Associate Degree Nursing

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Associate Degree Nursing

Associate Degree Nursing is a 2 year program that prepares the graduate as a generalist capable of providing competent, accountable client care in diverse settings. Major areas of emphasis encompass the following core components of nursing practice: professional behaviors, communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, teaching and learning, collaboration and managing care. Two options are available: the Generic Option and the Transition to RN Option.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are held at the Nursing/Allied Health Center on the first Friday of each month at 1 p.m., except holidays. These sessions will provide you with an opportunity to talk with nursing faculty, counselors, and financial aid representatives and to tour school labs.

General Associate Degree Nursing Information

Generic Associate Degree Nursing Admissions Requirements 

  • Application to Hinds Community College
  • Application for Selection to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
  • Validation of High School Graduation by official high school transcript, GED equivalency transcript, or college transcript.
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges attended (except Hinds CC)
  • ACT Composite Score of 18 or above (If taken prior to October 1989 - 15.
  • ACT sub-score of 18 in Math (If taken before October 1989-15)
  • ACT sub-score of 18 in Reading (applicants who took the ACT prior to October 1989 must retake the ACT to obtain the Reading sub-score) 
  • Overall GPA of 2.5 on transferable college credits. 

Prerequisites to the First Generic Clinical Course (NUR 1119):

  • An overall GPA of 2.5 on transferable college credits. 
  • Must have completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs and Introduction to Sociology. 
  • Science courses taken prior to admission must have been completed with a grade of "C" or better, within five years of entering the first nursing class. 

Transition to RN Option 

The Transition to RN Option is designed to assist the licensed practical nurse (LPN), paramedic and respiratory therapist in making the transition to registered professional nurse (RN), in one calendar year. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Register Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). Courses are offered at the Nursing/Allied Health Center of the Jackson Campus and at the Vicksburg Campus. The Nursing/Allied Health Center is the only campus that accepts paramedics and respiratory therapists.

Transition to RN Option Admissions Requirements 

  • Application to Hinds Community College 
  • Application for Selection to the Transition to RN Option
  • Validation of High School Graduation by official high school transcript, GED equivalency transcript, or college transcript.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  • ACT composite score of 18 (If taken before October 1989 - 15)
  • ACT sub-score of 18 in Math (If taken before October 1989 - 15)
  • ACT sub-score of 18 in Reading (applicants who took the ACT prior to October 1989 must retake the ACT to obtain the Reading sub-score. 
  • Overall GPA of 2.5 on transferable college credits.
  • TEAS-V score at proficient level or higher.
  • Validation of current unencumbered professional license or certification.
  • Written recommendation from immediate supervisor or instructor from respective practical nursing, paramedic, or respiratory therapy program.

Prerequisites to the First Transition to RN Option Clinical Course (NUR 2214)

  • An overall GPA of 2.5 on transferable college credits.
  • Completion of Anatomy and Physiology I & II with labs (4 semester hrs each) and Microbiology with lab (4 semester hrs) with a grade of C or above. Science courses must have been completed within 5 years of entering (NUR 2214).
  • Completion of 3 semester hours of each of the following: English Comp I; English Comp II; General Psychology I; Human Growth & Development; Intro to Sociology; Humanities/Fine Arts Elective; Public Speaking/Interpersonal Communication.
  • For the licensed practical nurse, successful completion of an approved IV course within one year of NUR 2214 or current licensure as a LPN certified in IV therapy.
  • For the paramedic or respiratory therapist, successful completion of Professional Nursing Skills with a grade of “C” or better within one year of entering NUR 2214.

Process for Selection 

The Generic Option and the Transition to RN Option each have a defined process for selection.
There is also a defined process for selection for transfer admissions.
Process for Selection to Generic Option
Process for Selection to the Transition to RN Option

NOTE: Associate Degree Nursing Generic and Transition to RN Options - Rating Scale 

Submit all required forms and information to: 

Admissions Office, Nursing/Allied Health Center, 1750 Chadwick Drive, Jackson, MS 39204-3490

Submitting information to other locations will delay the processing of the applicant's file.

Core Performance and Standards

The performance standards and activities have been identified as essential for successful progression and completion of this program. Students with a diagnosed disability who are unable to meet the standards are advised to contact the ADA counselor at the Nursing/Allied Health Center prior to program admission.

Graduate Competencies

  • Upon successful completion of the Associate Degree Nursing program, the graduate will be prepared to:
  • Practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of nursing.
  • Exhibit responsible work ethics.
  • Assume accountability for nursing care given by self and/or delegated to others.
  • Participate in professional development.
  • Participate in community service activities.
  • Communicate effectively with individuals, families, groups, and health care team members.
  • Document completely and accurately.
  • Make accurate comprehensive assessments related to client needs.
  • Use critical thinking, problem-solving, and nursing process skills to make valid, rational, justifiable clinical decisions.
  • Use evidence-based information to support clinical decision making.
  • Provide safe, accurate nursing care in diverse settings.
  • Incorporate community resources, environmental factors, culture and values in the provision of client care.
  • Integrate age specific competencies in caring for clients across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate caring behaviors toward the client, significant support person(s), peers, and other members of the health care team.
  • Develop and implements teaching plans based on assessed needs for individuals, families, and groups.
  • Function as a productive member of the health care team to achieve client and organizational outcomes.
  • Utilize directions and feedback from others to achieve client and organizational outcomes.
  • Incorporate health promotion, disease prevention, and health protection in the delivery of client care.
  • Set priorities for client care.
  • Delegate client care to qualified personnel appropriately.
  • Manage care for groups of clients.
  • Practice in a cost efficient manner.
  • Demonstrate adaptability in relation to changes in the clinical environment.
  • Demonstrate competence with current technologies.
  • Manage time effectively.

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