Practical Nursing

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The Practical Nursing (PN) Program prepares the individual to assist in providing general nursing care which requires the basic knowledge of the biological, physical, behavioral, psychological, sociological sciences. This care is performed under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician or dentist.

Mission of the Practical Nursing Program

NWCC’s Practical Nursing Program (PNP) supports and adheres to the mission of NWCC. The PNP is committed to providing academic instruction which supports effective learning. This program enables students in the PNP to provide safe, effective and culturally competent nursing care in variety health care settings while providing the most current curriculum, instructional materials and equipment. Teach obtainable knowledge, skills, and attitudes appropriate to the health care industry needs.

The mission of the Practical Nursing program is in alignment as well with the Mission of the Career, Technical and Workforce Education to be the training provider for Northwest Mississippi by implementing the priorities established by the governing institution. These priorities are:

  1. Establish and/or maintain significant and formal relationships with industries/businesses related to our training programs,
  2. Make all training/instruction relevant, organized, engaging, and worth paying to participate,
  3. Focus (not at the expense of other industries) on manufacturing, transportation and healthcare industries to meet the current and future demand for employees that is beyond our current completion rates.

 

Student Handbook
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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 have an enhanced ACT composite score of 16 or greater.
  4. Applicants must have a Northwest application on file with the Registrar’s Office.
  5. Once a prospective student has a PN application on file with the PN 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.
  6. Applicants must complete and obtain the required score for the TEAS test.
  7. Once accepted into the Program, Applicants must complete the following:
    1. Student Health Record,
    2. Negative 5-panel drug screen,
    3. TB skin test,
    4. Copy of immunization records,
    5. Completed Hepatitis B vaccine waiver form,
    6. Provide certificate of Liability Insurance for a health provider,
    7. Obtain CPR health provider card,
    8. Complete health care criminal history background affidavit.

Applications

Applications for fall enrollment for Senatobia, Ashland, DeSoto and Oxford are accepted from January through April 30 of each year. Testing for the TEAS test will begin in February.

Application for fall enrollment for Evening/Weekend program at DeSoto campus will occur from January through April 30 of every even year.

Application for spring enrollment for January-December class at Oxford campus will occur from June through October with TEAS testing to begin in July.

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Course Schedules

Practical Nursing

Course schedule for fall enrollment Senatobia, Ashland, DeSoto and Oxford

First Semester -FallSemester Hours
PNV 1213 Body Structure and Function 3
PNV 1426 Fundamentals of Nursing 6
PNV 1437 Fundamentals of Nursing/clinical 7
TOTAL 16

Second Semester - SpringSemester Hours
PNV 1614 Medical/Surgical Nursing 4
PNV1622 Medical/Surgical Nursing/clinical 2
PNV1634 Alterations in Adult Health 4
PNV 1642 Alterations in Adult Health/clinical 2
PNV 1524 IV Therapy& Pharmacology 4
TOTAL 16

Third Semester - SummerSemester Hours
PNV1714 Maternal-Child Nursing 4
PNV1814 Mental Health Nursing 4
PNV 1914 Nursing Transition 4
TOTAL 12

Course schedule for spring enrollment Oxford campus

First Semester -SpringSemester Hours
PNV 1213 Body Structure and Function 3
PNV 1426 Fundamentals of Nursing 6
PNV 1437 Fundamentals of Nursing/clinical 7
TOTAL 16

Second Semester - SummerSemester Hours
PNV1714 Maternal-Child Nursing 4
PNV1814 Mental Health Nursing 4
PNV 1524 IV Therapy& Pharmacology 4
TOTAL 12

Third Semester - FallSemester Hours
PNV 1614 Medical/Surgical Nursing 4
PNV1622 Medical/Surgical Nursing/clinical 2
PNV1634 Alterations in Adult Health 4
PNV 1642 Alterations in Adult Health/clinical 2
PNV 1914 Nursing Transition 4
TOTAL 16

Course schedule for Fall enrollment Evening/Weekend Program DeSoto campus

First Semester - FallSemester Hours
PNV 1213 Body Structure and Function 3
TOTAL 3

Second Semester - SpringSemester Hours
PNV 1426 Fundamentals of Nursing 6
PNV 1437 Fundamentals of Nursing/clinical 7
TOTAL 13

Third Semester - SummerSemester Hours
PNV 1524 IV Therapy& Pharmacology 4
TOTAL 4

Fourth Semester - FallSemester Hours
PNV 1614 Medical/Surgical Nursing 4
PNV1622 Medical/Surgical Nursing/clinical 2
PNV1634 Alterations in Adult Health 4
PNV 1642 Alterations in Adult Health/clinical 2
TOTAL 12

Fifth Semester - SpringSemester Hours
PNV1714 Maternal-Child Nursing 4
PNV1814 Mental Health Nursing 4
PNV 1914 Nursing Transition 4
TOTAL 12

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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.

Policy for Credit Transfer
Previous credit hours are not transferable to the Practical Nursing Program.

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