Practical Nursing


Our Practical Nursing program prepares you to assist in providing general nursing care requiring basic knowledge of the biological, physical, behavioral, psychological, and sociological sciences; and of nursing procedures which do not require the substantial skills, judgment, and knowledge required of a registered nurse. This care is performed under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician, or dentist. The graduate of the program functions as a provider of care, a member of a profession, and manager defined in the Mississippi Competency Model 1997.

Program Options

  • Our Generic option is offered in August and January at the Nursing & Allied Health Center, and in January on the Rankin and Vicksburg campuses. The application and file completion deadline for August is March 31st. The application and file completion deadline for January is September 30th.
  • Our Part-Time Evening and Weekend option is offered at the Nursing & Allied Health Center beginning each summer term. The application and file completion deadline for this option is January 31st.

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. Visit us to learn more about becoming a LPN.

Courses Are Offered At These Locations


For a complete list of courses, please see our college catalog.

Admission Requirements

  • Application for Hinds Community College
  • Program Application For Selection to the Practical Nursing Program
  • 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.).
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College.
  • ACT composite score of 18 and ACT subscores of 18 in Reading and Math OR ACT score of 16 and TEAS® score at a proficient level or above;
    • Applicants who took the ACT prior to October 1989 must retake the ACT to obtain the Reading subscore;
    • ACT composite score of 15 (18 if taken before October 1989).
    • ACT composite score of 12 (16 if taken before October 1989). 
    • Must retake the ACT to obtain the Reading subscore if ACT was taken before October 1989.
    • The TEAS® test may be taken as many times as needed to score the proficient level.  However, you must wait 30 days between testing.  It is highly advised to remediate as indicated on the previous attempt, but it is not required.  See section on High School Equivalency Testing below for more information on TEAS®.
  • Applicants who meet all admission requirements by the specified deadline will be considered for selection. See Practical Nursing Process for Selection Rating Scale.

For more information about the program or assistance with the admission process, call one of our Nursing/Allied Health Center counselors at 

  • 601-376-4802, or 
  • 601-376-4803, or
  • the admission processor at 601-376-4812.

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

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

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

Program Accreditation

The graduate is prepared to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Licensing of the practical nurse is regulated by the Mississippi Board of Nursing. The program is accredited by:

Mississippi Community College Board
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
P: 601-432-6518

Gainful Employment


Nursing & Allied Health Center
Carol Manley
District Director of Practical Nursing
P: 601-376-4850

Dr. Audrey Murray
Director of Nursing, Rankin Campus
P: 601-936-1842

Gwendolyn Brown
Practical Nursing Coordinator

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