Accelerated Track for LPNs

The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Mississippi Delta Community College offers an option for Licensed Practical Nurses to complete the RN program in 12 months by enrolling in an accelerated track. 


  • Current, unencumbered license as an LPN in the state of Mississippi
  • ACT score of 16 or above
  • Taken an entrance exam
  • Completion of the following courses with a C average (2.0) or above:
    • Anatomy and Physiology I & II (BIO 2513/2511 & 2523/2521) within the last 5 years
    • Nutrition (FCS 1253)
    • Microbiology (BIO 2923/2921) within the last 5 years
  • Have no more than 9 hours of other non-nursing courses to complete
  • Acceptable criminal background check, as required by Mississippi State Law
  • Satisfactory pre-admission physical exam and drug screen
  • One academic (from LPN instructor) and one personal reference form
  • Applicants into the LPN Accelerated Track are subject to the admission requirements as listed under "Requirements for Admission."

Qualified LPN's who are admitted to the Accelerated Track Program will take a summer accelerated track course. After successfully completing the summer course, the student may enter the sophomore class the following fall semester.

Refer to the MDCC Catalog/Student Handbook for Accelerated Track Curriculum.


Students are encouraged to submit all parts of the application well in advance of the March 1st deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission.

When the application is available, the link located below will be activeApplication packets are available in November. During the months of March through October, information may be reviewed on the website. Applications will only be available November through February.

Call Traci Beckham, ADN Chair, at 662-246-6415 to discuss eligibility questions or other concerns.

Other Options
Our generic, 2-year RN program is also available to LPN's as well as other interested individuals.


For further information, contact

Traci Beckham, ADN Chair

Angie Cather, Administrative Support

Accreditation & Mission


The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).  Information regarding the accreditation status may be directed to:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Telephone number 1-404-975-5000

3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, Mississippi 39211
Telephone Number 1-601-432-6198


Mission Statement

The mission of the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Mississippi Delta Community College is to prepare graduates for entry level nursing practice in a variety of health care settings.


Student Achievement Outcome Data

Licensure Exam Pass Rate
 Expected Level of Achievement:  1st write NCLEX-RN® pass rate at or above 80%.
2015 Graduates 86.36%
2016 Graduates 100%
2017 Graduates 72%
Graduation  Rate
 Expected Level of Achievement:  62%
2016 Graduates 62%
2017 Graduates 65%
Employment  Rate
 Expected Level of Achievement:  90%
2015 Graduates 100%
2016 Graduates 100%
2017 Graduates Data will be available after December 2017

Application & 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 high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET)
  • An official college transcript from all colleges attended
  • ACT score
  • 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.

When the application is available, the link located below will be active. The application process is conducted annually from December through February. Students are selected by the middle of May to enter in the fall semester.  During the months of March through October, the application will not be available.


Policy on Readmission to ADN Program

A student may be considered for readmission to a specific health science program one time only. This applies to courses in any respective health science program, whether at MDCC or at another institution. The only exception may be: a student who has a passing grade in the classroom and clinical setting, but was forced to withdraw due to illness, accident, pregnancy, or family crisis may be considered for a second readmission.

Each student requesting readmission into a health science program will be considered on an individual basis. The student should contact the appropriate program director/ supervisor for the readmission procedure. Space must be available in the class and clinical setting. No precedent will be set by the decision of an admissions committee.

At the direction of the Dean of Health Sciences with the recommendation of the Admission Committee, a student requesting readmission to a health science program may be required to take a challenge exam to assess placement. It may be necessary for the applicant to repeat courses.

Policy on Acceptance of Transfer Students Into ADN Courses
The ADN program adheres to the Policy on Acceptance of Transfer Students into Health Science Programs. Procedure for Transfer into the ADN Program:

  1. The student requesting transfer should contact the program director to discuss specific course placement based on current nursing program placement.
  2. The student will provide current transcripts to evaluate program level and determine student’s ability to meet graduation requirements for MDCC.
  3. The student will complete all admission packet materials.
  4. The student may provide course materials to evaluate course content achieved.
  5. The student will provide a letter of good standing from the administrator of the transferring nursing program.
  6. The student will meet with the program Admissions Committee to review materials and discuss issues of transfer.
  7. The student may be required to complete a self-assessment form, as well as provide other requested materials based on the transfer situation.
  8. The Admission Committee will make a recommendation for transfer.
  9. The student will be notified in writing of acceptance or non-acceptance.

