Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

Program Information

Location(s) of Program: Poplarville Campus, the Forrest County Center and the Hancock Center

Brief Description of Program: The Practical Nursing program is a twelve to twenty-four month certificate program designed to prepare qualified individuals to function as a member of the health care team in administering safe, effective health care as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). The care rendered by a licensed practical nurse is under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician or licensed dentist. Upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing Program the graduate will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN (licensure exam) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Essential Requirements of a person in this career field: Admission requirements:

  1. Completed PRCC application
  2. Completed practical nursing application
  3. Minimum composite ACT score of 16; 14 in reading and math
  4. Official high school transcript from accredited high school indicating date of graduation or official GED report indicating “passed”
  5. Official college transcript from any college attended
  6. Attend a mandatory PN Orientation session and ROAR

Instructor Contact Information for the Program:

Possible Careers in this Program: Practical Nurses are needed in most every area of health care. Some areas include: doctor offices, clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home health, hospice care.

What a student can expect from a career in this field: A career in practical nursing offers many advantages including practice in various areas of the medical field and flexible hours.

Possible earnings of jobs in these career field: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the current median salary for an LPN in the United States is $44,090.00 and in Mississippi the median annual salary for an LPN is $37,000 or approximately $18.00 an hour.

Mission of Program: Pearl River Community College Practical Nursing Program is a certificate program committed to providing a quality educational opportunity for those seeking a career in practical nursing.

Goals of Program:

  1. Students will complete the PN Program (certificate) within the allotted time frame of twelve (12) months for full time entry students or twenty-four (24) months for other options.
  2. Graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN® exam upon graduation as approved by the Mississippi State Board of Nursing (MSBN).
  3. Graduates will function as competent qualified practical nurses prepared for employment in various and diverse healthcare settings in local and regional surrounding communities.
  4. Graduates will pass the NCLEX-PN® within the allotted testing time frame.