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2017-2018 College Catalog

Transitional – LPN to RN Non-Hybrid Track


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Summer Entry -LPN to RN Transitional - (Non-Hybrid Option)     

Year of Initial Accreditation: December 1982
Continuing Accreditation:  
Last Evaluation Visit: February 2014
Most Recent Action: August 2014
Next Evaluation Visit: Spring 2020

The MGCCC Nursing Division offers three nursing education options:

  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Practical Nursing
  • LPN to RN Transitional (Hybrid & Non-Hybrid)

The LPN to RN Transitional - Non-Hybrid Option is designed to assist qualified LPNs with the transition to RN practice via a classroom (face to face) learning environment. LPNs accepted into the non-hybrid option are awarded fourteen (14) semester hours of credit for previous nursing education. After successfully completing the summer transition course, NUR 1116  , students accepted into the non-hybrid option will by-pass the first year courses required of ADN graduates. As a traditional classroom  driven curriculum, enrollment is limited.

To graduate, students enrolled in the non-hybrid option  must successfully master the following: (1) The degree required academic support courses; (2)NUR 1116  , the summer transitional course (unless applicant completed the PN Exit Option at MGCCC and meets all requirements); and (3) the second year nursing courses. Credit for these courses plus the 14 credit hours for previous education equal the required seventy-two (72) semester hours to be awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

The program is state accredited by the Mississippi board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404- 975-5000)

Graduates will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses® given by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and will earn the title Registered Nurse (RN) credentialed upon successful completion of the exam.

Program Mission, Concepts and Outcomes

The mission of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Nursing Program is to provide a learning environment that facilitates the development of qualified persons in the community to achieve the goal of becoming nurses who value the concepts of caring, competence and professionalism.

The Concepts & Outcomes of the LPN to RN Mobility track Nursing program are:

  • Practice nursing that is client centered, caring, culturally sensitive and based on the physiological, psychosocial and spiritual needs of clients (Client-Centered Care).
  • Collaborate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to promote continuity of client care (Interdisciplinary Collaboration).
  • Use research as a basis for evidence based nursing practice and clinical judgment (Evidence-Based Practice).
  • Promote quality improvement by participating in the development and implementation of organizational and care related plans for improving health care services (Quality Improvement).
  • Provide a safe environment for clients, self and others. Provide a safe environment for clients, self and others (Safety).
  • Integrate information technology resources into the provision of client care (Informatics).
  • Provide health-related education to restore health and promote optimal wellness (Client-Education).
  • Practice nursing in a professional, ethical, and legal manner (Professionalism).

Admission Procedure

  1. Make application and be accepted to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Application can be completed online.
  2. Submit copies of official transcripts of all schools attended to the Office of Admissions. All transcripts must be reviewed by the Office of Admission for determination of course credits. LPN coursework will be reviewed thoroughly to determine eligibility.
  3. Meet all Academic Requirements (listed below) and complete any program pre-requisites or Entry Requirements.
  4. The LPN to RN Non-Hybrid option  student must have  one (1) year of current (within the last year), documented work experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse. This requirement does not apply to the MGCCC LPN graduate who successfully completed the PN Exit Option program the preceding spring or summer semester.
  5. After successful completion and submission of ALL academic and entry requirements (See section below), the student CAN complete the Nursing Supplemental Application for Program Admission.                                                       

Summer Semester Application Submission:

Between April 1st and May 15th complete and submit the online Supplemental Application.

To complete and submit the online Supplemental Application:

  1.  Access the college's web page mgccc.edu
  2. Click on Web Services (top tab)
  3. Enter the GCID (M#) and Password
  4. Select Student
  5. Select Health Sciences Division Supplemental Applications                   

Thereafter, the applicant MUST read the guidelines carefully.  In order to complete and submit the application, college admission and ALL pre-requisite requirements are required.

Note: The Summer LPN-to-RN Non-Hybrid (traditional) semester can only be repeated once. In addition, if the event the first attempt is unsuccessful, the student must remain in the non-hybrid option (even if the TEAS exam is 65 or greater). The second attempt must take place during the next ensuing summer semester.

After successful completion of all academic and entry requirements, the student may submit a nursing application for the summer non-hybrid transitional semester beginning April 1st.  All MGCCC PN Exit students eligible to bypass the summer transitional semester can submit a fall semester application beginning  April 15th or a spring semester application beginning August 1st of each year.  Please review the policy regarding students graduating from MGCCC's PN Exit option program.   Students enrolled in the summer transitional semester must be successful with a grade of "C" or better to enter semester three of the ADN option. The Summer Non-hybrid Transitional program can only be repeated once.

LPN to RN NON-HYBRID ADMISSIONS CHECKLIST 17/18 2  

Supplemental Application Deadline Dates:                      

Summer semester - May 15 
                                                         
(If deadline falls on a weekend, holiday, or closing, the deadline is 5 p.m. on the next college business day). ALL required test scores, transcripts, and entry items (CBC, pre-orientation, etc.) must be completed with results placed in Banner (MGCCC's computer information system) by the appropriate college employee prior to the deadline. In addition, any outstanding college holds must be clear in order for the applicant to complete and submit the supplemental program application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  (MGCCC reserves the right to review additional supplemental applications following the posted deadline).

