Following the suggestion of introducing two-year college curriculum into existing agricultural high schools in Mississippi, Jones County junior College (JCJC) came into being. As such, in 1922, Jones County Agricultural high school started the junior college as an extension of the high school. By 1957, the junior college had had large developments and it was separated from the high school to become an independent state college. It offers two years degrees in arts, and applied science programs in addition to vocational training.
Jones County Junior College-Nursing
Nursing at the college is offered under the healthcare academic division. Three programs; a pre nursing, an associate degree option and a practical nursing program are available for offer. Accreditation to the nursing program has been granted by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. More information of the nursing program is provided herein:
Associate Degree Nursing Division
The associate degree nursing program at Jones County Junior college has two tracks:
- Generic Track
The first option is a generic program that takes in new entry–level nursing students who do not have prior nursing experience. Completion of the program awards the students an Associate in Arts degree with a nursing major in addition to eligibility to write the NCLEX-RN exam.
- Advanced Placement in the ADN Program
The second option of the associate degree is the advanced placement program also known as the Challenge process of the LPNs. In this case, LPNs who hold active licenses of the State of Mississippi are eligible to apply. In addition, candidates for this program are expected to have a minimum of one year experience in the last four years prior to application. The LPN to RN at Jones County Junior College requires two nursing transition courses in order to receive advanced standing. Graduates of the program become eligible for the NCLEX-RN exam
The nursing practical program is designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN in order to become Licensed Practical nurses in the state of Mississippi. The program too have two entry points; one for usual high school graduates while the second one is specifically designed for students who started on nursing courses during their final high school year.
The latter, known as Dual-Enroll LPN program is meant for high school students in their senior year. Students in Jones County and the JCSJ district are eligible for this grant-funded program. Participating in the Dual Enroll LPN Program is open to students of participating high schools. As part of this program, students take nursing courses meant for the first year LPN program during their last year in high school. In total, both groups of the practical nursing track must complete 43 credit hours to be eligible for the NCLEX-PN exam to become licensed practical nurses.
This is a program meant to ease the workload of general education and science courses during the first and second years of Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees. Students who take this program complete up to 66 credits in arts, science, English and math courses. Students must note that taking this program does not lead to any certification; it is a prior preparation for the freshman and sophomore year in four-year colleges and universities offering the Bachelor of Science in nursing.
Jones County Junior College
900 South Court Street, Ellisville,