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    Hinds Community College
   
 
  Dec 14, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Admissions



General Admission Information

Hinds Community College does not discriminate in its admission of students on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, or disability.

Hinds Community College subscribes to an “open-door” policy in that all applicants having fulfilled admission requirements will be considered for acceptance to the College. Requirements for admission are not restrictive but may vary for individual programs. Therefore, admission to Hinds Community College does not necessarily mean admission to the program desired by the student. Although applicants for admission must satisfy the general admission requirements, the College reserves the right to accept or reject an applicant to a particular educational program.

Certain programs have specific, additional requirements for admission.  Students interested in Nursing and Allied Health programs should review the additional admission requirements below.  Veterans should see Veterans Benefits  for more information.  Students should review the “Program of Study” page being considered for possible additional admissions information.

The District Office of Admissions and Records is responsible for administering admission policies. All applicants are notified of their admission status as required documents are received in the District Office of Admissions and Records.

District Admissions and Records Office
Hinds Community College
PO Box 1100
Raymond, MS 39154-1100

Admission Requirements and Notes

  • All new and returning students who did not attend Hinds Community College (HCC) during the last regular semester must submit a completed HCC Admission Application. The online application may be found at www.hindscc.edu.
  • Official Transcripts are those transcripts that come directly from the high school, college, or GED®, HiSET®, TASC™ office to the Admissions Office. These transcripts must be mailed (electronic or postal), or hand delivered in a sealed institution’s envelope and must not be stamped on the transcript “issued to student”. Official transcripts must include the signature of the appropriate school official or the school’s seal, and a graduation date, if applicable. 

Note: All Transcripts from high schools, colleges or universities outside of the United States must be submitted to a United States evaluation service for evaluation and translation. The evaluation service is at the expense of the student.  The evaluation company should mail the results directly to the District Admissions and Records Office at Hinds Community College at P.O. Box 1100, Raymond, MS 39154, or the student may request to have the transcript submitted electronically to www.records@hindscc.edu through secure site login.  In order to have the transcript sent to Hinds, the student must make a request with the evaluating company to send the transcript evaluation to Hinds Community College.  The electronic submission is optional, but not mandatory.

The recommended list of evaluation companies includes:

Global Credential Evaluators, Inc. (GCE) - gceus.com
International Education Research Foundation, Inc. - ierf.org
Josef Silny & Associates Inc., International Education Consultants - jsilny.com
World Education Services, Inc. (WES) - wes.org

  • Official ACT/SAT Scores are those scores that are supplied on the official transcript, supplied electronically by the testing company, or the original score results may be brought to the Admissions Office for copying by Admissions staff.
  • Admission note concerning: Completion of Admissions File
    ​All admission requirements must be completed by the first day of classes. If this requirement is not met, the student may be removed from all classes for that semester and may not receive a refund of fees or tuition.
  • Admission note concerning: Housing and Financial Aid
    ​In order to live in a residence hall or receive financial aid, a student must have completed all admission requirements.
  • Admission note concerning: Orientation Courses
    ​Full-time students (both first-time and transfers) will be required to take the Orientation class (LLS 1312  or RST 1312 ) the first fall or spring semester they attend Hinds (unless a transfer student has successfully completed an orientation class at a previous institution).  Students who fail to earn a passing grade in Orientation must re-enroll every fall or spring term until credit in the course is earned.  Students who stop attending class will receive a grade of “F” for non-attendance.
  • Admission note concerning: Developmental Courses
    As an open-door college, Hinds Community College admits some students who may not be prepared for typical college work. Such students are required to complete the developmental courses to correct background deficiencies before advancing to college level work and will require additional time to complete an associates degree.

Admission for Academic and Career-Technical Students

1. Beginning Freshman Students*

Beginning freshman students may be admitted on one of the following bases:

  1. Graduated high school with a regular diploma
  2. Earned a High School Equivalency (GED®, HiSET® or TASC™)
  3. Did not graduate high school but have one (1) unit less than the number of units required for high school graduation with their class. An official signed high school transcript must be submitted

The following are required for beginning freshman students:

  1. Submit an official high school transcript or submit a high school equivalency transcript with passing scores.
  2. Submit official ACT scores (typically on the high school transcript). Students who have no ACT on file at the time of his/her initial enrollment may substitute the ACCUPLACER tests (Reading, Sentence Skills, and Arithmetic) to satisfy the general admissions requirements of the College. (See Mandatory Placement Policy) This must be done prior to registering for classes. No specific ACT or ACCUPLACER score is required for admittance into the college; however, certain programs of study (majors) do have specific ACT score requirements for admission. High school students are highly encouraged to take the ACT while in high school. The College will offer the residual ACT test to those students who wish to register with ACT scores, but who have not taken the National ACT.

NOTE: Residual ACT scores are not transferable to other colleges, and Residual ACT scores from another college cannot be accepted at Hinds. Both the National and Residual ACT may be used to make application for HCC ACT Scholarships. Contact the Counseling Office at the location you plan to attend for further information on taking the test.

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2. Early Admission Students*

Early admission students may be admitted on the following basis:

  1. Have completed a minimum of fourteen (14) core high school units and have a minimum composite ACT score of twenty-six (26)
  2. Have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale on all high school courses as documented by an official high school transcript
  3. Have an unconditional written recommendation from their high school principal or guidance counselor. The recommendation must declare that early admission to college is in the best educational interest of the student and that the student’s age will not keep him/her from being a successful full-time college student.

The following are required for early admission students:

  1. Submit an official high school transcript
  2. Submit official ACT scores (typically on the high school transcript)
  3. Letter of recommendation from their high school principal or guidance counselor

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3. Dual Credit/Dual Enrolled Students*

DUAL CREDIT:  A Dual Credit student is a student who is enrolled in a community college while enrolled in high school and receiving high school and college credit for postsecondary coursework.  Developmental education courses are not eligible for dual credit.

Dual credit students may be admitted on the following basis:

  1. Have completed at least ten (10) core high school units and must have taken the ACT or ACCUPLACER.  ACT subscores or ACCUPLACER scores are used to place students in the appropriate courses.  Students with less than ten (10) core high school units may be considered for dual credit admission if they have at least a thirty (30) composite ACT score
  2. Have an unconditional written recommendation from their high school principal or guidance counselor

The following are required for dual credit students:

  1. Submit an official, signed high school transcript showing work in progress labeled “partial”
  2. Submit official ACT scores (typically on the high school transcript) or take the ACCUPLACER test
  3. Submit a letter of recommendation from their high school principal or guidance counselor

Students interested in participating in this program should contact their respective high school counselor prior to enrollment at Hinds.  Upon completion of high school, students must submit an official final transcript showing confirmation of high school graduation before College transcripts will be released.

Students planning to attend Hinds once they have graduated high school will be required to submit a new HCC admissions application as a high school graduate.  They should then follow all the admissions requirements of a beginning freshman.

No financial aid is available for dual credit students.

DUAL ENROLLED:  A Dual Enrolled student is a student who is enrolled in a community college while enrolled in high school.  Dual Enrolled students may earn up to a semester’s worth of college credit in high school.  A semester’s worth of college credit equals 15 credit hours at HCC.

Dual enrolled students may be admitted on the following basis:

  1. Have completed at least ten (10) core high school units and must have taken the ACT or ACCUPLACER.  ACT subscores or ACCUPLACER scores are used to place students in the appropriate courses.  Students with less than ten (10) core high school units may be considered for dual enrollment admission if they have at least a thirty (30) composite ACT score.
  2. Have an unconditional written recommendation from their high school principal or guidance counselor

The following are required for dual enrolled students:

  1. Submit an official, signed high school transcript showing work in progress labeled “partial”
  2. Submit official ACT scores (typically on the high school transcript) or take the ACCUPLACER test
  3. Submit a letter of recommendation from their high school principal or guidance counselor

Students interested in participating in this program, who have met the requirements for dual enrollment, should come to a campus location and speak with a counselor who will help with course enrollment at Hinds.  Upon completion of high school, students must submit an official final transcript showing confirmation of high school graduation before College transcripts will be released. 

