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Practical Nursing

DIVISION OF NURSING

Bethany FilesBethany Files
Program Coordinator

bfiles@meridiancc.edu
601.484.8711

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The Practical Nursing Program provides educational opportunities for personal as well as intellectual development to help meet the health care needs of the community. The Practical Nursing Program is accredited by the State of Mississippi Department of Education through the Mississippi Community College Board and by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc, on, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 1 404 975-5000. Please visit the ACEN website at www.acenursing.org to learn more about their mission, goals, and benefits of program accreditation.

The Practical Nursing Program is a one-year certificate program. The program of learning is designed to teach the student basic nursing skills in the college laboratory and by caring for patients in affiliated clinical agencies. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to apply to the Mississippi Board of Nursing to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN)®, a national examination for licensure. For more information read the gainful employment disclosure.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

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Legal Limitations for Licensure as a Practical Nurse:
Information related to applying for licensure to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse, upon completion of the Practical Nursing Program, is contained in the Mississippi Nursing Practice Law and Administrative Code. Graduates must apply to the Mississippi Board of Nursing to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensed Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN®). Practical Nursing Program applicants should be aware of the following restriction regarding who may qualify to write the NCLEX-PN®:

“The Board may, in its discretion, refuse to accept the application of any person who has been convicted of a criminal offense under any provision of Title 97 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as now or hereafter amended or any provision of this chapter.”* *Mississippi Nursing Practice Law
In addition to regular College tuition and fees, students have additional expenses for clinical apparel, standardized testing, books and insurance. A detailed cost sheet is available from the Program coordinator. Students are responsible for their own transportation between the College and clinical agencies.