Practical Nursing (LPN)
The Practical Nursing program prepares the individual to assist in providing general nursing care requiring basic knowledge of the biological, physical, behavioral, psychological, and sociological sciences; and of nursing procedures which do not require the the substantial skills, judgment, and knowledge required of a registered nurse. This care is performed under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician, or dentist. Students that complete the program requirements will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The State Board of Nursing may refuse any individual the right to take the NCLEX-PN based on previous criminal records. The Practical Nursing program is accredited by the Mississippi Community College Board.
East Central Community College admits students into the Practical Nursing (PN) Program in August.
The application deadline for Fall 2015 admission is June 1, 2015.
The practical nursing program is undergoing a curriculum change. As a result of this process, the program of study has not been established. Once established and approved, the program of study will be emailed to each applicant and available on the college website for Practical Nursing.
1. The applicant must apply for regular admission and be accepted by the College.
2. The applicant must apply to the Practical Nursing Program.
3. The applicant must take a HESI A2 pre-admission examination and score in the minimum percentile of 51 or above.
4. The applicant must be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
5. The applicant must have a high school diploma or GED®.
6. The applicant must have an ACT composite score of 16 or higher.
The PN Admissions Committee will select the class from the pool of applicants who meet minimum admission requirements. Any application with incomplete records will not be considered for admission. The admission process is competitive and completion of minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
Qualified applicants will be considered by the admissions committee on a competitive basis using the following points system criteria:
1. ACT composite score.
Composite Score Points
Above 25 4
2. HESI A2 Pre-admission examination results.
Pre-entrance exam Points
80% or Above 4
71% - 80% 3
61% - 70% 2
51% - 60% 1
3. College GPA OR High School GPA with no college courses taken:
4. Anatomy & Physiology I with lab (or upper level equivalent with lab)
5. Anatomy & Physiology II with lab (or upper level equivalent with lab)
6. Applicants within the five county ECCC district or previous enrollment at ECCC will receive one (1) additional point.
Credit for Prior Learning
Credit will be given for prior learning. If the student has taken Anatomy and Physiology I and II with the labs and received a grade of "C" or better then the student will receive credit for PNV 1513 Body Structure and Function. The courses must be taken within the previous five (5) years or receive a score of least 60% or higher on the HESI A2 pre-entrance exam Anatomy and Physiology subject area to receive credit for this course.
EAST CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAM'S PHILOSOPHY
Overview of the Philosophy
The Associate Degree Nursing Program and the Practical Nursing Program previously had separate philosophical frameworks. With input from the nursing Curriculum Committee and the nursing faculty, a single philosophy of nursing education was developed that addresses the educational processes for and the roles of both practical nurses and associate degree nurses. The philosophy guides a curriculum that is applicable to both practical and associate degree nursing students with a progressive level of complexity throughout the programs. The roles of both practical and associate degree nurses are explored in common course work, allowing for a shared appreciation and understanding of the contributions and scope of practice of both nursing types within the health care system. The roles of each will then be explicated in final course work specific to each program option.
The philosophy of the Nursing faculty is consistent with the vision, core values and institutional commitments of East Central Community College and is based on the principles of providing a vibrant and healthy learning environment for students and assisting them in developing their full potential for achieving their life goals. The program of instruction is consistent with the institutional commitment of teaching and learning which is designed to incorporate the highest instructional and nursing standards. The program also provides learning opportunities for students through effective teaching, innovative use of technology and the utilization of various instructional methodologies. The program of instruction is designed to incorporate knowledge, attitudes and skills applicable to life in a complex society. The program also focuses on the education and healthcare needs of rural East Central Mississippi. In keeping with the vision, core values and institutional commitments of ECCC, the faculty offers the following statements concerning our beliefs.
The faculty believes that humans are unique, holistic and dynamic beings with physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental and spiritual needs. We respect the value and dignity of humans and believe they are fundamentally creative, resourceful, adaptive, and caring in nature. Individuals seek to belong to some social group where interaction and nurturing can occur. Individuals have complex human needs which Maslow's hierarchic categorization describes as physiological, safety and security, love and belonging, self-esteem, self-actualization. These needs are common to all regardless of culture, race, gender, and age. The individual is continuously changing and communicating with the inner self and the environment.
