Admission Requirements

Pearl River Community College Admission

  • AA/EOE/ADA
  • General Admissions Procedures
  • Admission Testing
  • Notification of Admission Status
  • Early Admission
  • Dual Enrollment
  • Readmission
  • Transfer Admission
  • Special Admission Contractual Agreements
  • Students Who Have Not Completed High School/GED
  • Students Who Wish To Audit Classes
  • Continuing Education Admission
  • Admission/Readmission Appeals
  • Admission Policy Pertaining To Resident Status of Students
  • Admission Requirements for Barbering and Cosmetology
  • Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Nursing
  • LPN Bridge Course to RN
  • Special Admission Requirements for Dental Hygiene Technology
  • Special Admission Requirements for The Medical Laboratory Technology Program
  • Special Admission Requirements for Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology
  • Special Admission Requirements of Physical Therapist Assistant Technology
  • Special Admission Requirements for Medical Radiologic Technology
  • Special Admission Requirements for Respiratory Care Practitioner
  • Special Admission Requirements for Practical Nursing
  • Special Admission Requirements for Surgical Technology and Dental Assisting
    • Pearl River Community College adheres to an “open admissions” policy consistent with all appertaining laws. The College embraces the philosophy that students be provided the opportunities for learning experiences, e.g. developmental courses, counseling, tutorial assistance, etc., that will help the individual student to succeed in achieving educational goals. PRCC utilizes relevant diagnostic instruments to determine the strengths and needs of students in order to assist in the selection of the most appropriate program options to help student success. There are no programs designed for transfer to senior institutions that require a minimum ACT score for admission.

      All applicants who have met admission requirements will be considered for acceptance to the college. General admission to PRCC does not guarantee admission to a specific program offered by the college. Additional requirements for specific programs should be studied to determine eligibility for acceptance in that particular program.

      Pearl River Community College is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities to all qualified applicants. PRCC does not discriminate against or exclude any prospective student or employee of the college on the basis of ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, or disability. PRCC is in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX, Educational Amendments of 1972 of the Higher Education Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and the Americans with Disabilities act of 1990. For information regarding Title VI, Title XI or ADA, please contact Tonia L. Moody, ADA/Civil rights Coordinator or Dr. Adam Breerwood, Dean of Student Services.

      For printed information (reader accessible) click below:

      Student Guidelines Brochure

      Disability Services Guidebook

      General Admissions Procedures

      The Admissions Office at Pearl River Community College is located in the Administration Building
      on the campus in Poplarville. Applications for admission and other forms
      and information are available in the Admissions Office from 8:00 A.M. until
      4:00 P.M. on weekdays. This office receives and processes all applications,
      high school transcripts, transfer college transcripts, GED certificates,
      and other documents related to admission to Pearl River Community College.
      Information may be requested from or documents may be mailed to:

      OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS

      PEARL RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE

      101 HIGHWAY 11 NORTH

      BOX 5120

      POPLARVILLE, MS 39470

      Students who wish to enroll
      in a career or technical program at the Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg
      should direct inquiries to and mail documents to:

      PEARL RIVER COMMUNITY
      COLLEGE

      FORREST COUNTY CENTER

      5448 U.S. HIGHWAY 49
      SOUTH

      HATTIESBURG, MS 39401

      In order to be admitted as
      an academic, technical, or career student, the following documents must
      be submitted:

      1. PRCC Application
      for Admission;

      2. Official transcript from
      an accredited high school indicating date of graduation or GED test transcript
      indicating passing;

      3. Official transcript from
      every college attended;

      4. ACT scores for academic
      or technical students (See Admission Testing below).

      Students taking classes
      at Pearl River Community College are classified in one of three broad areas
      of instruction with regard to their educational goals.
      ACADEMIC STUDENTS are students
      who are taking classes that lead to the Associate in Arts degree (AA).
      The Associate in Arts degree program is designed to provide a variety of
      educational experiences which acquaint the student with the liberal arts
      disciplines of writing, mathematics, humanities and fine arts, science,
      social science, communication, and physical education. In general, academic
      students intend to transfer their work completed at PRCC to a college or
      university and have the work apply toward a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor
      of Science degree.