Students planning to attend Hinds once they have graduated high school will be required to submit a new HCC admissions application as a high school graduate.  They should then follow all the admissions requirements of a beginning freshman.

No financial aid is available for dual enrolled students.

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4. Homeschooled Students*

Homeschooled graduates will be considered for admission if they have completed the required number of high school units to graduate in their state of residence at the time of graduation. If there are specific courses required for high school graduation, the student must have satisfactorily completed these courses. An official transcript with a graduation date is required from a recognized homeschool agency and signed by an official of that agency, or an official transcript signed by a parent must be notarized conferring that the student’s record is accurate and complete. Homeschooled students should then follow all the admissions requirements of a beginning freshman.

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5. Returning Students*

Former Hinds Community College students who did not attend HCC during the last regular semester (not including summer terms) must submit a new application for admission.

NOTE: Students who were enrolled under the Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment admissions status must complete a new HCC admissions application once they have graduated from high school, if they plan to attend Hinds the following summer or fall semester. They should then follow all the admissions requirements of a beginning freshman.

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6. Transfer Students*

The following are required for transfer students:

  1. Submit an official transcript from the last college attended that is NOT stamped “issued to student.” The transcript must be from a state and regionally accredited college. Courses and credit up to 46 semester hours (or the equivalent thereof - one quarter hour is equivalent to .67 semester hours) will be accepted as they correspond to the curriculum of Hinds Community College, provided they are earned at a state and regionally accredited institution. Courses from institutions that are not state and regionally accredited may be accepted after a review by the Registrar with the appropriate department chairperson(s). In order for the courses to be accepted, the review must find the following: The course syllabus identifies precisely associated content and is aligned with content contained in a very closely associated course at Hinds Community College, and the faculty credentials associated with the course meet the standard set for Hinds Community College faculty. For transfer work from institutions that are not state and regionally accredited, the student bears the responsibility to provide from the transferring institution to the Registrar’s office the following: (before a review of the course(s) will be conducted)
    • The course syllabus detailing the course objectives,
    • The appropriate catalog page which describes the course, and
    • The official faculty credentials for the instructor of the course to be transferred. Hinds Community College reserves the right to verify faculty credentials from other institutions prior to accepting transfer work.

A student must complete at least 25 percent of their program’s semester hours at Hinds in order to graduate. For graduation purposes, a cumulative 2.0 GPA is required on all courses used to meet degree requirements.  Transfer credit is allowed for non-developmental courses in which a grade of “D” or higher has been earned.  Developmental courses cannot be used toward graduation credit at Hinds Community College.  Developmental courses with a grade of “C” or higher will be used for placement purposes only. Some Hinds programs require a “C” or better on specific courses; students should check their intended program of study for transferability of incoming courses.  Likewise, the transfer of some technical courses will need to be evaluated for alignment with Hinds’ coursework.

  1. Submit official ACT scores if not on college transcript or if the transcript does not show successful completion of college level courses in English and Mathematics. Students who have not successfully completed college level courses in English and Mathematics are subject to mandatory placement and will be required to take placement tests if their ACT scores are not on file at HCC. Residual ACT test scores taken at another institution will not be accepted at Hinds.

Transfer students who were placed on suspension and are not eligible for immediate readmission to the last school they attended are not eligible for admission to HCC. Transfer students who were academically dismissed from the last school they attended, have sat out the required number of semesters, and are eligible for immediate readmission, may be admitted to HCC on scholastic probation. Transfer students who were placed on scholastic probation after their last semester will be admitted to HCC on scholastic probation.

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7. Students Holding an Associates Degree or Higher*

The following are required for students holding an Associates degree or higher:

  1. May be admitted without the minimum ACCUPLACER placement test scores.  Career programs requiring higher ACCUPLACER scores than the general admissions requirements must be met.
  2. Submit an official transcript

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8. Transient Students*

Transient students are defined as students who wish to attend a summer term at Hinds Community College and then re-enter the college last attended the next regular term.

The following are required for transient students:

  1. Submit an official transcript from a state and regionally accredited college
  2. Submit official ACT scores if not on college transcript or if the transcript does not show successful completion of college level courses in English and Mathematics. Students who have not successfully completed college level courses in English and Mathematics are subject to mandatory placement and will be required to take placement tests if their ACT scores are not on file at HCC. Residual ACT test scores taken at another institution will not be accepted at Hinds.

NOTE: Students should also secure permission from the school to which they will return to ensure that the earned credit from Hinds Community College will be accepted.

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9. Admission for Non-High School Diploma or Non-High School Equivalency (GED®, HiSET®, TASC™) Students*

NON-HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA/EQUIVALENCY - VOCATIONAL

Non-high school diploma and non-high school equivalency students may be admitted on the following basis:

  1. Be at least 17 years of age
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER test and earn the following minimum scores before registering for classes: 55 in Reading, 60 in Sentence Skills, and 34 in Arithmetic.  Some programs may require higher scores for entry.  Students should refer to their specific career program section in the Catalog for this information.  The second testing session must be at least two weeks after the first testing session, should a student attempt to raise their score.  Non-high school diploma and non-high school equivalency students who do not earn the required minimum scores are not eligible to enroll in most career programs.
  3. Interview with an advisor in their major field of study

NOTE: Students who are receiving services through MS Vocational Rehabilitation - Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program must take the ACCUPLACER test with no minimum score required.

NON-HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA/EQUIVALENCY - MI-BEST

Non-high school diploma and non-high school equivalency students may be admitted on the following basis:

  1. Be at least 17 years of age
  2. Enroll in an associated adult education program
  3. Take the ACCUPLACER placement test
  4. Interview with an Adult Education/MI-BEST Navigator

NOTE: Some programs may have specific entry requirements.  Students should refer to their specific career program requirements in this Catalog for more information. 

NON-HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA/EQUIVALENCY - INTEGRATED CAREER PATHWAYS

Non-high school diploma and non-high school equivalency students may be admitted on the following basis:

  1. Be at least 17 years of age
  2. Enroll in an associated adult education program
  3. Take the ACCUPLACER placement test and earn the following minimum scores before registering for classes:  55 in Reading Comprehension, 60 in Sentence Skills, and 34 in Arithmetic or successfully complete six (6) hours of college level courses in an approved Career and Technical program of study
  4. Interview with an advisor in their major field of study

NOTE: Some programs may have specific entry requirements.  Students should refer to their specific career program requirements in this catalog for more information. 

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10. Applicants for Correctional Rehab Program*

The following are required of students applying for career programs through the Correctional Rehab Program:

  1. Submit official high school or college transcript
  2. Have ACT scores on file or take the ACCUPLACER placement test with no minimum score required
  3. Permission from appropriate Correctional Administrator for enrollment in the Correctional Rehab Program

NOTE: Some programs may have specific entry requirements.  Students should refer to their specific career program requirements in this catalog for more information.

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Senior Citizen Admission*

Hinds offers free tuition to students sixty-five years of age or older. These students must complete an application, pay the registration fee, and purchase a parking decal. Senior citizen students must clear admission requirements if classes are taken for credit. If classes are audited, senior citizen students are not required to meet admission requirements. (See Auditing a Course  section of this catalog.)

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International Student Admission*

Hinds Community College maintains an International Student Office in the Honors Institute on the Raymond Campus.  The College’s official Designated School Official (DSO) maintains students’ records and works with the Registrar to determine whether international students are eligible for admission to Hinds.

