Admission Procedures

All applicants are required to take the American College Test (ACT), meet all College general admission requirements and Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program requirements, and hold a current, unencumbered license.

Applications for the Licensed Practical Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing Transition Program may be obtained online at www.eccc.edu/lpn-adn-transition-program in August of each year. The application deadline for spring classes is October 1. All entrance materials must be on file in the Office of Admissions and Records and the Office of Healthcare Education by October 1 each year.

Admission Requirements

  1. The applicant must apply for regular admission and be accepted by ECCC.
  2. The applicant must complete the Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Transition Program application and submit to the Office of Healthcare Education.
  3. The applicant must submit proof of scoring a minimum of 18 composite score on the ACT.
  4. The applicant must have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher.
  5. All applicants are required to complete Anatomy & Physiology I with lab (or upper level equivalents with lab), Anatomy & Physiology II with lab (or upper level equivalents with lab), Microbiology with lab (or upper level equivalent with lab) English Composition I and II, and Human Growth and Development with a letter grade of “C” or higher in each course prior to taking the first nursing course.
  6. The applicant must provide proof of a current, unencumbered license to practice as a licensed practical nurse in Mississippi.
  7. All applicants are required to pay the College’s business office for pre-admission fees, which may include, but not limited to, pre-entrance examination and criminal history background fees. The receipt for payment is due to the Office of Healthcare Education by October 1st for spring admission of each year.
  8. All applicants are required to take a pre-entrance examination test specified by the Office of Healthcare Education. Tests will be scheduled by the Office of Healthcare Education after the October 1st deadline. Each applicant will be notified of test dates via email from the Office of Healthcare Education.
  9. The applicant must provide documented proof of one-year clinical work experience within the last five years from the employer(s), which must be submitted with the application.
  10. The applicant must score 100% on dosage calculation test, which will be scheduled prior to admission.
  11. Applicants selected for admission into the Transition program must submit documentation of the following before the start of spring semester:
  • Satisfactory physical examination that includes the ability to perform the essential functions related to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) core standards, which must be completed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner in November or December prior to admission in spring.
  • Proof of immunizations against measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), or rubella titer.
  • Hepatitis B vaccine, titer, or signed declination statement.
  • Current documentation of American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider Course only.
  • Valid proof of age to be eighteen (18) years or older (Accepted forms of validation include current driver’s license, birth certificate, state-issued identification, or tribal identification).
  1. All applicants must submit to and satisfactorily complete a criminal history background check as scheduled by the Office of Healthcare Education.
  2. Students with a diagnosed disability who are unable to meet the essential functions related to ADA core standards are advised to contact the ADA coordinator prior to program admission.

*The number of students admitted into the program will vary according to the resources available. Qualified applicants for the LPN to ADN Transition Program will be given priority based on admission criteria and the ranking by Policy, Admission, and Progression committee members. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Any student accepted into the LPN to ADN Transition program must agree to be randomly tested for drugs at any point and time while enrolled in the program. The student is responsible for all expenses associated with testing. (Drug testing fees are included in the student’s lab fees assessed by the College).

Acceptance Criteria

The applicant’s files must be complete and submitted to the Office of Admissions & Records and the Office of Healthcare Education to be considered for acceptance into the program. The student is responsible for assuring all information and data is correct and received by both offices before the application deadline.

Students admitted into any nursing course must adhere to the policies in the current East Central Community College Catalog and the Nursing Student Handbook. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • All students will be required to have annual influenza vaccinations.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) testing is required for all admissions.

Prerequisite Courses

  • BIO 2513-BIO 2511 or BIO 2514: Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (or upper level equivalent with lab)
  • BIO 2523-BIO 2521 or BIO 2524: Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (or upper level equivalent with lab)
  • BIO 2923-BIO 2921 or BIO 2924: Microbiology with Lab (or upper level equivalent with lab)
  • ENG 1113 and ENG 1123: English Composition I & II
  • EPY 2523: Human Growth & Development

Admission Points Criterion

  1. Lives within ECCC’s district or previously enrolled at ECCC.                 POINTS: 1
  2. College GPA on PN curriculum courses or High School GPA with no college courses taken.
GPA POINTS
3.5-4.0 4
3.0-3.49 3
2.5-2.99 2
2.0-2.49 1
  1. ACT Composite Score

Students who have received a grade of “D” or “F” in more than 6 hours in the ADN curriculum will receive a 10-point deduction.

ACT SCORE POINTS
27 and Higner 6
24-26 5
21-23 4
18-20 3
  1. Each required science course: A=3 points B=2 points C=1 point

Sciences completed with labs.                                                                 POINTS

Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab or upper level equivalents                      _____

Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab or upper level equivalents                     _____                                                                                               

Microbiology with Lab or upper level equivalents                                         _____                                                                                               

Total:                                                                                                        ______

*NOTE: Cumulative Points are not rounded.

  1. Preadmission examination.
PREADMISSION EXAMINATION CUMULATIVE SCORE POINTS
85% and above 5
80%-84% 4
75%-79% 3
70%-74% 2
65%-69% 1
64% and below 0
Points Awarded  

Total Points: _____