      TECHNICAL STUDENTS are students
      who are taking classes that lead to the Associate in Applied Science degree
      (AAS). The Associate in Applied Science degree combines a foundation of
      basic academic courses with intensive training in a specific area of instruction,
      and technical course work designed to provide the graduate with the specific
      technical training needed for employment after completion of the degree.

      CAREER STUDENTS are students
      who are taking classes that lead to a Certificate of Proficiency. The Certificate
      of Proficiency is a validation that the student has completed an intensive,
      full-time schedule of training in a specific skill area.

      Admission Testing

      Students who are taking courses in an Academic or Technical program must furnish results of the American College Test (ACT). All references to the ACT refer to the Enhanced version of the test. The Enhanced version of the ACT was administered beginning in October of 1989. Students who completed the ACT prior to October 1989 may still use their results for admission purposes. ACT scores are used for placement in classes and for academic and technical counseling. (See Developmental Course Placement.) There is no minimum score for general admission to the college; however, specific programs may require minimum scores for admission.

      ACT is required of all students. The preferred test for placement is the ACT. However, the COMPASS examination is offered to those students unable to complete the ACT prior to registration. COMPASS is the residual ACT test; meaning it is just like the ACT but scores are not transferable to other institutions. The fee for testing is $45.00. Ms. Kaycee Hairston administers the test.

      Notification of Admission Status

      After a completed application is received, PRCC develops an admission file on the student and begins correspondence indicating receipt of documents and/or deficiencies. All
      students, regardless of full or part-time status, must meet admission requirements prior to registration for classes. A letter of acceptance or denial will be mailed to all applicants after all admission criteria have been met.

      All students who have met admission requirements will be considered for admission to the college. However, admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a specific
      program. Students must determine the requirements for admission to a specific program to see if they are eligible to enroll in that program. Specific questions concerning admission to the college or to a specific program of study should be directed to the Office of Admissions.

      Early
      Admission

      In order to to qualify for
      early admission to the College, an applicant must have completed a minimum
      of 14 core high school units; a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point
      scale, or better, on all high school courses, as documented by an official
      high school transcript; a home-schooled student must submit a transcript
      prepared by a parent, guardian or custodian with a signed, sworn affidavit
      to meet the requirements of this paragraph; a minimum ACT composite score
      of twenty-six (26) or the equivalent SAT score; and, a written statement
      from his/her principal or guidance counselor that this (Early Admission)
      is in the best educational interest of the student.

      Grades and college credits
      earned by a student admitted to the early admission program shall be recorded
      on the college transcript at the community or junior college where the
      student attends classes, and may be released to another institution or
      used for college graduation requirements only after the student has successfully
      completed one (1) full semester of course work.

      Dual
      Enrollment

      A high school student may
      enroll at a community or junior college while still attending high school
      and enrolled in high school courses, if the student has completed a minimum
      of 14 core high school units; a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point
      scale, or better, on all high school courses, as documented by an official
      high school transcipt; a home-schooled students must submit a transcript
      prepared by a parent, guardian or custodian with a signed, sworn affidavit
      to meet the requirements of this paragraph; and, a minimum ACT composite
      score of twenty-six (26) or the equivalent SAT score. A student who
      has not completed the minimum of fourteen (14) core high school units may
      be considered for dual enrollment if they have a minimum ACT composite
      score of thirty (30) or the equivalent SAT score, and has the required
      grade point average and recommendations prescribed above.

      Readmission

      A student who has attended
      PRCC in any semester other than the most recent semester must apply for
      readmission to the college. A student seeking readmission should complete
      a new application and provide transcripts from all other colleges attended,
      if any, since last attending PRCC. Students are readmitted based on their
      performance at PRCC and other colleges attended. PRCC honors the performance
      policies (honors, suspension, probation) of transfer colleges.