After information is reviewed, every effort is made to readmit students; however, readmission may be denied based on objective data regarding the individual application.

Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression
The following performance standards provide descriptions of basic cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor requirements for successful associate degree nursing program completion. Applicants and students who cannot meet one or more of the standards will be considered on an individual basis in terms of whether reasonable modification/accommodation can be made. Reasonable accommodations will be examined in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the Performance Standards for Admission and Progression. In order to successfully complete the associate degree nursing program, an applicant/student must be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking sufficient for clinical judgment. Examples:
    • prioritize information and identify cause-effect relationships in the clinical setting
    • analyze assessment findings and use findings to plan and implement care
    • evaluate plan of care and make revisions as appropriate
    • make decisions using logic, creativity and reasoning to make sound clinical judgments based on standards of nursing care
    • demonstrate arithmetic ability to correctly compute dosages, tell time, and use measuring tools 
  2. Display interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings in the community. Examples:
    • respect differences among clients and exhibit an attitude accepting of clients as individuals
    • establish rapport in order to communicate effectively with clients, families, significant others, and health team members
    • work effectively in small groups as a team member and a team leader
    • recognize crises and institute appropriate interventions to help resolve adverse situations
  3. Demonstrate appropriate verbal and written communication skills. Examples: 
    • speak English coherently to clients, families, and other staff members
    • clearly explain treatment procedures and initiate health teaching for clients, families, or groups based on assessed needs, available resources, age, lifestyle, and cultural considerations
    • provide clear, understandable written client documentation based upon proper use of the English language
    • convey critical information to other caregivers through graphic, print, and/or electronic media in an accurate, timely, and comprehensible manner
  4. Exhibit physical ability sufficient to assist clients to meet health care needs in a variety of settings, including moving from room-to-room, to maneuver in small spaces, and to negotiate stairwells when necessary. Examples:
    • physical mobility and strength sufficient to propel wheelchairs, stretchers, etc. through doorways and close fitting areas alone or with assistance
    • stand, walk up to 75% of 6 to 12 hour shifts
    • stoop, bend, squat, reach overhead as required to reach equipment and provide nursing care
    • lift a minimum of 20 pounds of weight
    • transfer/position up to 300 pounds with assistance while lifting, positioning, and transferring clients
    • provide for activities of daily living (bed bath, oral hygiene, dressing, etc.)
    • perform CPR satisfactorily and respond quickly in an emergency situation
  5. Demonstrate gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care. Examples:
    • demonstrate physical dexterity and coordination in delivery of care, treatment, and medications
    • hold skin taut with one hand while inserting needle in skin or vein with other hand and perform other procedures requiring the use of 2 hands
    • pick up, grasp, and effectively manipulate small objects such as dials, syringes, switches
    • calibrate and use equipment
    • maintain sterile technique when performing sterile procedures
  6. Display auditory, visual, and tactile ability sufficient to safely assess and care for clients. Examples:
    • hear monitors, alarms, emergency signals, lung/heart sounds, bowel sounds, and cries for help, telephone, intercom interactions, and public address systems (codes)
    • perceive and receive verbal communications from clients, families, and health team members
    • read written words and information on paper and computer screens, small print, gauges, measuring cups, syringes, and other equipment
    • discriminate colors, changes in color, size and continuity of body parts
    • discriminate alterations in normal body activities such as breathing patterns and level of consciousness
    • observe hazards in environment (water spills, safety rails, restraints) and harmful situations
    • perform physical assessment: palpate pulses, feel for heat or cold, tap body surfaces


For further information contact:
Traci Beckham, ADN Chair: or
Angie Cather, Administrative Support:

Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society

Alpha Delta Nu 2016 graduates

Congratulations to our 2016 Alpha Delta Nu graduates!
(Left to Right) Christy Salley, Courtney Aldridge, Josefa Shields, and Vicki Mason



On January 28, 2013 Mississippi Delta Community College received chartered membership as Alpha Iota Chapter of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society.



