The mission of the Practical Nursing Program is to provide excellent academic instruction for effective learning and competent nursing care by emphasizing the safety and cultural needs of the client. The faculty seek to educate students on the vital qualities and core values required to meet the needs of the healthcare industry in the community.
The Practical Nursing Program is designed to provide the student with knowledge and skills necessary to function as a Licensed Practical Nurse. This 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 that do not require the skills, judgment, and knowledge required of a registered nurse. This care is performed under the direction of a registered nurse or licensed physician.
Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to apply for LPN licensure. The State Board of Nursing, to which the student applies for licensure, may deny any individual the right to take the NCLEX-PN based on previous criminal records.
- TEAS Testing
- Grading Scale
- Suggested Courses
- Meet the Team: Faculty Information
- Course Curriculum
- Program Policies
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
At least 18 years of age.
Have a high school diploma or GED/HiSET equivalency.
Have an enhanced ACT composite score of 16 or greater on file with the Office of Admissions and Records.
Have a NWCC application on file with the Office of Admissions and Records.
Have an NWCC Student ID number.
Have all transcripts including high school and any college courses on file with the Office of Admissions and Records.
Complete the Checklist here.
Review the Grading scale below. This shows exactly how an application is assessed for acceptance into the program.
Complete a Practical Nursing application online. Applications open July 1 for the Spring starts at Senatobia and Oxford.
DO NOT COMPLETE MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS. ONLY REGISTER TO TAKE THE TEAS TEST ONE TIME. When you take your TEAS test you will be able to provide your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd campus/program choices.
Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
After completing the PN application online, you will receive a link to schedule a testing date for the TEAS. You are only allowed to register to test for ONE TEAS date. If you register for more than one date, your last TEAS date will be deleted. If you fail to meet the application criteria, you will not be allowed to sit for the TEAS.
Content: Math and Reading only
Study Preparation: https://www.atitesting.com/teas-prep .
Location: You should choose the campus you plan to attend. Ashland students will test at the Senatobia Campus.
Cost: $75.00 Cash.
Bring: Photo I.D. and $75.00 cash.
Score: Total score of 62 or higher required for consideration.
There is no guarantee that you will have an alternative testing date if you fail to bring your photo ID, cash or miss your scheduled testing date.
|Components||Ratings||Possible Points||Student Points|
|Attended college||Yes No||1 0|
|GPA >2.5||Yes No||1 0|
|TEAS Reading Score _____||Less than 58.7 58.7 – 60% 61.0 – 64.0 % 65.0 – 67.0% 68.0 – 70.0% 70.0 – 100%||0 1 2 3 4 5|
|TEAS Math Score _____||Less than 58.7 58.7 – 60% 61.0 – 64.0 % 65.0 – 67.0% 68.0 – 70.0% 70.0 – 100%||0 1 2 3 4 5|
|ACT Score||23 or > 21 – 22 18 – 20 16 – 17 < 15||4 3 2 1 Not eligible|
|Healthcare Experience||Yes No||1 0|
|Healthcare Certificate/Certification obtained at NWCC (ex. Medical Office Tech, HCA, Surg Tech, EMT, CV Tech, Respiratory tech)||Yes No||1 0|
Suggested Classes for Preparation into Healthcare Program.
These are not required for entry into the PN program but may help increase TEAS score and preparation for course work in the Practical Nursing Program.
BIO 1533 Survey of Anatomy and Physiology with BIO 1531 Lab
BIO 2513 Anatomy and Physiology with BIO 2511 Lab
BOT 1613 Medial Office Terminology 1
BOT 1623 Medical Office Terminology 2
BOT 1643 Pathophysiology
BOT 1763 Communication Essentials
BOT 2183 Career Readiness
Health Care Assistant Program (HCA)
Medical Office Technology Program
Mailing Address: 4975 Hwy 51 North | P.O Box 5432, Senatobia, MS 38668
Senatobia actual location: 103 Porter Street, Senatobia, MS 38668
TEAS Contact: Amanda West, firstname.lastname@example.org (662)562-3366
PN Lead Faculty: Summer McBride MSN RN, email@example.com (662)560-1119
Benton County Career Tech Building | 25 Industrial Rd, Ashland, MS 38603
TEAS Contact: Amanda West, firstname.lastname@example.org ,(662)562-3366
PN Lead Faculty: Betty Ginn MSN RN, email@example.com ,(662)224-8904
5197 W.E. Ross Parkway, Southaven, MS 38671
TEAS Contact: Patsy Gardner, firstname.lastname@example.org ,(662)280-6193
PN Lead Faculty: Tamara Pittman BSN RN, email@example.com ,(662) 280-6128
Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center (Oxford)
1310 Belk Drive, Oxford, MS 38655
TEAS Contact: Suzette Logan, firstname.lastname@example.org ,(662)238-7952
PN Lead Faculty: Katina Johnson BSN RN, email@example.com ,(662) 238-7947
Practical Nursing Program District Director
Stephanie Mullins, DNSc ACNP APN-BC, firstname.lastname@example.org ,(662) 562-3652
Stephanie G. Mullins DNSc ACNP APN-BC
Practical Nursing District Director
Dr. Mullins has practiced as an ICU nurse, cardiovascular researcher, Associate Faculty Member, Director of Heart failure clinic, and as Acute Nurse Practitioner. She states her happiest days at NWCC is seeing “graduates being pinned for their commitment to education and the nursing profession”. She enjoys time at the lake with her family, three dogs, and an amazon parrot.