      Transfer
      Admission

      Any student may transfer
      from an accredited institution and expect to have consideration of previous
      academic experiences, provided that the admission requirements of PRCC
      are met as stated under the "General Admission" section of this catalog.
      The following policies in regard to transfer work will apply:

      1. Credit earned
      from an institution that is not regionally accredited will not be accepted.

      2. Official copies of AP
      or CLEP scores must be provided by the student for evaluation.

      3. Acceptance of transfer
      work toward a degree is subject to the following considerations:

      a. Courses must be
      equivalent to PRCC courses in content, description, and length.

      b. The grade in the
      transfer course must be a 'C' or better. If the student's overall transfer
      average is above 2.00, a grade of 'D' may be considered.

      c. Technical or Career
      transfer work is subject to the approval of the program faculty and the
      Director of the Career/Technical center where the student wishes to enroll.
      Transfer students seeking
      admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program should review ADN Transfer
      Admission Procedure.

      Special
      Admission Contractual Agreements

      Pearl River Community College
      occasionally enters into contractual agreements with agencies or organizations.
      In such cases, special admission may be granted to individuals participating
      in educational experiences as covered in the agreement. College credit
      will be awarded, however, only to participants who meet admission criteria.

      Students
      Who Have Not Completed High School/GED

      Students who have never
      graduated from high school and who have not completed the GED may be admitted
      to selected career programs by special waiver provided they are over the
      age of 18 and demonstrate through admission testing an ability to benefit
      from educational experiences.

      Students
      Who Wish To Audit Classes

      Students may audit courses
      by submitting a completed application to audit to the Director of Admissions
      who will, after the application has been evaluated, inform the student
      if his/her application to audit has been approved or denied. No credit
      hours are earned. Tuition for audit or credit is the same. Financial aid
      is not available for auditing classes. Once enrolled in a class, a student
      may not change from audit to credit status, or vice-versa. Completed audit
      courses are listed on the student's transcript.

      Continuing
      Education Admission

      Students who wish to participate
      in Continuing Education classes must be eighteen years or older and complete
      an Application for Admission. Students below the age of eighteen may be
      admitted by completing an application and presenting a letter of recommendation
      from their high school principal or counselor. Continuing Education credit
      is awarded as Continuing Education Units (CEU).

      Admission/Readmission
      Appeals

      The Director of Admissions
      is authorized to admit any student to the college who meets admission requirements.
      However, in cases where doubt exists the Admission Committee makes a determination
      on admission. The Admission/Readmission Committee is composed of The Director
      of Admissions (Chairperson), an Academic Counselor, and a Career-Technical
      Counselor. The decision of the Admission Committee may be appealed to the
      Dean of Student Affairs. A ruling from the Dean of Student Affairs may
      be appealed to the President of Pearl River Community College. The ruling
      of the President is final.

      The Readmission Committee
      is organized to hear appeals from students who have been suspended from
      the college because they have not maintained the minimum grade point average
      required for continued enrollment. Appeals will be heard only for those
      students who submit a request for an appeal in writing two weeks or more
      prior to the beginning of the semester for which they wish to re-enroll.



      Admission Policy Pertaining
      To Resident Status of Students

      Students at Pearl River
      Community College are classified in regard to residency as IN-DISTRICT,
      OUT-OF-DISTRICT, or OUT-OF-STATE. The following methods are used to determine
      student resident status:

      1. An IN-DISTRICT
      student is one who, on the first day of registration of a given term, is
      twenty-one (21) years of age or older and is a legal resident of Forrest,
      Hancock, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion, or Pearl River County in the State
      of Mississippi. The legal residence of a student under the age of twenty-one
      (21) is the residence of either parent.

      2. An OUT-OF-DISTRICT student
      is one who resides in the State of Mississippi but is not a resident of
      Forrest, Hancock, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion, or Pearl River County.

      3. An OUT-OF-STATE student
      is one who does not reside within the boundaries of the State of Mississippi.
      In
      determining residence, the burden of proof is on the student. A student
      can change his status from OUT-OF-STATE only by physically moving to a
      location within the boundaries of the State of Mississippi with the intention
      of residing within the state indefinitely and establishing a physical presence
      and place in the state which the student considers to be the true, fixed,
      and permanent place of habitation.

      The Office of Admissions of Pearl River Community College determines residence
      status. The decision of the Admissions Office may be appealed. In requesting
      a change of residence status, the student will be responsible for presenting
      competent, written evidence in support of the request.

