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2023-2024 College Catalog 
    
2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LPN to RN - (Non-Hybrid/Weekday Option)

Location(s): The Bryant Center at Tradition


Summer Entry - LPN to RN - (Non-Hybrid Option)  
(Bryant Center at Tradition)  

 

The LPN to RN Non-Hybrid option is designed to assist qualified Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) with the transition to RN practice via a classroom (face to face) learning environment. After successfully completing the summer transition course, NUR 1116, the LPN student accepted into the Non-hybrid option is awarded fourteen (14) semester hours of credit for previous nursing education. Thereafter, the student will by-pass the first year courses required of ADN graduates and enter semester 3 (Weekday) of the ADN program. Beginning with NUR 2322, and thru the terminal ADN courses, NUR 2434 and NUR 2422, course and clinical works will include the ADN semester 3 Generic/Prelicensure students.  Credit for these courses plus the 14 credit hours for previous education equal the required sixty-six (66) 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), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, 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 End-of-Program Student Learning 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:

  • Provide holistic care 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).
  • Minimize risk of harm to 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).
  • Demonstrate accountability for the delivery of nursing care 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.

Complete and submit the online Supplemental LPN to RN (Non-Hybrid) Application:

  1. Visit MGCCC Web Services
  2. Select Student
  3. Select School of Nursing and Health Professions 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 (summer) semester cannot be repeated. In the event the attempt is unsuccessful, the student is ineligible to continue in the LPN-to-RN program.  However, the student may apply to the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Prelicensure Program.

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-School of Nursing and Health Professions Orientation Session, 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 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)
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with applicant in a professional capacity.  If possible, one recommendation from current supervisor.
  • 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 21 semester hours of the program’s degree-required courses maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher. The 21 credit hours must include Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II and Microbiology with a grade of “C” or better in each. An applicant may not have more than one final grade of D and/or F in one or more required science courses within five years of applying to the Nursing Program. 
  • 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-School of Nursing and Health Professions 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 School of Nursing and Health Professions programs at MGCCC.   Even without the ability to speak directly or interact immediately with a School of Nursing and Health Professions 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. Visit MGCCC Web Services
  2. Select Student
  3. Select School of Nursing and Health Professions Supplemental Application Orientation Session.
  4. In order to receive credit, you must review the entire session.
  5. Click survey complete so that your log-in information will be recorded in the college’s BANNER system.    
  • Effective August 1, 2022, the School of Nursing will switch over to the TEAS 7 exam. The TEAS 6 and TEAS 7 exam scores are equated which means, if you have already taken the ATI TEAS 6 exam and achieved your desired score, you are not required to take the ATI TEAS 7.
  • The ATI TEAS® measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. The ATI TEAS® Version 7 has added a chemistry subcategory and a biology subcategory to the overall science category.  In addition, there is an expansion of the English and language usage category and many other small content changes. The ATI TEAS Version 7 will contain multiple question types or item types beyond multiple-choice.  All answers will be scored as correct or incorrect. No partial credit will be given to these alternate item type questions. ATI TEAS Version 7 question types include:
    • Multiple-Choice Item Types: questions that have four answer options with only one option as the correct answer. In addition to text, some multiple-choice items include charts, exhibits, and graphics.
    • Alternate Item Types: These refer to questions that are not your standard multiple-choice, single answer questions. Currently, there are four different alternate item type questions on the ATI TEAS Version 7 exam:
      • Multiple Select items: Students will be presented with a list of four or more possible answers to a question and more than one may be correct. There will be a note on these question types to “Select all that Apply.” To answer the question correctly, the student must select all correct answers. If all correct answers are not selected, then the question is incorrect. No partial credit is given.
      • Supply Answer items: This question type requires students to provide the answer to the question or “fill in the blank” without a set of options. Answers may be text or numerical values.
      • Hot Spot items: These questions include an image with two to five clickable areas. Students are required to click on the area of the image identified as the correct response.
      • Ordered Response items: These questions require students to place a set of response options in the correct order. Students drag between four and six response options from a box on the left to an empty box on the right. The question is answered correctly only if the student places all correct options in the correct order within the box on the right. If an option is out of order, then the question is incorrect. No partial credit will be given.
  • In an effort to ensure student success, the number of attempts per year are limited, and require remediation following each unsuccessful attempt.  The following TEAS guidelines apply at MGCCC:
  1. Achieve a composite score of 60 or above on the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) 7 exam
  2. Applicants taking the TEAS exam are limited to two (2) retakes in one (1) year with remediation periods required between each retake
  • Applicants making less than 60 on the TEAS 7 exam (1st attempt) are required to                                                                                 
  1. Wait a minimum of 30 days to retake TEAS 7                                                                       
  2. Prior to retesting, complete the ATI TEAS Online Practice Assessment - Form A with a score of 60 or higher (see atitesting.com for price and guidelines)                                                                    
  3. Print and File the assessment results as your ticket to retake                                   
  4. Register to test again (2nd Attempt - Retake #1) with atitesting.com (2nd test date must be at least 30 days after first attempt date)                       
  5. 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 7 exam attempt are required to:                                                                                     
  1. Wait a minimum of 30 days to retake TEAS 7                                                                         
  2. Prior to retesting, complete the ATI TEAS Online Practice Assessment - Form B with a score of 60% or higher (see atitesting.com for price and guidelines)                                                                    
  3. Print and File the assessment results as your ticket to retake                                   
  4. Register to test again (3rd Attempt - Retake #2) with atitesting.com (3rd test date must be at least 30 days after 2nd attempt date)                       
  5. 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 7 exam attempt are required to:                                                                                
  1. Wait a minimum of one (1) year following the first TEAS attempt                                        
  2. Remediate again utilizing ATI TEAS Online A&P Practice Assessment scoring a minimum of 60%.   
  3. Print and File the assessment results as your ticket to retake                                   
  4. Register to test again with atitesting.com (considered first attempt in 2nd one (1) year cycle)
  • Licensure (NCLEX-RN & NCLEX-PN) Information for Applicants

