Pearl River Community College

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How to Apply for the ADN Program

Associate Degree Nursing
The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program begins each fall and spring semester on the PRCC Poplarville campus. Once accepted into the ADN program, the program is four semesters in length. After completion of this 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 that any conviction of a felony or misdemeanor offense may be grounds for refusal by any board to issue a license.

In addition to all Pearl River Community College admission requirements, the ADN program has specific program requirements as listed below:

I. 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 included in the ADN application packet.

Performance Standard
Critical, Logical, and Analytical Judgement 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 Strenghth 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

II. ADN applicant or LPN to 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.  Applications are to be dropped off in the application drop box at the front of the nursing building.

A. Eligible PRCC student
B. ADN application
C. Copy of transcript(s) from all colleges previously attended; including PRCC
D. Copy of high school transcript from an accredited high school or GED test score
E. Copy of Pre-nursing examination score
F. Copy of ACT score, if applicable
G. Completed Criminal Background Check questionnaire
H. 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.
I. If applicable, a copy of current non-restricted Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license and a completed LPN Employer Verification form.

III. ACT requirements:
A. A composite score of 18 (or equivalent) on the ACT
B. 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.
C. 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).

IV. GPA & ADN General Education Course requirements:
A. An applicant must have completed, be enrolled in, or be eligible to take College Algebra and Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab.
B. A grade of “C” or better is required on all ADN general education courses taken.
C. There is no time limit on the required ADN general education courses; however, only two (2)  enrollments  within the last five (5) years in achieving a grade of  “C or higher” on College Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab, and Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab will be allowed for consideration into the ADN program.
D. An applicant, who has attended another ADN or BSN program, will also have their nursing course grades included in the GPA.

V. Transferring Nursing Credits from Another Nursing Program (ADN or BSN) requirements:
A. The application deadline for transferring applicants is February 1 for Fall consideration and September 1 for Spring. Applicant admissions are subject to space availability.
B. Transferring applicants must meet all PRCC admission and ADN program requirements.
C. The applicant must submit a syllabus for each completed nursing course (including course description, course objectives, credit hours, and daily objectives) for review by the deadline. Upon review, the applicant may be required to take additional nursing course work in order to meet PRCC and ADN program/graduation requirements.
D. In order to receive the PRCC Associate in Applied Science degree, a minimum of twenty-five percent (25%) of the required ADN curriculum hours must be completed at PRCC.

VI. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to ADN applicant:
The LPN to ADN Bridge Course is designed to enhance the knowledge the LPN to ADN student gained in a Practical Nursing (PN) program and to assist the LPN to ADN student in the transition into Level III & IV of the ADN program. This 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) semester hours credit. 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.

* 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 clinical instructor and the other from a current supervisor who can validate practical nursing experience. 

Prerequisites to the LPN to 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. 

VII. Selection of candidates:
Selection of potential candidates is made by the ADN admission committee using a competitive selection process. The process is based upon the ADN applicant’s college GPA, ACT score, and a Pre-Nursing examination score. 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 mail approximately six (6) weeks following the deadline for application submissions.

VIII. Graduation requirements:
A. Complete all required Nursing (NUR) courses with a grade of “B” or better.
B. Complete all required ADN General Education courses with a grade of “C” or better.
C. Meet all PRCC graduation requirements.