How to Apply

Please follow the instructions for deadline dates & what must accompany your application. It is your responsibility to have all attachments 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 – this is your responsibility to provide copies of these documents. If your application does not have all required documentation, your application will be VOID. Please list a current address & phone number on your application form!

LPN - ADN applicants MUST have all documents on file by:
February 1st for Summer semester

The LPN - ADN 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 ADN 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).

The LPN - ADN Bridge course is designed to enhance the knowledge learned in the Practical Nursing program and make the transition into Level III of the ADN program.  This course focuses on the fundamentals of nursing, the theory and practice of medical-surgical nursing, and the role of the nurse as provider of care, manager of care, and a member within the discipline of nursing.

Students successfully completing the LPN - ADN Bridge course (“B” or higher) will be awarded seven (7) semester hours.  The remaining required nursing course hours of Level I and II will be waived after successful completion of Level III: NUR 2104, NUR 2115, and Level IV: NUR 2203, NUR 2209.

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 an applicant’s residency. Applicants are ranked according to ACT composite scores, GPA on select high school or degree-required courses, NLN PAX-RN score 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.

CRITICAL ELEMENTS FOR PERFORMANCE:

An applicant seeking admission to the Department of Nursing Education must meet physical and psychological requirements essential to providing nursing care:

  • Stand for prolonged periods, up to eighty percent of clinical time
  • Walk, bend, stoop, kneel, squat, push, pull, lift and reach overhead
  • Possess sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to perform nursing procedures
  • See, talk, and hear with sufficient acuity to perform patient care
  • Tolerate exposure to disinfectants, soap, cleansers, plastic and other materials used in protective equipment and for performing procedures
  • Process information accurately and make appropriate decisions
  • Demonstrate appropriate and respectful interpersonal/communication skills

An individual should give careful consideration to the psychological and physical demands of the program prior to making application.  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 patients’ lives.

LPN - ADN INFORMATION

SEND TO PRCC ADMISSIONS OFFICE (before the LPN - ADN application deadline)

  1. PRCC APPLICATION :
    If not a current PRCC student, complete a PRCC application and mail to address on form, or go online to PRCC’s website at www.prcc.edu.
    Note: The Department of Nursing Education will verify your eligibility as a PRCC student.
  2. GED OR HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT:
    An official high school transcript from an accredited high school with computed GPA or GED test score must be on file in the PRCC Admissions Office.
  3. COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS:
    Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended must be on file in the PRCC Admissions Office. Any college degree(s) must be noted on the transcript(s).
  4. AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST (ACT) SCORE:
    • A required ACT score must be on file at the PRCC Admissions Office.
    • An Enhanced ACT score of 18 is the minimum score used in the selection process.
    • If the ACT is below 18, the applicant must have 12 semester hours of the ADN general education courses completed (Must include: College Algebra and Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab) with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (Mississippi IHL - Admission Standard).
    • 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.

SEND TO DEPARTMENT OF NURSING EDUCATION ADMISSIONS OFFICE

  1. LPN - ADN APPLICATION:
    • Complete the online ADN application located at www.prcc.edu.
      NOTE: This form may not be copied or faxed.
    • Attach a small 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.
    • Submit a copy of a current non-restricted LPN license and a completed LPN Employer Verification Form.
    • If work experience is less than two (2) years as an LPN, have two (2) letters of recommendation from clinical faculty sent to the address on the front of this packet, Attention: Director, Department of Nursing Education.
    • Complete the online Criminal Background Check questionnaire located at www.prcc.edu.
    • All application requirements must be on file on or before the deadline date.
    • Incomplete forms will not be accepted.
    • Reapplication is required each semester if not selected.
  2. NLN PRE-ADMISSION EXAM-RN (PAX-RN):
    • Applicants will not be considered without an NLN PAX-RN test score on file.
    • To register for the NLN PAX-RN exam, 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 (fall or spring). Test dates are listed at www.nln.org/pre-admission.
  3. LPN EMPLOYER VERIFICATION FORM:
    The LPN Employer Verification Form must be completed by LPNs applying for the LPN - ADN program.
  4. COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS:
    A copy of all college transcripts must be on file in the Department of Nursing Education, Admissions Office by the ADN application deadline. 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.
  5. 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 date of eligibility to return. 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 5 years from the exit date to apply as a new student to the PRCC ADN or LPN - ADN Bridge programs.

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:
    • Questions regarding prerequisites for general education courses should be directed to the Counseling Advisement and Placement Center office at (601) 403-1250.

      REQUIRED ADN GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

      Semester Hours

      MAT 1313 College Algebra 3
      PSY 1513 General Psychology 3
      BIO 2513 Anatomy & Physiology I (completed within the last 5 years) 3
      BIO 2511 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (completed within the last 5 years) 1
      BIO 2523 Anatomy & Physiology II (completed within the last 5 years) 3
      BIO 2521 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (completed within the last 5 years) 1
      EPY 2533 Human Growth & Development (completed within the last 10 years) 3
      ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
      BIO 2923 Microbiology (completed within the last 5 years) 3
      BIO 2921 Microbiology Lab (completed within the last 5 years) 1
      SPT 1113 Public Speaking I 3
      SOC 2113 Introduction to Sociology (completed within the last 10 years) 3
    • A currently working LPN who submits an LPN Employer Verification Form and a copy of a current non-restricted license will have no time restrictions on ADN general education courses.
  3. NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE / DECLINATION:
    • Letters of acceptance and/or declination will be mailed to all applicants by the end of
      March for summer 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 during mid-April.
    • 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 following summer.
  4. CARDIO PULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR):
    • Certification is required yearly while in the ADN program.
    • Accepted courses include the American Heart Association Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider or the American Red Cross Professional Rescuer.
    • On-line or Community CPR courses are not accepted.
    • Further information will be provided at the ADN new student orientation session.
  5. CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK:
    • Pearl River Community College reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant having been convicted of a felony.
    • An applicant must complete and submit the online Criminal Background Check questionnaire located at www.prcc.edu.
    • Upon acceptance into the ADN program, a criminal background check (CBC) will be required. Admission is offered pending a clear CBC. If unable to obtain clearance, the student will be dismissed from the program.
    • A Mississippi CBC letter from a Mississippi medical agency employer and processed through the Mississippi Department of Health will be accepted if within two years from the date of the letter.
    • Clearances from Police Departments, from other states, or other entities are not accepted.
    • Further information will be provided at the ADN new student orientation session.
  6. 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.
  7. REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
    • Any student interested in nursing is encouraged to be advised by a nursing program advisor during open registration times.
    • Current applicants should call or visit the Department of Nursing Education, Admissions Office at early registration times to discuss classes before registering.
    • New students on campus may request an ADN advisor by calling (601) 403-1017 or visit the Department of Nursing Education, Admissions Office on the Poplarville Campus.
  8. 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.
  9. REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS:
    The following list of immunizations must be complete or in progress at the time students begin nursing courses. These immunizations must remain current for the length of the program.
    • TUBERCULOSIS (TB)
    • MUMPS-MEASELS-RUBELLA (MMR)
    • VARICELLA (Chicken Pox)
    • TETANUS, DIPTHERIA, PERTUSSIS (only Tdap is acceptable)
    • HEPATITIS B VACCINE (3 required, if series not complete, must sign a declination form)
    • INFLUENZA (annually during flu season; if not received, must sign a declination form)
  10. 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.