Associate Degree Nursing (RN)
This program is designed to prepare men and women to become nurses at the associate degree level. The curriculum includes a balance of general education and nursing courses to provide a sound theoretical base for nursing practice. Clinical experiences are concurrent with the theory component during the four semesters. Graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) and will meet the requirements of the State Board of Nursing to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 and the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning, Board of Trustees (IHL).
East Central Community College currently admits students into the Associate Degree Nursing Program annually in August.
The application deadline for Fall 2016 admission is March 31, 2016.
1. The applicant must apply for regular admission and be accepted by the College.
2. The applicant must apply to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
3. The applicant must have a minimum ACT composite score of 18.
4. The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better.
5. All applicants are required to complete Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II with labs (or upper level equivalents) and Microbiology with lab (or upper level equivalent) and earn a grade of “C” or better in each course prior to taking the first nursing course. An applicant may be accepted into the ADN program prior to completing these courses, but these courses must be completed in the summer prior to beginning nursing classes in the fall.
6. All applicants will be required, at the student’s expense, to take a HESI A2 pre-entrance examination test as specified by the Office of Healthcare Education.
7. All applicants selected for admission into the ADN program must submit proof of the following items: physical examination (obtained in June or July of the year of admission); immunizations against measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), or rubella titer; Hepatitis B vaccine, or signed declination statement; TB skin test (2 step TB test required if not tested in previous 12 months); and American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR Course (completed in June or July of the year of admission). All submissions are due in the Office of Healthcare Education on or before July 31 of the year of admission.
To be considered for acceptance into the ADN program, the applicant’s file must be complete in the Office of Admissions and Records and the Office of Healthcare Education. The student is responsible for ensuring that the data in the file is correct by the application deadline.
Qualified applicants will be considered by the admissions committee on a competitive basis using the following points criteria:
1. Applicants within the five county ECCC district or previous enrollment at ECCC will receive one (1) additional point.
2. Grade point average based on required courses for the ADN curriculum:
*Students who have received grade of D or F in more than six hours in the required ADN curriculum receive a ten point deduction. These courses include Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs (or upper level equivalents), Microbiology with lab (or upper level equivalent), English Composition I & II, Human Growth and Development, General Psychology, Public Speaking, Introduction to Sociology, and a Fine Arts or Humanities Elective.
College GPA on ADN pre/co-requisite curriculum courses OR High School GPA with no college courses taken:
3. ACT composite score.
Composite Score Points
Above 27 6
4. ADN curriculum science courses completed with a grade of "C" or better: Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs (or upper-level equivalents with labs) and Microbiology with lab (or upper-level equivalent with lab).
Sciences Completed Points
All three sciences 3
Two sciences 2
One science 1
5. HESI A2 Pre-admission examination results.
Pre-entrance exam Points
85% or Above 5
80% - 84% 4
75% - 79% 3
70% - 74% 2
65% - 69% 1
Below 65% 0
All Healthcare Education Division students must submit to and satisfactorily complete a criminal background check. Admission may be rescinded and reversed based on review of the students' criminal background check. A criminal background check will be conducted after admission into the nursing program.
All healthcare education students are required to submit to a criminal background check according to Mississippi law prior to any clinical experience. If the person has ever been convicted of a felony, or pleaded guilty to, or pleaded no contest to a felony of possession or sale of drugs, murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, rape, sexual battery, sex offence listed in Section 45-33-23 (f), child abuse, grand larceny, burglary, gratification of lust or aggravated assault, felonious abuse and/or battery of a vulnerable adult they may not be eligible to attend clinical experience, thus forfeiting their slot in the program.
Students who refuse to submit to a criminal background check or do not pass the criminal background check review will be dismissed from the program. Students who are dismissed from a Healthcare Education Division program may seek admission into another educational program.
East Central Community College Nursing Program Vision
The East Central Community College Nursing Program will be recognized as the preferred nursing education provider in east central Mississippi, focusing on student success and excellence in nursing education and emphasizing our commitment to communities and their development.
East Central Community College Nursing Program Mission
The mission of the East Central Community College Nursing Program is to provide accessible, high-quality nursing education resulting in graduates who are caring professionals possessing knowledge, skills, and attitudes applicable to life in a complex society focusing on the educational and healthcare needs of rural Mississippi.
East Central Community College Nursing Program Core Values
Wisdom – We employ good clinical judgment, utilizing critical thinking and intellectual knowledge in order to achieve the best possible outcome in all situations.
Excellence – We commit to excellence in nursing education by providing exemplary learning opportunities for students through effective teaching, innovative programming, and the use of diverse instructional methodologies.
Accountability – We utilize best practices in patient-centered care via the use of evidence and collaboration to achieve optimum patient outcomes across the lifespan of patient care through continuous quality improvement.
Respect – We recognize the value and dignity of individuals and communities while leading the healthcare team in providing culturally competent, safe, and professional holistic care.
Enthusiasm – We foster a vibrant and healthy learning environment promoting student success and a passion and excitement for lifelong learning.
Efficiency – We prepare students to efficiently utilize informatics and other resources for effective communication and safe patient-centered care within a systems-based practice approach.
Creativity – We prepare students to be fundamentally creative, resourceful, adaptive, and caring in nature.
ADN Information Sheet
Applications will be available January 4, 2016. The application deadline will be March 31, 2016.
2014 ADN Graduates
2013 ADN Graduates