International students with appropriate scholastic records and proven English proficiency will be considered for admission as freshmen and/or as transfer students.  Freshman applicants must be graduates of recognized secondary schools comparable in level to the American high school. Transfer applicants are considered on the basis of secondary school records and/or records of post-secondary study (college, technical school, etc.).  Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit an acceptable minimum score on either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The following materials must be received in the International Student Office at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the desired semester of admission:

  1. A completed application for admission to Hinds Community College
  2. Official scholastic records evaluated by a U.S. evaluation service for all study completed outside the United States or official transcripts sent from the students’ high school or college for all study completed inside the United States (All high school transcripts must show graduation or completion date.  Information on evaluation services is available in the International Student Office.)
  3. Affidavit-of-support completed by the prospective student’s sponsor and supporting bank documents (This affidavit must provide evidence that the student has sufficient funding to pay for all applicable tuition and fees, including international student fees, as listed in Expenses and Financial Aid .)
  4. TOEFL or IELTS scores or results of a personal interview with the College’s international student advisor (Minimum scores for TOEFL are 173 on the computer version or 61 on the Internet version.  The minimum score for IELTS is 6.0.)
  5. International Student Transfer Form - required if a student is applying for transfer from a college within the United States  (The form must be completed by the international student advisor at their current school before they may be considered for transfer, and they must be eligible for immediate readmission to that institution.  The form will be provided to students as part of the application process.)
  6. Official ACT, SAT, or scores on ACCUPLACER (taken after arrival at the college) may be required for placement into classes.

All required information must be on file at the College before an I-20 document will be issued to a prospective student.  All required materials (except the Hinds application for admission) should be sent to the following address:

Hinds Community College
International Student Office
PMB 10457 HCC
P.O. Box 1100
Raymond, MS 39154-1100

Prospective International students may visit the following websites for more information on studying in the U.S.:

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Admission for Non-Credit Students

In addition to the customary degree or certificate-seeking routes, persons may take courses at Hinds Community College for personal enrichment, as students sponsored by employers or governmental groups, or for other such purposes. These courses are not for college credit and are known as Non-Credit Courses. Those seeking to enroll in non-credit courses must complete a non-credit enrollment form during the first class meeting so that a record can be established. No other admission requirements are necessary.

Scholastic Restart Policy

Scholastic Restart is a way for a student to have previously earned grades removed from consideration when computing the quality point average (except for federally funded financial aid eligibility) or when assessing graduation status at Hinds Community College. Before the student decides to participate in this program, he/she should be aware of the following requirements:

  1. A completed Declaration of Scholastic Restart Form must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records
  2. A student may not have enrolled in college for a minimum of two academic years (academic year includes fall semester, spring semester and summer terms) preceding the petition for re-enrollment under Scholastic Restart
  3. Scholastic Restart may be declared only one time.
  4. All hours attempted during the student’s entire enrollment in the college will be considered when determining federally funded financial aid eligibility. This includes grades of “W”.
  5. Scholastic Restart is honored at Hinds Community College but may not be recognized by other colleges/universities or employers. Students should check with their chosen transfer college/university or employer to determine their academic status upon completion of their studies at Hinds.
  6. A re-entering student requesting Scholastic Restart may be provisionally approved but must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours with a quality point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) before being officially accepted into the program.
  7. No courses or grades will be removed from a student’s official transcript; however, notation will be made on the transcript as to the Scholastic Restart.  No work before that time will be used when computing quality point average or determining graduation status at Hinds Community College. The work will be used for federally funded financial aid eligibility.
  8. The Registrar is responsible for providing the necessary interpretations on questions not expressly answered in this policy.


Admission for Nursing and Allied Health Programs

General Admission Information

Applicants for nursing and allied health programs must meet all general admission requirements of the College. In addition to the general admission requirements, each program has health care related requirements and special program admission and progression requirements as listed below. All admission documents for nursing and allied health programs should be submitted to the Nursing/Allied Health Center. Submitting information to other Hinds Community College locations will delay the processing of the applicant’s file.

Computer Access

All students in nursing and allied health programs are required to have computer and Internet access.  Some programs have special computer requirements for testing software; computer requirement information will be in program documents.

Core Performance Standards

Students in nursing and allied health programs must meet core performance standards which have been identified as essential for progression and completion of the programs. The standards include critical thinking, interpersonal skills, communication skills, mobility, motor skills, hearing, visual, tactile, accountability and responsibility performance areas. Specific standards with essential activities/tasks for each program are provided on the program websites: www.hindscc.edu. Students with a diagnosed disability who are unable to meet the standards are advised to contact the ADA counselor at 601.376.4803.

Health Care Related Requirements

Nursing and Allied Health students are required to adhere to the rules and regulations of the affiliating clinical agencies as well as Hinds Community College rules and regulations. This includes, but is not limited to background record checks, clinical health requirements, criminal background checks, and CPR certification. Specific information to meet the requirements will be provided through the College Catalog, Nursing and Allied Health Student Manual, and program guidelines, rules, and regulations. Forms for complying with these requirements will be provided by the program as a part of the orientation process. All requirements must be completed by the health profession program’s designated date. Students who have not met requirements will not be allowed to begin or progress in theory, laboratory, or clinical courses. For students admitted to a new program, failure to submit the clinical health requirements on the due date will result in loss of placement. For students who are continuing in a program, failure to submit clinical health requirements by the due date will result in disruption in progression. Attendance guidelines will be enforced.

Background Records Check

Pursuant to MS statute 43-11-13, students in nursing and allied health programs must meet the requirements of clinical agencies regarding background checks. Students must submit a background check, based on fingerprints, that confirms that the student has not been convicted of or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to a felony of possession or sale of drugs, murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, rape, sexual battery, sex offense listed in Section 45-33-23(f), Mississippi Code of 1972, child abuse, arson, grand larceny, burglary, gratification of lust, aggravated assault, or felonious abuse and/or battery of a vulnerable adult.  In addition, other felony and some misdemeanor charges may disqualify the student from participating in clinical experiences.  This includes, but is not limited to, most felony charges, patterns of criminal charges, criminal charges within the past five years, pending charges, and non-adjudicated charges.

Criminal Background Checks for new or progressing Nursing and Allied Health students must be completed at the Nursing/Allied Health Center (NAHC).  Students will also be required to participate in additional screening through the Federal General Services Administration Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) and the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE).

Detailed information about the background records check procedure is available on the Nursing and Health Related Professions page of the College website.

Clinical Health Requirements

Students in nursing and allied health programs must meet the requirements of clinical agencies regarding health status. Each applicant must submit a College Approved Health Form, completed and signed by a physician or nurse practitioner, confirming that the applicant is of good health and possesses the required physical abilities to function satisfactorily within the particular educational program and occupation. Required immunizations must be current. Initial drug screening will be done after a student enters the program and prior to the first clinical experience; some clinical sites require annual drug screening.  Drug screens will be done at the Hinds Community College campus where the student is enrolled.

Science Course Requirements

Many of the Nursing and Allied Health programs have specific requirements for program of study science courses within the program of study.  These might include course GPA and currency of course.  There is an option to document Anatomy and Physiology Proficiency.  Students who have completed Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II lecture and lab courses with a grade of “C” or better can document current proficiency by completing the A&P Proficiency Exam course with a grade of 78 or higher.  The A&P Proficiency Exam Course is a non-credit, online, fee-based course and is not transferable to other colleges.  The previously taken Anatomy and Physiology course(s) must correspond to the curriculum of Hinds Community College and must be earned at a state and regionally accredited institution.  The alternate proficiency must be completed within five years of program entry.  Students interested in the course should contact a counselor at the Nursing/Allied Health Center (601.376.4807).

CPR Certification

Nursing and allied health programs, with the exception of Health Information Technology, require validation of current American Heart Association, BLS Provider CPR course.


Special Admission and Progression Requirements for Nursing and Allied Health Programs

Nursing Science - Associate Degree Nursing Program,  AAS 

Admission Requirements for Generic Option:

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College
  2. Application for Selection to the Associate Degree Nursing Program
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript, high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™), or college transcript
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  5. ACT composite score of 18 (15 if taken before October 1989)
  6. ACT subscore of 18 in Math (15 if taken before October 1989)
  7. ACT subscore of 18 in Reading (applicants who took the ACT prior to October 1989 must retake the ACT to obtain the Reading subscore)
  8. Overall GPA of 2.5 on transferable college credits

Process for Selection to Generic Option:

  1. For classes that begin in the fall term, all admission criteria must be completed by March 31st. For classes that begin in the spring term, all admission criteria must be completed by September 30th.
  2. Individuals who have submitted all admission requirements by the specified deadline will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes: ACT Composite Score; ACT Math and Reading subscores; and previous certificates or degrees.
  3. Applicants not selected for a class must reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Generic Option Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Prerequisites to the First Generic Clinical Course (NUR 1119 ):

  1. An overall GPA of 2.5 on transferable college credits
  2. Must have completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs and Introduction to Sociology
  3. Science courses taken prior to admission must have been completed with a grade of “C” or better, within five years of entering the first nursing class.

