How to Apply

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

 

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Nursing Education at Pearl River Community College. We hope the following information is helpful for you as you begin the application process of the associate degree nursing (ADN) program. Please contact us with any questions you may have about the program. Applicants are admitted into the traditional ADN or into the LPN-ADN Bridge programs in both fall and spring semesters. The ADN program is located on the PRCC Poplarville Campus.

 

Dr. Arlene C. Jones

Director, Department of Nursing Education                                     

Criteria Effective: August 2015

 

Application information, please read thoroughly!

 

Email Questions:

adn.applications@prcc.edu

 

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 date!  If your application does not have all required documentation, your application will be considered incomplete. 

 

Communication is vital - Please provide a current address, phone number, & email address on your application form of where you can be reached!

 

All completed applications must be hand delivered or postmarked on or before:

           March 1st    - Fall semester consideration 

           October 1st - Spring semester consideration

 

Please use the mailing address above, otherwise a Nursing Application Dropbox is located in the lobby of the nursing building for your convenience.

Do not bring applications to the secretary offices!

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACTS 

 

Dr. Arlene C. Jones

Director

Office: (601) 403-1017

Email: ajones@prcc.edu

 

Dr. Karen Taylor

Program Chair

Office: (601) 403-1022

Email: ktaylor@prcc.edu

 

Mrs. Cathy Dean

Administrative Secretary                   

Office: (601) 403-1017

Email: cdean@prcc.edu

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

 

Mrs. Joy Cooper

Admissions Secretary

Office: (601) 403-1016

Email: jcooper@prcc.edu       

  • Available for nursing admissions August through May

 

 

 

Associate Degree Nursing

Admission Process

 

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program begins each fall and spring semester on the PRCC Poplarville campus. Once accepted into the traditional ADN program, the program is four semesters in length. For the LPN-ADN Bridge program, it is one part-time semester plus the remaining two semesters of the traditional program. After completion of the program, graduates receive the Associate in Applied Science Degree and are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as a registered nurse (RN). Licensing of registered nurses is regulated by state boards of nursing. Students must understand any conviction of a felony or misdemeanor offense may be grounds for refusal by any board to issue a license.

 

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

 

Core Performance Standards:

An applicant seeking admission into the ADN program must meet physical and psychological requirements essential to provide nursing care. An explanation of the Core Performance Standards are located in the ADN Student Handbook (http://prcc.edu/files/career-tech/adn-handbook.pdf).

 

ADN applicant or LPN-ADN applicant:

Must have the following documents on file in the nursing admissions office by March 1 for consideration for the fall semester or by October 1 for the spring semester.

 

  • Eligible PRCC student
  • ADN application
  • 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
  • Copy of pre-admission exam (NLN PAX-RN)
  • Copy of ACT score, if applicable
  • 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 (NLN PAX-RN) RN Percentile Rank 50% or higher

 

*NOTE:

Applicants must have two 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.

 

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 (NLN PAX-RN) requirements:

 If rank is below 50%;

  • If rank:
            49 - 45 GPA must be 2.8
            44 - 40 GPA must be 3.0
            39 - 35 GPA must be 3.2

  • 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.
  • Applicants with an NLN PAX-RN rank below 35% are not considered for admission.
  • 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 required.
  • A grade of “C” or better is required on all ADN general education courses taken.
  • 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 for the Department of Nursing Education.

 

4.  Transferring Nursing Credits from Another Nursing Program (ADN or BSN) requirements:

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

 

5.  Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - ADN applicant:

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

The LPN-ADN 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 Bridge course (“B” or higher) will be awarded 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-ADN applicant with less than one (1) year experience, must submit two (2) letters of recommendation. One letter from a past clinical instructor and another from a current supervisor who can validate practical nursing experience. 

Prerequisites to the LPN-ADN 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. 

 

6.  Selection of candidates:

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

Letters of acceptance/declination are sent via mail at the end of November for spring admission or the end of April for fall admission.