correct ATI TEAS Test Report

    1. The student did not follow the steps outlined in the Health Science and nursing TEAS information document, https://www.nvcc.edu/medical/apply/ and failed to provide the correct format
  7. The student was missing an entry course

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

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1 hour ago, MEC Counselor said:

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

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

    1. Application Team emails requesting documents ignored until after the student's application was marked not eligible. 
  2. Missing high school transcript

    1. a student assumed that their high school transcripts were either on file or not needed because they had submitted college transcripts
  3. International High School Transcripts not evaluated or not evaluated course by course. 

    1. Students assumed that a translation was sufficient and didn't have either www.ece.org or www.ierf.org to evaluate their high school transcripts course by course. 
  4. Missing a high school level Chemistry

    1. Students assumed they aged out of the high school level requirement
    2. Students assumed a C- would suffice
    3. Students assumed their GED would waive the requirement 
  5. ATI TEAS Scores below the threshold

    1. Students assumed that scores would be rounded up
    2. Students assumed that scores taken after the deadline would count
    3. Students assumed passing one or two sections with 100's would exempt them from passing other sections 
  6. The student did not attach the correct ATI TEAS Test Report

    1. The student did not follow the steps outlined in the Health Science and nursing TEAS information document, https://www.nvcc.edu/medical/apply/ and failed to provide the correct format
  7. The student was missing an entry course

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

Our blog has more info on this topic: https://blogs.nvcc.edu/mecexchange/2019/10/29/fall-2020-applications-health-science-and-nursing/

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How to Meet requirements by the next two application deadlines.

 
The Next two nursing deadlines are March 20, 2020, for a Fall 2020 start and September 20, 2020, for a Spring 2021 start.
 

Fall 2020 Applicants

For students attempting a Fall 2020 start, they will need to finish all entry requirements and have a transfer credit posted to their account no later than March 20, 2020. Students that are still missing course work should explore taking a first eight-week course. You can find these for PSY 230, BIO 141, SDV 101, ENG 111, and many others. These courses all end before the March 20, 2020 deadline and can be used to apply.
 
Be warned that if you plan on transferring courses, they need to be posted by that deadline.
 

Spring 2021 Applicants

Spring 2021 applicants have all of the spring and all of the summer to finish any missing requirements. You can take some full semester-length courses spring and summer and still meet the September 20, deadline. 
 

Avoid common pitfalls that will disqualify your application 

Don't forget that the most common reason an application is disqualified is that they have failed to satisfy one or more requirements. Do not assume you have met any requirements, verify that you have. As always, visit our application portal and review your information session and requirements document. www.nvcc.edu/medical/apply 

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On 8/12/2019 at 11:06 AM, aspiringRN801 said:

Hi - I'm applying for Spring 2020. I was actually accepted for Fall 2019 but cannot go at this time so need to reapply. I'm wondering about the TEAS scores and eligibility. I took the TEAS in February 2019. For this cycle, do the TEAS scores need to be taken during the application period, or is it okay that I submit scores from last Feb? In this blog post:  https://blogs.nvcc.edu/mecexchange/2019/07/, and using the eligibility checker it says Were your ATI TEAS taken on or after Tuesday, September 20, 2016? , so I assume my scores are ok, but I'm wondering why in the last cycle they didn't accept scores unless they were taken during the application period? 

That rule applied to that application cycle. The current Health Sciences & Nursing TEAS Information document on the www.nvcc.edu/medical/apply portal states that your ATI TEAS results are good for Three Years.

As long as the scores meet the minimums for the cycle you are applying for and the scores are still valid you can use them to apply. 

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17 minutes ago, Bkk812 said:

Meccounselor, yes I have an A in bio 141!

I took it at another school and it transfered,i will get an a in 142 as well. Finishing psy 230 now and applying in january!

Excellent, If you get an A in PSY 230 that would be top marks on two of the four areas that points are assigned for. Don't forget to also take the ATI TEAS seriously. We look forward to seeing your application.  

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I got a B in psy 230 and a C in bio 141. If i retake both, and get As, will they rank my application based on my first grades or the grades i got after the retake? Or are the grades averaged? 

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1 hour ago, Hope92 said:

I got a B in psy 230 and a C in bio 141. If i retake both, and get As, will they rank my application based on my first grades or the grades i got after the retake? Or are the grades averaged? 

NOVA always uses your most recent grades. If you could only take one then we would say retake BIO 141 and improve your TEAS or if you haven't take any co-requisites do that. Not everyone that got in had Straight A's in the BIO 141/PSY 230 but most had at least an A/B in the two-plus either high TEAS and/or co-requisite courses.

Maybe consider retaking BIO 141 and another co-requisite course plus a bump in your TEAS. 

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Thank you for replying. I am kind of embarrassed to say this but I got a C in BIO 142 as well. Should I retake BIO 142 as well along with BIO 141 and take BIO 150?

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