      A student
      may apply in writing for reclassification prior to any registration. In
      determining residence, the following test for qualification will be applied:

      1. Students who
      are not yet 21 years of age and are not married.

      Residency for students
      who are not yet 21 years of age is based solely on the residence of the
      parents. Students who are not yet 21 years of age are considered
      residents of Mississippi only if one or both parents reside in the State
      of Mississippi. Parent(s) must have their fixed and permanent residence
      within the boundaries of the state. It is not possible for tuition
      purposes to be a resident of more than one state. The law allows
      no exceptions for students below the age of 21 who are independent from
      their parents.

      2. Students who are 21 years
      of age or older or students who are married.

      Residency for students
      who are over 21 years of age does not depend on parental residence.
      In order to prove residency you must prove that you have a fixed and permanent
      residence within the boundaries of the state. It is not possible
      for tuition purposes to be a resident of more than one state.



      Students
      who are not yet 21 years of age must provide the following documents to
      prove that their parent(s) are Mississippi residents. Students who
      are 21 years of age or older or are married must provide the following
      documents to prove that they are Mississippi residents:

      1. Proof of
      filing or payment of Mississippi income tax.

      2. Proof of filing
      of Homestead exemption (if a home is owned).

      3. Proof of home ownership
      or rent receipts.

      4. Copies of utility
      bills for electric and phone service.

      5. Mississippi Drivers
      License.

      6. Registration of
      Automobile in Mississippi (Car Tag).

      7. Voter registration
      by Mississippi county.

      8. Marriage license
      for students below the age of 21 who are married.
      The
      above factors are not the sole factors that PRCC may look to in establishing
      residence, but they are important in establishing intent to reside and
      physical presence within the state, and they may be used as guidelines
      by the student in collecting documentation for a reclassification of residence
      status.

      Admission Requirements
      for Specific Programs of Study at PRCC

      Students enrolled in Associate
      Degree Nursing and Allied Health programs are required to maintain full-time
      academic status. Noncompliance with this policy will result in dismissal
      from the program. Full-time students are defined in accordance with Pearl
      River Community College's policy, as students enrolled in a minimum of
      twelve semester hours in a regular term.

      Admission
      Requirements for Barbering and Cosmetology

      Students who seek admission to the Barbering or Cosmetology program at
      PRCC must meet the requirements as listed under 'General Admission' and
      submit a current health certificate as required by the State Barbering
      Board or the State Cosmetology Board. The health certificate must be dated
      no more than thirty (30) days before admission to either Barbering or Cosmetology.
      Health certificate forms may be obtained at the office of the Director
      of the Career-Technical Center on the Poplarville campus. Cosmetology requires
      a high school transcript indicating graduation date or two official GED
      score sheets, and one must be 18 years or older.

      Selection Process for
      Barbering and Cosmetology

      The Barbering or Cosmetology programs are limited to a maximum of 20 students
      in each program. An applicant list is maintained for each program in the
      Career-Technical Director's office. To be placed on the applicant list,
      a prospective student must first meet the requirements for general admission
      to the college. Applicants will be notified of dates for the Test of Adult
      Basic Education (TABE). Once applicants complete the TABE, selections will
      be based on the date of application, TABE score, and slot availability.
      If applicants outnumber available slots, an alternate list will be maintained.

      Grading Procedures
      for Cosmetology

      State Board of Cosmetology
      requires that a student must maintain an 85 average.

      Special
      Admission Requirements for Dental Hygiene Technology

      In addition to all of Pearl
      River Community College's general admission requirements for a technical
      student, the Dental Hygiene program has specific additional program admission
      requirements as listed below:

      I. Applicants must have the
      following documents on file at the Forrest County Center by May 1 to be
      considered for admission to the Dental Hygiene program:

      A. A
      Pearl River Community College application for admission and an application
      to the program.

      B. An
      official high school transcript from an approved high school or GED equivalency
      score and official college transcript(s) if college work has been completed.
      Only courses in the Dental Hygiene curriculum will be considered when computing
      grade point average.

