Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing (P.N.) program prepares the individual to assist in providing general nursing care requiring basic knowledge of the biological, physical, behavioral, psychological, and sociological sciences; and of nursing procedures. This care is performed under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician, or dentist.

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Admission Policy
Practical Nursing (PN) – Students desiring to enter the PN program will be selected based on the following criteria:
1. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
2. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED equivalency.
3. Applicants must submit a new or updated Northwest application and a P.N. application to the campus they are planning to attend.
4. Applicants must have an enhanced ACT composite score of 16 or greater and must send proof of their ACT score to Northwest’s Registrar’s Office.
5. Once a prospective student has all required documentation on file with the P.N. Program, an opportunity to sit for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) can be scheduled by calling the Career-Technical Division for each respective campus.
*The Practical Nursing Program accepts applications from mid-January through April 30 of each year.

Testing begins each February.

**The LYTC-Oxford Campus also accepts applications from June-Mid-October for students planning to begin in the Spring semester. Testing begins for this class in October.

Testing dates for TEAS on the LYTC-Oxford Campus

All TEAS tests will begin at 8:30 AM—arrive by 8:15
Room 136; Photo ID; $50 cash ONLY
NO calculator; NO cell phones

Monday, October 19, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Monday through Friday, November 9 — 13, 2015

Must call B. Holmes to schedule all tests.662-238-7952

Application Forms
Please contact the Practical Nursing Department at the location of interest. These forms are used IN ADDITION to the normal Application for Admission.


  • Senatobia campus: Jennifer Lance 662-562-3371
  • DeSoto Center, Southaven: Tamara Pittman 662-280-6128
  • Benton County Career-Technical Center, Ashland: Shelia Burcham 662-224-8904
  • Lafayette Yalobusha Technical Center, Oxford. (Please contact Brenda Holmes at 662 238 7952 for admissions and testing.)

Program Withdrawal
If a student finds it necessary to withdraw from the program for any reason, the official steps as outlined in the NWCC Bulletin must be followed. A Student who properly and officially withdraws will receive a grade of “W” (official withdrawal) in all classes. Withdrawal must be made prior to exam week. An unofficial withdrawal is attributed to a student who leaves the program without going through the published withdrawal procedures. This unofficial withdrawal will result in the student receiving “F” grades in all classes.

Readmission Policy   
Any student who is dismissed from the Practical Nursing program (regardless of how far along they are in the program) will not be given any credit for work that has been completed before the dismissal.  Upon re-admittance, the student will start over completely as if they are beginning the program for the first time.  A grade of 80% or above is required in all courses in order to progress.  The student who does not achieve these criteria will be allowed one chance to reenter the Practical Nursing Program.

Non-Discrimination Policy
Northwest Mississippi Community College does not discriminate on basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or status as a veteran or disabled veteran in employment, programs, or provision of services.  Compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act is coordinated by the Disability Support Services Coordinator. This policy is also in compliance with Title II of the Age Discrimination Act and Title IX of Education Amendments of 1972. The Practical Nursing Program has differences which are related to selection and admission, progression, grading CPR, health requirements and criminal background checks.  The program also requires an 80 final average to be successful in each course.  These requirements are in place to assist with student success and to provide the student with the baseline competencies needed for the practice of practical nursing.  Differences related to health requirements, CPR certification and background clearance are in place to meet the requirements of the clinical agencies.

Practical Nursing Licensure
Students who complete the program requirements, as identified by the Mississippi Department of Education, will be eligible to apply to the Mississippi Board of Nursing for licensure to practice as a licensed practical nurse. All applicants should be advised that according to the Mississippi Nursing Practice Laws and Rules and Regulations an individual’s application to write the licensing exam may be refused if the applicant has been convicted of a criminal offense under any provision of Title 97 of the Mississippi Code of 1972.

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