Admission Requirements for Transition to RN Option:

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College
  2. Application for Selection to the Associate Degree Nursing Program
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript, high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™), or college transcript
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  5. ACT composite score of 18 (15 if taken before October 1989)
  6. ACT subscore of 18 in Math (15 if taken before October 1989)
  7. ACT subscore of 18 in Reading (applicants who took the ACT prior to October 1989 must retake the ACT to obtain the Reading subscore)
  8. Effective July 1, 2016, overall GPA of 2.2 on transferable college credits  (Effective July 1, 2017, overall GPA of 2.35 on transferable college credits; effective July 1, 2018, overall GPA of 2.50 on transferable college credits.)
  9. Validation of current unencumbered professional license or certification
  10. Written recommendation from immediate supervisor or instructor from respective practical nursing, paramedic, or respiratory therapy program

Process for Selection for Transition to RN Option

  1. Selection to the Transition to RN Option is made once a year for each selected campus.
  2. All selection criteria must be completed by March 1st.
  3. Individuals who have submitted all admission requirements by the specified deadline will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes:  ACT Composite Score; ACT Math and Reading subscores; GPA on transferable college credits; and previous certificates or degrees.
  4. Applicants not selected for a class must reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Transition to RN Option Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Prerequisites to the First Transition to RN Option Course (NUR 2114 ):

  1. Completion of Anatomy and Physiology I & II with labs (4 semester hrs each) and Microbiology with lab (4 semester hrs) with a grade of “C” or above;  Science courses must have been completed within 5 years of entering NUR 2114.
  2. Completion of 3 semester hours of each of the following: English Comp I; English Comp II; General Psychology I; Human Growth & Development; Introduction to Sociology; Humanities/Fine Arts Elective; Public Speaking/Interpersonal Communication

Process for Selection for Transfer Admission:

  1. All requirements listed in the criteria for selection to the Associate Degree Nursing Program Generic Option.
  2. Letter of Good Standing and written recommendation from previous school of nursing.
  3. Credit for transfer courses will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Assistant Dean for Nursing. A maximum of nine semester hours of transfer credit in nursing courses is accepted. Nursing coursework presented for transfer credit must have been completed with a grade of “C” or better and completed within one year of entering the Generic Option.
  4. Participate in scheduled orientation and skills assessment sessions.

Dental Assisting Technology 

Admission Requirements:

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College
  2. Application for Selection to the Dental Assisting Technology Program
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™)
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  5. ACT composite score of 18 (15 if taken before October 1989)
  6. Applicant must be eligible to take Beginning Algebra (MAT 0123  or MAT 0124 ) and English Composition I (ENG 1113 ) as determined by the Hinds Community College Mandatory Testing and Placement procedure.
  7. Students must be 18 years of age the 2nd semester of the program. 

Process for Selection:

  1. Preference will be given to applicants who complete the application procedure by April 15th for fall admission and by October 15th for spring admission.
  2. Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes:  ACT Composite Score, ACT Math and Reading subscores; previous certificates/degrees; and military experience.   
  3. Applicants selected into the program are required to attend a scheduled orientation session. 
  4. Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Dental Assisting Technology Program.   

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Admission Requirements:

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College
  2. Application for Selection to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™)
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  5. ACT composite score of 19 (16 if taken before October 1989)
  6. Graduation from a JRCERT Radiologic Technology Program (must include Radiographic Physics and Medical Terminology, as approved by the Program Chairperson)

 Prerequisites to the First Clinical Course

  1. Verification of RTR credential by the time of the first Diagnostic Medical Sonography class
  2. Prerequisites to the first Diagnostic Medical Sonography course: College Algebra (MAT 1313 ), Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs (BIO 2511 , BIO 2513 , BIO 2521 , BIO 2523 ), English Composition I and II (ENG 1113 , ENG 1123 ), Public Speaking I (SPT 1113 ) or Interpersonal Communication (SPT 2173 ), Humanities/Fine Arts Elective, and a Social/Behavioral Science Elective
  3. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a “C” or above by the time of the first Diagnostic Medical Sonography class.

Process for Selection

  1. Preference will be given to applicants who complete the application procedure by April 1st for fall admission.
  2. Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes:  ACT Composite Score, ACT Math and Reading subscores; and previous military service/certificates/degrees.    
  3. Applicants selected into the program are required to attend a scheduled orientation session. 
  4. Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.   

Emergency Medical Sciences - Paramedic

Admission Requirements for EMS-1118 Emergency Medical Technician:

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College
  2. Application for Selection to the Emergency Medical Technician Program
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™)
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  5. ACT composite score of 17 (14 if taken before October 1989); Students eligible for the Public Service Option may substitute an ACCUPLACER test score of 76 or higher in Reading for this requirement; the Public Service Option requires an employer letter verifying employment in the field of emergency medical service, fire service, law enforcement, child service, or healthcare.
  6. Students must be 18 years old by the date of program completion.

Admission Requirements for Emergency Medical Sciences - Paramedic:

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College
  2. Application for Selection to the Paramedic Program
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™)
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  5. ACT composite score of 17 (14 if taken before October 1989)
  6. Applicant must be eligible to take Beginning Algebra (MAT 0123  or MAT 0124 ) and English Composition I (ENG 1113 ) as determined by the College’s Mandatory Testing and Placement procedure.   

Prerequisites to the First Clinical Course:

  1. Must have completed all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better
  2. Science courses taken prior to admission must have been completed with a grade of “C” or better, within five years of entering the first paramedic class.
  3. EMT certification is a prerequisite to Paramedic.  Students must submit a current copy of the National Registry card as an admission requirement.

Process for Selection

  1. Preference will be given to applicants who complete the application procedure by May 1st for fall admission.
  2. Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents by the specified deadline will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes: ACT Composite score; ACT Math and Reading subscores; and previous military service/certificates/degrees.  Individuals can also receive points if they have completed any of the following courses with at least a grade of “C”: 
  1. Applicants selected into the program are required to attend a scheduled orientation session.
  2. Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Paramedic Program.

Health Care Assistant

Admission Requirements:

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College
  2. Application for selection to the Health Care Assistant Program
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript, high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™), or college transcript
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  5. ACT score of 16 (12 if taken before October 1989)

Process for Selection:

  1. For classes that begin in the fall term, preference will be given to applicants who complete the application procedure by April 30th.  For classes that begin in the spring term, preference will be given to applicants who complete the application procedure by October 31st.
  2. Individuals who have submitted all admission requirements by the specified deadline will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes:  ACT Composite Score; ACT Math and Reading subscores; and previous certificates or degrees.
  3. Applicants not selected for a class must reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Health Care Assistant Program.
  4. A limited number of placements are held for TAA-eligible applicants and students who have completed the TSHP program.

 Health Information Technology

Admission Requirements:

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College
  2. Application for Selection to the Health Information Technology Program
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™)
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  5. ACT composite score of 18 (15 if taken before October 1989)
  6. Applicant must be eligible to take Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1233  or MAT 1234 ) and English Composition I (ENG 1113 ) as determined by the Hinds Community College Mandatory Testing and Placement procedure.
  7. Keyboarding courses from high school or college or demonstrate keyboarding proficiency
  8. All required courses taken prior to admission must be completed with a “C” or above.
  9. Science courses taken prior to admission must have been completed within five years of entering the first HIT class.
  10. Computer courses taken prior to admission must have been completed within five years of entering the first HIT class.

Process for Selection:  

  1. Preference will be given to applicants who complete the application procedure by April 1st for fall admission.
  2. Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes:  ACT composite with subscores, GPA on HIT program prerequisite courses, and previous military service/certificates/degrees.
  3. Applicants selected into the program are required to attend a scheduled orientation session. 
  4. Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Health Information Technology Program. 

