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The two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing at NOVA prepares students for a successful career in nursing. The curriculum is designed to prepare selected students for eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and a future career as a registered nurse (RN) providing and coordinating care for patients in a variety of healthcare settings.

Dean's Welcome

Dear Prospective Nursing Student:

I am very pleased that you are considering applying to the Nursing program at Northern Virginia Community College. Your first step is to review the Nursing Information Session and Nursing Program Information document. Be sure to carefully review the information document and the mandatory information session. 

Once you have reviewed these, if you still have questions, you may visit one of the NOVA Students Service Centers to meet with an admissions counselor. An admissions counselor can explain the program options and provide the best guidance regarding program pre-requisites, transfer credits, and the admissions process. Our Student Service Centers will see you on a walk-in basis.

I wish you the best in your academic  endeavors. 


Dr. Marsha Atkins
Dean of Nursing

The Nursing Program at NOVA

  • Full-Time 5 semester program: first semester students take the pre-requisite course work to prepare for applying to the program.
  • Classes begin every August.
  • Lecture and Labs are held at the Medical Education Campus in Springfield, VA.
  • Dedicated Nursing lab.
  • State of the art Simulation lab.
  • The NOVA Nursing Curriculum is fully approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing (VBON), located at Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463.
  • The Associate Degree in Nursing Program at NOVA is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326.
  • Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®)
  • View NCLEX-RN pass rates for the last five years.

Contact & Office Information

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The Nursing division is located at the Medical campus. It is led by an academic dean with an associate dean.

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Information Session

The first step to beginning nursing career training at NOVA is review the information session.

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