East Central Community College (ECCC) was founded in 1928 first as a junior college and later to a community college. Initially, it served Neshoba, Scott and Newton counties but after its upgrading to a community college, Winston and Leake counties become part of the colleges’ fraternity. It is a small college that offers two year programs with a notably large number of students taking programs under the nursing profession.
Nursing Programs at East Central Community College
About 46% of all students admitted to East Central Community College take nursing programs. The nursing programs are under the health care education division and students have five programs to choose from. All programs are accredited; the associate degree is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning also accredits the ASN program. Accreditation for the practical nursing is through the Mississippi State Board of Community Colleges. Comprehensive information of the nursing programs is provided below:
Associate Degree Nursing (RN)
The associate degree in nursing is a blend of general education and nursing courses to help the new nursing student get the basics of working as a professional nurse. It prepares students take the NCLEX-RN exam by taking a total of 64 credits of combined nursing and prerequisites courses. The curriculum is designed on a 2-year four semester plan. Courses are delivered in mixture, i.e. students do not have to complete general education courses before taking the nursing course. This means there is a mixture of all courses in all four semesters.
LPN to ADN Bridge Program
At East Central Community College, Licensed Practical Nurses have eligibility for advanced standing if they have a number or requisites conditions namely, an unencumbered LPN Mississippi License, one year prove of Clinical experience. After admission into the program, students take a nursing transition course during the spring semester equivalent to 8 credits. Successful finish of the LPN to ADN Bridge awards the student 18 credits in place of the 8. Candidates then progress to the second year of the generic ADN. Completion of the program makes the students eligible to write the NCLEX-RN exam and become registered nurses.
Practical Nursing (LPN)
Practical nursing at East Central Community College enable students to become licensed to work in the capacity of a practical nurse under the supervision of a registered nurse. The Curriculum of 35 practical nursing credits is designed to be covered in a minimum of three semesters with an average of 12 credits each. The third semester is a summer session and comprises of 12 credits. Students who complete the program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam and become a practical nurse in Mississippi.
The Nursing assistant is a short one-course certificate program that trains students to work as a bedside care giver to in patients and residents of long term care facilities. Completion of the program enables the student to take a competency test and be placed in the states’ Nurse Assistant Registry.
East Central Community College
275 West Broad Street, Decatur,