Associate Degree Nursing

Find Your Wings

The Associate Degree Nursing Program provides students with educational opportunities for personal and intellectual development and for a career to help meet the health care needs of the community.

MCC’s program prepares graduates for beginning staff level positions as registered nurses. 

A graduate receives an Associate of Applied Science degree and is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for licensure as a registered nurse.

The program includes a balance of general education and nursing courses, along with planned experiences in patient care. Students learn basic nursing techniques in the college laboratory and care for patients in affiliated hospitals and other clinical agencies.

In addition to regular college tuition and fees, students will have additional expenses for clinical apparel, standardized tests, background checks, drug screening, organizational dues, books and insurance. A detailed cost sheet is available from the program coordinator. Students are responsible for their own transportation between the college and clinical agencies.

Progression:  A grade of “C” for each nursing course listed in the nursing curriculum (NUR courses plus general education courses) and a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (“C” average) or higher on all college courses are necessary to progress and to graduate from the Associate Degree Nursing Program. In addition, students must demonstrate a satisfactory pattern of behavior according to the “Criteria for Responsible Behavior,” published in the Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook.  

Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general admission requirements):

  • Attain an 18 composite score on the national ACT (if taken prior to October 1989, a composite score of 15 is acceptable); complete the prerequisite courses of Anatomy and Physiology I &  II with labs with a "C" or higher; have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 (“C” average) or higher on all previous college coursework and a grade of “C” or higher on all ADN curriculum courses;
    or
  • Attain a 17 composite score on the national ACT; complete Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs with a “C” or higher and 16 additional hours of general education courses as listed in the ADN curriculum; have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher on all previous college coursework and a grade of “C” or higher on all ADN curriculum courses;
    and
  • Participate in a mandatory ADN information session and take the HESI Admission Assessment Exam.  The mandatory information session will be scheduled for the prospective student only after all other requirements have been met. Students will receive notice from the Registrar’s Office about scheduling their information session and HESI Admission Assessment Exam.    

The ADN Admissions Committee will select each semester's class from the pool of applicants who meet minimum admission requirements.  Any application with incomplete records will not be considered for admission.  The admission process is competitive, and completion of minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission.  Priority consideration for admission will be given as follows: 

  1. In-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  2. Out-of-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  3. Mississippi residents who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework elsewhere;
  4. Out-of-state students.  


In addition to residency points, an applicant’s competitiveness is determined by national ACT score, GPA, HESI score, and grades in courses completed.  See the ADN website or nursing advisor for additional details.  Please be aware that there is no minimal HESI A2 score that must be earned for admission consideration; these scores are converted to points and used in the competitive process.  Students scoring less than 70 on the HESI A2 will be required to enroll in Nursing Enhancement courses and pass the Enhancement courses with a "C" or better each semester.

Point System

After program admission and prior to the first day of class, students must obtain American Heart Association CPR certification.  Students must provide proof of immunization for MMR.  A Mantoux Two-Step TB Skin Test is required prior to the first day of class.  Drug screening will be scheduled after enrollment. Students must comply with influenza vaccination requirements of clinical agencies. Electronic textbooks are used for the nursing program.  Software requirements and other information will be provided in the admissions notification.

All students admitted into the program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and background checks, which will be performed after admission and prior to clinical laboratories.  These fees will be attached as registration fees.  There are certain convictions that will prevent an individual being eligible to participate in clinical experiences.  If a student is unable to participate in clinical experiences, he/she will be dismissed from the program.  For additional information, contact the program coordinator.

Deadline for application is March 1st for Fall admission and October 1st for Spring admission.  The application information which must be submitted by the deadline includes submission of all official transcripts, national ACT score, and MCC admission application.  There is not a separate application for the nursing program.  On the MCC admission application, applicants should mark Associate Degree Nursing as the program of interest.  The admission application should also be marked for the term admission is being sought.

Admission requirements, curriculum, and other program information are subject to change.  See your program advisor/counselor for additional information.

Students in the Associate Degree Nursing Program must attend MCC full-time (12 or more semester credit hours) unless admitted into the part-time program.

 
Prior to enrollment in  NUR 1110:
Course Number Course Description Hours
BIO 2513 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 2511 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
BIO 2523 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO 2521 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
Total Credit Hours 8
FIRST YEAR  |  FIRST SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
EPY 2533 Human Growth and  Development 3
NUR 1110 Nursing I 10
BIO 2923 Microbiology 3
BIO 2921 Microbiology Lab 1
  Semester Hours 17
SECOND SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
NUR 1210 Nursing II 10
PSY 1513 General Psychology 3
  Semester Hours 16
SECOND YEAR  |  FIRST SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
ENG 1123 English Composition II 3
NUR 2110 Nursing III 10
SPT 1113 Public Speaking 3
  Semester Hours 16
SECOND SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
NUR 2210 Nursing IV 10
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
NUR 2201 Nursing IV Seminar 1
  Semester Hours 14
Total Semester Hours 71

All courses must be completed in, or prior to, the semester listed.

There is no expiration date for general education coursework, including sciences.

