Accreditation & Mission


The Practical Nursing Program is accredited by the Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB).

Mississippi Community College Board
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS  39211
(601) 432-6518


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


The goal is to provide instruction in the Practical Nursing Program curricula, both didactic and clinical, utilizing the state standardized curriculum framework to prepare students for successful program completion and eligibility to successfully write the NCLEX-PN®.

Admission & Application

Legal Limitations for Licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse

All applicants should be advised that according to the Mississippi Nursing Practice Law and Mississippi Board of Nursing 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 high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET)
  • Have a minimum ACT score of 16 (12 if taken before October 28, 1989)
  • Take the entrance test at the applicant’s own expense. Must be taken within 18 months of application deadline


Applicants must have the following documents on file in the Health Sciences office by April 1 to be considered for admission to the Practical Nursing Program:

  • MDCC application for admission or readmission
  • MDCC application to the Practical Nursing Program
  • An official high school transcript from an approved high school or high school equivalency test score (GED or HiSET), if not previously enrolled in college
  • An official college transcript from all colleges previously or presently attending
  • ACT score
  • Entrance test scores
  • 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.


No applicant will be considered unless the minimum admission requirements are met. Admission requirements are evaluated by the use of a rating scale which includes ACT scores, GPA, entrance test scores, health care work experience, performance on core courses, and applicable previous degrees earned. All applicants are considered on a competitive basis. 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. Applicants will be notified by letter of their conditional acceptance or non-acceptance to the program. The conditional acceptance letter will include specific instructions regarding all requirements that must be completed prior to August admission. These requirements are listed below:

  • Completion of Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 2513/2511) and Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 2523/2521) with a grade of “C” or better within the last 5 years to be exempt from Body Structure and Function (PNV 1213)
  • Satisfactory completion of Healthcare Providers CPR taught during the summer
  • Satisfactory completion of Math (MAT 1102) during the summer, based on entrance test score
  • Satisfactory background check (see Policy on Admission to Health Science Program)
  • Health evaluation form completed by a physician or nurse practitioner
  • Proof of current immunizations including, but not limited to Hepatitis-B vaccination series, Tdap booster and TB skin test
  • Acceptable pre-admission drug screen

To view a copy of the Rating Scale for Practical Nursing, please click here.


Applications are available from December through March annually. Students are encouraged to submit all parts of the application well in advance of the April 1 deadline. When the application is available, the link located below will be active.   Students are selected by the middle of May to enter in the fall semester.  During the months of April through November, the application will not be available. Applicants will be notified by letter of their acceptance or non-acceptance to the program.


Policy on Readmission to Health Science Programs

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.

Practical Nursing

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The MDCC Practical Nursing (PN) Program is a three-semester program that prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the expanding health care needs of the community. The mission of the Practical Nursing Program is to prepare graduates for entry level nursing practice in a variety of health care settings. The Licensed Practical Nurse provides care under the direction of a licensed physician, dentist, or registered nurse as determined by the Administrative Code Mississippi Board of Nursing.

Graduates of the program are awarded a certificate and are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN®). Graduates must apply to the Mississippi Board of Nursing for licensure to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Mississippi.

For more information on this program, read the
Gainful Employment Disclosure Information.

For further information, contact:
Denise Gardner, MSN, RN, CNE
Director of Nursing
Phone: 662-246-6505
Fax: 662-246-6299

Maegan Applewhite
Administrative Support


Denise Gardner, MSN, RN, CNE
Director of Nursing
Tel: 662-246-6505
Fax: 662-246-6299

Veronica Caradine, BSN
Practical Nursing Instructor
Tel: 662-246-6505
Fax: 662-246-6299

Deshundra Meeks, BSN
Practical Nursing Instructor
Tel: 662-246-6506
Fax: 662-246-6299

Maegan Applewhite
Health Sciences Administrative Support
Tel: 662-246-6503
Fax: 662-246-6299

Practical Nursing Club

2016-17 Practical Nursing Club & Officers