Prerequisites to the first Health Information Technology Course: (Effective for students entering Fall 2014 - Day or Evening Option) 

Day Option:  Completion of the following college courses with a grade of “C” or above:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (BIO 2511 , BIO 2513 ) (Not older than 5 years from start of the HIT Program)

Evening Option*:  Completion of the following college courses with a grade of “C” or above:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (BIO 2511 , BIO 2513 ) (Not older than 5 years from start of the HIT Program)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (BIO 2521 , BIO 2523 ) (Not older than 5 years from start of the HIT Program)
  • English Composition I (ENG 1113 )
  • Computer Applications I (CSC 1123 ) (Not older than 5 years from start of the HIT Program)
  • Public Speaking (SPT 1113 )or Interpersonal Communications (SPT 2173 )
  • General Psychology (PSY 1513 )
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

*The evening option will be available based on the number of applicants.

Medical Laboratory Technology

Admission Requirements:

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College
  2. Application for Selection to the Medical Laboratory Technology Program
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC­™)
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  5. ACT composite score of 18 (15 if taken before October 1989)
  6. Applicant must be eligible to take College Algebra (MAT 1313 ) and English Composition I (ENG 1113 ) as determined by the Hinds Community College Mandatory Testing and Placement procedure.
  7. Overall GPA of 2.5 on transferable college credits or GPA of 2.5 on high school course work (if no transferable college credits are available)
  8. Science courses taken prior to admission must have been completed with a “C” or above and within five years of entering the first Medical Laboratory Technology class.
  9. Math courses taken prior to admission to the program must have a grade of “C” or above.   

Process for Selection:

  1. Preference will be given to applicants who complete the application procedure by March 31st.
  2. Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents by the specified deadline will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes: ACT Composite Score; ACT subscores; previous certificates/degrees and GPA.  
  3. Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Medical Laboratory Technology Program.

Physical Therapist Assistant

Admission Requirements:

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College
  2. Application for Selection to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™)
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  5. ACT composite score of 18 (15 if taken before October 1989)
  6. A total of sixteen hours of documented observation with a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant in at least two different clinical settings; Documentation must be submitted by March 31st.
  7. Completion of Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs and College Algebra with a minimum 2.5 GPA

Process for Selection:

  1. Deadline for file completion for fall classes is March 31st.
  2. Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents by the March 31st deadline will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes:  ACT Composite Score with subscores; completion of documented observation; documented military service/certificates; degrees and grades in Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs and College Algebra (only the higher of a student’s first two attempts in the required science and math courses will be considered in the rating scale).
  3. All required courses must be completed with a “C” or above, and science courses taken prior to admission must have been completed within five years of entering the first physical therapist class.
  4. Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. 

Practical Nursing

Admission Requirements:

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College
  2. Application for Selection to the Practical Nursing Program
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript, high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™), or college transcript
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  5. ACT score of 16 (12 if taken before October 1989)
  6. TEAS-V/ATI TEAS score at proficient level or higher; the exam may be taken as many times as needed to score the proficient level.  However, you must wait 30 days between testing.  It is highly advised to remediate as indicated on the previous attempt, but it is not required. Applicants who meet the following requirements do not have to take the TEAS-V/ATI TEAS: any applicant who has an ACT composite score of 18 (15 if taken before October 1989) and ACT subscores of 18 in Reading and Math (if taken before October 1989; Math - 15). Applicants who took the ACT prior to October 1989 must retake the ACT to obtain the Reading subscore.  (See section on Testing/Placement below for more information on TEAS-V/ATI.)

Process for Selection to Practical Nursing Program

  1. For classes that begin in the fall term, all admission criteria must be completed by March 31st.  For classes that begin in the spring term, all admission criteria must be completed by September 30th.  For classes that begin in the summer term (part-time option), all admission criteria must be completed by January 31st.
  2. Individuals who have submitted all admission requirements by the specified deadline will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes:  ACT Composite Score; ACT Math and Reading subscores; and previous certificates or degrees.
  3. Applicants not selected for a class must reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Practical Nursing Program. 

Radiologic Technology

Admission Requirements:

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College
  2. Application for Selection to the Radiologic Technology Program
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™)
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  5. ACT composite score of 19 (16 if taken before October 1989) submitted by January 31st
  6. Completion of the following college courses with a grade of “C” or above:
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (not older than 5 years from start of the RGT Program)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (not older than 5 years from start of the RGT Program)
    • College Algebra
  7. Review the required Radiologic Procedure PowerPoint by January 31st.  Documentation will not be required for this prerequisite. (See Program web page.)
  8. Students must be 18 years old prior to the first scheduled class day.

Process for Selection:

  1. All selection criteria must be completed by January 31st.
  2. Applicants must attend an orientation session with the application committee at which time the written communication component will be composed.
  3. Selected applicants will be interviewed by the program admission committee based upon written communication skills, RGT Program prerequisite letter grades and ACT composite.
  4. Individuals who have completed the interview process will be considered for program admission based on a rating score that includes knowledge of a variety of radiologic procedures, interview rating scores, RGT Program prerequisite letter grades, and ACT scores, including all subscores. 

Process for Selection for Transfer Admission:

  1. Transfer applicant must meet all requirements listed in the criteria for selection to the Radiologic Technology Program.
  2. Transfer applicant must submit a Letter of Good Standing and a written recommendation from a previous JRCERT Accredited Radiologic Technology Program.
  3. Credit for transfer courses will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Department Chairperson.
  4. Transfer courses must coincide with the Hinds Community College Radiologic Technology Program curriculum time-frame.
  5. Transfer applicant must participate in a scheduled orientation session.

Respiratory Care Technology

Admission Requirements:

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College
  2. Application for Selection to the Respiratory Care Technology Program
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™)
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  5. ACT composite score of 18 (15 if taken before October 1989)
  6. Math placement Level - 3

Process for Selection

  1. Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes ACT composite with subscores, RCT Program prerequisite letter grades, and previous military service/certificates/degrees.
  2. Preference will be given to applicants who have a score of 50 or higher on the rating scale and who complete the application procedure by March 1st.
  3. Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Respiratory Care Technology Program.

Prerequisites to the First Respiratory Therapy Course:

  1. Eight hours of documented observation in a hospital respiratory therapy department (Contact the Chairperson for details.)
  2. Completion of the following college courses with a grade of “C” or above:
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (BIO 2511  and BIO 2513 ) (not older than 5 years from start of the RCT Program)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (BIO 2521  and BIO 2523 ) (not older than 5 years from start of the RCT Program)
    • College Algebra (MAT 1313 ) or Microbiology (BIO 2921  and BIO 2923 )
    • All required courses must be completed with a “C” or above, and science courses taken prior to admission must have been completed within five years of entering the first Respiratory Therapy class.

Process for Selection for Transfer Admission:

  1. Transfer applicant must meet all requirements listed in the criteria for selection to the Respiratory Care Technology Program.
  2. Transfer applicant must submit a letter of Good Standing and written recommendation from previous CoARC-Accredited Respiratory Care Technology Program.
  3. Credit for transfer courses will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Program Department Chairperson.  Credit will not be given for transfer courses that were taken more than one year prior to transfer application.
  4. Courses must coincide with Hinds Community College Respiratory Care Technology Program’s curriculum time-frame.
  5. Transfer applicant must participate in a scheduled orientation session.

All applicants selected for admission must attend a program orientation session.

Surgical Technology

Admission Requirements:

  1. Application for admission to Hinds Community College
  2. Application for Selection to the Surgical Technology Program
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™)
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College
  5. ACT composite score of 18 (15 if taken before October 1989)
  6. Applicant must be eligible to take Beginning Algebra (MAT 0123  or MAT 0124 ) and English Composition I (ENG 1113 ) as determined by the Hinds Community College Mandatory Testing and Placement procedure.

