Dual Enrollment Option

Earn College Credits In High School!

Approved junior and senior high school students (and approved freshmen and sophomores, each will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis) taking Exploring The Language of Medicine are eligible to earn Dual Enrollment college credits through Northern Virginia Community College, while still in high school.  In addition, the FCPS School Board approved an additional weight of 1.0 for all dual enrollment courses.  Dual enrolled courses and the process of acceptance are FREE to the student's approved for these DE courses in high school.   This is a student option and not a requirement. 

Students interested in Dual Enrollment (DE) must register with NOVA, through the students base school counselor from January 16 - March 23, 2024 .

Benefits of Dual Enrollment credits:

Dual enrollment can provide students an opportunity to enhance their education by enrolling early in college courses. This allows students to progress toward their next academic goal without having to wait until high school graduation.

  • Allows students to receive high school and college credit simultaneously.
  • Provides students a weighted grade of 1.0 for all  dual enrollment courses.
  • Can eliminate the duplication of courses taken in high school and in college.
  • Permits students to accumulate credits prior to entering college so they are able to graduate from college early or on time.
  • Facilitates a seamless transition from high school to college. Students can experience how high school classes compare to college courses and how college professors differ from high school teachers.
  • Engages students by enhancing student learning throughout the senior year of high school.
  • Can lower the cost of a post-secondary education.

Dual Enrollment Qualifications:

To qualify to receive DE credits for Exploring the Language of Medicine students must meet the following requirements:

  • Students must have either a 2.0 GPA or meet the English test score requirements below, for this non-transferrable course:

Academy courses eligible for Dual Enrollment credit are:

ENG Test Test Component(s) Score Requirement
PSAT 10 or NMSQT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 390 or higher
SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 480 or higher
ACT English AND Reading 18 or higher
AP English Literature OR Language & Composition 3 or higher
VPT English Virginia Placement Test qualifying score in NOVA's student information system - taken at a NOVA campus.
High School CourseNOVA CourseNOVA Course TitleCredits
Exploring the Language of MedicineHLT 141Medical Terminology1