Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

Mission of the Practical Nursing Program
The Northwest Community College Practical Nursing Program supports the mission of the college by promoting excellence in education. The Mission of the Practical Nursing Program is to provide academic instruction for effective learning and competent nursing care. Fulfillment of the Mission occurs by implementation of the standardized curriculum, utilization of current and effective instructional materials, and emphasizing the safety and cultural needs of the patient. The faculty seek to educate students on the vital qualities required to meet the needs of the healthcare industry.

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.
History of the Practical Nursing Program
The Northwest Practical Nursing Program is located on four campuses. The main campus is located in Senatobia, MS with satellite campuses in Southaven, Oxford, and Ashland, MS. Implementation of the Practical Nursing Program began at the Oxford Campus in 1983. The Senatobia Campus was started in 1987, Southaven Campus in 1988, and the Ashland Campus in 1992. The Practical Nursing Program begins in the fall at every campus. The Oxford Campus also has a class beginning every January. The DeSoto campus offers an 18-month program for the night/weekend program, beginning every fall on the even year. All campuses produce outstanding students for the nursing profession.

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Student Handbook - Click here for a pdf copy of the Practical Nursing Handbook.

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

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

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

Criteria for Application
Practical Nursing Students desiring to enter the Practical Nursing Program are selected based on the following criteria:
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED equivalency.
  • Applicants must have an enhanced ACT composite score of 16 or greater.
  • Applicants must have a NWCC application on file with the Registrar’s Office.
  • Applicants must have a Practical Nursing application on file with the Practical Nursing campus/course of choice.
  • Once a prospective student has met the criteria above, an opportunity to sit for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is scheduled by calling the Career-Technical Division for the Senatobia, Ashland and Oxford Campus. The DeSoto campus will communicate available testing dates and times to the applicant via email. The applicant will be required to take the TEAS test and score on the proficient level at 62 for math and reading. The fee for the TEAS test is sixty dollars. If the applicant achieves a 62 or higher on the TEAS test, consideration for enrollment will occur.

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After Acceptance to the Program
Once an applicant is accepted to the program, the following must be completed:
  • Student Health Record,
  • Negative 5-panel drug screen,
  • TB Skin test,
  • Copy of immunization records,
  • Completed Hepatitis B vaccine waiver form,
  • Provide certificate of liability insurance for a health provider,
  • Obtain CPR Health provider care,
  • Complete a background affidavit or background check with a statement as to whether he/she has been charged with, convicted of, plead guilty or nolo contendere to a Felony or Misdemeanor. The applicant may be fingerprinted at any time for a criminal background check as required by clinical agencies. The cost of fingerprinting will be $50.00 and each student is responsible for this cost.
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 the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, gender identity, age, or status as a veteran or disabled veteran in all its programs and activities. Northwest Mississippi Community College prohibits sexual harassment and all forms of sexual violence, regardless of sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. The following have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: Disability Support Services Coordinator, Tate Hall, P.O. Box 5555, 4975 Highway 51 North, Senatobia, MS 38668, telephone number 662-562-3309, e-mail address gbeard@northwestms.edu; Title II of the Age Discrimination Act: Vice President for Finance, James P. McCormick Administration Building, P.O. Box 7017, 4975 Highway 51 North, Senatobia, MS 38668, telephone number 662-562-3216, e-mail address gtmosley@northwestms.edu; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972/Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Vice President for Student Services, Tate Hall, P.O. Box 7010, 4975 Highway 51 North, Senatobia, MS 38668, telephone number 662-562-3997, e-mail address dsmith@northwestms.edu.

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.

Dress Policy
The classroom and clinical area dress code are detailed in the NWCC Practical Nursing Student Handbook.
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Program of Study - Fall Enrollment-All Campuses

Day classes are conducted at the campus location Monday-Friday. Specific times are detailed in the course syllabus and subject to change. There are no on-line course offerings for this program of study.


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

Second Semester - SpringSemester Hours
PNV 1614 Medical/Surgical Nursing 4
PNV1622 Medical/Surgical Nursing Clinical Lab 2
PNV1634 Alterations in Adult Health 4
PNV 1642 Alterations in Adult Health Clinical Lab 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

Program of Study - Spring Enrollment-Oxford

Day classes are conducted at the Oxford campus Monday-Friday. Specific times are detailed in the course syllabus and subject to change. There are no on-line course offerings for this program of study.


First Semester -SpringSemester Hours
PNV 1213 Body Structure and Function 3
PNV 1426 Fundamentals of Nursing 6
PNV 1437 Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical Lab 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 Lab 2
PNV1634 Alterations in Adult Health 4
PNV 1642 Alterations in Adult Health Clinical Lab 2
PNV 1914 Nursing Transition 4
TOTAL 16

Program of Study - Fall Enrollment-Evening/Weekend DeSoto

Evening classes are conducted at the DeSoto location typically three evenings out of the week, with clinical practice conducted on Saturday. Specific times are detailed in the course syllabus and subject to change. There are no on-line course offerings for this program of study.


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 Lab 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 Lab 2
PNV1634 Alterations in Adult Health 4
PNV 1642 Alterations in Adult Health Clinical Lab 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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