The faculty define environment as the aggregate of all internal and external elements interacting and influencing the individual and the community. We believe that society is a component of environment. Society is composed of interdependent individuals, groups, and cultures in which there are shared values and respect for differing values. We seek to engage society by forming collaborative and innovative partnerships with healthcare institutions, education, and government and community groups to enrich the learning experiences of our students and to advance their quality of life. We seek to ensure student success by fostering a vibrant and healthy learning environment and assisting them in developing their full potential and respecting cultural diversity.
Knowledge is dynamic with common underlying principles and theories that constitute past and present learning. We respect the core value of wisdom which means following good judgment, utilizing critical thinking and intellectual knowledge in order to achieve the best possible outcome in all situations. We believe in the highest professional standards of quality, integrity and academic performance in an environment that seeks innovative solutions to challenges through exploration, analysis, experimentation, and adaptation
Learning is student-centered and supported by providing exemplary learning opportunities for our students through effective teaching, innovative programming, and the use of diverse instructional methodologies. Learning is individual and should be a lifelong process. It is an active and progressive process which usually results in changed behavior. We believe the learning process is enhanced promoting continuous improvement and using student learning outcomes and other measure of effectiveness. An open, accepting, caring environment facilitates learning which enables the individual to think critically and perform safely.
We believe that health is a process of adaptive change within the life cycle. Health is relative in nature and the value of health is individually defined. Health is an individual’s own perception of wellness. How the individual perceives his own wellness may be an indicator of his perception of his illness and the need for intervention by other individuals. We believe that healthy environments assist individuals in developing their full potential and achieving their life goals.
The discipline of nursing may be defined as the diagnosing and treatment of human responses to health and illness. Nursing is provided in a caring and compassionate manner within practice guidelines utilizing knowledge from biological and social sciences. A context of caring is utilized by nurses in assisting clients in meeting their basic and complex health needs. Nursing facilitates optimal health and wellness throughout the life cycle. It is the responsibility of nursing to provide collaborative care to all individuals, assisting them to reach the fullest potential through all developmental stages of the wellness-illness continuum.
Associate Degree Nursing
The associate degree nurse is prepared to provide and manage care for individuals and groups in a variety of health care settings. We believe the nurse of the future must encompass the core concepts of patient-centered care, professionalism, leadership, systems-based practice, informatics, communication, collaboration, safety, quality improvement and evidenced based practice, in order to provide safe and effective care.
Practical nursing is an integral component of the nursing profession. The practical nurse functions under the supervision of a registered nurse or licensed health care provider in a variety of health care settings with accountability and responsibility to the individual, the supervising professional and society for the provision of quality, safe nursing practice. Utilizing the nursing process components, the practical nurse exercises cognitive, psychomotor, and affective behaviors to observe, report, and intervene with respect to the client’s needs within the ethical/legal framework of the profession. Additionally, as a provider of nursing care, the practical nurse must demonstrate and maintain competence through utilization of evidence based practice.
In summary, we believe that associate degree and practical nursing educational experiences will prepare students to function in the various roles of nursing in a dynamic healthcare environment. The functions of the nurses will change as health needs change along with the expansion of scientific and information technology. Clear, concise and timely communication with internal and external constituencies is a critical success factor for an effective nursing program. The faculty believes that our mission is to provide vibrant and healthy learning experiences to produce a graduate nurse who utilizes knowledge, creativity, experience, evidence-based practice and reasoning that is goal directed and purposeful.The Associate Degree Nursing Program of East Central Community College functions within the philosophical and administrative structure of the parent institution. The program of instruction is designed to incorporate knowledge and skills applicable to life in a complex society and focusing on the educational and health care needs of rural Mississippi. In keeping with the philosophical tenets, the faculty offers the following statements concerning our beliefs.
LPN Information Sheet
Practical Nursing Application