      1. The Dental Hygiene academic
      core courses used in computing grade point averages are listed below:

      ENG 1113 English Composition
      I
      3
      ENG 1123 English Composition
      II
      3
      BIO 2923 Microbiology 3
      BIO 2921 Microbiology Laboratory 1
      BIO 1513 (or higher) Anatomy
      and Physiology I for Allied Health
      3
      BIO 1511 (or higher) Anatomy
      and Physiology I Lab for Allied Health
      1
      BIO 1523 (or higher) Anatomy
      and Physiology II for Allied Health
      3
      BIO 1521 (or higher) Anatomy
      and Physiology II Lab for Allied Health
      1
      Chemistry Elective 3
      Chemistry Laboratory Elective 1
      PSY 1513 General Psychology 3
      SOC 2113 Intro to Sociology 3
      SPT 1113 Oral Communication 3
      FCS 1253 Nutrition 3
      MAT 1313 College Algebra 3
      TOTAL HOURS: 37

      2. Academic standing
      of 'probation' or 'suspension' at other institutions is considered in the
      evaluation of the applicants.

      3. Completion of the
      Dental Hygiene academic core curriculum does not guarantee an interview
      or admission to the Dental Hygiene program.

      C. Students must furnish ACT scores

      1. ACT score
      may be from the national administration of the test or the residual.

      2. Applicants who
      took the ACT prior to October 1989 will have their results converted to
      the Enhanced ACT scores. (A score of 15 prior to October 1989 converts
      to an 18 on the Enhanced ACT.)

      II Selection of students:

      A. Students
      having completed the majority of prerequisites will receive

      preference. Students are selected based on the number of prerequisite courses
      successfully completed, ACT, GPA and an interview.

      B. Selected applicants
      will be invited for a personal interview by the Dental Hygiene Admission
      Committee.

      C. Meeting the minimum
      requirements listed above does not guarantee any applicant an interview
      or admission to the Dental Hygiene program.

      D. Upon acceptance,
      the applicant must submit a college approved health form.

      STUDENTS NOT SELECTED
      FOR ADMISSION MUST REAPPLY BEFORE MAY 1ST OF THE NEXT YEAR.

      III. Transfer Students:

      A. Must meet
      all of the requirements for general admission and special Dental Hygiene
      admission criteria.

      B. Must be eligible
      for immediate readmission to the college last attended.

      IV. All statements related to
      admission criteria or announcements of the present policies are subject
      to revisions.

      Special
      Admission Requirements for The Medical Laboratory Technology Program

      In addition to all of Pearl
      River Community College's general admission requirements for a technical
      student, the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program has specific additional
      program admission requirements as listed below:

      I. Program Application

      Applicants must have the
      following documents on file at the Forrest County Center MLT program office
      by May 1 to be considered for admission into the MLT program:

      A. A completed
      Pearl River Community College application.

      B. A completed MLT
      Program application.

      C. A high school transcript
      from an approved high school or GED test transcript with passing score
      and an official copy of all college transcripts.

      D. American College
      Test (ACT) scores: (1, 2, or 3) 1. Composite score of 18 or 15 (prior
      to October 1989) with no need for developmental courses, OR 2. Attain
      a 16 or higher ACT composite (since October 1989) with no need for developmental
      courses, OR 3. ACT of 16 or higher with the need for developmental
      courses provided some academic courses from the MLT curriculum have been
      taken to allow scheduling time for these developmental courses. E. The
      applicant must also submit the required forms, documents, etc.:

      1. Color picture 2.
      Autobiographical Essay 3. A course list: Any course work completed after
      the MLT application has been submitted by the May 1 deadline. Example:
      College Algebra is being taken during the summer before beginning the MLT
      Program in August.



      II. Selection of students

      Admission to
      the MLT program is competitive based on ACT scores, overall GPA, core GPA
      course work and interview. All MLT program applicants will be 'ranked'
      according to the Admission Point Scale. The Admission Point Scale will
      identify students who have potential for success in the MLT program. Points
      granted at the interview will be based on:

      1. Verbal and nonverbal communication
      skills including writing skills.

      B.
      Knowledge of the field of MLT and the role of MLT.

      Preference will be given
      to full-time students. After notification of acceptance, a college
      health form must be submitted before final acceptance.

      Special
      Admission Requirements for Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology

      In addition to all of Pearl
      River Community College's general admission requirements for a technical
      student, the Occupational Therapy Assistant program has specific additional
      requirements.

      I.
      Applicants must have the following documents on file at the Forrest County
      Center by May 1 to be considered for admission to the Occupational Therapy
      Assistant program.

