Practical Nursing

Find Your Wings

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.

Progression:  A minimum grade of 80 is required in each course.  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 admission requirements) must include one of the following:

  • Must have an ACT composite score of 16 (12 if taken before October 1989) with a subscore of 12 in Math and Reading;
  • Score 71 or higher on the Traditional ACCUPLACER Reading Section and a 61 or above on the Arithmetic Section;
    Score 250 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Next Gen Reading Section and a 250 or above on the Arithmetic Section or 231 or higher for QAS/Algebra Section;
  • Complete the following courses within the last five years earning a grade of “C” or above: Human Growth and Development (EPY 2533), Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 2513/2511, 2523/2521), and Nutrition (BIO 1613 or HEC 1253); and
  • Provide evidence of the equivalent to the requirements above, subject to the approval of the Registrar of the local community/junior college; and
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 2.00 (“C” average) on all previous college coursework; and
  • Attend a PN information session and take a standardized admission assessment test.  Students will receive notice from the Registrar’s Office about scheduling their Information Session and admission assessment test.

 

If a student currently enrolled in the Nursing Program is prohibited from participating in clinical experiences by any clinical affiliate of Meridian Community College (e.g., positive drug screen, gregarious behavior, violation of patient safety, non-compliance with the College’s “Student Behavior Code,” etc.)” then the student will be dismissed from the program of study.  The student is not eligible for program readmission unless the clinical restriction is removed.

The PN Admissions Committee will select each semester’s class from the pool of applicants who meet minimum admission requirements.  Any application with incomplete records will not be considered for admission.  The admission process is competitive, and completion of minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission.  Priority consideration for admission will be given as follows:

  1. In-district students who have taken coursework at MCC;
  2. Out-of-district students who have taken coursework at MCC;
  3. Mississippi residents with no MCC coursework;
  4. Out-of-state students.  Check with the Health Education 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 will be scheduled after enrollment.  

All students admitted into the program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and a background check, which will be performed after admission and prior to clinical laboratories.  These fees will be attached as registration fees. Mississippi Law requires health care professionals or Workforce Education students enrolled in programs whose primary purpose is to prepare professionals to render patient care services to submit to a criminal background check and fingerprinting prior to beginning any clinical rotation in a licensed health care entity. If such fingerprinting or criminal background check of the student disclose a felony conviction, guilty plea or plea of nolo contendere to a felony of possession or sale of drugs, murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, rape, sexual battery, sex offense listed in Section 45-33-23 (g), child abuse, arson, grand larceny, burglary, gratification of lust, aggravated assault or felonious abuse and/or battery of a vulnerable adult which has not been reversed on appeal or for which a pardon has not been granted, the student shall not be eligible to be admitted to such health program of study, nor will he/she be eligible to participate in clinical training in a licensed entity. In addition, clinical affiliates have identified “other exclusions” or other criminal offenses that will preclude a student from participating in the clinical practicum.  The student’s eligibility to participate in the clinical training phase of their health care program shall be voided if the student receives a disqualifying criminal record check; therefore, the student will be dismissed from the Nursing Program. For additional information, please contact the Health Education Advisor.

Deadlines for submitting application information are October 1st for spring admission and March 1st for fall admission.  The application information due by October 1st or March 1st includes submission of all official transcripts, national ACT score, ACCUPLACER score and MCC admission application for the semester admission is being sought.

Students in the traditional Practical Nursing Program must attend MCC full-time (15 or more semester credit hours).

 
FALL ADMISSION or SPRING ADMISSION
FIRST SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
PNV 1213 Body Structure and Function 3
PNV 1443 Nursing Fundamentals and  Clinical 13
PNV 1911 Practical Nursing Seminar I 1
  Semester Hours 17
SECOND SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
PNV 1666 Medical Surgical Nursing Concepts and Clinical 6
PNV 1676 Alterations in Adult Health Concepts and Clinical 6
PNV 1524 IV Therapy and Pharmacology 4
PNV 1921 Practical Nursing Seminar II 1
  Semester Hours 17
THIRD SEMESTER
COURSE NUMBER COURSE DESCRIPTION HOURS
PNV 1715 Maternal-Child Nursing 5
PNV 1813 Mental Health Nursing 3
PNV 1914 Nursing Transition 4
  Semester Hours 12
Total Semester Hours 46

PART-TIME  |  FIRST SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
PNV 1213 Body Structure and Function 3
PNV 1426 Nursing Fundamentals 6
  Semester Hours 9
SECOND SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
PNV 1437 Nursing Fundamentals Lab and Clinical 7
PNV 1911 Practical Nursing Seminar I 1
  Semester Hours 8
THIRD SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
PNV 1715 Maternal-Child Nursing 5
PNV 1813 Mental Health Nursing 3
  Semester Hours 8
FORTH SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
PNV 1524 IV Therapy  and Pharmacology 4
PNV 1666 Medical Surgical Nursing Concepts and Clinical 6
PNV 1921 Practical Nursing Seminar II 1
  Semester Hours 11
FIFTH SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
PNV 1676 Alterations in Adult Health Concepts and Clinical 6
PNV 1914 Nursing Transition 4
  Semester Hours 10
Total Semester Hours 46

Program accreditation is an indicator of a "quality educational program” that meets national standards.  Meridian Community College Practical Nursing Program is accredited by The Mississippi Community College Board Office of Workforce, Career, and Technical Education.* The program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; Phone: 404.975.5000.  www.acenursing.org. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nursing program is continuing accreditation (revisit in Fall 2024). View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm outgoing link

 

Program Outcomes: PN
Updated: February 25, 2021

NCLEX-PN ® 1st time testers

Completion Rate in  150% of Alloted Time

Placement Rate (Number of Respondents Working 1 year post Graduation in Position requiring LPN License)

2020 MCC: 81%

(n=36/29)

National Average: 83.08%

2019-2020: 62.5%

May 2019 graduates: 100%

August 2019 graduates: 94%

December 2019 graduates: Pending

2019 MCC: 81%

(n=47/58)

National Average: 85.63%

2018-2019: 78%

August 2018 graduates: 100%

December 2018 graduates: 100%

 

2018 MCC: 80% (n=39/49)

National Average: 85.93%

2017-2018: 77%

May 2017 graduates: 95%

August 2017 graduates: 100%

December 2017 graduates: 100%

 

MCC’s Practical Nursing program is a program that meets the education requirements for a Practical Nurse license in MS, and qualifies graduates to take the NCLEX PN®, a national examination for licensure. Requirements for nursing licensure vary from state to state. The Practical Nursing program at MCC has not made a determination on whether the certificate meets the state education requirements for other US States, Territories, or the District of Columbia. Professional licensing requirements for all states can be found here.  Board of Nursing Professional Licensure Requirements  outbound link
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Maternal-Child Nursing
  • IV Therapy and Pharmacology
  • Nursing Transition
  • $36,442 Salary Range upon completion
  • $40,228 Salary Range after five-years

For more informationFor more information:
Bethany Files, coordinator
bfiles@meridiancc.edu
601.484.8711

For more informationFor more information:
Anna Hall, advisor
ahall4@meridiancc.edu
601.484.8629