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)
Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
East Central Community College currently admits qualified candidates into the Associate Degree Nursing Program annually in August.
The application deadline for Fall 2017 admission is March 31, 2017.
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.
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 Program admission eligibility may be rescinded based on review of the criminal background check and will be rescinded upon refusal to submit to a criminal background check.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:
ADN Information Sheet
ADN Information Sheet 2017
Student Achievement Data Outcome
Student Achievement Data