    Application for licensure (NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN), in the state of Mississippi, is regulated by the Mississippi Board of Nursing (MSBON).

    MSBON is a consumer protection agency with authority to regulate the practice of nursing through licensure as provided for by the Mississippi State Code. MGCCC nursing applicants desiring to enter the ADN or PN program, and upon successful program completion make application to test out-of-state, are strongly encouraged to contact the state’s Board of Nursing for information and answers to specific questions related to curriculum, i.e., program option, total credit hours and/or clock hours in theory, lab, and clinical.

    It is strongly recommended that individuals research the approval/accreditation status and credibility of any nursing educational program before enrolling in individual courses or the entire program of study.
     
  • Comply with Mississippi law requiring a Criminal Background History Check with Fingerprinting through the Mississippi Department of Health. All students making application to a School of Nursing and Health Professions program at MGCCC are required to obtain a clear or acceptable Criminal Background Check from the MGCCC Campus Police Department at HC, JC, Perkinston, or GC Campus.  The criminal background check policy (including testing dates and times) can be viewed at School of Nursing and Health Professions Criminal Background Check Policy .

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 Non-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 AAS-required nursing 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

  • The School of Nursing and Health Professions require all entering students to submit to substance testing in accordance with its substance testing policy and procedures.
  • The testing policy can be viewed by clicking here:  School of Nursing and Health Professions Substance Testing Policy .
  • The School of Nursing and Health Professions requires proof of Immunizations and/or CPR. Submission of all required documents will begin following program acceptance. Failure to meet the requirements will result in withdrawal/dismissal.
  • Upon admission to the LPN to RN Non-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.)
  • The School of Nursing and Health Professions Student Manual can be viewed here  

MGCCC Nursing Division – Cost List (Estimate only)

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

  • General MGCCC Tuition and Fees
  • Career and Technical Program Fee $75 per credit hour
  • Pre-admission Physical Exam and Immunizations $200 - $300                                              
  • E-books $600 - $800 - (rentals or hard books required during summer semester)                                                                  
  • Substance Testing $29 - $35 per semester                           
  • Liability Insurance $12 - $15 per semester
  • Standardized Exams & Resources - $500 per semester                       
  • Workbooks, additional purchase items, supplies $300 - $500                    
  • Uniform, Lab Coat, Shoes, Accessories $200 - $300
  • Student Nurse Organization per year $40 - $60                                                                                      
  • Nursing Conventions per semester $150 estimated (Required all semesters)  
  • Skills Lab Bag Fee $10 - $50

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: 66


  • General Education: 24
  • Prior Learning Credit: 14
  • Nursing (NUR): 28

Total Contact Hours: 1140


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 may not have more than one final grade of D and/or F in one or more required science courses within five years of applying to the Nursing Program.  Academic support courses may be taken prior to the listed semester.

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