Academic and Entry Requirements

  • The LPN to RN Non-Hybrid option applicant  must submit one (1) year of current (within the last year), documented work experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse (letter from Employer, W-2 Wage Form)
  • Completion of the Enhanced ACT is a program requirement.  A score of 18 or higher taken October 1, 1989 or later is required.  However, if the ACT score is less than 18, an applicant can qualify by  successfully completing 24 semester hours of the program's degree-required courses maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher. The 24 credit hours must include Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II and Microbiology with a grade of "C" or better in each. Science Courses (A&P I, II & Microbiology) must be less than 5 years old unless the applicant is a LPN to RN Transitional student, a post professional BS degree conferred student, or has a conferred Health -related Associate of Applied Science Degree. (A post Baccalaureate-Degree student is defined as a student who currently holds a bachelor's degree and is now pursuing the Associate of Applied Science Degree or a diploma in Nursing). An applicant earning two or more final grades of D and/or F in one or more required science courses must wait five years to apply following the most recent failed science course.
  • A core grade point average of 2.5 or higher. (A core GPA is defined as the average of the best grade achieved for all required  courses. If you have taken extra courses, not required by the program or previous nursing courses,  those courses will NOT be used to calculate the GPA).
  • Review the online mandatory Pre-Health Sciences Orientation Session prior to completing the supplemental application for program ranking.  The session can be viewed anytime and anywhere you have access to the internet.  The Power Point presentation gives you valuable information on topics common to all health science programs at MGCCC.   Even without the ability to speak directly or interact immediately with a health sciences advisor, the session speaks to frequently asked questions from program entrance to completion.  In order to receive credit for viewing the session, follow the steps below.  The information is approximately one (1) hour in length.                                                              

    To complete this requirement do the following:

    1.   Access the college's web page mgccc.edu
    2.   Click on Web Services (top tab)
    3.   Enter the GCID (M#) and Password
    4.   Select Student
    5.   Select Health Sciences Division Supplemental Application Orientation Session.                                                                                      
    6.   In order to receive credit, you must review the entire session.
    7.   Click survey complete so that your log-in information will be recorded in the college's BANNER system.    

  • The ATI TEAS® measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. To help ensure students' best results, is to limit the number of retakes per year with remediation periods between retakes.  The following MGCCC  TEAS guidelines apply: 
                                             
    1. Achieve a composite score of 60 or above on the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) VI exam.                    
    2. ATI TEAS exams taken prior to August 1, 2016 are NOT acceptable.                         
    3. Effective August 1, 2017, applicants taking the TEAS exam are limited to three (3) retakes in one (1) year with remediation periods required between each retake.                                                                        

Applicants making less than 60 on the TEAS VI exam (1st attempt) are required to:                                                                                     

A. Wait a minimum of 30 days to retake TEAS VI                                                                         
B. Prior to retesting, complete the ATI TEAS Online Practice Assessment - Form A (see atitesting.com for price and guidelines)                                                                    
C. Print and File the assessment results as your ticket to retake                                   
D. Register to test again with atitesting.com (2nd test date must be at least 30 days after first attempt date)                       
E. On day of testing, present to the college proctor the following items: MGCCC student ID and your Form A assessment results (Student ID and Assessment information must match).    

Applicants making less than 60 on the 2nd TEAS VI exam attempt are required to:                                                                                        

A. Wait a minimum of 30 days to retake TEAS VI                                                                         
B. Prior to retesting , complete the ATI TEAS Online Practice Assessment - Form B (see atitesting.com for price and guidelines)                                                                    
C. Print and File the assessment results as your ticket to retake                                   
D.  Register to test again with atitesting.com (3rd test date must be at least 30 days after 2nd attempt date)                       
E. On day of testing, present to the college proctor the following items: MGCCC student ID and your Form B assessment results (Student ID and Assessment information must match). 

Applicants making less than 60 on the 3rd TEAS VI exam attempt are required to:                                                                                   

A. Wait a minimum of one year following the first TEAS attempt                                          
B Remediate again utilizing ATI TEAS Online Practice Assessment - Form A 
C. Print and File the assessment results as your ticket to retake                                   
D. Register to test again with atitesting.com (considered first attempt in 2nd one (1) year cycle)  

  • Achieve a composite score of 60 or above on the ATI TEAS exam (The ATI TEAS update is scheduled August 30, 2016.  The TEAS V test score will no longer be accepted following the spring 2017 enrollment class. Thereafter, only the new TEAS test will be recognized. (Check nursing website regarding TEAS Registration, Testing, and Remediation.
  • Comply with Mississippi law requiring a Criminal Background History Check with Fingerprinting through the Mississippi Department of Health. All students making application to a Health Science program at MGCCC are required to obtain a clear or acceptable Criminal Background Check from the MGCCC Campus Police Department at JD, JC,  Perkinston, or GC Campus.  The criminal background check policy (including testing dates and times) can be viewed at  Health Sciences Division Criminal Background Check Policy 17/18  

