How to Apply

PEARL RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Department of Nursing Education

LPN TO ADN BRIDGE

101 Hwy 11 North, BOX 5760

Poplarville, MS 39470

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


Thank you for your interest in the Department of Nursing Education at Pearl River Community College. We hope the following information is helpful to you. Please contact us with any questions you may have about the program. Once admitted into the LPN – ADN Bridge program, the program is a one (1) semester program that meets two (2) days a week, and the last two (2) semesters of the traditional ADN program. The LPN - ADN program is located on the PRCC Poplarville Campus.

Dr. Arlene C. Jones

Director, Department of Nursing Education Effective August 2015


Please read the packet thoroughly!

Please follow the instructions for deadline dates & what paperwork must accompany your application. It is your responsibility to provide copies of all documentation with your application to the Department of Nursing Education by the required due dates! The Department of Nursing Education does not obtain any transcripts, ACT scores, etc. from PRCC Admissions Office. If your application does not have all required documentation, your application will be VOID.

Communication is vital - Please provide a current address, phone number, and email address on your application form!

A Nursing Application drop-box is located in the lobby of the nursing building for your convenience. Do not bring applications to the secretary’s offices---please use the drop-box! Use the mailing address above if you decide to mail your application.

All completed applications must be placed in the Nursing Application drop-box or be postmarked on or before:

MARCH 1ST – Fall semester consideration

OCTOBER 1ST - Spring semester consideration

Students are encouraged to submit complete applications (all documentation paperwork) well in advance of the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission. The Nursing Department starts accepting applications August 1st for Spring consideration and January 11th for Fall consideration.

Please email Joy Cooper at jcooper@prcc.edu or Cathy Dean at cdean@prcc.edu with any questions you may have regarding the application process.

Administrative Contacts

Dr. Arlene C. Jones

Director

Office: (601) 403-1017

Email: ajones@prcc.edu

Ms. Cathy Dean

Administrative Secretary

Office: (601) 403-1017

Email: cdean@prcc.edu

· Available for letter requirements (i.e. acceptance, financial aid, jury duty)

Ms. Joy Cooper

Admissions Secretary

Office: (601) 403-1016

Email: jcooper@prcc.edu

· Available for nursing admissions August - May

The LPN - ADN Bridge program prepares an individual to become a professional registered nurse (RN). The RN may supervise Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), nurse technicians, certified nursing assistants, and/or medical assistants. The RN provides direct patient care and assists in making decisions regarding plans of care for individuals and groups. A graduate of the ADN program is conferred the Associate in Applied Science Degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become an RN.

The associate degree RN takes general support courses that are transferrable for a baccalaureate in nursing degree. The LPN – ADN Bridge program is accredited by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

SELECTION:

A selection of applicants is made by the LPN - ADN Bridge Admission Committee using a competitive selection process based on the nursing program’s admission requirements and the applicant’s residency. Applicants are ranked according to ACT composite scores (18 or higher), GPA on select high school or degree-required courses (2.5 or higher), NLN PAX-RN score (50% or higher) and residency.  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.  Acceptance is based on space availability and the program meeting MS IHL admission requirements.

CORE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:

An applicant seeking admission to the Department of Nursing Education must meet physical and psychological requirements essential to providing nursing care. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate rational and appropriate behavior under stressful conditions.  The clinical nursing experience may place an individual under considerable mental and emotional stress as he or she undertakes responsibilities and duties impacting lives of patients and their families. Finally, an individual should give careful consideration to the psychological and physical demands of the program prior to making application. 