Please be aware that in the management/preceptor rotation in the 4th semester, student schedules may vary.

Prior to enrollment in NUR 1107:
Course Number Course Description Hours
BIO 2513 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 2511 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
BIO 2523 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO 2521 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
  Semester Hours 8
FIRST YEAR  |  FIRST SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
EPY 2533 Human Growth and Development 3
NUR 1107 Nursing I, PART 1 7
BIO 2923 Microbiology 3
BIO 2921 Microbiology Lab 1
  Semester Hours 14
SECOND SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
NUR 1103 Nursing I, PART 2 3
NUR 1204 Nursing II, PART 1 4
PSY 1513 General Psychology 3
  Semester Hours 13
Third Semester
Course Number Course Description Hours
NUR 1206 Nursing II, PART 2 6
  Semester Hours 6
Second Year  |  First Semester
Course Number Course Description Hours
SPT 1113 Public Speaking 3
ENG 1123 English Composition II 3
NUR 2107  Nursing III, PART 1 7
  Semester Hours 13
Second Semester
Course Number Course Description Hours
NUR 2103 Nursing III, PART 2 3
NUR 2204 Nursing IV, PART 1 4
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
  Semester Hours 10
Third Semester
Course Number Course Description Hours
NUR 2206 Nursing IV, PART 2 6
NUR 2201 Nursing IV Seminar 1
  Semester Hours 7
Total Semester Hours 71

All courses must be completed in, or prior to, the semester listed.

There is no expiration date for general education coursework, including sciences.

Please be aware that in one of the Nursing IV courses, during the management/preceptor rotation, student schedules may vary.

 Progression: A grade of “C” for each nursing course listed in the nursing curriculum (NUR courses plus general education courses) and a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (“C” average) or higher on all college courses are necessary to progress and to graduate from the Associate Degree Nursing Program. In addition, students must demonstrate a satisfactory pattern of behavior according to the “Criteria for Responsible Behavior,” published in the Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook.   

Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general admission requirements):

  • Attain an 18 composite score on the national ACT (if taken prior to October 1989, a composite score of 15 is acceptable); complete all prerequisite courses listed in the course of study; have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 (“C” average) or higher on all previous college coursework and a grade of “C” or higher on all ADN curriculum courses;
    or
  • Attain a 17 composite score on the national ACT; complete 3 additional hours as listed in the ADN curriculum plus all prerequisite courses listed in the course of study; have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher on all previous college coursework and a grade of “C” or higher on all ADN curriculum courses;
    and
  • Have an unencumbered MS or Interstate Compact License as an LPN or a “Paramedic Registry” with no history of disciplinary actions;
    and 
  • Have one year of experience or 1040 documented hours as a Licensed Practical Nurse or Paramedic.  This requirement must be validated with a form that will be mailed to the student by the Registrar’s Office;
    and
  • Have a written recommendation from a current or former immediate supervisor. This requirement must be validated with a form that will be mailed to the student by the Registrar's office;
    and 
  • Participate in a mandatory ADN Accelerated information session and take the HESI Admission Assessment Exam. The mandatory information session will be scheduled for the prospective student only after all other requirements have been met. Students will receive notice from the Registrar’s Office about scheduling their information session and HESI Admission Assessment Exam.


The ADN Admissions Committee will select each year’s class from the pool of applicants who meet minimum admission requirements.  Any application with incomplete records will not be considered for admission.  The admission process is competitive, and completion of minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission.  Priority consideration for admission will be given as follows:

  1. In-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  2. Out-of-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  3. Mississippi residents who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework elsewhere;
  4. Out-of-state students.   

 

In addition to residency points, an applicant’s competitiveness is determined by national ACT score, GPA, HESI score, and grades in courses completed.  See the ADN website or nursing advisor for additional details.  Please be aware that there is no minimal HESI A2 score that must be earned for admission consideration; these scores are converted to points and used in the competitive process.  Students scoring less than 70 on the HESI A2 will be required to enroll in Nursing Enhancement courses and pass the Enhancement courses with a "C" or better each semester.

Point System

After program admission and prior to the first day of class, students must obtain American Heart Association CPR certification.  Students must provide proof of immunization for MMR.  A Mantoux Two-Step TB Skin Test is required prior to the first day of class.  Drug screening will be scheduled after enrollment. Students must comply with influenza vaccination requirements of clinical agencies. Electronic textbooks are used for the nursing program.  Software requirements and other information will be provided in the admissions notification.

All students admitted into the program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and background checks, which will be performed after admission and prior to clinical laboratories.  These fees will be attached as registration fees.  There are certain convictions that will prevent an individual being eligible to participate in clinical experiences.  If a student is unable to participate in clinical experiences, he/she will be dismissed from the program.  For additional information, contact the program coordinator.

Deadline for application is October 1st for Spring admission.  The ADN Accelerated Program will admit students in the Spring of each year. The application information which must be submitted by the deadline includes submission of all official transcripts, national ACT score, and MCC admission application.  There is not a separate application for the nursing program.  On the MCC admission application, applicants should mark ADN Accelerated as the program of interest.  The admission application should also be marked for the term admission is being sought.

