Application Process

Department of Nursing Education

 

ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING

                                   

101 Hwy 11 North, BOX 5760

Poplarville, MS 39470

Office:  (601) 403-1016/1017 FAX: (601) 403-1275

 

Email Questions:

adn.applications@prcc.edu

 

Completed applications are only accepted via US postal service or via drop-box located in nursing lobby.

If mailed must be postmarked by:

          February 21st for Fall semester consideration

          September 25th for Spring semester consideration

 

If hand delivered, must be placed in the nursing drop-box by:

           March 1st for Fall semester consideration 

           October 1st for Spring semester consideration

 

In addition to all PRCC admission requirements, the ADN program has a separate admission process with specific program requirements as listed below:

 

ADN applicant or LPN to ADN applicant:

Note: Must be an LPN to apply for the LPN to ADN program option.

  •  Copy of PRCC student acceptance.
  • Completed ADN application.
  • Copy of ACT score, if applicable.
  • Copy of transcript(s) from all colleges previously attended; including PRCC.
  • Copy of high school transcript from an accredited high school or GED test score, if never attended college.
  • Copy of Pre-Admission Exam score.
  • Completed Criminal Background Check (CBC) questionnaire.
  • If applicable, a letter from the dean or director of any ADN or BSN program attended stating date of eligibility to return. Note: If not eligible for immediate return, the waiting period is three (3) years from exit date to apply.
  • If applicable, a copy of current non-restricted Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license and a completed LPN Employer Verification form.

 

NOTE: Applications submitted without the above documentation are incomplete and are   not reviewed for admission.

 

PRCC ADN Admission Criteria:

  1. ACT composite score of 18 or higher
  2. GPA 2.5 or higher
  3. Pre-Admission Exam
    1. NLN PAX-RN 50% or higher (score valid if taken January 1, 2015 - May 31, 2017)
    2. Kaplan Entrance Exam 65% or higher (must be taken at PRCC and after May 31, 2017)

 

NOTE: Applicants must meet two (2) of the above criteria to be considered for admission.

Below are alternatives in which to meet the third criteria:

 

1.  ACT requirements:

  • ACT composite score of 18 or higher

 

If ACT composite is below 18;

  • Applicant must have 12 credit hours of the ADN general education courses completed (must include College Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab, and Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab) with a minimum 2.8 GPA.

 

  • An applicant who has previously earned a baccalaureate or higher degree may enter without an ACT by completing all the required ADN general education courses with grades of “C” or better and having an overall 2.5 grade point average (MS IHL).

 

  • Applicants with an ACT composite below 16 are not considered for admission.

 

2.  GPA & ADN General Education Course requirements:

  • A high school or college grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.

 

If GPA less than 2.5;

ACT must be:

                                    19 if GPA 2.4

                                    20 if GPA 2.3

                                    21 if GPA 2.2

                                    22 if GPA 2.1

                                   23 if GPA 2.0 

 

  •  Applicants with a GPA below 2.0 are not considered for admission.

 

  • If no college courses are taken, the high school GPA is used.

 

  • An applicant must have completed, be enrolled in, or be eligible to take College Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab, and General Psychology.

 

  • College GPA is calculated using only College Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab and General Psychology.

 

  • ADN general education course grades submitted through the end of the college spring and/or summer semesters will be used to compute the GPA for the upcoming Spring admission and grades submitted at the end of the fall semester will be used to compute the GPA for the upcoming Fall admission.

 

  • There is no time limit on the required ADN general education courses; however, if an applicant has more than two (2) enrollments in achieving a grade of “C or higher” within a 5-year period on College Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab, and/or Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab, a GPA of 2.8 or higher is recommended.