Process for Selection:   

  1. Preference will be given to applicants who complete the application procedure by April 1st for fall admission.
  2. Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes:  ACT Composite Score, ACT Math and Reading subscores; and previous military service/certificates/degrees. Individuals can also receive points if they have completed any of the following courses with at least a grade of “C”:
  1. Applicants selected into the program are required to attend a scheduled orientation session. 
  2. Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Surgical Technology Program.

Progression/Graduation Requirements for Nursing and Allied Health Programs:

In order to progress in a nursing or allied health program, a grade of “C” or better is required in all program specific courses. Selected programs may require a “C” in all courses in the program plan. Students must have successfully completed program coursework within one year for continued progression. Programs may also have other progression and graduation requirements. (See individual program of study.)

Readmission Procedure for Hinds Community College Nursing and Allied Health Programs:

Students who have been unsuccessful in a Hinds Community College nursing or allied health program will be considered for readmission based on compliance with the following criteria:

  1. Meet all of the program specific requirements listed under the regular program in this College Catalog.
  2. Meet all of the requirements listed under Procedure for Readmission of Students in the Nursing and Allied Health Student Manual.

Policy Change

The College reserves the right to change policies as necessary; written notification to the students and applicants approved for admission is sufficient to effect policy change.

Residency Requirements

The responsibility for registering under proper residence status is placed upon the student.  In addition to any administrative action which may be taken by governing authorities of the state-supported institutions of higher learning or community/junior colleges concerned, any student who willfully presents false evidence as to his/her residence status shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof may be fined not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100).

Hinds Community College observes the following definitions with regard to residential status of applicants and students as interpreted from laws engaged by the Mississippi Legislature. Students must have resolved all residency challenges with the District Admissions and Records Office by midterm of the current semester of enrollment. A student’s residency status cannot be changed after midterm.  Residency status at midterm will determine the tuition and fees for that semester.  In-state or out-of-state status concerns or questions should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Records (601-857-3212 or records@hindscc.edu).

Additional Residency Information is found here.

Residence Required

No student may be admitted to any community/junior college as a resident of Mississippi unless his residence, as defined herein, has been in the district or State of Mississippi preceding his admission.

Residence of a Minor

The residence of a person less than twenty-one (21) years of age is that of either parent. If both parents are dead, the residence of the minor is that of the last surviving parent at the time of that parent’s death, unless the minor lives with his or her legal guardian, duly appointed by a proper court of Mississippi, in which case the residence becomes that of the guardian.

Residence of an Adult

The residence of an adult is that place where he is domiciled, that is the place where he actually, physically resides with the intention of remaining there indefinitely or of returning there permanently when temporarily absent.

Moving of Parents from District or State

If the parents of a minor who is enrolled as a student at a community/junior college move their legal residence from the State of Mississippi, the minor is immediately classified as an out-of-state student.

Resident Status of a Married Student

A married student may claim the residence status of the spouse, or may claim independent residence status under the same regulations set forth above as any other adult.

Children of Parents who are Employed by the College

Minor children of parents who are members of the faculty or staff of any institution under the jurisdiction of the board of trustees of any community/junior college may be classified as residents for the purpose of attendance at the institution where their parents are faculty or staff members.

Military Personnel Assigned to Active Duty Stationed in District or State

Members of armed forces on extended active duty stationed within the State of Mississippi may be classified as residents for the purpose of attendance of state-supported institutions of higher learning and community/junior colleges of the State of Mississippi. Resident status of such military personnel, who are not legal residents of Mississippi as defined under “legal residence of an adult”, shall terminate upon their reassignment for duty in the continental United States outside the State of Mississippi.

Children of Military Personnel

Resident status of children of members of the armed forces on extended active duty shall be that of the military parent for the purpose of attending state supported community/junior colleges of the State of Mississippi during the time that their military parents are stationed within the district or State of Mississippi and shall be continued through the time that military parents are stationed in an overseas area with last duty assignments within the district or State of Mississippi, excepting temporary training assignments en route from Mississippi. Resident status of minor children shall terminate upon reassignment under Permanent Change of Station Orders of their military parents for duty in the continental United States outside the district or State of Mississippi, excepting temporary training assignments en route from Mississippi.

Certification of Residence of Military Personnel

A military person on active duty stationed at Hinds Community College or in Mississippi who wishes to avail him/herself or his/her dependents of these provisions must submit a certificate from his or her military organization of assignment and its address (may be in the letterhead) that the military member will be on active duty stationed in the district or in Mississippi on the date of registration at the state supported community/junior college of the State of Mississippi; that the military member is not on transfer orders; and the signature of the Commanding Officer, the Adjutant, or the Personnel Officer of the unit or assignment with signer’s rank and title. A military certificate must be presented to the Registrar of the state supported community/junior college of the State of Mississippi each semester at or within ten days prior to registration each semester for the provisions hereof to be effective.

Register Under Proper Residence Status

The responsibility for registering under proper residence status is placed upon the student. In addition to any administrative action which may be taken by governing authorities of the state-supported institutions of higher learning or community/junior colleges concerned, any student who willfully presents false evidence as to his/her residence status shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof may be fined not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00).

Distance Learning

The College has been offering Distance Learning courses for a number of years and offerings are growing each semester. These courses are offered to those whose schedules and circumstances make it difficult to attend on-campus classes and are designed for the student who can work independently and discipline him/herself to keep up with the assigned material. Registration procedures are the same as for on-campus courses. Online students can request online advising through the eLearning website.  Online courses have an additional $15 per credit hour charge. Online courses require that the student have unlimited access to a computer, compatible software, and activate and use the college e-mail account. Students may learn more about Distance Learning here.

The online courses are offered in cooperation with the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC) giving the student access to many courses from which to choose. For further information about Distance Learning, click here. Students can also call 601.857.3834 or e-mail distancelearning@hindscc.edu. For information about Mississippi Virtual Community College courses, visit msvcc.squarespace.com.

Online courses will follow a slightly different calendar than on-campus courses.  Those dates can be found on the general College Calendar .  Students should pay close attention to these differences and be aware that online courses will continue to operate during traditional holidays for on-campus classes.

The Office of Distance Learning is dedicated to providing online courses equal to on-campus classes. In order to maintain integrity and quality of online education, all students enrolled in Hinds Community College online courses will be required to take two proctored exams through an approved testing center per course they are enrolled in.  Students may take those exams virtually through the college’s virtual testing center for a fee.  A government-issued picture ID is required to take a proctored exam to ensure compliance with our accrediting body’s standards for identity verification.

Minimum Competencies for Online Students

A Hinds Community College student taking online courses through MSVCC should have a minimum level of computer competence to be successful. Below is a list of minimum competencies expected before the student is allowed to register for an online class. A self-evaluation is available on the Hinds eLearning website under the BOSS (Becoming an Online Student Success) Orientation for a student to assess his/her readiness for taking Distance Learning courses. Additionally, minimum hardware requirements are listed on the Hinds eLearning page. Printed copies of the following information will be available for counselors and advisors to give to students at registration.

Minimum Computer Competencies Expected of the Online Student

  1. Students must own or have permanent access to a computer meeting the requirements as found here and as listed below.
  2. Students must activate and use the College-issued email account and understand the general use of email.
  3. Students must have a compatible word processing application (Microsoft Word recommended).
  4. Students must meet any technology-related prerequisites that exist for the courses they wish to take.
  5. Students taking an online course for the first time must complete the BOSS orientation.

Computer Requirements for Taking an Online Course

MSVCC students are required to own or have permanent access to a computer with an Internet connection. Students are welcome to use open computer labs throughout the Hinds district but should not use this as their sole resource. Instructors will not accept excuses in regard to computers or Internet service. For this reason, students should complete assignments prior to the deadline and always have a backup computer plan. Minimum specifications for computers are listed below.

Internet Connection: High-speed preferred

Browser: Updated version of most browsers.  Recommended: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari.
 

