Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the largest public educational institution in Virginia and the second-largest community college in the United States. Nursing programs include the traditional Registered Nurse (RN) AAS degree track. Students Schools Scholarships

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In 1964, the public institution, Northern Virginia Technical College NOVA, was founded. In 1966, the name was changed to Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).

There are six campuses located in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield, and Woodbridge. There are also centers in Arlington, Manassas, and Reston.

In essence, the mission of Northern Virginia Community College is to provide exceptional quality campus and online teaching and learning environments that, in turn, ensure the Commonwealth of Virginia has an educated population and globally competitive workforce. Since 1964, NOVA has been living the mission.

Traditional Registered Nurse (RN) Track – Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

The Traditional Registered Nurse Track is for the traditional student who would like to become a registered nurse. This is a full-time, 5-semester program. First semester students take the pre-requisite course work to prepare for applying to the program. The nursing program accepts students every Fall and every Spring. Lecture and simulation labs are held at the Medical Education Campus in Springfield, VA. Prerequisites are required, 12 credit hours, before applying to the nursing program. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) leading to state licensure as a registered nurse (RN). 

Admission Requirements 2018-2019 (not all-inclusive)

  1. 18 years of age or older
  2. General admission requirements for Allied Health and Nursing Programs listed
  3. Meet the specific requirements for admission to the Nursing Program
  4. High school diploma or GED Test certification
  5. 1 unit of high school-level algebra and two units of science (1 unit of biology and 1 unit of Chemistry) with a grade of "C" or higher
  6. Qualify for MTH 151 through acceptable scores on the College math placement test - requirement must be met prior to the student sitting for the Nursing Pre-Admission Test
  7. Minimum 2.5 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
  8. Successfully complete and achieve satisfactory scores on the Nursing Pre-Admission Test. 3 sections of the ATI-TEAS tests® are necessary to complete with minimum scores of 78% or higher on each section: English, Mathematics, and Reading. Students may take the test three times only. The latest result must be within three years of admission to the Nursing Program.
  9. Successful completion of the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR course prior to registering for the first nursing course
  10. Completed health examination/physical form signed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner with all required immunizations prior to beginning the nursing program

Approval and Accreditation

The Virginia State Board of Nursing has approved all nursing programs at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).

The Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree.

NCLEX 3rd Quarter 2019 Pass Rates

  • Traditional Registered Nurse Track - 86.29%
  • Online Hybrid Registered Nurse Track - 92.31%

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