 

 

ADN GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Semester Hours

MAT    1313    College Algebra…………………………………………………………………………..3

PSY     1513    General Psychology………………………………………………………………………3

BIO      2513    Anatomy & Physiology I…………………………………………………………………3

BIO      2511    Anatomy & Physiology I Lab……………………………………….……………………1

BIO      2523    Anatomy & Physiology II………………………………………. ……………………….3

BIO      2521    Anatomy & Physiology II Lab …………………………………………………………...1

EPY     2533    Human Growth & Development …………………………………………………………3

ENG    1113    English Composition I……………………………………………………………………3

BIO      2923    Microbiology …………………………………………………………………………….3

BIO      2921    Microbiology Lab. ………………………………………………………………...……..1

SPT      1113    Public Speaking I…………………………………………………………………………3

SOC     2113    Introduction to Sociology ……………………………………………………………..…3        

 

3.  Pre-Admission Exam requirements:

    1. National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Exam (NLN PAX-RN) score of 50% or higher.
      • NLN scores valid if taken January 1, 2015 - May 31, 2017.
      • Applicants with an NLN PAX-RN score below 35% are not considered for admission.
    2. Kaplan Entrance Exam score of 65% or higher.
      • Exam must be taken at PRCC and after May 31, 2017.
      • Applicants with a Kaplan score below 55% are not considered for                                       admission.

  

Additional Application Information:

  • All co-requisite courses listed in the program of study must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before progressing to the next nursing level.

 

  • Admission into PRCC does not mean the student has been admitted into the ADN program.

 

  • Any previous legal difficulties can result in inability to enter the ADN program and/or obtain state licensure.

 

  • An applicant, who has attended another ADN or BSN program, will have their nursing course grades included in the GPA. The applicant is required to submit a letter of good standing from the previous program to the Director, Department of Nursing Education.

 

 4.  Transfer of Nursing Credits:

Applicants wanting to transfer previously earn nursing credits from another ADN or BSN program must meet the following requirements.

  • Application deadline for transferring is February 1st for fall and September 1st for spring considerations.
  • Applicant admissions are subject to space availability.
  • Transferring applicants must meet all PRCC admission and ADN program requirements.
  • See Transfer of Nursing Credits at http://prcc.edu/academics/nursing/adn/transfer.

 

 5.  Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to ADN Applicant:

The LPN Bridge course is designed to enhance the knowledge the LPN-ADN student gained in a Practical Nursing (PN) program, especially the practice of medical-surgical nursing; to assist the student with transition into the registered nurse role; and to prepare the student for progression into Level III & IV of the ADN program.

The LPN Bridge course is a part-time course held in the Nursing Building on the PRCC Poplarville campus during fall and spring semesters. Students successfully completing the LPN Bridge course (“B” or higher) will earn seven (7) credit hours. The remaining required nursing course hours of Level I & II will be waived after successful completion of NUR 2104, NUR 2115, NUR 2203, and NUR 2209.

NOTE: In addition to meeting all PRCC and ADN program admission requirements, the LPN to ADN applicant with less than one (1) year experience, must submit two (2) letters of recommendation. One letter from a past PN clinical instructor and another from a current supervisor who can validate PN experience.

Prerequisites to the LPN Bridge course include: BIO 2511, BIO 2513, MAT 1313, and PSY 1513. The following ADN general education courses must be completed prior to beginning Level III: BIO 2521, BIO 2523, ENG 1113, and EPY 2533.

 

  1. Selection of Candidates:

Review of potential candidates is made by the ADN Admission Committee. Recommendations are based upon the ADN applicant’s high school/college GPA, ACT score, and a Pre-Nursing Entrance Examination score. Applicants meeting the required criteria are provisionally admitted into the program based upon space availability, CBC clearance, substance screen verification, and ability to meet other clinical requirements (see ADN Student Handbook). Preferential consideration is given to in-district residents (Forrest, Hancock, Jeff Davis, Lamar, Marion and Pearl River counties), followed by out-of-district residents, then out-of-state residents.

 

Letters of acceptance/declination will be sent via the US postal service the last week of November for spring admission or the last week of April for fall admission.

 

NOTE: All newly accepted students are required to attend a mandatory orientation day prior to starting the ADN / LPN to ADN option of the nursing program.