Application Deadlines: March 1 for Fall Semester October 1 for Spring Semester
Department of Nursing Education
Dr. Arlene C. Jones
Director, Department of Nursing Education
ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING
Thank you for considering the Pearl River Community College (PRCC) Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program as a step toward a better future for you. The ADN program is a registered nurse (RN) program beginning in the fall and spring on the PRCC Poplarville campus. After completion of this program, graduates receive the Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure to become a registered nurse (RN). Licensing of registered nurses is regulated by the Mississippi Board of Nursing, and conviction of a misdemeanor or felony offense may be grounds for refusal by the board to issue a license. An ADN application packet contains detailed information about admission criteria to the ADN program. This packet is located on our website under the link titled “ADN Application Packet.”
The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program prepares an individual to become a professional registered nurse (RN). The RN may supervise licensed practical nurses (LPNs), nurse technicians, certified nursing assistants, and/or medical assistants. The RN provides direct patient care and assists in making decisions regarding plans of care for individuals and groups. The Associate Degree RN takes general support courses that are transferrable for a baccalaureate in nursing.
The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Pearl River Community College is respected by the health care community. This high quality program is accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326 and the Mississippi Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211. The nursing program was established to provide educational opportunities to qualified men and women who choose nursing as a career.
The purpose of the ADN program is to prepare graduates to pass “the NCLEX-RN and function as registered nurses in diverse health care settings” (NLN Educational Competencies p.5). The graduates of the ADN program contribute to the work force, health, and well-being of the community by providing safe, competent care in a professional manner (NLN Educational Competencies p.3).