Advisement for Course Selection

Academic counselors and career-technical counselors assist students in course selection and educational planning.  If a student wishes, he or she may choose to be advised by a faculty member. The counselor or advisor will provide students with a plan of study which records the classes students are advised to take while they are enrolled at Hinds. After the first semester of enrollment, students are not required to see a counselor or advisor to register for future semesters. Students are encouraged, however, to seek advisement if they change their program of study (major), do not successfully complete the courses for which they register, or have questions about their programs of study.  

Declaration of College Program/Major 

Each student seeking credit through Hinds Community College will make a formal declaration of his/her program or college major during the advising process.

Change of College Program/Major

A student who wishes to change his/her college program/major after their formal declaration should come to one of the college counseling offices for an evaluation of previously completed course work and for course advisement for the new program. Students should recognize that changing programs/majors could result in having completed courses that will not apply to the new program/major. A student may ONLY change his/her program of study (major) during registration for the next semester of enrollment. The program change will not begin until the next term of enrollment.

Veterans should be very careful when changing programs/majors because the change is also subject to counseling approval with the Veterans Administration Regional Office.

Registration

Registration will be held at all locations of Hinds Community College. (See the College Calendar  for dates and times at each location.) Students will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Before being allowed to register, new students must have an application on file in the District Office of Admissions and Records and must have English, math, and reading placement.  First time students should contact the Counseling Office of the location they plan to attend for course advising and scheduling. While returning students may register online at My.Hinds, they may also see a counselor for advisement.

Students may pay all fees at the time of registration or they may be billed, but fees must be received in the Business Office on or before the scheduled date set by the College, or have a payment plan in place with the business office, or have verification of awarded financial aid. Failure to complete one of these steps will result in deletion of your class schedule. Students may check their account balance or pay tuition and fees using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Debit card) at My.Hinds.

Before the start of classes, students who have registered, paid tuition and are unable to attend classes should contact the appropriate Counseling Office by email to officially be removed from classes. Students who have registered, have NOT paid tuition and are unable to attend classes must mail the tuition billing notice back to the District Office of Admissions with a statement indicating that they will not be attending classes. This must be done immediately upon receiving the billing so that they can be removed from classes.

REGISTRATION NOTICE

  1. Any class or section for which fewer than 10 students have registered is subject to cancellation without advance notice.
  2. While every effort will be made to avoid them, instructor and/or room changes may be made without advance notice.
     

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) at Hinds Community College

Hinds Community College maintains certain policies and practices to assure compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). While students are enrolled in high school, their parents typically “own” their educational records. However, once students are enrolled in college, they become the owners of their personal educational records. FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to these records. These rights include the following:

  1. The right to inspect and review their educational records within 45 days from the day HCC receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Records Office written requests that identify the record(s) that they wish to inspect. A HCC official from the District Office of Admissions and Records will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the District Office of Admissions and Records, the Admissions and Records official shall coordinate with the appropriate office in order to insure that the requesting student is able to view his or her educational record.
  2. The right to request an amendment to their educational records if the student believes the records are inaccurate or misleading. Students who wish to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate should write the HCC official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record that they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If HCC decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, HCC will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when he or she is notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational records. However, there are some exceptions in which FERPA authorizes disclosure without student consent.

One exception permits disclosure without consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by HCC in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel); a person or company with whom HCC has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee (such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks). A school official who needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility has a legitimate educational interest.

In addition, upon request, HCC may disclose educational records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks to enroll.

  1. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Hinds Community College to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

The contact information of the Office that administers FERPA is as follows:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202- 8520

The contact information for the HCC office that administers FERPA is as follows:

Hinds Community College
Office of Admissions and Records
P.O. Box 1100
Raymond, MS 39154

Directory Information

Directory Information is information contained in a student’s educational record that generally would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Under the terms of FERPA, Hinds Community College has established the following as directory information:

  1. Name, address, and telephone number
  2. Classification (Freshman, Sophomore, etc.,)
  3. Major (program of study)
  4. Dates of attendance
  5. Enrollment status (full or part-time)
  6. Degrees earned
  7. Honors received
  8. Most recent educational agency or institution attended
  9. Photographic images
  10. Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  11. Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  12. Employment information (full or part-time)

Directory information is considered public information and may be released without a student’s consent. However, Hinds Community College does not routinely release such information to third parties. A student may submit a Directory Information Restriction Request, available at any campus admissions office and on the HCC website, to the District Office of Admissions and Records to withhold this information. If a student submits a restriction request, his or her record will be noted “confidential”, and no information will be released without prior written consent.

Non-Directory Information

Non-Directory Information is personally identifiable information such as grades, transcripts, grade point average (GPA), and scholastic/academic standing, most of which is part of a student’s educational record. Educational Records are those records directly related to a student’s scholastic performance and maintained by the institution. HCC does not release this information without written authorization from the student, with the exceptions mentioned in #3 above. If a student wishes to have any personally identifiable information regarding his or her educational record released, a Waiver of Rights to Privacy of Records form (found in My.Hinds or Hinds admissions office) must be completed by the student and returned to an admissions office.
 

Entrance and/or Placement Tests

NOTE: ALL TESTS REQUIRE A PHOTOGRAPH IDENTIFICATION

Hinds CC uses ACCUPLACER, Residual ACT Assessment, and/or National ACT Assessment to place students in appropriate courses. Academic, technical and career students must take one of these placement tests prior to registering for classes. Placement test results assist the institution in advising, placing and admitting students in appropriate course levels that match their skills and help students succeed. Students should contact the counseling office at the campus they plan to attend to schedule a test date or secure more information about the tests. ACCUPLACER or Residual ACT testing is available for students who have been admitted or are in the process of applying to Hinds Community College. The ACCUPLACER and Residual ACT cannot be transferred to other colleges, nor does Hinds accept the ACCUPLACER or Residual ACT scores from other colleges. NOTE: Many HCC scholarships are awarded based on ACT Assessment scores (Residual or National).

ACCUPLACER is a computerized placement test that measures skills in the areas of Reading, Sentence Skills, and Arithmetic. These tests usually take a total of one to two hours to complete and the results are immediate. Students who have ACT scores may not need to test. For more information on ACCUPLACER, visit www.accuplacer.org.

Students who have taken the ACT:

Students who have taken the ACT, but wish to improve their placement levels may only attempt the ACCUPLACER placement test one time. ACCUPLACER is divided into three individual tests. A student may choose to skip any of the three tests but will not be allowed another opportunity to complete a test that was skipped. Testing must take place at least 12 calendar days before the first day of class. Students taking the ACCUPLACER for initial placement and admission shall be given first priority to test.

Students who have not taken the ACT:

A student who has not taken the ACT may take the ACCUPLACER placement test twice. The second attempt must be one week or more after the first testing date, and the student should complete appropriate tutorial work prior to taking the second test. Testing must take place at least 12 calendar days before the first day of class. A student will forfeit the second testing attempt if there are less than 12 calendar days before the start of classes for the semester.  Test dates and times are available by calling the campus where you will be testing.  Click here for more ACCUPLACER information.

Students who do not have a High School Diploma or a High School Equivalency:

Non-high school diploma and non-high school equivalency holding students are required to take the ACCUPLACER test and earn the following minimum scores in all three areas: 55 in Reading, 60 in Sentence Skills, and 34 in Arithmetic. Some programs may require higher scores for entry.  Career students are urged to register early, should one or more retakes be necessary for admission.  The second testing session must be at least two weeks after the first testing session.  After two unsuccessful testing attempts, non-high school graduates and non-high school equivalency students will be advised to enroll in the free high school equivalency preparation classes at the college. ACCUPLACER test dates and times are available at any HCC Counseling office or by calling the campus where you will be testing.
 

What students need to know and do prior to ACCUPLACER:

  1. Students must have an application on file in Admissions so scores can be entered into the student information system. This must be done before a student can register.
  2. The ACCUPLACER test is not timed. It usually takes one to two hours to complete.
  3. Calculators are not to be used by students taking the ACCUPLACER test.  If a math question is configured to allow for the use of a calculator, the calculator will appear on the screen.
  4. Test results are available immediately following the test.
  5. No cellular phones, pagers, timers, gum, candy, drinks, food, or tobacco products are allowed in the testing room.
  6. ACCUPLACER scores are non-transferable to other colleges.

