Practical Nursing

Program Information

Location of Program:

Poplarville Campus
Forrest County Campus
Hancock Campus

Program Start:

Summer Semester (Part-Time)
Fall Semester (Full-Time)

Program Instructor Contact Information:


Brief Description of Program:

The Practical Nursing program is a twelve or eighteen months certificate program designed to prepare qualified individuals to function as a member of the health care team in administering safe, effective health care as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). The care rendered by a licensed practical nurse is under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician or licensed dentist. Upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing Program the graduate will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN (licensure exam) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).


Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), is a federal law that grants important privacy rights to students regarding their educational records. More specifically, unless required by federal law, the information contained in educational records may not be disclosed to third parties, including parents, without the written consent of a student who is 18 or over. In addition to granting privacy rights, FERPA gives students the right to review their educational records and the right to request an amendment of those records should they feel the records contain inaccurate information. 

The term, “educational records,” as used in the FERPA statute, includes more than academic records in its meaning. Educational records may also be financial aid records, transcripts, letters of recommendation, disciplinary files, grades, test scores, admissions applications, and course enrollments. In essence, any records maintained by an institution and which contain information directly related to a student are educational records. 

Pearl River Community College will uphold student confidentiality rights and protect access to information as provided by the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). The act applies to all individuals formerly and currently enrolled at Pearl River Community College. No exclusion is made for non-US citizen students. However, the act does not apply to a person who has applied for admission, but who never actually enrolled in or attended the institution, and deceased persons. Exception as allowed by law, information from the student’s record will only be released with the consent of the student. This authorization is valid until canceled or a new FERPA is completed. This student may cancel this release at any time by submitting another FERPA form through Wildcat Web (SSB). 

*Students’ FERPA rights begin when they are considered a student at PRCC. The institutional definition of a student is when an individual has registered for ROAR or has registered for classes, whichever comes first. 
Pearl River Community College may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. If a student does not want this information disclosed to any third party, the student must submit a FERPA request via Wildcat Web (SSB). 
Alexandra Kennedy, Director of Resident and Student Life, Title IX Coordinator 


Practical Nursing Program Fees and Cost

A list of fees and costs associated with attending Pearl River Community College can be viewed on the college’s Tuition & Fees page. 

Additional course fees are listed below: 

Possible careers in this program:

Practical Nurses are needed in most every area of health care. Some areas include: doctor offices, clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health, and hospice care.

What a student can expect from a career in this field:

A career in practical nursing offers many advantages including practice in various areas of the medical field and flexible hours.

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Mission of Program:

Pearl River Community College Practical Nursing Program is a certificate program committed to providing a quality educational opportunity for those seeking a career in practical nursing.

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Goals of Program:

  1. Students will complete the PN Program (certificate) within the allotted time frame of twelve (12) months for full time entry students or eighteen (18) months for other options.
  2. Graduates will function as competent qualified practical nurses prepared for employment in various and diverse healthcare settings in local and regional surrounding communities.
  3. Graduates will pass the NCLEX-PN® within the allotted testing time frame.

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