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The Practical Nursing Program provides educational opportunities for personal as well as intellectual development to help meet the health care needs of the community. The Practical Nursing Program is accredited by the State of Mississippi Department of Education through the Mississippi Community College Board and by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc, on, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 1 404 975-5000. Please visit the ACEN website at www.acenursing.org to learn more about their mission, goals, and benefits of program accreditation.
The Practical Nursing Program is a one-year certificate program. The program of learning is designed to teach the student basic nursing skills in the college laboratory and by caring for patients in affiliated clinical agencies. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to apply to the Mississippi Board of Nursing to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN)®, a national examination for licensure. For more information read the gainful employment disclosure.
Legal Limitations for Licensure as a Practical Nurse
Information related to applying for licensure to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse, upon completion of the Practical Nursing Program, is contained in the Mississippi Nursing Practice Law and Administrative Code. Graduates must apply to the Mississippi Board of Nursing to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensed Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN)®, . Applicants to the Practical Nursing Program should be aware of the following restriction regarding who may qualify to write the NCLEX-PN®, "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, 2010.
If a student currently enrolled in nursing is prohibited from participating in clinical experiences by any clinical affiliate of Meridian Community College (e.g., positive drug screen, gregarious 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 unless the clinical restriction is removed.
In addition to regular college tuition and fees, students have additional expenses for clinical apparel, standardized testing, 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 minimum grade of 80 is required in each course. Clinical grades are given as satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Satisfactory clinical and lab performance is required for progression. Satisfactory demonstration of a pattern of responsible behavior is necessary for progression as outlined in the Practical Nursing Student Handbook. All program policies regarding attendance, curriculum requirements and behavior must be met for progression.