Holmes Community College Nursing Program Review


Holmes Community College (HCC) evolved from Holmes Agricultural high School. The High school has been established in 1911 and but later on added two-year programs to become a junior college. More expansion of the academic programs and educational services lead to the renaming of the school to its current name in 1988. This led to addition of two satellite campuses; Ridgeland and Grenada besides Goodman main campus. The change was meant to reflect the multifaceted mission of the two year college of bringing higher education closer to the communities.

Holmes Community College Nursing

Holmes Community College has three nursing programs, all of which have been approved by the Mississippi Board of Nursing. Accreditation has also been provided through the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Of the three, one is a diploma awarding program, one associate degree program and a Pre-nursing for BSN transfer. The programs details are given below:

Associate Degree Nursing

The program is designed for fresh students seeking licensure to become registered nurses by preparing for the NLCEX-RN exam and also for LPN who receive advanced standing. The generic associate degree in nursing track is available in two options; a full time day program at Ridgeland and Grenada campuses and an evening/ weekend track.

During the first years on the generic day track, students take 36 general education credits and move on for two more semesters in the second with a total of 24 credits. Students take anatomy, physiology, and microbiology credits only during summers; before admission and in between the first and second years. On the other hand, part time students take 22 general education credits in first year, 30 during the second year and an extra fall semester of 12 credits. Unlike the full time, anatomy and physiology are taken only in one summer in the part time track.

 ADN for LPN 

Individuals who hold an active practical nursing license are welcome to apply for an accelerated format of the associate program as they prepare for the NCLEX-RN to become registered nurses. The program can be completed via two options. In option one, candidates can complete the program after one year and one summer semester after taking 36 credits excluding the advanced standing and prerequisites courses. Option two is not an accelerated program and takes four semesters to complete.

Pre-B.S Nursing

The pre nursing for the Bachelor of Science is purposely designed to enable students offset the huge workload towards a BSN. Students must note that this program does not lead to any certification or eligibly to practice nursing. This is because courses offered in this program do not contain any nursing components but general and prerequisites that most universities ask for during application to their BSN. A total of 65 pre nursing credits are completed but students can always contact their transfer university of choice to ensure the combination of courses taken at Holmes Community College will transfer.

Practical Nursing

Practical nursing at Holmes is offered in the three campuses i.e. Goodman, Grenada and Ridgeland. The program takes one academic year and a summer session all of which comprise of 45 credits. Successful completion enables the students to have eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam to become licensed practical nurses.

Contact:
Holmes Community College
1 Hill St, Goodman,
MS 39079

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