This program is designed to prepare candidates for a career in nursing at the associate degree level. The curriculum includes a balance of general education and nursing courses to support a comprehensive theoretical base for nursing practice. Clinical experiences are concurrent with the theory component during the four semesters. Successful graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) and may meet the requirements of the State Board of Nursing to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). East Central Community College's Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211

East Central Community College currently admits qualified candidates into the Associate Degree Nursing Program annually in August.

The application deadline for Fall 2018 admission is March 30, 2018.

Admission Requirements

  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.

East Central Community College Nursing Program Vision, Mission, and Core Values

Admission Criteria

Criminal History Background Requirements

Associate Degree Nursing candidates are required to schedule fingerprinting with the Office of Healthcare Education prior to admission. Fingerprints are submitted to the MS Department of Public Safety and run through the Mississippi Criminal Information and Federal Bureau of Investigation databases for criminal history background checks. A satisfactory background report is expected of all students. If a student has a disqualifying event, the student is personally responsible for seeking removal of the event. Program admission eligibility may be rescinded based on review of the criminal background check and will be rescinded upon refusal to submit to a criminal background check.

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 offense 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 will not be eligible to participate in required clinical experiences. Other offenses may be classified as disqualifying based on the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office interpretation. The list is not all inclusive of felony offenses and may include misdemeanors.

Students who are dismissed from a Healthcare Education Division program have the opportunity and are encouraged to seek admission into another educational program at East Central Community College.

Qualifications for Admission

Qualified applicants will be considered by the admissions committee on a competitive basis using the following points criteria:



1. Lives within ECCC's five-county district or previous enrollment at ECCC. (1 point)


2. ACT Composite Score of 18 or Higher:
        27 and Higher          6
        24-26                      5
        21-23                      4
        18-20                      3  


3. *Grade Point Average:
        3.5-4.0                    4
        3.0-3.49                  3
        2.5-2.99                  2
        2.0-2.49                  1


4. HESI A2 Pre-admission examination results.
        85 % and Above        5
        80%-84%                  4
        75%-79%                   3
        70%-74%                   2
        65%-69%                   1
        64% and Below        0


5. 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).
        A                            3
        B                            2
        C                            1
        D or F                     0




*Students who have received a grade of D or F in more than six hours of the required ADN plan of student (See ADN 2017 Information Sheet) will receive a ten point deduction. Courses in the plan of study include English Composition I and II, Human Growth and Development, General Psychology, Public Speaking, Introduction to Sociology, and Fine Arts or Humanities Elective.



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