Oct 19, 2021  
2013-2014 College Catalog 
2013-2014 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate Degree in Nursing

Fall & Spring Entry
(Jackson County Campus, Jefferson Davis Campus, and Perkinston Campus)

Fall Entry Only
(George County Center)

(After successful completion of Semesters One and Two, the George County Center students will transfer to the Perkinston Campus. However, if space at the Perkinston Campus is limited, students will be required to transfer to the Jackson County Campus or the Jefferson Davis Campus. Campus preference will be based on the student's initial enrollment ranking)

At Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, we are proud to offer nursing program options which will allow our students to choose the nursing career path that is best suited to their current needs.

The MGCCC Nursing Division offers three nursing education options:

  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Practical Nursing
  • LPN to RN Mobility Track

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) option includes one semester of pre-requisites and four semesters of nursing course work. The ADN program is designed to prepare students to become registered nurses. The program is state accredited by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, Mississippi 39211 (601-432-6486) 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)

Associate Degree Nursing Accreditation Status:
Year of Initial Accreditation: December 1982
Continuing Accreditation:  
Last Evaluation Visit: April 2006
Most Recent Action: July 2006
Next Evaluation Visit: Spring 2014


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 Associate Degree 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.
  3. Meet all Academic Requirements (listed below) and complete any program pre-requisites or Entry Requirements.
  4. After successful completion of all academic and entry requirements, the student may submit a Nursing Application for Program Admission beginning April 15th of each year for Fall entry students; and beginning August 15th of each year for Spring entry students. Please meet with a counselor on the Campus/Center of your choice to submit and complete your Associate Degree Nursing Program Application Packet.



Application deadline for Fall Entry programs is July 1st. (deadline for Spring Entry programs is November 1st) All test scores, transcripts and required documentation must be received by this date. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Late applications may be considered depending upon space availability on the first day of class.

Academic and Entry Requirements

  • An ACT composite score of 18 and a 2.5 grade point average.
  • To waive a composite ACT score of less than 18, the applicant must successfully complete 24 semester hours of degree-required courses with 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 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). Science Courses may be repeated only once within the five year period.
  • Attend a Mandatory Pre-Nursing Orientation Session - To register for a Pre-Nursing Orientation session, visit the Online Appointment Scheduler (Appointment Quest) at www.appointmentquest.com/scheduler/2070047424/login. You will be required to create an account before registering which can be accomplished by selecting the "Enrollment" tab and filling in the form. Once an account has been created, you will be able to register for one of the listed Pre-Nursing Orientation sessions. PLEASE USE YOUR STUDENT EMAIL ADDRESS WHEN YOU REGISTER WITH APPOINTMENTQUEST! You will receive an email confirming that you have registered in the system. IF YOU DO NOT GET AN EMAIL CONFIRMING YOUR APPOINTMENT, please log in to the system again and make sure you have entered your email address correctly.  PRE-NURSING & ALLIED HEALTH ORIENTATION FLYER 
  • Achieve a composite score of 60 or above on the TEAS V test. NURSING TEAS REGISTRATION FORM 
  • Comply with Mississippi law requiring a Criminal Background History Check with Fingerprinting through the Mississippi Department of Health. All Nursing and Allied Health applicants are required to obtain a clear or acceptable Criminal Background Check from the MGCCC Campus Police at JD, JC, Perkinston or the George County Campus/Center. MGCCC's Criminal Background Check Policy (including days and times) can be viewed at CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK WITH FINGER PRINTING SCHEDULE 

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 Associate Degree Nursing program 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 nursing courses or previous nursing courses taken at MGCCC or another institution within the last five years), and the TEAS examination result. In-district applicants (Mississippi residents of Harrison, Jackson, Stone and George Counties) are admitted before out-of-district applicants (Mississippi residents of counties other than Harrison, Jackson, Stone and George). Out-of-state applicants are not admitted until all in-state applicants are admitted. Program enrollment is limited; however, enrollment is also influenced by availability of clinical rotation slots, applicant numbers, and faculty. Students who are selected are also held to the following program policies.

Associate Degree Nursing Program Policies

  • All Nursing and Allied Health students must submit to substance testing in accordance with the Substance Testing Policy and Procedures for Nursing and Allied Health Programs. The Nursing and Allied Health Program's substance testing policy can be viewed on-line at SUBSTANCE TESTING POLICY  
  • A student must be deemed physically and emotionally able to meet the requirements for the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
  • A physical examination, immunization records, CPR Certification and completed health form, signed by a Medical Physician, are required prior to the first meeting of the program.
  • Upon admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program, 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 for Fall and Spring Semester $1,150.00 per semester (12-18 hrs)
• Tuition—Summer Semester $115.00 per semester hour (PN Exit & LPN Transitional Students only)
• Program Fee $220.00 - $264.00 per semester
• Registration Fee $50.00 per semester (Non-refundable)
• Technology Fee $36.00 per semester
• E-books $1,000-$1,100 for 4 semesters (Non-refundable)
• Liability Insurance $11.00-$12.00 for Fall and Spring Semester (Non-refundable)
• TEAS $50.00 - $65.00 (Register at the ATI website at http://www.atitesting.com)
• Nursing Achievement Tests $120.00 - $130.00 per semester
• Uniform, Lab Coat, Shoes, Accessories $150-200.00
• Workbooks, purchase items, supplies $540.00
• Student Nurses Association per year (Recommended) $60.00
• Pre-admission Physical Exam and Immunizations $200.00 - $300.00
• Nursing Conventions per semester $150.00 estimated (Optional)
• Substance Testing $29.00 per semester
• Pre-admission Criminal Background Check $65.00 (MGCCC Campus Police)
• Perkinston Campus Dormitory Room w/ Meal Plans $1,785.00-$1,905.00 per semester plus a $50.00 housing deposit
• Licensure Exam Fees $300.00 (Expense for graduating students only)
• School Pin and Nursing Lamp $50-$200.00 (Expense for graduating students only)

Cost may be subject to change




Prerequisites: The following four (4) courses are prerequisites to the PN and ADN Programs and must be completed by the applicant prior to approval of admission to either program:

Freshman Year


Following successful completion of the 1st Semester, the student is eligible to sit for the Certified Nurse Assistant Examination


Following successful completion of the 2nd Semester, the student is eligible to enter the Practical Nurse (PN) Exit Option. Students must declare the PN Exit Option by completing the PN Exit Option Declaration Form by mid-term of Semester 2. (See Practical Nursing Exit Option)

Sophomore Year

Total Credits: 72

Total Contact Hours: 1605


*Advanced science courses have a pre-requisite requirement. See Biology Course Descriptions in the College Catalog for details about the prerequisite requirement. Science courses must be less than five years old and may be repeated once only.

Science Courses (A&P I, II & Microbiology) must be less than 5 years old unless applicant is a LPN to RN Transitional student, is 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 in Nursing)

A grade of “C” or better is required in all science and nursing courses. Academic support courses may be taken prior to the listed semester.

**Applicants with less than an 18 Composite ACT score have additional prerequisite requirements. See Nursing Course Descriptions in the College Catalog for nursing courses pre-/co-requisite requirements.

• Co-requisite course with NUR 1118 , NUR 1121 , NUR 1131 , and NUR 1100  unless already successfully completed.

***Co-requisite course with NUR 1217 , NUR 1223 , NUR 1200  unless already successfully completed.

+ Prerequisite course to NUR 2318 , NUR 2322 .

++ Prerequisite course to NUR 2416 , NUR 2421 , NUR 2421 ,and NUR 2434 .