The advisors are

Melissa Barrett, MSN, RN
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Tracy Killebrew, MSN, RN
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The faculty advisors shall serve to assist and facilitate the activities of the society. The advisors shall meet with the Officers, as needed, to provide advice and counsel in promoting the objectives of the society. The advisors are responsible to keep the entire nursing faculty informed of the society's activities. The faculty advisors shall be responsible to submit the annual report to OADN by the end of the fourth semester of the core curriculum.


The objective of the OADN Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society shall be to recognize the academic excellence of students in the study of Associate Degree Nursing. The society shall encourage the pursuit of advance degrees in the profession of nursing as well as continuing education as a life-long professional responsibility. Additionally, the society shall participate in the recruitment of qualified individuals into the profession of nursing.


Membership shall be offered to students after the first two semesters who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and have earned a grade of B or better in each nursing class of the nursing program with no previous failures in any nursing course. Students would be invited to provisional membership at the beginning of the third semester of the core curriculum. Full membership would be granted if the student maintains the cumulative 3.0 GPA and earns a grade of B or better in all nursing courses in the third semester of study during the second year of the core nursing curriculum. Students shall have demonstrated conduct on campus and the clinical areas that reflects integrity and professionalism. Any non-generic student shall be offered membership who has maintained a 3.0 or above in nursing (with letter grades of B or higher) and a cumulative of 3.0 or above in the semesters prior to the fourth semester of the program.

Required Activities

The OADN Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society shall sponsor one educational or recruitment project during the provisional membership period prior to the induction ceremony at the discretion of the advisor (preferably in the third semester). The project must be approved by the faculty advisor(s). The project must be conducted by the provisional members and full participation is expected. The activity is a requirement for full membership.


2015-2016 Officers
Courtney Aldridge - President
Vicki Mason - Treasurer
Christy Salley - Secretary
Josefa Shields - Vice-President

The OADN Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society shall elect a President, Vice President, and Secretary from the body of the provisional members in the third semester of the second year of the core curriculum. These officers shall serve for the entire academic year. The President of the society shall be responsible to call a minimum of two meetings, or more, as needed, during the third semester. The President shall be responsible to conduct the meetings, transact business, appoint members to committees, and communicate information of the society's activities to the membership. The President shall only have voting powers to break a tie. The President shall serve as an ex-officio member on all committees. In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall serve the duties of the President. The Secretary shall be responsible to provide at least one week notification to the membership of meetings to be held. The Secretary shall maintain clear and concise minutes of all meetings. All minutes of the meetings are to be forwarded to the advisor(s).


Each member who has met the requirements for induction into the society shall be required to pay a nominal fee for society membership pin and honor cord.


Associate Degree Nursing

Watch our video to find out more about the MDCC ADN Program!

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is designed to provide educational opportunities to qualified students for a rewarding career that will help meet the expanding health care needs of the community. The program prepares the individual to practice as a Registered Nurse, according to the State of Mississippi Law. Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as registered nurses.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) was established in 1964 and has an overall pass rate of 99% on the licensure exam.

ADN graduates are prepared to practice nursing in a variety of health care settings. Graduates accept employment primarily in the surrounding geographic area of the college and earn competitive salaries.

For further information, contact
Traci Beckham, ADN Chair

What is Nursing?

Nursing is an art and science which utilizes the nursing process. The nurse provides care with compassion, caring, and respect for the rights of each client. Nursing practice involves assisting clients to meet basic needs by promoting optimal health and preventing illness throughout the life span. The nurse has multiple professional responsibilities and roles which include caregiver, advocate, educator, communicator, and manager of care. The RN also provides supervision for other nursing personnel such as licensed practical nurses and certified health care assistants. The nurse works in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, adult medical-surgical units, intensive care, pediatrics, gerontology, psychiatry, oncology, orthopedics, emergency care, cardiovascular, neurology, and education.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares nurses at the basic level of entry for professional nursing practice. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to practice safe, effective nursing and function as team members after passing the National Council Licensing Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN®). A registered nurse means that a person has graduated from an approved nursing program, passed the NCLEX-RN® examination, and is licensed by the state. The nurse practices within the legal and ethical rules and regulations established by the Mississippi Board of Nursing as determined by the Mississippi Nursing Practice Law (Nurse Practice Act).

Anyone interested in nursing should be organized, able to develop therapeutic interpersonal relationships, function well under pressure, and handle emergency situations calmly.