Performance Standard
Critical, Logical, and Analytical Judgment Ability to problem-solve, and make decisions appropriately in routine and stressful clinical situations.
Communication Ability to interact appropriately
Interpersonal Abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds
Mobility Physical abilities, including strength and stamina, sufficient to move from room to room and walk in hallways, maneuver in small spaces
Motor Skills Gross and fine motor movement sufficient to provide safe and effective patient care
Physical Strength and Stamina Able to lift, carry, push, or pull:
-Occasionally 50 pounds
-Frequently 20 pounds
-Constantly 10 pounds
Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs
Visual Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in health care
Tactile Ability sufficient for physical assessment and to provide health care intervention

LPN - ADN INFORMATION

I.  Before submitting an ADN application, the student must be an eligible PRCC student.  Please follow PRCC Application Process at www.prcc.edu . NOTE:  Department of Nursing Education will verify your eligibility as a PRCC student.

II.  Send the following to the Department of Nursing Education, Admissions Office (Attached with application):

  1. LPN - ADN  BRIDGE APPLICATION:
    •  Complete the online LPN to ADN Bridge application located atwww.prcc.edu/?q=academics/department-nursing-education NOTE: This form may not be copied or faxed.
    •  Attach a small (2x2) current picture to the upper right-hand corner of the application. The picture may be a copy of a school ID, Work ID, or Driver’s License.
    • A copy of a current non-restricted license and a completed LPN Employer Verification Form located at www.prcc.edu.
    •  All application requirements must be placed in the Application Drop-Box or postmarked on or before the deadline date.
    • Applications received without all required documentation will be classified incomplete and will not be considered for admission.
    • Reapplication is required each semester if not selected.
  2. NLN PRE-ADMISSION EXAM:
    • Applicants will not be considered without a pre-admission test score on file.
    • To register for the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Exam (NLN PAX-RN), follow instructions listed in the NLN Pre-Admission Exam-RN (PAX-RN) section of this packet.
    • This test may be retaken once every 6 months.  Test dates are listed at http://www.nlnonlinetesting.org/pax.
  3. LPN EMPLOYER VERIFICATION FORM:
    The LPN Employer Verification Form must be completed by the employer of LPN’s applying for the Bridge Program.
  4. GED OR HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT:
    A copy of your GED or high school transcript from an accredited high school with computed GPA or GED test score.
  5. COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS:
    A copy of all college transcripts must accompany your application.  Any college degree(s) must be noted on the transcript(s).  NOTE: Official transcript(s) must be filed in the PRCC Admissions Office before application deadline.
  6. AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST (ACT) SCORE:
    • A copy of your ACT score.
    • An Enhanced ACT score of 18 is the minimum score used in the selection process.
    • The highest composite ACT score on file with the PRCC Admissions Office will be used for the selection process.
    • 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 (Mississippi IHL - Admission Standard).
    • If the ACT has not been taken, information regarding test dates can be obtained from the Counseling Advisement and Placement Center (601) 403-1250 located in Crosby Hall, Poplarville Campus.
    • SAT conversion scores cannot be used.

  7. ATTENDED ANOTHER NURSING PROGRAM (ADN OR BSN):
    • An applicant that has attended another nursing program must provide a letter from the dean or director of any ADN or BSN program attended stating  that applicant is in good standing and eligible to return to program. The letter must be sent to the address on the front of this packet, Attention: Director, Department of Nursing Education.
    • An applicant that is not eligible for immediate return must wait three (3) years from the exit date to apply as a new student to the PRCC ADN or LPN – ADN Bridge programs.
  8. TRANSFERRRING NURSING CREDITS FROM ANOTHER NURSING PROGRAM - ADN OR BSN:
    • The application deadlines for transferring applicants are February 1st for fall semesters and September 1st for spring semesters.
    • Each applicant’s request of transfer will be reviewed on an individual basis.•    Transferring applicants must meet all PRCC admission and ADN program requirements.
    • The applicant must submit a syllabus for each completed nursing course (including course description, course objectives, credit hours, and daily objectives) for review to the Department of Nursing Education, Admissions Office by the deadline.
    • Upon review of completed syllabi, the applicant may be required to take additional nursing course work in order to meet PRCC and ADN program/graduation requirements.
    • In order to receive the PRCC Associate in Applied Science degree, a minimum of twenty-five (25%) of the required ADN curriculum hours must be completed at PRCC.
    • Applicants will be admitted based on space availability; if admitted into the program, the student will be expected to meet and maintain all ADN program requirements.

