Requirements for Admission

Legal Limitations for Licensure as a Registered Nurse

Students who fail to conform to the Nursing Department Code of Ethics may be placed on probation, suspended, or dismissed from the program. All applicants should be advised that according to the Mississippi Nursing Practice Laws and Administrative Code an individual's application to write the licensing exam may be refused if the applicant has been convicted of a criminal offense under any provision of Title 97 of the Mississippi Code of 1972.

According to Mississippi State Law, an individual may not be eligible for employment in a health care agency if the person has ever been convicted of a felony , or plead guilty to, or plead nolo contendere 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, arson, grand larceny, burglary, gratification of lust or aggravated assault, of felonious abuse and/or battery of a vulnerable adult.

MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must:

  • meet general admission requirements.
  • be a high school graduate or have a satisfactory GED score.
  • have a minimum ACT score of 18 (15 if taken before October 28, 1989 ) if entering college for the first time OR a minimum ACT score of 16 to 17 (12 to 14 ACT score if earned prior to October 28, 1989) and who have completed at least 12 semester hours with a 2.5 GPA or better on courses that are approved by the college.
  • submit a signed, notarized Healthcare Criminal History Background Affidavit.
  • take an entrance test at the applicant's own expense. 

PROCEDURE

Applicants must have the following documents on file in the Associate Degree Nursing office by March 1st to be considered for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program:

  • MDCC application for admission or readmission
  • MDCC application to the Associate Degree Nursing Program (Associate Degree Application Packet)
  • an official high school transcript from an approved high school or GED equivalency score
  • an official college transcript from all colleges attended
  • ACT score
  • signed, notarized Healthcare Criminal History Background Affidavit
  • entrance test score
  • one academic and one personal reference form

Students are encouraged to submit all parts of the application well in advance of the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission.

SELECTION

No applicant will be considered unless the minimum admission requirements are met. Requirements are based on ACT scores, GPA scores, entrance test scores, health care work experience, performance on core courses, and references submitted in a timely manner. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. The number of applicants accepted is limited due to the nature of the program.

All applicants are considered on a competitive basis. Admission is tentative based on:

  • completion of Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 2513/2511) and Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 2523/2521) with a grade of "C" or better during the summer session or regular session prior to admission to the ADN program.
  • A&P I & II must be completed prior to Microbiology.
  • A&P I & II and Microbiology must be completed within the last five years.
  • satisfactory completion of First Aid CPR (HPR 2211) taught during the summer
  • satisfactory completion of MAT 1102 during the summer based on entrance test score results
  • reading comprehension assignment, if indicated by entrance test score
  • satisfactory background check (see Policy on Admission to Health Science Program)
  • health assessment form completed by a physician or nurse practitioner indicating physical & mental fitness
  • proof of Hepatitis-B vaccination, MMR vaccination and TB skin test
  • acceptable pre-admission drug screen

Applicants will be notified by letter of their acceptance or non-acceptance to the program. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Students who are accepted into the program must:

  • attend an ADN orientation session.
  • attend an ADN boot camp.
  • be aware that, in addition to the regular college fees, Associate Degree Nursing students will incur expenses for such items as uniforms, books, supplies, liability insurance, background check, Hepatitis B vaccination series, national and state licensing examination fees, standardized achievement tests, and nursing organization fees.
  • be responsible for their own transportation to the college campus and clinical agencies.

PROGRESSION

To be eligible for progression in the nursing program, the student must maintain a grade of "C" in BIO 2513/2511, BIO 2523/2521, BIO 2923/2821, FCS 1253, and in each required nursing course. BIO 2513 and BIO 2523 must be completed prior to taking BIO 2923.