      A. An application for admission to Pearl River Community College.

      B. An application for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

      C.
      An official high school transcript from an approved high school or GED
      equivalency score.

      D. Official college transcripts of all colleges previously attended.

      E. ACT score from national or residual test. (Please note that ACT scores
      taken before October 1989 will be converted to Enhanced ACT scores.)

      II. Admission
      to the OTA program is competitive and based on ACT scores, previous academic
      coursework, and a personal interview. Interviews will be granted
      based upon ACT score and previous academic achievement. Points at
      personal interviews will be based upon verbal/oral communications, knowledge
      of the field of OT, and assessment of attitudes/previous experiences that
      would make the candidate likely to excel in and enjoy the field of Occupational
      Therapy.

      Special
      Admission Requirements of Physical Therapist Assistant Technology

      In addition
      to all of Pearl River Community College's general admission requirements
      for a technical student, the Physical Therapist Assistant Technology Program
      has specific additional program admission requirements as listed below:

      III. Applicants
      must have the following documents on file at the Forrest County Center
      by May 1 to be considered for admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant
      program.

      A. A Pearl
      River Community College application for admission.

      B. A Physical Therapist
      Assistant Program application for admission.

      C. An official high
      school transcript from an approved high school or GED test transcript.

      D. Official college
      transcripts(s) of all colleges attended if college work has been completed.

      E. An acceptable ACT
      score (1 or 2).

      1. Composite score of
      18, an 18 or above on the math subtest, and 16 or above on the English
      subtest, are allowed on the ACT administrations to meet ACT minimum standards
      for consideration to the PTA program. The minimum composite score for ACT
      administrations prior to October 1989 is 15, a 15 or above on the math
      subtest, and 13 or above on the English subtest, OR

      2. Attain a 16 or
      higher ACT composite (since October 1989) and achieve 12 semester hours
      of the general education course work in the PTA program curriculum, with
      a grade of 'C' or better from an accredited college or university. If A&P
      I and II have been taken, they must have been completed within three years
      prior to admission into the PTA program. If A&P I and II were taken
      longer than three years prior to admission into the PTA program, the student
      must retake these two courses once admitted to the program.

      F. The applicant must also
      submit the required forms and documents:

      1. Reference
      forms

      2. Autobiographical
      Essay

      3. A course list
      (courses not on transcript that are taken prior to admission)

      G. The applicant must have documentation
      of attendance at an Information Session.

      II. Selection of students

      Admission
      to the PTA program is competitive based on ACT scores, overall GPA, and
      core GPA course work. All PTA program applicants will be 'ranked' according
      to the Admission Point Scale. The Admission Point Scale will identify students
      who have potential for success in the PTA program. The selection committee
      submits a list of candidates according to the 'rank' on the point scale
      for a personal interview. Interview points will be the final determining
      factor for admission. Points granted at the interview will be based on:
      (1) Verbal and Nonverbal communication skills including writing skills;
      (2) Knowledge of the field of Physical Therapy and the role of the PTA
      in the field; as well as (3) Basic interview skills.

      Special
      Admission Requirements for Medical Radiologic Technology

      In addition to all PRCC
      regular admission requirements, the following must be in the Program Director’s
      office and complete by March 1st of the year that the application is being
      submitted.

      For
      requirements download the requirements and application brochure here
      .

      Selection of students will
      be done by a committee which is composed of representatives from PRCC and
      Clinical Education Centers. Selection for these positions is competitive
      and based upon grades, ACT scores, and personal presentation. Students
      selected must provide a satisfactory physical exam form to include immunization
      records must be completed prior to beginning class.

      Special
      Admission Requirements for Respiratory Care Practitioner

      In addition to all of Pearl
      River Community College’s general admission requirements for a technical
      student, the Respiratory Care Practitioner program has specific additional
      program admission requirements as listed below:

      I. Applicants must
      have the following documents on file at the Forrest County Center by May
      1 to be considered for admission to the Respiratory Care Practitioner program:

      A. A Pearl
      River Community College application for admission and an application to
      the program.

      B. An official high
      school transcript from an approved high school or GED equivalency score
      and official college transcript(s) if college work has been completed.
      Only courses in the Respiratory Care Practitioner curriculum will be considered
      when computing grade point averages.

