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Application & Admission Procedure
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
- TEAS Entrance test scores
Students are encouraged to submit all parts of the application well in advance of the deadline. Turning in an application on the last day may result in the application being incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission.
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. 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.
When the application is available, the link located below will be active.
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.
- Meet all general admission requirements for MDCC.
- Be a high school graduate or have a satisfactory High School Equivalency score (GED or HiSET).
- Have a minimum ACT score of 16 (12 if taken before October 28, 1989).
- Take the TEAS entrance test at the applicant’s own expense. Must be taken within 18 months of the application deadline.
No applicant will be considered unless the minimum admission requirements are met. Admission requirements are evaluated by the use of a rating scale (see sample rating scale) which includes ACT scores, GPA, entrance test scores, previous degrees awarded, health care background/experience, and performance on core courses. The number of applicants accepted is limited due to the nature of the program.
All applicants will be notified by letter of their conditional acceptance or non-acceptance to the program. If an applicant is selected for the program, they will receive a conditional acceptance letter with specific instructions regarding all requirements that must be completed prior to August admission. These requirements are listed below:
- Completion on 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 AHA-BLS Provider CPR course taught during the summer
- Satisfactory completion of Mat (MAT 1102) during the summer, if indicated by entrance test scores
- Satisfactory background check performed by our office
- Acceptable pre-admission drug screen performed by our office
- Health Exam form completed and signed by a licensed health care provider
- A 2-step TB skin test is required for all new entering students. The 2nd step must
be completed within 21 days of 1st step.
- The exception to this is if a returning student has had a negative TB skin test within the last 12 months. This student will only require a 1-step TB skin test.
- A stamped/signed Form 121 Immunization Record must be submitted. Shots required include:
- Tdap booster within the last 10 years
- Series of 3 Hepatitis B vaccinations
- Series of 2 MMR vaccinations
- Proof of Varicella immunity (either by series of 2 Varicella vaccinations OR Positive Varicella Titer)
- Flu shot (given only during flu season before October 1st)
To view a copy of the Rating Scale for Practical Nursing, please click here.
The following core performance standards provide descriptions of basic cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor requirements for successful Practical 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 modifications/accommodations can be made. Reasonable accommodations will be examined in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the Core Performance Standards.
In order to successfully complete the Practical Nursing Program, an applicant/student must be able to do the following:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.