What students need to bring to the testing site:

  1. An ID which includes the student’s name and a recognizable photograph.  Acceptable forms of photo identification include: a current driver’s license, a state-approved high school or college ID, a current passport, a tribal ID, a naturalization card or certificate of citizenship. 
  2. An advising and scheduling ticket from the Office of Admissions.

Additional Testing Options:

The location of the testing options below is the District Adult Education Center, Raymond Campus (601.857.3650).

Residual ACT Test Information (paper-pencil test):

Residual ACT testing is available for students who 1) are enrolled, 2) have been admitted or 3) are in the process of applying to HCC. Students preparing to take the Residual ACT may view the testing schedule here.  Please be aware of the following:

  1. The cost of the test is $45. Students must pre-register for a specific test date. The fee is non-refundable and reserves a place for the originally scheduled test date and location only.
  2. Current valid picture identification (issued by school, employer, city, state/federal agency) is required.
  3. You must wait at least 60 calendar days between ACT test sessions (Residual and National) or your second set of scores will be canceled without a refund.
  4. Non-programmable calculators are permitted.
  5. This is a timed test that takes approximately 4 hours to complete.
  6. Test scores for the Residual ACT Test are non-transferable.

National ACT Assessment Test Information:

National ACT Test scores are transferable to other institutions and are used for NCAA Athletic Eligibility. To register for the National ACT, visit www.actstudent.org.  Hinds Community College Jackson Academic/Technical Center and Raymond Campus are test sites for the National ACT test. The site code for Jackson ATC is 021770 and Raymond is 021980. Registration deadlines and further information may be obtained from the ACT website.

High School Equivalency Testing

Hinds offers several options for High School equivalency testing as well as preparation courses for the exams. Successful completion of any of these tests results in a certificate of high school equivalency being issued. The location of testing options below is the District Adult Education Center, Raymond Campus (601.857.3650). More information is found here and below.

General Educational Development Test (GED®):

Hinds Community College is authorized to give the General Educational Development (GED®) Test.  An individual who is at least 17 years old and has officially withdrawn from school is eligible to take the GED® Test. The initial cost is $120 or the examinee must pay $30 per test to take any subject area.  Current valid picture identification (driver’s license or government ID) must be furnished at the time of testing.  The 2014 GED® Test is a computer-based test.  The examinee must appear in person at an official GED® Testing Center to take the test.  To register, schedule, and pay for the test, the examinee must log into MyGED® @ www.ged.com and create an account.  Accommodations for documented disabilities are available. For more information, visit the GED® website.

High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®):

Hinds Community College is authorized to give the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®). An individual who is at least 17 years old and has officially withdrawn from school is eligible to take the HiSET®. The initial cost is $85 or the examinee must pay $17 per test to take any subject area.  Current, valid picture identification (driver’s license or government ID) must be furnished at the time of testing.  The HiSET® is a computer-based and paper-based test, but Hinds Community College gives the computer-based test only.  The examinee must appear in person at an official state-approved testing center to take the test.  To register, schedule, and pay for the test, the examinee must log into My HiSET @ www.hiset.ets.org and create an account.  Accommodations for documented disabilities are available.  For more information, visit the HiSET website.

Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™):

Hinds Community College is authorized to give the Test Assessing Secondary Completion­™ (TASC™).  An individual who is at least 17 years old and has officially withdrawn from school is eligible to take the TASC™.  The initial cost is $89 or the examinee must pay $17.80 per test to take any subject area.  Current, valid picture identification (driver’s license or government ID) must be furnished at the time of testing.  The TASC™ is a computer-based and paper-based test, but Hinds Community College gives the computer-based test only.  The examinee must appear in person at an official state-approved testing center to take the test.  To register, schedule, and pay for the test, the examinee must go to www.tasctest.com and create an account.  Accommodations for documented disabilities are available.  For more information, visit the TASC™ website.
 

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®):

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) is a multiple choice test which is designed to provide an assessment of the nursing school applicant’s basic academic knowledge in Reading, Mathematics, Science and English and language use. The TEAS® exams have proven to be a reliable admissions tool to predict future health science academic success.  The TEAS® exam was developed based upon the 9-12 grade Science, Reading, Math and English Usage standards identified as important for students to possess upon entry into a health science program.  The TEAS® is normed for nursing and allied health programs, and provides students with critical information needed to succeed.

Location of testing is in the District Adult Education Center, Raymond Campus (601.857.3650). Applicants must preregister for the TEAS® on the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) website (www.atitesting.com). The fee for the test is $80, payable online by credit or debit card. Detailed information about the TEAS® is provided on the program website.

For applicants to the Practical Nursing Program:

The required score on the TEAS® for admission to the practical nursing program is proficient level or higher. The exam may be taken as many times as needed to score the proficient level.  However, the student must wait 30 days between testing.  It is highly advised to remediate as indicated on the previous attempt, but it is not required.  Applicants who meet the following requirements do not have to take the TEAS®: any applicant who has an ACT composite score of 18 (15 if taken before October 1989) and ACT subscores of 18 in Reading and Math (if taken before October 1989; Math - 15). Applicants who took the ACT prior to October 1989 must retake the ACT to obtain the Reading subscore. For additional information regarding the TEAS® or admission to the Hinds Community College Practical Nursing program, contact the Admissions Processor at 601.376.4812 or a counselor at the Nursing/Allied Health Center.
 

Mandatory Testing and Placement Procedure

Placement is mandatory for all degree-seeking students whose declared program of study is academic or career/technical.  Every student registering at Hinds must have complete ACT scores on file, or the student will take the ACCUPLACER placement test to determine if developmental courses are required for success in traditional college courses. ACT scores or placement test results are used to determine if a student must enroll in one or more developmental courses, and if so, at what point the student will begin.

All such students are required to enroll initially in all pathway developmental courses and must continue to enroll each semester in consecutive pathway developmental courses. A student’s developmental Mathematics pathway is fulfilled when he/she reaches the first Math course required in his/her declared program of study. A student’s developmental English pathway is fulfilled with the successful completion of ENG 0123 , and a student’s developmental Reading pathway is fulfilled with the successful completion of REA 0133 .

All prescribed developmental pathway courses must be satisfactorily completed with a grade of “C” or better.  A student may score sufficiently high on the exit criteria to by-pass the next developmental course. In such cases, the student’s will receive credit only for the developmental course that was just completed.

For initial placement purposes, the following ACT or ACCUPLACER scores will be used to place students in the following courses.

Students who stop attending class or do not properly withdraw are subject to receiving a grade of “F” for non-attendance.  (See the Attendance Policy  in this Catalog.)  Developmental courses cannot be used to meet graduation requirements with the exception of MAT 1233 /MAT 1234 .

English

  Course Pathway Placement Level ACT Subscore English ACCUPLACER Score
  ENG 0113     1 1-13 20-69
  ENG 0123   2 14-16 70-87
  ENG 1113 * 3 17-36 88-120

Math

  Course Pathway Placement Level ACT Subscore Math ACCUPLACER Score
  MAT 0123 /MAT 0124      1 1-15 20-55
  MAT 1233 /MAT 1234   2 16-18 56-75
  MAT 1313 * 3 19-36 76-120

Reading

  Course Pathway Placement Level ACT Subscore Reading ACCUPLACER Score
  REA 0123   1 1-12 51 or below
  REA 0133   2 13-16 52-75
  No required course 3 17-36 76-120

Learning & Life Skills

LLS courses are designed to enhance necessary study strategies and build habits for life-long learning.  Students who are enrolled in 3 developmental courses (not including MAT-1233/MAT-1234) will enroll in LLS 0113  with Lab.  Students who are enrolled in 2 developmental courses (not including MAT-1233/ MAT-1234) will enroll in LLS 0123  with Lab or LLS 0124 .  Students who have 1 developmental course (not including MAT-1233/MAT-1234) are eligible for LLS 1312 *.

NOTE:  LLS 1151 * is required for residence hall students.

*College-transferable course

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