Associate Degree Nursing is a program that prepares the graduate as a generalist capable of providing competent, caring, and accountable client care in diverse settings. Health promotion, disease prevention, and health protection, across the lifespan, are integrated throughout the curriculum. Areas of emphasis encompass the following core competencies of nursing practice: client-centered care, professionalism, leadership, systems-based practice, informatics and technology, communication, teamwork and collaboration, safety, quality improvement, and evidence-based practice. Two program options are available: the Generic Option and the Transition to RN Option.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). Licensing of registered nurses is regulated by the Mississippi Board of Nursing. Conviction of a misdemeanor or felony offense may be grounds for refusal by the Board to issue a license. This program is accredited by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning: 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, Mississippi 39211, 601.432.6501, and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Inc., 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. 1-800-669-1656.
Transition to RN Option
The Transition to RN Option Program of Study is designed to assist the licensed practical nurse, paramedic, and respiratory therapist in making the transition to registered professional nurse. This option offers a part-time evening and weekend schedule to accommodate the needs of the employed licensed practical nurse, paramedic, and respiratory therapist. The Transition to RN option consists of two (2) 8-week courses and two (2) 16-week courses; this option is designed to be completed in 14 months.
Credit for previous licensure and experience is awarded upon successful completion of the program.