Pearl River Community College

Application Process




101 Hwy 11 North, BOX 5760

Poplarville, MS 39470

Office:  (601) 403-1016/1017 FAX: (601) 403-1275


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All completed applications must be hand delivered or postmarked on or before:

           March 1st  -        Fall semester consideration 

           October 1st -        Spring semester consideration


In addition to all PRCC admission requirements, the ADN program has a separate admission process with specific program requirements as listed below:

ADN applicant:

  • Proof of completed PRCC application
  • ADN aplication with picture attached.
  • Copy of ACT score, if applicable.
  • Copy of transcript(s) from all colleges previously attended; including PRCC.
  • Copy of high school transcript from an accredited high school or GED test score, if never attended college.
  • Copy of Pre-Admission Exam score.
  • Completed Criminal Background Check (CBC) questionnaire.
  • If applicable, a letter from the dean or director of any ADN or BSN program attended stating date of eligibility to return. Note: If not eligible for immediate return, the waiting period is three (3) years from exit date to apply.
  • If applicable, a copy of current non-restricted Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license and a completed LPN Employer Verification form.

Applications submitted without the above documentation are incomplete and are not reviewed for admission.


PRCC ADN Admission Criteria:

  1. ACT composite score of 18 or higher
  2. GPA 2.5 or higher
  3. Pre-Admission Exam
    1. If you have taken the NLN PAX-RN exam and scored 50% or higher (Score will be accepted if taken between January 1, 2015 through May 31, 2017). If not then you will need to take the Kaplan Entrance Exam.
    2. Kaplan Entrance Exam 65% or higher (must be taken at PRCC and after May 31, 2017)

Applicants must have two of the above criteria to be considered for admission. Below are alternatives in which to meet the third criteria:

1.  ACT requirements:

  • ACT composite score of 18 or higher

If ACT composite is below 18;

  • Applicant must have 12 credit hours of the ADN general education courses completed (must include College Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab, and Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab) with a minimum 2.8 GPA.
  • Applicant who has previously earned a baccalaureate or higher degree may enter without an ACT by completing all the required ADN general education courses with grades of “C” or better and having an overall 2.5 grade point average (MS IHL).
  • Applicant with an ACT composite below 16 is not considered for admission.

2.  GPA & ADN General Education Course Requirements:

  • A high school or college grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.

If GPA less than 2.5;

  • ACT must be:
                          19 if GPA 2.4
                          20 if GPA 2.3
                          21 if GPA 2.2
                          22 if GPA 2.1
                          23 if GPA 2.0
  • Applicant with a GPA below 2.0 is not considered for admission.



MAT    1313    College Algebra

PSY     1513    General Psychology

BIO      2513    Anatomy & Physiology I

BIO      2511    Anatomy & Physiology I Lab

BIO      2523    Anatomy & Physiology II

BIO      2521    Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

EPY     2533    Human Growth & Development

ENG    1113    English Composition I

BIO      2923    Microbiology

BIO      2921    Microbiology Lab

SPT      1113    Public Speaking I

SOC     2113    Introduction to Sociology


3. Pre-Admission Exam Requirement:

  1. National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Exam (NLN PAX-RN) score of 50% or higher.
    *NLN scores will be honored if exam was taken January 1, 2015 through May 31, 2017*Applicants with an NLN PAX-RN score below 35% are not considered for admission.
  2. Kaplan Entrance Exam 65% or higher (must be taken at PRCC and after May 31, 2017).

Additional Application Information:

  • If no college courses are taken, the high school GPA is used.
  • College GPA is only calculated using the General Education Courses required of the ADN program.
  • Applicant must have completed, be enrolled in, or be eligible to take College Algebra and Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab.
  • ADN general education course grades submitted through the end of the college spring and/or summer semesters will be used to compute the GPA for the upcoming Spring admission and grades submitted at the end of the fall semester will be used to compute the GPA for the upcoming Fall admission.
  • There is no time limit on the required ADN general education courses; however, if an applicant has more than two (2) enrollments in achieving a grade of “C or higher” within a 5-year period on College Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab, and/or Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab, a GPA of 2.8 or higher is recommended.
  • A grade of “C” or higher is required on all ADN general education courses taken.
  • All co-requisite courses listed in the program of study must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before progressing to the next nursing level.
  • Admission into PRCC does not mean the student has been admitted into the ADN program.
  • Any previous legal difficulties can result in inability to enter the ADN program and/or obtain state licensure.
  • Applicant, who has attended another ADN or BSN program, will have their nursing course grades included in the GPA. The applicant is required to submit a letter of good standing from the previous program to the Director, Department of Nursing Education.

4.  Transfer of Nursing Credits:

Applicants wanting to transfer previously earn nursing credits from another ADN or BSN program must meet the following requirements.

  • Application deadline for transferring is February 1st for fall and September 1st for spring considerations.
  • Applicant admissions are subject to space availability.
  • Transferring applicants must meet all PRCC admission and ADN program requirements.
  • See Transfer of Nursing Credits at
  1. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) – ADN Applicant:

The LPN-ADN Bridge course is designed to enhance the knowledge the LPN-ADN student gained in a Practical Nursing (PN) program and to assist the LPN-ADN student in the transition into Level 3 & 4 of the ADN program. The course focuses on the theory of nursing, the fundamentals of nursing, the practice of medical-surgical nursing, and the role of the registered nurse.

The LPN-ADN Bridge course is a part-time course held in the Nursing Building on the PRCC Poplarville campus during fall and spring semesters. Students successfully completing the Bridge course (“B” or higher) will earn seven (7) credit hours. The remaining required nursing course hours of Level 1 & 2 will be waived after successful completion of NUR 2104, NUR 2115, NUR 2203, and NUR 2209.

NOTE: In addition to meeting all PRCC and ADN program admission requirements, the LPN-ADN applicant with less than one (1) year experience, must submit two (2) letters of recommendation. One letter from a past PN clinical instructor and another from a current supervisor who can validate PN experience.

Prerequisites to the LPN-ADN Bridge course include: BIO 2511, BIO 2513, MAT 1313, and PSY 1513. The following ADN general education courses must be completed prior to beginning Level 3: BIO 2521, BIO 2523, ENG 1113, and EPY 2533.


Selection of Candidates:

Review of potential candidates is made by the ADN Admission Committee. Recommendations are based upon the ADN applicant’s high school/college GPA, ACT score, and a Pre-Admission Examination score. Applicants meeting the required criteria are provisionally admitted into the program based upon space availability, CBC clearance, substance screen verification, and ability to meet other clinical requirements. Preferential consideration is given to in-district residents (Forrest, Hancock, Jeff Davis, Lamar, Marion and Pearl River counties), followed by out-of-district residents, then out-of-state residents.


Letters of acceptance/declination will be sent via mail during the last week of November for spring admission or the last week of April for fall admission.