Pearl River Community College

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

 

All completed applications must be placed in the application drop-box on or before the deadline dates listed below. If you mail your application, it must be postmarked by February 21st for Fall semester consideration and September 25th for Spring semester consideration.

March 1st Fall semester consideration

October 1st Spring semester consideration

Please provide a current address, phone number, & email address on your application form.

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 Bridge applicant (NOTE: you must be a LPN to apply to the LPN to ADN Bridge Program):

  •  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, if never attended college
  • Copy of pre-admission exam
  • Copy of ACT 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 – Kaplan Entrance Exam is our new testing requirement
    1. If you have taken the NLN PAX-RN exam and scored 50% or higher (composite score must be 100 – 104 or higher), score will be accepted if taken from January 2016 through May 2017). If not then you will be required to take the Kaplan Entrance Exam
    2. Kaplan Entrance Exam 65% or higher (must be taken at PRCC after May 31, 2017).

*NOTE:

Below are alternatives if you do not meet one of the three criteria:

  1. ACT requirements:
    •  ACT composite score of 18 or higher
    • If the ACT composite is below 18, the applicant must have 12 college semester 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 grade point average of 2.8.
    • 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.
  1. GPA & ADN General Education Course requirements:
    • A high school or college grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.
    • If GPA is less than 2.5, then the ACT must be:
      • 19 if GPA is 2.4
      • 20 if GPA is 2.3
      • 21 if GPA is 2.2
      • 22 if GPA is 2.1
      • 23 if GPA is 2.0
      • Applicants with a GPA below 2.0 are not considered for admission
    • An applicant must have completed, be enrolled in, or be eligible to take College Algebra and Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab. If no college courses are taken, the high school GPA is used. College GPA is only calculated using the General Education Courses required of the ADN program.
    • 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.
    • A grade of “C” or better is required on all ADN general education courses
    • 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.
    • An applicant, who has attended another ADN or BSN program, will also have their nursing course grades included in the GPA. The applicant is required to submit a letter of good standing from the previous program director/dean. This letter will need to be addressed to the director of PRCC Nursing Program.
    • 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.

REQUIRED ADN GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

Credit 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

  1. Pre-Admission Exam – To register for the Kaplan Pre-Admission Exam, go to the PRCC website: www.prcc.edu. Click on ACADEMICS (top of page), then PLANS OF STUDY. Click on HEALTH SCIENCES & NURSING, ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING, and KAPLAN ENTRANCE EXAM. Follow instructions to register – payment must be made at the time of registering or you will not be counted on the roster. Payment is $50. Make sure your print our write down your test date and time, as confirmation is not sent.
  • NLN PAX-RN exam will be accepted if applicant has taken from January 2016 through May 2017.
  • Score must be 50% or higher. Scores below 35% are not considered for admission.
  • Kaplan Entrance Exam score of 65% or higher is required. This exam must be taken at PRCC after May 31, 2017. Applicants with a score below 50% are not considered for the program.
  1. Transferring of Nursing Credits:

Applicants wanting to transfer previously earned nursing credits from another ADN or BSN Program must meet the following requirements:

  • Application deadline for transferring applicants is February 1 for fall consideration and September 1 for spring consideration. Applicant admissions are subject to space availability.
  • Transferring applicants must meet all PRCC admission and ADN program requirements.
  • Transfer must be from an accredited nursing program.
  • No credit is awarded for life experiences.
  • Any student with a failure in a nursing course is not eligible for transfer; student may apply as new student.
  • Nursing courses completed two years prior to application are not considered for credit.
  • See Transfer of Nursing Credits at http://prcc.edu/academics/nursing/adn/transfer.
  • Only fundamentals or a course similar in content is allowed to be transferred. Course must be consistent with PRCC ADN program curriculum in theory content and clinical requirements. Applicant must supply a copy of the following with application:
    • Course Syllabus
    • Detailed course description
    • Detailed clinical evaluation
    • Official transcripts
    • Letter of recommendation from dean or director of previously attended nursing program, including proof of applicant’s standing with program.
  • Entry can be denied on basis of unprofessional conduct – despite meeting all ADN program requirements.
  • Course competence: (student will be allowed time to prepare)
    • Must meet program set benchmark on a standardized test focused on fundamental content
    • Must demonstrate competency on critical behaviors required of a fundamental nursing student
  • Upon review, the applicant may be required to take additional nursing coursework in order to meet PRCC & ADN Program graduation requirements.
  • The above information of Transferring Nursing Credits is located on the ADN webpage at http://www.prcc.edu/academics/nursing/adn.
  1. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - ADN applicant:

The LPN to 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 to 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 to ADN Bridge course include: BIO 2511 (A&P I Lab), BIO 2513 (A&P I), MAT 1313 (College Algebra), and PSY 1513 (General Psychology). The following ADN general education courses must be completed prior to beginning Level III: BIO 2521 (A&P II Lab), BIO 2523 (A&P II), ENG 1113 (English Comp I), and EPY 2533 (Human Growth & Development).

  1. 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 score. Applicants meeting required criteria are provisionally admitted into the program based upon space availability, CBC clearance, drug screen verification, and ability to meet other clinical requirements (See ADN 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, 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.