Summer McBride MSN RN
Lead Faculty, Senatobia Campus
Mrs. McBride’s knowledgeable trustworthy character allows her to lead students in achieving their nursing goal. She understands the clinical needs of the nurse and walks alongside with the students to perform these necessary skills. Mrs. McBride enjoys cooking, shopping, and spending time with family.
Betty Ginn MSN RN
Lead Faculty, Ashland Campus
Mrs. Ginn is an organized team player who seeks to impact students by sharing her love of nursing with them. She enjoys traveling and serving on mission trips. Mrs. Ginn states, “I desire to be a positive impact on the students to promote a learning environment that stimulates them to achieve more.”
Katina Johnson BSN RN
Lead Faculty, Oxford Campus
Mrs. Johnson is a wise faculty member, who observes the needs of the students, implements a teaching plan, and encourages student achievement. Mrs. Johnson’s laugh is contagious and she is inspiring to those around her. She enjoys photography, being silly, and her “birthday month”.
Tamara Pittman-Johnson BSN RN
Lead Faculty, DeSoto Campus
Ms. Pittman goes above and beyond serving others and demonstrates the core values of nursing. She seeks to “give students the tools” necessary for exemplary nursing practice and strives to help patients transition from illness to healing”. Ms. Pittman enjoys reading, dancing, and fantasy football.
April Martin MSN RN
Mrs. Martin’s positive and helping attitude is woven into everything she does. She states she feels called to education so that she may show others the true meaning of being a nurse. Mrs. Martin enjoys gardening, Bible study, and watching movies with her family.
Sandy McGehee BSN RN
Mrs. McGehee is a compassionate organized faculty member who teaches the importance of the nursing profession, continued learning while always doing your best. She enjoys photography, bird watching, and gardening. Mrs. McGehee’ s favorite aspect of nursing is “seeing the results of caring for the client through whatever their crisis is at the given time or phase in their lives, assisting with and praying for positive outcomes as well as helping them through times of grief.”
Lauren Murphree MSN RN
Mrs. Murphree’s organizational skills and attention to detail provide a well-structured and informative teaching style for students. Her passion for nursing runs deep and her love for teaching embodies this mentality. Mrs. Murphree likes to spend time with her family and travel to new places.
Summer Putt BSG RN
Mrs. Putt is a diligent, task oriented faculty member who strives to teach students concepts while they gain confidence in their abilities to perform skills safely, effectively, and efficiently. Ms. Putt states, “I want to reach students of all walks of life where they are, and to help them achieve life changing goals!” Ms. Putt enjoys time with her family and activities such as exercising, spending time with family and cooking.
Tracy Shawn MSN RN
Mrs. Shawn seeks to empower students by instilling values of compassion and proficiency. Her smile and understanding is often mention by students as they reflect on Mrs. Shawn’s instruction. She enjoys time with her grandbaby and performs “doggy-doo” haircuts for fun.
Stacy Shoaf BS RN
Ms. Shoaf’s energetic personality and love for people provides her with opportunities to impact those around her. She adds value to the program by learning new advances in medicine and providing guidance for students. Ms. Shoaf enjoys playing tennis, home decorating, and traveling with her husband.
Kim Talley BSN RN
Ms. Talley’s nursing experience in the emergency department has given her the skills to quickly assess and prioritize nursing care. As a faculty member, she is dedicated to instill this knowledge in students. Ms. Talley enjoys reading, exercise, and teaching self-care to others.
Vicki Watson RN
Mrs. Watson is compassionate about the mental health needs of clients and served in this area of nursing for many years. Her various teaching modalities equips student nurses to provide the best patient care. She enjoys time with her family and adventures, such as skydiving from a plane twice.
Debbie Wilson MSN RN
Ms. Wilson loves to ride around in her yellow jeep with the top down. Her vibrant and down-to-earth teaching style assists student learning. She strives to identify the teaching needs of the students and provide a learning environment that promotes student success.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 email@example.com.
The Practical Nursing Program has differences which are related to selection and admission, progression, grading CPR, health requirements and a criminal affidavit form. Some clinical sites may require a criminal background check. If requested, payment will be the student’s responsibility. 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 criminal affidavit 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. There are no required prerequisites.
The classroom and clinical area dress code are detailed in the NWCC Practical Nursing Student Handbook.