Admission requirements, curriculum, and other program information are subject to change.  See your program advisor/counselor for additional information.

Students in the Associate Degree Nursing Accelerated Program must attend MCC full-time (12 or more semester credit hours).

Prior to enrollment in NUR 1320:
Course Number Course Description Hours
BIO 2513 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 2511 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
BIO 2923 Microbiology 3
BIO 2921 Microbiology Lab 1
BIO 2523 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO 2521 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
EPY 2533 Human Growth & Development 3
PSY 1513 General Psychology 3
  Semester Hours 21
Transition Semester
Course Number Course Description Hours
NUR 1320    Nursing I and II 20
  Semester Hours 20
Second Semester
Course Number Course Description Hours
ENG 1123 English Composition II 3
NUR 2110 Nursing III 10
SPT 1113 Public Speaking 3
  Semester Hours 16
Third Semester
Course Number Course Description Hours
NUR 2210 Nursing IV 10
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
NUR 2201 Nursing IV Seminar 1
  Semester Hours 14
Total Semester Hours 71

All courses must be completed in or prior to the semester listed.

There is no expiration date for general education coursework, including sciences.

Please be aware that in the management/preceptor rotation in the semester, student schedules may vary.

This program is accredited by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning with Full Accreditation and by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, 1-404-975-5000, www.acenursing.org (continuing accreditation with a revisit in eight years, scheduled for 2026).

Legal limitations for licensure as a registered nurse:
Information related to applying for licensure to practice as a registered nurse, upon completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, is contained in the Mississippi Nursing Practice Law and Rules and Regulations. Graduates must apply to the Mississippi Board of Nursing to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). Applicants to the Associate Degree Nursing Program should be aware of the following restriction regarding who may qualify to write the NCLEX-RN®:

“The Board may, in its discretion, refuse to accept the application of any person who has been convicted of a criminal offense under any provision of Title 97 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as now or hereafter amended, or any provision of this chapter.”* *Mississippi Nursing Practice Law

Mississippi Law now requires health care professionals or Workforce Education students enrolled in programs whose primary purpose is to prepare professionals to render patient care services to submit to criminal background checks and fingerprinting prior to beginning any clinical rotation in a licensed health care entity. If such fingerprinting or criminal background check of the student discloses a felony conviction, guilty plea or plea of 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 (g), child abuse, arson, grand larceny, burglary, gratification of lust, aggravated assault or felonious abuse and/or battery of a vulnerable adult which has not been reversed on appeal or for which a pardon has not been granted, the student shall not be eligible to be admitted to such health program of study, nor will he/she be eligible to participate in clinical training in a licensed entity. In addition, clinical affiliates have identified “other exclusions” or other criminal offenses that will preclude a student from participating in the clinical practicum. The student’s eligibility to participate in the clinical training phase of his/her health care program shall be voided if the student receives a disqualifying criminal record check; therefore, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program.

If a student currently enrolled in the nursing program is prohibited from participating in clinical experiences by any clinical affiliate of Meridian Community College (e.g., positive drug screen, egregious behavior, violation of patient safety, non-compliance with the College’s “Student Behavior Code,” etc.), then the student will be dismissed from the program of study. The student is not eligible for program readmission until the clinical restriction is removed.

Program Outcomes: A.D.N.
Updated: June 22, 2020
NCEX-RN®
1st time testers
Completion Rate in 150% of Allotted Time Placement Rate (Number Respondents Reporting Working 1 year Post Graduation in Position Requiring RN License)

2019 MCC: 80.6% (n=154/191)
National Average: 88%
 

74.5%

98% (graduates from Dec. 2018 and May 2019)

2018 MCC: 78.2% (n=162/207)
National Average: 85.11%
73%

95% (graduates from Dec. 2017 and May 2018)

2017 MCC: 66.67% (n=120/180)
National Average: 87.11%
72.04%

91% (graduates from Aug. 2016, Dec. 2016 and May 2017)

 

MCC’s Associate Degree Nursing program is a program that meets the education requirements for a Registered Nursing license in MS, and qualifies graduates to take the NCLEX RN®, a national examination for licensure. Requirements for nursing licensure vary from state to state. The Associate Degree Nursing program at MCC has not made a determination on whether the degree meets the state education requirements for other US States, Territories, or the District of Columbia. Professional licensing requirements for all states can be found here.

Board of Nursing Professional Licensure Requirements Outbound Link

 

A variety of career options are available for Registered Nurses including but not not limited to acute care facilities, long-term care facilities, home health care, hospice care, clinics, schools and travel nursing agencies.

 

  • Nursing I
  • Nursing II
  • Nursing III
  • Nursing IV
  • $46,000 Salary Range upon completion
  • $57,000 Salary Range after five-years

 

For more informationFor more information:
Dr. Lara Collum, coordinator
lcollum@meridiancc.edu
601.484.8728

For more informationFor more information:
Heather Cooksey, advisor
hcookse1@meridiancc.edu
601.481.1311