Selection Process

Program openings are filled based on Selective Admission; applicants are ranked based on their individual achievement test scores and prior college course work. Student ranking for entry into the LPN to RN Hybrid option is based on a point system and residency. Students are awarded points for the required ACT composite score, the G.P.A. (pre-requisite courses, plus any other degree-required  courses taken at MGCCC or another institution, and the TEAS examination result. In-district applicants (Mississippi residents of Harrison, Jackson, Stone and George Counties) are admitted before out-of-district applicants (all other Mississippi counties). Out-of-state applicants are not admitted until all qualified in-state applicants are admitted. Program enrollment is limited; however, enrollment is also influenced by the availability of clinical rotation slots, applicant numbers, and faculty.

LPN to RN Non-Hybrid Option Program Policies

  • Admission/acceptance into Semester one of the ADN and PN options is limited to two (2) unsuccessful attempts followed by a five (5) year waiting period from  completion of the second unsuccessful attempt.
  • All Health Science students are required to submit to substance testing in accordance with the substance testing policy and procedures for the Health Sciences Division.
  • The testing policy can be viewed by clicking here:  Health Sciences Division Substance Testing Policy 17/18  .
  • The completed MGCCC Health Sciences Division health form, signed by an appropriate medical personnel, is required prior to or on the first class day. The physical form can be viewed by clicking here:  MGCCC Health Sciences Division Pre_Entrance_Health_Form  
  • Upon admission to the LPN to RN Hybrid option, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA on the required courses and complete each course with a C or better.
  • Adherence to additional clinical affiliation requirements may be necessary depending on clinical rotation placement. (i.e. hospital orientation, HIPAA training, etc.)

MGCCC Nursing Division – Cost List (Estimate only)

Tuition

Full-time Tuition $1,550 per semester (15-21 credit hours)
Part-time Tuition $155 per credit hour

Fees

Registration Fee $60
Book Service Fee (Per Book) $40
Technology Fee $4 - $60
Non-resident Fee $155 per credit hour up to 14 hours
Non-resident Fee $1,550 for 15 - 21 hours
Credit card processing fee of 2% of the transaction amount Online course fee $15 per credit hour
Career and Technical Program of Instruction Fee $60-$450/semester
Out of State & International Fees $1400 - $2000
Additional Miscellaneous Fees may be applicable – See MGCCC website

Housing

Perkinston Campus Dormitory Room w/ Meal Plans $2,000 - $2,150 per semester
Housing Deposit - $50.00
A tiered fee schedule is based on facilities
Hayden, Andrews, Moran, and Owen Halls – An additional $100
Bryan and George Halls – An additional $200
Nursing Program Expenses – Non Refundable (Cost may be subject to change)

Prior to Entering Program

TEAS Entrance Exam $76 - $85 (Register at http://www.atitesting.com)                            
Criminal Background Check $65 - $80 (MGCCC Campus Police)

Once Admitted into Program

Program Fee $450 per semester
Pre-admission Physical Exam and Immunizations $200 - $300                                              
E-books $1,200 - $1,500 - (No rentals or hard books required)                                                                  
Substance Testing $29 - $35 per semester                           
Liability Insurance $12 - $15 per semester
Nursing Achievement Tests $149 - $155 per semester                       
Workbooks, additional purchase items, supplies $300 - $500                    
Uniform, Lab Coat, Shoes, Accessories $200 - $300
Student Nurse Association per year $40 - $60 (Required semesters 1 and 2)                                                                                       
Nursing Conventions per semester $150 estimated (Required semesters 1 and 2)  

Additional Expenses During Final Program Semester                                                                     

 Licensure Exam Fees $300 - $500
School Pin and Nursing Lamp $50 - $200                                                     

     Cost may be subject to change
 

 

Prerequisites:


All prerequisites to the LPN-to-RN Non-Hybrid option must be completed by the applicant prior to the May 15th deadline for acceptance into the program:

Freshman Year


Total Credits: 58


Total Contact Hours: 1257


Note:


*Advanced science courses have a pre-requisite requirement. See Biology Course Descriptions in the College Catalog for details about the prerequisite requirement.  A grade of "C" or better is required in all science and nursing courses. An applicant earning two or more final grades of D and/or F in one or more required science courses must wait five years to apply following the most recent failed science course. Academic support courses may be taken prior to the listed semester.

**Applicants with less than an 18 Composite ACT score have additional prerequisite requirements. Although an ACT score of less than 18 can be waived with the appropriate completed pre-requisites, the ACT (enhanced version) must be taken. The enhanced ACT version became available October 1989. See Nursing Course Descriptions in the College Catalog for nursing courses pre-/co-requisite requirements.

***Effective Fall semester 2018, EPY 2533 and SOC 2113 will not be required for PN or ADN program completion. This curriculum change applies to students accepted into the PN and/or ADN  program during the fall 2018 semester and thereafter.

+ Prerequisite course to NUR 2318 , NUR 2322 .

++ Prerequisite course to NUR 2416  , NUR 2422  , NUR 2434  .

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