Application Requirements

Application Process for Health Sciences and Nursing Programs

Follow these steps to ensure a successful application:

  • Apply to NOVA  as a degree-seeking student.
  • Reapply if it has been more than 3 semesters since you enrolled in a course.
  • Did you know?
    • Students may be initially placed in the General Studies Health Sciences major to complete pre-requisites or to request transfer credit evaluation.
    • Program placement to a Health Sciences or Nursing major will only happen after official acceptance.

Complete the program Information Session.

  • Sessions may be updated annually; check back after the application deadline
  • Some sessions may be attended online while other sessions require in-person attendance
  • Refer to the program website for dates and rooms
  • Arrive on time or you must attend another date
  • Please do not bring children or guests

Did you know?

  • Codes are provided at information sessions as proof of attendance
  • You will need to submit the code with your online application

This step is only required for students who have completed courses at another college or university besides NOVA, including another Virginia Community College.

It is not required if you complete all requirements at NOVA.

Transcript Evaluation Process

This step is only required for certain programs. View Health Sciences & Nursing TEAS Information for more information.

The Health Sciences and Nursing programs have a separate process to apply after application to NOVA. Refer to the dates below to determine when you may submit an online Health Sciences and Nursing application after you have completed and met all application requirements.

HSN Program HSN Application opens at midnight on: HSN Application closes at 11:59 pm on:
Clinical Data Coding April 1 April 15
Dental Assisting May 1 May 15
Dental Hygiene February 1 February 15
Diagnostic Medical Sonography May 1 May 15
Emergency Medical Services Apply any time Apply any time
Health Information Management April 1 April 15
Medical Laboratory Assisting February 15 March 1
Medical Laboratory Technology February 15 March 1
Nursing March 1 (August start)
September 1 (January start)
March 15 (August start)
September 15 (January start)
Occupational Therapy Assistant May 1 May 15
Phlebotomy February 15 (August start)
September 1 (January start)
March 1 (August start)
September 10 (January start)
Physical Therapist Assistant March 1 March 15
A second window will be opened if the program does not fill:
May 1 May 15
Radiography April 1 April 15
Respiratory Therapy May 15 May 31
Radiation Oncology Application packets must be submitted directly to Virginia Western Community College from October 1 to March 15. Virginia Western will review all applications and contact applicants for an interview.

*Please note that, per VCCS policy, a previous grade of a “P+” denotes that the student passed the course with a grade of a “C” or higher. Also, a previous grade of a “P-“ denotes that the student passed the course with a grade of a “D.” As per this policy, a grade of a “P+” or “P-“ will not impact the student’s GPA. In the competitive admissions process, a “P+” translates into a letter grade of a “C.”

  • See Application Deadlines for the year you plan to apply or attend the program Information Session to get the specific application requirements for your program
  • Plan your schedule so all requirements will be done by the deadline
  • Allow enough time for retests if TEAS testing is required

Application Requirements

Did you know?

  • Final grades for all pre-requisite courses must be posted before applying
  • Transfer credit and credit by exam results must be posted before applying
  • Transcripts from outside NOVA cannot be evaluated close to or at the deadline
  • Applicants may declare the General Studies Health Sciences major to complete HSN program requirements
  • Applicants will not be placed in their desired HSN program until after official acceptance
  • Your application will be marked ineligible if any requirements are missing

  • Submit an online Health Sciences & Nursing Application within the specified application period
  • Attach all supporting documents if required by the program (see Attachments chart)
  • Complete a separate application for each program
  • Allow up to 8 weeks after the deadline for a status notification

Did you know?

  • The online application will only allow submission within the application period
  • Application periods open at midnight on the start date and close at 11:59 pm on the end date
  • Your application will be marked ineligible if any requirements or needed attachments are missing
  • There are 4 steps of application review:
    Step 1 – review of application criteria
    Step 2 – domicile review
    Step 3 – ranking of applicants
    Step 4 – final notification from the program
  • All notifications will be sent to your email
  • Additional information may be requested so check your email frequently and respond promptly
  • Ineligible applications will not be forwarded for ranking
  • All accepted applicants must attend a mandatory program orientation to secure their spot in the program

Did you know?

  • Health Sciences and Nursing programs require a separate application process
  • Each program has its own application requirements
  • There are specific deadlines when students may apply
  • Class sizes depend on clinical site and lab space availability
  • Detailed information is provided in the program Information Session

Next Steps

Additional requirements must be met to attend clinicals. They are not needed to apply. More information about these requirements are provided to students after acceptance to the program. These include but are not limited to:

The Criminal Background Check Policy for the Health Sciences and Nursing programs reads as follows:

“An annual criminal background check and drug screen will be required as clinical affiliates mandate this requirement in affiliation agreements. Unresolved issues presented in the criminal background checks or drug screens will prevent clinical placement resulting in the student’s failure to meet program objectives. 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 more than seven years ago.

These are convictions that will automatically prevent employment in jobs involving direct patient care per the Code of Virginia.


It is important to note that the policy stated above is only applicable for admission to the Health Sciences and Nursing programs at the Medical Education Campus of NOVA. Each program has a licensing or certification agency that may require additional background checks or drug screens to obtain licensure. They may also have their own policies for the types of convictions they screen for that may prevent employment.

Potential applicants with criminal convictions or charges that have questions on how this may impact licensure and/or employment in their desired field of study should refer to the appropriate licensing or certification agency for the program.

The drug screen is a standard 12-panel test conducted by collecting a urine sample. Instructions on where to go to complete the drug screen are provided by the background check company after placing the order. Applicants with legal prescriptions may contact the company to provide the prescription after testing positive for the substance.

Background checks and drug screens are completed through an outside company. They are not required for application to the program. Instructions on how to order the background check and drug screen are provided to students after acceptance.

Students must comply with all clinical requirements that may be mandated by a clinical affiliate. This may include additional background checks or drug screens required by the affiliate.