Northwest Mississippi Community College Nursing Program Review

With roots from the Tate County Agricultural High School, Northwest Mississippi Community College (NWCC) came to be. Quitman County joined in support of the agricultural high school leading to establishment of college-level education alongside the high school curriculum. In 1953, the college had an expanded curriculum hence, changed its name to Northwest Mississippi Community College. Currently, the college serves 11 counties in Northwest parts of Mississippi and has five campuses in Oxford, Ashland, Yalobusha, Senatobia and Southaven.

Nursing at Northwest Mississippi Community College

The Division of nursing has four programs to offer to qualified candidates looking forward to getting into the nursing profession.  Two of the programs are tracks leading to an associate degree in nursing, one is a certificate and one is a pre-nursing program for those who want to complete a bachelors of science in nursing. The programs have received accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the States’ Institute of Higher Learning.

Division of Nursing- Associates Degree Program

At Northwest, the associate degree program requires 63 credits to complete. Students start taking nursing courses from the first semesters and both general education and nursing courses are offered concurrently throughout the program. The program prepares students to write the NCLEX-RN exam to become registered nurses. Licensed practical nurses wishing to complete the associate degree to become professional registered nurses are advised to apply for the following:

Practical Nursing Program-PN Challenge

Northwest Community College Division of Nursing gives a chance to qualified LPN candidates to have advanced standing towards the associate degree. Students must be licensed to work in the state and must produce recommendation letters from their RN supervisors and a RN co-worker. Passing the PN challenge exam enables students receive advanced standing for all first-semester freshman courses hence, joining the associate degree program at level I second semester. Admission is open twice per year in fall and spring semesters. Students who successfully complete the program become eligible to write the NCLEX-RN exam to become RNs.


The pre-Nursing BSN program at Northwest Community College helps students to complete the first two years of the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree at the college. The pre-nursing program also allows students who want to become enrolled in the college associate nursing program to complete the first year before being enrolled.

However, most concentration is geared towards the pre-BSN students. As such, these students complete 65 non- nursing credit hours; all of which are required for transfer into junior year level at major universities. Students in this program can transfer to their university of choice or take advantage of the Northwest MCC to University of Mississippi Medical Center direct transition option.

The Practical Nursing (PN)

This program is offered at four of the five satellite centers of the college. After successful completion of 43 credit hours, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN exam to become licensed practical nurses in Mississippi. The program is designed to be completed in three full-time semesters.

Northwest Mississippi Community College
4975 Hwy 51N, Senatobia,
MS 38668