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  • 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, the online Hybrid RN and the LPN to RN transition tracks.

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    • Accreditations ACEN Accredited
    • Location Annandale, Virginia
    • Programs ASN/ADN, Other
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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. The Extended Learning Institute offers Online learning.

    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. Four semesters in length, this curriculum is a combination of online and face-to-face lectures, skills laboratory, and clinical practice. The classes begin in the fall semester, have a summer break, and resume with classes and graduation at the end of the fourth semester. 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).

    Online Hybrid Registered Nurse (RN) Track

    The Online Hybrid Registered Nurse Track is a combination of live lectures hosted online as well as internet activities, like Blackboard discussion boards, as well as supervised in-person lab and clinical practice that is completed within the Northern Virginia area. This track is also 4 semesters in length. Courses are attended online but on a designated day and time. Mandatory 12 credits of prerequisites are required before applying to the nursing track. 

    Admission Requirements (the academic year 2018-2019 – not all inclusive)

    1. Be 18 years of age or older
    2. Comply with all general admission requirements for Allied Health and Nursing Programs listed
    3. Complete an online Nursing information session
    4. Meet the specific requirements for admission to the Nursing Program
    5. Hold a high school diploma or General Educational Development Test certification (GED).
    6. Completed one 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
    7. 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
    8. Minimum 2.5 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
    9. 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.
    10. Successful completion of the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR course prior to registering for the first nursing course
    11. Completed health examination/physical form signed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner with all required immunizations prior to beginning the nursing program

    LPN to RN Track

    The Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN to RN) Transition Track is for the current, actively licensed LPN. There is extensive prerequisite coursework required as well as two transitional classes in the fall semester. Students will transition into the Traditional Registered Nurse Track during the second semester of the first year of the nursing program. Graduation for students is at the end of the second spring semester.

    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 2018 Pass Rates

    Traditional Registered Nurse Track - 89.87%

    Online Hybrid Registered Nurse Track - 100%

    Edited by Joe V

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