Admissions for Generic RN

The Generic RN program is a traditional educational program that offers four semesters of nursing courses toward a degree in Associate Degree Nursing. The LPN to RN Transition Program is an accelerated RN program for the LPN who has been practicing for at least one year. Students must be full-time after being admitted into the nursing program.

Admission opportunities for the SMCC Associate Degree Generic RN Nursing Program are both Fall and Spring semesters. The application deadlines are:

  • Fall admission deadline: March 1st
  • Spring admission deadline: October 1st

ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS, COURSE WORK, AND TEAS TESTING MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Apply for regular admission and be accepted by Southwest MS Community College, Admissions Office, 1156 College Drive, Summit, MS, 39666.
  2. Submit an application to the Associate Degree Nursing Division, 1156 College Drive, Summit, MS, 39666, via notarized application.
  3. Submit official transcripts from high school, GED, and/or college for all college courses attempted to SMCC Admissions Office.
  4. An ACT composite score of at least 18 and grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 is required. All students are required to complete eleven (11) hours of pre-requisite college work with a grade of C or better:
    1. BIO 2511/2513 (Anatomy & Physiology I),
    2. BIO 2521/2523 (Anatomy & Physiology II),
    3. MAT 1313 (College Algebra) or higher math course.
  5. Complete the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) assessment test. The cost, date, time, and place of testing can be located at www.atitesting.com. A score of 60 or higher is recommended. Study materials are located for purchase at the ATI website.

All students are responsible for ensuring that all information pertaining to the admission process is completed by the designated application deadline.

TEAS Information

For those students planning to apply for admission to the Generic RN Associate Degree Nursing Program, you must take the TEAS as part of the preadmission requirements. LPN to RN Transition applicants are not required to take the TEAS test.

Please refer to the Associate Degree Nursing webpage at www.smcc.edu for information and dates or you can come by the HLL Health Occupations Center for information about the TEAS. Time and dates are limited; therefore, early registration is recommended.

Acceptance Criteria

To be considered for acceptance into the ADN program, the applicant's file in the Associate Degree Nursing Office must be complete. Qualified applicants will be considered by the admissions committee on a priority basis using the following criteria:

  1. GPA of prerequisite courses
  2. ACT composite score
  3. TEAS score
  4. Number of prerequisites taken at SMCC
  5. Residency
  6. Students who are entering a nursing program for the first time.

The admission selection process is very competitive. Enrollment in any given class is limited, and therefore selection for each class is based on available space, completion of admission requirements, and meeting the prioritized acceptance criteria.

Completion of the application process and course work does not in itself guarantee admission to the ADN Program.

All students are responsible for ensuring that all information pertaining to the admission process is completed by the designated application deadline. Students who have an ACT score 21 or higher, 3.00 GPA on prerequisite courses, and have met all admission requirements may be considered for early admission.

Criminal background checks including fingerprinting (MS Code Section 43-11-13[5][6][iii]) may deny students access to clinical agencies and disqualify the student from participation in the program. Successful completion of the nursing program with the associate degree in nursing permits this student to submit an application to the National Council Licensure Examination for RN licensure. However, any disciplinary action, arrest, charge, addiction, or impairment may result in denial of licensure as a registered nurse.

Within two weeks following written notification of the applicant's admission status, the applicant must present the signed notification letter to the ADN Admissions Committee declaring intent to enter the next scheduled class. Failure to comply with this requirement negates the applicant's priority status and vacancies will be filled based on available class slots using the acceptance criteria.