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Practical Nursing - Certificate
Lara Collum, program coordinator
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.
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)®, . Applicants to the Practical Nursing Program 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, 2010.
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.
Progression: A minimum grade of 80 is required in each course. Clinical and lab grades are given as satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Satisfactory clinical and lab performance is required for progression. Satisfactory demonstration of a pattern of responsible behavior is necessary for progression as outlined in the Practical Nursing Student Handbook. All program policies regarding attendance, curriculum requirements and behavior must be met for progression.
Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general requirements):
Must have an ACT composite score of 16 (12 if taken before October 1989) with a subscore of 12 in Math and Reading;
Score a 71 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Reading Section and a 61 or above on the Arithmetic Section;
Complete the following courses within the last five years with a grade of "C" or better: Human Growth and Development (EPY 2533), Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO 2514, 2524), and Nutrition (BIO 1613 or HEC 1253);
Provide evidence of the equivalent to the requirements above subject to approval of the registrar of the community college;
Have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 ("C" average) on all previous college courses;
Attend a PN Information Session and take a standardized admission assessment test. Students will receive notice from the Admissions Office about scheduling their Information Session and admission assessment test.
The PN Admissions Committee will select each year’s class from the pool of applicants who meet minimum admission requirements. The admission process is competitive and completion of mimimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission. Check with the Admissions Office and/or the Occupational Advisor for selection details and deadlines.
After program admission and prior to enrollment, students must receive CPR certification and a Mantoux Two-Step TB Skin Test. Students must provide proof of immunization for MMR. Drug Screening Test will be scheduled after enrollment.
All students admitted into the Program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and background checks, which will be done after admission and prior to clinical laboratories. These fees will be attached as registration fees. There are certain convictions that will prevent an individual being eligible to participate in clinical experiences. If a student is unable to participate in clinical experiences, he/she will be dismissed from the Program. For additional information, please contact the nursing counselor or your advisor.
Deadlines for submitting application information are March 1st for fall admission and October 1st for Spring admission.
Admission requirements, curriculum, and other program information subject to change. See your program advisor/counselor for additional information.