Associate Degree Nursing – Transition to RN


Our Associate Degree Nursing – Transition to RN program is designed to assist the licensed practical nurse (LPN), paramedic, and respiratory therapist in making the transition to registered professional nurse (RN). Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). This program can be completed in four consecutive semesters. 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.

Whether you’re just getting started or looking to advance your medical career, the Associate Degree Nursing – Transition to RN program at Hinds Community College is a great first step. It offers all the knowledge and skill-building required for you to launch your career as a registered nurse, a career in very high demand. As a registered nurse, you will be able to work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physician’s offices, as a mobile nurse, and other roles.

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Important Program Information

  • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
Sample Curriculum
Course Hours
Anatomy and Physiology I, Lecture & Lab 4
Anatomy and Physiology II, Lecture & Lab 4
Microbiology, Lecture & Lab 4
English Composition I 3
English Composition II 3
Human Growth and Development 3
General Psychology 3
Introduction to Sociology 3
Public Speaking I or Interpersonal Communication 3
Fine Arts or Humanities Elective 3
Total Hours 33
Course Hours
Introduction to Transition to Professional Nursing Concepts 4
Transition to Professional Nursing Concepts I & II 8
Transition to Professional Nursing Concepts III & IV 8
Transition to Professional Nursing Concepts V 4
NCLEX-RN® Assessment 2
Credit by Validation 13
Total Hours 16
Admission Requirements

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide the required data to:

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

Submitting the information to any other Hinds Community College location will delay the processing of your file.

  • Application for admission to Hinds Community College
  • Application to the Associate Degree Nursing Program- Transition to RN Option
  • Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript, high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, TASC™, or Mississippi Competency-Based High School Equivalency), or college transcript. (For currently enrolled high school students, an updated transcript, validating high school graduation, will be required prior to beginning the program.)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  • ACT composite score of 18 (f taken before October 1989 – 15)
  • ACT sub-score of 18 in Math (15 if taken before October 1989) or a “C” in College Algebra.
  • 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).
  • ACT subscore of 18 in Science (applicants who took the ACT prior to October 1989 must retake the ACT to obtain the Science sub-score)
  • GPA of 2.50 or higher using the best grade achieved for prerequisites for the nursing program of study completed by the admissions deadline date. All other coursework will NOT be used to calculate the GPA.
  • Validation of current unencumbered professional license or certification and must maintain active licensure or certification throughout the program of study.
  • Additional points are awarded to applicants based on work experience as an LPN, Respiratory Therapist, and Paramedic. Employment must be validated on the required document and submitted to the admissions processor by application deadline.
  • Applicants who have been enrolled in another Transition to RN program (or its equivalent, i.e., accelerated, bridge, advanced placement, etc.) within the last four (4) years must provide a letter of good standing from the nursing program attended in order to be considered for admission.
  • Applicants with two (2) withdrawals or failures from Hinds’ ADN Transition to RN option or any previous Transition to RN option (or its equivalent) are not eligible for admission within four (4) years from the date of the last nursing course (Transition to RN option, or equivalent) taken. If it has been more than four (4) years from the last nursing course (Transition to RN option, or equivalent) taken, applicants:
    1. Must meet all current admission requirements;
    2. Do not have to provide a letter of good standing
Selection Process
  • Selection to the Transition to RN Option is made once a year. Beginning Spring 2024, the Transition to RN Option will only be offered as a spring-start, three-semester program (Spring-Summer-Fall).  The current summer-start option will no longer be offered.
  • Effective for applicants applying for Spring 2024: applications will be available July 1st through October 31st with all admissions requirements due by October 31st.
  • Applicants who have submitted all admission requirements by the specified deadline will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes but is not limited to: ACT composite score; ACT Math, Science and Reading subscores; prerequisite letter grades; and highest previous certificate or degree.
  • Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application to the Transition to RN Option Associate Degree Nursing Program.
  • Applicants selected for admission into the program must attend a program orientation session.
Program Accreditation

This program is accredited by the
Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning:

3825 Ridgewood Road,
Jackson, Mississippi 39211

And the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN):

The Associate Degree Nursing program at Hinds Community College at the Nursing and Allied Health Center located in Jackson, MS and the Rankin campus located in Pearl, MS is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Hinds Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program is continuing accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes
  • Provide holistic care that recognizes an individual’s preferences, values, and needs and respects the client or designee as a full partner in providing compassionate, coordinated, age and culturally appropriate, safe and effective care. (Client-Centered Care)
  • Demonstrate accountability for the delivery of standard-based nursing care that is consistent with moral, legal, ethical, regulatory, and humanistic principles. (Professionalism)
  • Demonstrate leadership skills that impact the behavior of individuals or groups of establishment and acquisition/achievement of shared goals. (Leadership)
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively utilize multiple system resources to provide quality client care. (Systems-Based Practice)
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and support decision-making. (Informatics and Technology)
  • Interact effectively with clients, families, and colleagues, fostering mutual respect and shared decision making, to enhance client satisfaction and health outcomes. (Communication)
  • Function effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, shared decision making to achieve quality client care. (Teamwork and Collaboration)
  • Minimize risk of harm to clients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance. (Safety)
  • Use data to monitor outcomes of care processes and to improve the quality and safety of client care. (Quality Improvement)
  • Integrate the best current evidence and clinical experience, along with consideration of clients’ preferences, experiences, and values to make clinical decisions. (Evidence-based Practice)


Joetta Chandlee
Director, Transition to RN
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Michelle Jones, BS, RRT
RCT Faculty

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