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How can I get information on the Allied Health programs at the Medical Education Campus?

The first step to apply to any Allied Health program is to attend an Information Session. The Information Session will give you all the details about the program, including the pre-admission requirements and how to apply. Some programs have online Information Sessions that you can complete at any time while other programs require attendance at an in-person session. Information Sessions may be updated annually.

I have already taken some classes at another college and/or have a previous college degree. How can I find out if these courses will apply to the Allied Health program I want to attend?

You will need to submit official transcripts for evaluation and download and complete the Request for Evaluation of Transcript form (PDF) to find out if your previous courses will transfer to NOVA. Official transcripts and your completed request form should be submitted to:

MEC Student Services - Room 202
6699 Springfield Center Drive
Springfield, VA 22150

Transcript evaluation with the transcript request form can take 6-8 weeks, so submit your transcripts and transcript request form as EARLY as possible.

For programs with minimum grade requirements, students must have the specified grade requirement to be eligible for admission. General Education requirements are automatically met by having a Masters, Bachelors, Associate of Arts, or Associate of Science degree from an accredited U.S. institution. General education requirements are not automatically met by having an Associate of Applied Science degree, or an international degree from outside the United States, but students may submit official transcripts for evaluation to see if individual courses may transfer.

A prior college degree will not automatically waive Math, Science, and Computer courses that may be required by a specific Allied Health program. These courses must be taken or the equivalent courses transferred in from an accredited U.S. institution, and must meet the specified grade requirement for the desired program. Science courses must be within 10 years to be accepted. For more information on transferring courses, please see the current Credit for Prior Manual.

How can I tell if my transcripts have been evaluated?

Log into NOVAConnect, the student information system and select Self-Service > Transfer Credit > View Transfer Credit Report. If your transcripts have been evaluated and you received transfer credit for your prior courses, it will be displayed in this report. Please allow six to eight weeks for United States transcripts to be evaluated, and eight to 10 weeks for international transcripts. If you have questions about your transcript evaluation, please visit the Student Services office at the Medical Education Campus in Room 202.

If you have a BA, BS, AS, or AA from an accredited College then your English, SDV, and general education courses have been met by the degree and will not appear in transfer credits. The student advisement report will not list them separately as required courses, but will display the message “GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT MET FOR STUDENTS WITH PREVIOUS EXTERNAL DEGREES.”

If you are applying to a program that requires a B or higher grade for the pre-requisites, then your grades will be verified using your external college transcripts and you do not need to have your grades listed separately on your NOVA advisement report for these courses.

I already took an English or Math course at another school. Do I still have to take the English or Math placement test?

You will need to submit official transcripts for evaluation and download and complete the Request for Evaluation of Transcript form (PDF) to find out if your previous courses will transfer to NOVA. Official transcripts and your completed request form should be submitted to:

MEC Student Services - Room 202
6699 Springfield Center Drive
Springfield, VA 22150

Transcript evaluation with the transcript request form can take 6-8 weeks so submit your transcripts and transcript request form as EARLY as possible. If the classes transfer and meet the requirement for the desired program, then placement testing can be waived.

I took SDV 100 or another SDV course. Do I still have to take SDV 101?

No, you do not have to take SDV 101 if you have already completed another SDV course.

I am currently enrolled in a prerequisite course, but it will not be finished until after the program deadline. Can I still turn in an application if I provide proof that I am doing well in the course?

No, you may NOT submit an application to the program until all prerequisites are completed and a final grade and all applicable transfer credit is posted. If you submit an application while you are still enrolled in a prerequisite course or before any external transcripts have been evaluated, it will not be accepted. There are NO exceptions to this requirement.

I missed the deadline to submit my application. Is there anything else I can be doing while I’m waiting to apply to the next session?

If you have not already done so, you may complete any of the general education courses while you are waiting to apply. You may also retake any prerequisite courses to obtain a better grade to make yourself more competitive and increase your chance of being accepted to your desired program.

Can the Allied Health programs be completed on a part-time basis?

Most of the Allied Health programs (with the exception of Health Information Management) are full-time programs, and students must take all the courses as listed in the curriculum each semester.

Can I work full-time and still attend the program?

The Allied Health programs are intensive, and it is highly recommended that students work no more than 20 hours while attending the program. Any work schedules that students have must be arranged around the designated days and times for the lectures, labs, and clinicals for the program.

I need to be in a curricular program to receive financial aid but I am still working on the prerequisites. How can I receive financial aid?

You may declare General Studies as your major while you are waiting to be officially accepted into your desired Allied Health program.

I did my high school and/or college outside of the United States. How can I get credit for the courses I took in my home country?

If your high school or college was completed outside of the United States, you MUST have your transcripts evaluated COURSE-BY-COURSE by an international evaluation service.

You will also need to download and complete the Request for Evaluation of Transcript form (PDF). Official transcript evaluations and your completed request form should be submitted to:

MEC Student Services - Room 202
6699 Springfield Center Drive
Springfield, VA 22150

Transcript evaluation with transcript request form can take 6-8 weeks to complete, so submit your transcript evaluation with the transcript request form as EARLY as possible.

I’m an international/out-of-state student. Can I apply to the Allied Health programs?

Any students who have met the required prerequisites may apply to the Allied Health programs, but international and out-of-state students should note the following priority admission policy:

Students are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, except in restricted programs or when enrollment must be limited. In such cases, priority will be given in the following order:

  1. Legal residents domiciled in the cities and counties supporting the College
  2. Other Virginia legal residents
  3. Out-of-state applicants
  4. International students requiring Form I-20

For certain Nursing/Allied Health programs, “counties supporting the College” may include those in which clinical affiliates have contractual agreements with NOVA.

How much does the program cost?

Current tuition costs for NOVA can be found here. Students can use the current tuition rate and multiply this by the number of required credits for their desired program to find an approximate cost of the program. Program curriculums are available in the current college catalog. Tuition rates are subject to change. Additional fees are required for textbooks, uniforms and program patches, any required lab or clinical equipment, and any applicable licensure application or testing fees.

Will I be assigned an advisor who will help me once I get into my program?

Students will be assigned a faculty advisor after being accepted to their program. Academic advisors are available in Student Services, Room 202 at the Medical Education Campus for students who need advising while completing their prerequisites for their desired program.

How will I know if I have been accepted to the program?

Each Allied Health department will review all the applications received and will mail letters to all applicants notifying them of their acceptance status.

Do I have to get my physical completed before I apply to the program?

Students should wait to get their physical completed after they have been accepted by the department to their desired program. Only accepted applicants will receive instructions on how and when to obtain a physical.

I have a criminal conviction on my record. How will this affect me getting into the program?

Certain criminal convictions may prevent licensure in Virginia and may also prohibit employment in certain health care settings. In addition to felony convictions (including barrier crimes outlined in the Code of Virginia), students will also be screened for misdemeanor drug and alcohol convictions. An exception is made for a single alcohol related misdemeanor conviction that occurred more than five years ago. Students who are identified by the criminal background agency as having such convictions will not be eligible to participate in clinical education.

Who can I talk to if I have additional questions about the Allied Health programs?

After you have completed/attended an Information Session, you may visit the Medical Education Campus and talk with an advisor in Student Services, Room 202, during open business hours. Advisors can provide assistance with course selection, transcript evaluation, or questions about the Allied Health programs and admission process.