      1. The Respiratory Care
      Practitioner academic core courses used in computing grade point averages
      are listed below:

      ENG 1113 English Composition
      I
      3
      BIO 1513 (or higher) Anatomy
      and Physiology I for Allied Health
      3
      BIO 1511 (or higher) Anatomy
      and Physiology I Lab for Allied Health
      1
      BIO 1523 (or higher) Anatomy
      and Physiology II for Allied Health
      3
      BIO 1521 (or higher) Anatomy
      and Physiology II Lab for Allied Health
      1
      Behavioral/Social Science
      Elective
      3
      SPT 1113 Oral Communication 3
      MAT 1313 College Algebra 3
      Humanities Elective 3
      TOTAL HOURS 24

      2. Academic standing
      of “probation” or “suspension” at other institutions is considered in the
      evaluation of the applicants.

      3. Completion of the
      Respiratory Care Practitioner academic core curriculum does not guarantee
      admission to the Respiratory Care Practitioner program.

      C. Students must furnish
      ACT scores.

      1. ACT score may
      be from the national administration of the test or the residual.

      2. Applicants who
      took the ACT prior to October 1989 will have their results converted to
      the Enhanced ACT scores. (A score of 15 prior to October 1989 converts
      to an 18 on the Enhanced ACT.)

      II Selection of students:

      A. Students
      having completed the majority of prerequisites will receive preference.

      Students are selected based on the number of prerequisite courses successfully
      completed, ACT, GPA, and an interview.

      B. Selected applicants
      will be invited for a personal interview by the Respiratory Care Practitioner
      Admission Committee.

      C. Meeting the minimum
      requirements listed above does not guarantee any applicant admission to
      the Respiratory Care Practitioner program.

      D. Upon acceptance,
      the applicant must submit a college approved health form.

      STUDENTS NOT SELECTED FOR
      ADMISSION MUST REAPPLY BEFORE MAY 1ST OF THE NEXT YEAR.

      III. Transfer Students:

      A. Must meet all
      of the requirements for general admission and special Respiratory
      Care Practitioner admission criteria.

      B. Must be eligible
      for immediate readmission to the college last attended.

      IV All statements related
      to admission criteria or announcements of the present policies are subject
      to revisions.

      Special Admission Requirements for Practical Nursing

  1. The applicant must complete a Pearl River Community College application and a program application for Practical Nursing.
  2. The applicant must provide an official high school transcript indicating the date of graduation or official results of the GED, with the results of the GED Report indicting ”passing”.
  3. If an applicant has NOT graduated from an accredited high school but has graduated from a Non-Accredited high school, the applicant must have 17 acceptable Carnegie units and a minimum composite score of 18 on the ACT.
  4. Applicants must provide ONE of the following: An ACT composite score of 16 with a 14 in math and reading, or 12 composite if taken before October 1989 with a 12 in math and reading. If the applicant has an ACT score on file with Pearl River Community College, they must obtain a copy and submit it to the Practical Nursing Department.
  5. Applicants must submit an official transcript(s) from every college attended. If the applicant has official transcript(s) on file with Pearl River Community College, the applicant must request a copy and submit it to the Practical Nursing Department.
  6. If you are currently working in healthcare and have held that job for a year or longer, submit a “Verification of Employment Form”, completed with signatures and contact information. The form is in the Practical Nursing packet.

How Selection is Made

Applicants will be selected by Point(s) awarded using this scale

Student’s ACT Score Points awarded
27 or higher 10
25-26 8
23-24 6
20-22 4
18-19 2
16-17 1

Ranking of College GPA based on a minimum of 12 semester hours applicable towards a degree or a four year cumulative High School GPA IF no college courses have been acquired

G.P.A. Range Points awarded
3.8 – 4.0 10
3.5 – 3.7 8
3.2 – 3.4 6
2.9 – 3.1 4
2.6 – 2.8 2
2.5 1

High school Allied Health classes Points awarded
Two years completed 2
One year completed 1
Vertified with high school transcript

Vertifiable Health Care Employment (1 year) Points awarded
Form located in the Practical Nursing packet 2

Pearl River Practical Nursing program does not require prerequisites, however, if a student has completed any of the following classes with a grade of “A” or “B”, points will be awarded; BIO 1500 series, BIO 2500 series, EPY 2533, or FCS 1254. The classes must have been taken within the past 5 year to receive points.