III.  IMPORTANT ADN INFORMATION:

  1. GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) & ADN GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES:
    • The GPA is computed on only the completed required ADN general education courses. Developmental courses will not be included in the GPA.
    • 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 Summer admission.
    • All college general education courses required by the ADN and LPN - ADN Bridge programs must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
    • An applicant must complete all the required ADN college general education courses for Level I before making application to the LPN – ADN Bridge program.
    • An applicant must complete all the required ADN college general education courses for Level II before or during the LPN – ADN Bridge program. 
    • Completion of the required ADN college general education courses does not in itself guarantee admission to the LPN – ADN Bridge program.
    • Allied Health Anatomy & Physiology I & II with Labs cannot be used for the LPN - ADN Bridge program.
  2. PRCC COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
    REQUIRED 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
    • Only two (2) enrollments in achieving a grade of “C or higher” on College Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology I Lab, Anatomy & Physiology II, and Anatomy & Physiology II Lab will be allowed for consideration into the LPN to ADN Bridge Program.
    • Questions regarding prerequisites for general education courses should be directed to the Counseling Advisement and Placement Center office at (601) 403-1250.
  3. NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE / DECLINATION:
    • Letters of acceptance and/or declination will be mailed to all applicants by the end of November for spring and by the end of April for fall program entry.
    • If accepted, further instructions will be included with the letter of acceptance. You will be invited to attend a new LPN – ADN Bridge orientation session. 
    • If not accepted, a new application must be completed and filed with the Department of Nursing Education, Admissions Office by the appropriate deadline to be considered for the next semester.
  4. CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK:
    • Pearl River Community College reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant having been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors.
    • An applicant must complete and submit the online Criminal Background Check (CBC) questionnaire located at www.prcc.edu.
    • Upon acceptance into the LPN to ADN Bridge Program, CBC will be conducted by the Mississippi Department of Health.  Progression in the program is contingent upon CBC clearance.  If unable to obtain clearance, the student will be dismissed from the program.
      • A conviction or similar plea of felony crimes of violence, sex offenses, Medicaid fraud, identity theft, and crimes involving the distribution, manufacture and production of drugs are grounds for permanent denial of criminal background clearance.
      • Recent diagnosis or treatment for substance use disorders are grounds for delay of clearance.  This delay is to allow individuals time to demonstrate rehabilitation prior to entering the challenges, temptations, and added stressors of nursing school.
    • Clearances from Police Departments, from other states, or other entities are not accepted.
    • Further information will be provided at the LPN - ADN new student orientation session.
  5. PRCC CATALOG:
    A current PRCC catalog may be obtained from the Counseling Advisement and Placement Centers: Poplarville Campus at (601) 403-1250, Forrest County Center at (601) 554-5500, or Hancock County Center at (228) 467-2761, the PRCC Guidance and Recruitment Office at (601) 403-1197, or go to www.prcc.edu to view the latest catalog.
  6. REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
    • Current applicants should contact the Department of Nursing Education, Admissions Office, via email (jcooper@prcc.edu) or phone (601-403-1016) at early registration times to discuss classes before registering.
  7. NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT:
    • Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability.
    • Any person needing to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publications are asked to contact Tonia Moody: ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator, (601) 403-1060, or tmoody@prcc.edu.
  8. CLINICAL SITES:
    • Clinical sites are located within a seventy (70) mile radius of PRCC’s Poplarville Campus.  These sites allow students a wide range of clinical experiences to meet course and program objectives.

  9. ADN CURRICULUM:
    • ADN general education courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and all required nursing (NUR) courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better. ADN general education courses must be completed before or within the semester of nursing (NUR) courses listed.  If a student withdraws from a required co-requisite general education course(s) within the semester, the student must also withdraw from the nursing course(s).

