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Welcome to the Medical Education Campus at NOVA!

Let us help you get started in your new healthcare career.

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

Steps to Submit an Eligible Application to the Health Sciences and Nursing Programs

  • 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

In-person sessions held at the MEC in Springfield, Virginia or an online real-time session are required for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Prospective Student Workshop), Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapist Assistant programs.

  • 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 completed courses at another college or university besides NOVA, including another Virginia Community College.

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

Important Facts to Keep in Mind Before Requesting Evaluation

  • Transcript evaluation is completed through the NOVA College Records Office.
  • Evaluation may take up to 12 weeks so complete your request as soon as possible.
  • All needed transfer credit must be posted to your record before applying to an HSN program.
  • Applications with pending evaluations after the deadline will not be considered.
  • You must submit a separate request for each transcript evaluation or re-evaluation.
  • You must submit Form 125-049E and indicate which HSN program you are applying to for your transcripts to be accurately evaluated for your desired program.
  • HSN applicants will not be placed in their desired program until after official acceptance.
  • HSN applicants that need to be placed in a credit program for evaluation may email virtualadvising@nvcc.edu to request placement in the General Studies Health Sciences program.
  • Science courses must be within 10 years to be accepted for most HSN programs. Science courses must be within 5 years to apply to the DMS and OTA programs.
  • If a program requires a B or better grade, it is the responsibility of the applicant to check the original transcript to make sure the completed course meets the grade requirement. The College Records Office may transfer courses with a C or better grade, but this does not mean the program will accept it.
  • Minus grades are not used at NOVA so a B- grade will transfer as a C; an A- grade transfers as a B.
  • Look for an email sent to your VCCS student account with your completed evaluation.
  • Send an email to askthecro@nvcc.edu with any questions about your evaluation.

Transcripts cannot be evaluated close to or at the program deadline! If you apply to an HSN program without allowing enough time for your evaluation, you accept the risk that your application may be denied for incomplete requirements.

Follow the procedures listed below for the type of evaluation you are requesting:

I took classes at another VCCS college (Virginia Community College System)

  • You do not need to submit a copy of your VCCS college transcript
  • Complete Form 125-049E Transfer Credit Evaluation Request. You will need to log in with your myNOVA credentials.
  • For the question “Are you applying to a Nursing or Health Sciences program”, select yes and then select the HSN program you are applying to from the dropdown box
  • While waiting for evaluation, you may check if your school is listed in the Transfer Evaluation System to view what courses have previously transferred to NOVA.
  • If your course and/or school are not listed in TES, you may still be eligible for credit but will need to wait for your evaluation to be completed by the CRO.

I took classes at another accredited college or university within the United States

  • Submit official and sealed or electronic transcripts to the College Records Office
  • Complete Form 125-049E Transfer Credit Evaluation Request. You will need to log in with your myNOVA credentials.
  • For the question “Are you applying to a Nursing or Health Sciences program”, select yes and then select the HSN program you are applying to from the dropdown box.
  • While waiting for evaluation, you may check if your school is listed in the Transfer Evaluation System to view what courses have previously transferred to NOVA.
  • If your course and/or school are not listed in TES, you may still be eligible for credit but will need to wait for your evaluation to be completed by the CRO.

I took classes at an accredited college/university or completed high school outside the United States

  • Have your transcript evaluated course-by-course by an international evaluation agency.
  • Submit the official sealed evaluation report to the College Records Office.
  • Complete Form 125-049E Transfer Credit Evaluation Request. You will need to log in with your myNOVA credentials.
  • For the question “Are you applying to a Nursing or Health Sciences program”, select yes and then select the HSN program you are applying to from the dropdown box

Remember, make sure to indicate on your request form which HSN program you are applying to for an accurate evaluation. Complete a separate form per program if you plan to apply to multiple programs.

image of the question "Are you applying to a Nursing or Health Sciences program?" on the Transfer Credit Evaluation form. Select yes and then select the HSN program from the dropdown box.

This step is only required for the following programs:

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, and Physical Therapist Assistant

What is the TEAS test?

  • TEAS is a timed, computer‐based assessment that evaluates academic preparedness of students applying to medical education programs
  • It must be completed by all applicants regardless of prior college experience if the program requires it
  • TEAS is comprised of 170 questions presented in a multiple-choice format with four-option answers
  • Questions are designed to test basic academic skills in Reading, Math, English, and Science

Visit Health Sciences & Nursing TEAS Information for more information including study suggestions, score requirements, and sign-up instructions.

  • See Health Sciences & Nursing Requirements & 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

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

Need additional help?

Visit Requirements and Deadlines to see the application requirements and deadlines for the Health Sciences and Nursing programs. 

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