Classes completed Points awarded
Official transcript grade of A 2
Official transcript grade of B 1
Verify with college transcripts

For those applicants selected for admission As determined by this point system:

  1. An information session will be conducted for those selected for admission. The information session(s) will be held on each campus. Date(s): to be announced
  2. A physical is required. The physical is to confirm that the applicant is in good health and possesses the required physical abilities to function satisfactorily within the program and the occupation. TB screening is required as part of the physical exam. The results must render a negative result or treatment protocol.
  3. Drug screening will be required from a specific lab; Healthworks located at 5909 US Hwy 49, Hattiesburg, and must render a negative result in order to continue. Applicants are given specific time frames for obtaining their drug screen.
  4. Obtain “Form #121, Certificate of Immunization Compliance” from the Health Department in your county; it should state that you are complete for school, university/college, or work requirements.
  5. Applicants must submit fingerprints for a Criminal Background Check in accordance with section 43-11-13 of the Mississippi Code of 1972. This process is necessary for the practical nursing student to enter the healthcare facilities for clinical. Any disqualifying event revealed by the Criminal Background Check may prohibit the student from entering healthcare facilities for the purpose of performing clinical. All practical nursing students must participate in the required clinical. This will be performed early in the first semester. This is the first of two Criminal Background Checks performed while in the PN program.
  6. CPR-C (Health Care Provider certification) it may be American Heart or American Red Cross, is required prior to any clinical activity, and must not expire prior to graduation from the Practical Nursing program.
  7. Submit a copy of your current driver’s licenses.
  8. Qualified alternates will be placed on a waiting list and may be selected to fill any vacancies that occur prior to the end of late registration.
  9. Priority in student admission will be given to (1) in-district candidates, (2) out-of-district candidates, and (3) out-of-state candidates.
  10. Please refer to the Cat Country Guide (PRCC Student Handbook; PRCC website) under due process for student complaints.

Special Admission Requirements for Surgical Technology and Dental Assisting

1. The applicant must be at least 18 years of age by date of program completion.

2. The applicant must complete a Pearl River Community College application and a program application to the program for which they are applying.

3. The applicant must provide an official high school transcript indicating the date of graduation or official results of the GED, with a score of 40 on each part or an average score of 45 on all parts.

4. If an applicant has NOT graduated from an Accredited high school but has graduated from a Non-Accredited high school, the applicant must have 17 acceptable Carnegie units and a minimum composite score of 18 on the ACT.

5. All applicants must have an ACT score on file.

6. Applicants must provide ONE of the following:

a. Students must have an ACT composite score of 16 with a 12 in math and reading, or 12 composite if taken before October 1989 with a 12 in math and reading; OR

b. Students must have completed the following courses in the last five years and have received a 'C' or above: Human Growth & Development (EPY 2533); Anatomy & Physiology I & II (BIO 1513, BIO 1523); Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I & II (BIO 1511, BIO 1521); and Nutrition (FCS 1253).

7. Selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview by the interview committee. The basis for this selection will be the scores of GPA's on the criteria listed in number six. This committee will be composed of a PRCC faculty member (from the respective area), a career-technical counselor, and a designated representative from the primary clinical affiliates.

8. Applicants will be selected on the following basis:

Admission requirements ranking; High school transcript or GED ranking; Personal Interview.

9. For those applicants selected for admission, a physical is required. The applicant must submit a college approved health form completed and signed by a physician of the applicant's choice confirming that the applicant is in good health and possesses the required physical abilities to function satisfactorily within the program and the occupation. Drug screening will be a part of this examination. This must be in the student’s program file prior to registration.

10.' Priority in student admission will be given to (1) district applicants, (2) out-of-district applicants, (3) out-of-state applicants.

11. 'Those applicants who are selected for admission must have evidence of being currently certified in American Heart Association CPR-C (Health Provider Course) by the day of registration.

12. 'Qualified applicants who are admitted to the class as alternates will be placed on a waiting list and may be selected to fill any vacancies that occur prior to the end of late registration.

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