National League for Nursing (NLN) Pre-Admission Exam-RN (PAX-RN)

Information Sheet

National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Service

61 Broadway, New York, New York 10006

1 (800) 669-1656, Ext. 142

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http://www.nlnonlinetesting.org/pax

Students applying for the Associate Degree Nursing program are required to take the Pre-Admission Exam (NLN PAX-RN) as part of the application process. Students achieving a composite score of 110 or higher and 50% percentile in each subtest area will be given preference when evaluating applicants for admission.

The NLN PAX-RN exam is offered on the Pearl River Community College - Poplarville Campus. Students need to take the exam early to allow time for remediation and to retest if necessary. Applicants are allowed to retake the exam as many times as there are versions of the test, but are required to wait 6 months between test dates. Students will need to take the exam prior to the application deadline date.

NOTE: Records show that applicants who have completed College Algebra and some of the required science courses before attempting to take the NLN PAX-RN Exam score higher on the test.

· You must register for the exam at least two weeks prior to the scheduled test date.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SCHEDULING AN EXAMINATION DATE

To register for the NLN PAX exam follow these steps:

1. Go to http://www.nlnonlinetesting.org/pax and click on “Register Now”.

2. Enter a login ID and password and click “next step”.

3. Enter contact information and click “next step”.

Note: There are additional pages of required information.

4. Once you have entered all required information, Click “Finish and Create Account”.

5. Your page will be redirected to the Registration Store and you will be prompted to choose an exam. Choose “Registered Nurse (RN Program)” Register by location: The “State” in which you would like to take the exam and at which “Institution”.

6. Select the date you have chosen from the “Test Date Options”, and click on date desired.

TEST LOCATION: If you registered to take the test at PRCC on the Poplarville Campus, the test will be given in the Nursing Building’s Computer Lab. For your comfort, you may want to wear layered clothing or bring a jacket due to temperature variances in the computer lab.

TEST TIME: You are required to be at the test site 30 minutes early to check-in. The test session lasts approximately 3 - 4 hours.

REQUIRED TEST ITEMS NEEDED ON TEST DAY:

  • Confirmation of registration from NLN website
  • Picture ID (driver’s license, passport, or student ID)

There will be no admittance into the examination site once the testing period has begun. Please note the test starting time on your confirmation sheet.

· The examiner has the authority to terminate the exam for any individual who does not adhere to the following rules:

1. Calculators cannot be used. No electronic equipment of any kind (cell phones, pages, etc.) will be allowed in the computer lab.

2. Giving, receiving, or exchanging information while the examination is in progress is not permitted under any circumstance.

3. Examinees are not permitted to refer to materials of any kind during the examination.

STUDY GUIDE:

“The Review Guide for RN Pre-Entrance Exam” written by the National League for Nursing is for sale in the PRCC Bookstore, or you can order directly from Jones and Bartlett Publishers by calling 1-800-832-0034, or go online to www.jbpub.com.

TEST RESULTS: NLN will send results directly to you and to the school you have requested by entering the school code on the application form. Test scores are kept on file for three years following the examination date.

SCORE INFORMATION: The Department of Nursing Education, Admissions Office has scores on file, if taken at PRCC for three (3) years. If you have taken the NLN PAX-RN exam at another testing site, the score must be obtained from the NLN office in New York. An official copy of your scores must be sent to the Director, Department of Nursing Education. To obtain NLN scores from the National League for Nursing, you can go online at www.nln.org/pre-admission or call NLN Pre-Admission Test Service at 1(800) 669-1656.

TEST SITES: For a list of testing sites in your area, visit www.allnursingschools.com or www.nursingprofession.com. Jones & Bartlett Publishers has a publication titled “State Approved Schools of Nursing” that will provide you with a listing of nursing schools. You can get this publication on line at www.jbpub.com or call 1 (800) 832-0034. You may also contact the nursing schools in your area. If you take the test at another location, use school code 344543 to have the score sent to the PRCC Department of Nursing Education.