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 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 who 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 2018 admission is March 30, 2018.

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply for regular admission or readmission and be accepted by the College.
  2. Submit a completed application to the Practical Nursing Program.
  3. Applicant must take a HESI A2® Pre-Admission examination and score in the minimum percentile of 51 or above.
  4. Applicant must be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
  5. Applicant must have a high school diploma, GED®, or equivalent.
  6. Applicant must have an ACT composite score of 16 or higher.
  7. Proof of immunizations.
  8. Satisfactory criminal history background check with approval.
  9. Satisfactory physical examination.
  10. Pre-requisites of Anatomy and Physiology I with lab and Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (or upper-level equivalents with labs) with a grade of "C" or higher.

The PN Admissions Committee will select the class from the pool of applicants who meet minimum admission requirements. Incomplete applications or submission of records will not be considered for admission. The admission process is competitive and completion of minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

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Practical Nursing Class of 2017

Admission Criteria

Qualified applicants are considered on a competitive basis using the following points system:

1.  ACT composite score. 

Composite Score Points
Above 25 4
22-24 3
19-21 2
16-18 1

2. HESI A2® Pre-Admission examination results.

Pre-entrance exam cumulative score 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: 

GPA Points
4.0 3
3.0-3.9 2
2.0-2.9 1

4. Anatomy & Physiology I with lab (or upper level equivalent with lab)

Grade Points
A 3
B 2
C 1

5. Anatomy & Physiology II with lab (or upper level equivalent with lab)

Grade Points
A 3
B 2
C 1

6. Applicants within the five-county ECCC district or previous enrollment at ECCC will receive one (1) additional point.

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.