12 May 2017

MDCC awards 57 health science degrees

Health Science Pinning
Mississippi Delta Community College (MDCC) held its Health Sciences Pinning and Graduation Ceremony Thurs., May 11 at 10 a.m. in the J. T. Hall Coliseum on the Moorhead, Mississippi campus. The ceremony conferred degrees to graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, the Dental Hygiene Program and the Radiologic Technology Program.

In total, 57 students graduated in one of three health science programs. Each program, including Associate Degree Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Radiologic Technology, prepares students for an exciting healthcare career. Graduates of these programs are awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Mississippi Delta Community College.

College President Dr. Larry J. Nabors welcomed guests and provided opening remarks. “Graduates, you now have the knowledge and skills necessary to make our community a better place,”said Nabors. “You have a unique opportunity to provide a better future for the people of the Mississippi Delta. As you leave MDCC to work in your chosen profession, I encourage you to remain here. You can achieve both your personal and professional goals right here in our state. We need your talents and abilities as we strive to strengthen our economy, our communities and our state as a whole.”

Thirty-six students completed the Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN). The ADN Program is designed to provide educational opportunities to qualified students for a rewarding career meeting the expanding healthcare needs of the community. The program prepares the individual to practice as a registered nurse, according to State of Mississippi Law. Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN®) for licensure as registered nurses.

Seven individuals completed the Dental Hygiene Technology Program.  The Dental Hygiene Program provides students with a general education and a comprehensive clinical dental hygiene experience that prepares them for a career in the dental hygiene profession.  The program includes clinical experience in treating patients with normal oral care and general systemic conditions. All phases of dental hygiene education are covered and practiced by clinical experience.  

Fourteen individuals completed the Radiologic Technology Program. The Radiologic Technology Program provides a general education and a clinical training program that prepares students for a career in radiography. The technical program combines theory through traditional classroom instruction, laboratory experience on campus, and clinical experiences in affiliating hospitals to provide opportunities for students to develop skills needed to enter the radiology profession. The Radiologic Technology Program commences in August of each year and runs for 22 consecutive months with a projected graduation date in May.          

Students interested in enrolling in a healthcare program should register for orientation by visiting orientation.msdelta.edu. Orientation will be held in the J. T. Hall Coliseum at Mississippi Delta Community College.