Itawamba Community College Nursing Program Review
Serving the residents of Northeast Mississippi, Itawamba Community College (ICC) started as an annex of Itawamba County Agricultural High School. The high school expanded its curriculum and focused on two-year college coursework. Several counties: Chickasaw, Pontotoc, Lee and Monroe joined the fraternity of the college; resulting to its transformation into a junior college. A final decision to change the name of the college to Itawamba Community College was reached in 1987. Three campuses in Fulton, Belden and Tupelo serve its purpose of a community College.
Nursing Programs at Itawamba Community College
Three nursing programs are available at Itawamba Community College. The Associate degree is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Mississippi State Institution of Higher Learning. There is also a Practical Nursing certificate nursing program that is accredited by the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges. Details of the nursing programs are provided below:
Nursing (Associate Degree Program – ADN)
This is a nursing curriculum designed to meet the needs of qualified candidates who wish to have an entry point in nursing. The program has all components of general education, clinical and theory courses required to become a professional nurse. Basically, candidates need to complete a minimum of 72 credits from the Fulton campus to be eligible for graduation with an Associate of Applied Science degree and eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to become registered nurses.
This program provides technical and bedside care skills to students who will work under the supervision of registered nurses. The one- year three- semester program is offered at the Fulton Campus as a full time program. It is kind of a career ladder whereby, students can exit after the first semester of study. Those who choose to exit at this point are eligible to receive certification as a Nursing Assistant from Itawamba Community College having finished the required 16 credits. Such graduates will be entered in the State Registry for Nursing Assistants.
Those who continue to the second and third semesters of the program complete a total of 43 nursing credits and 8 prerequisites. Completion of the program will be eligible for the NCLEX-PN exam for certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Mississippi State.
All students pursuing the Associate of Applied Science in nursing degree (A.A.S.N) receive 15-16 general education cores credits and 48 nursing core credits towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Nursing Scholarships for the Nursing Programs at ICC
Nursing students at Itawamba Community College have chances to apply for about eight nursing scholarships. These scholarships are meant to help the financially strained students to complete their nursing program at Itawamba. Some of the Scholarships available to students at the college are:
- Mccarty Company Scholarship Foundation
- Nurses’ Christian Fellowship Scholarship
- Herrick Foundation Endowed Scholarship
- Bobbie Anderson Scholarship
- Anson Aven Memorial Scholarship
- W.O. Benjamin Memorial Endowed Scholarship
- Board of Trustees Scholarship
- W.E. Boggs Endowed Scholarship
- David and Betty Cole Endowed Scholarship
These scholarships are specific to Itawamba students and are through well wishers, former members of the board and prominent personnel from around the college.
Itawamba Community College
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