Nursing Department


Applications are now closed for the Spring 2020 program.

Applicants for Spring 2020
Traditional Track: 175 applications with 82 not qualified due to GPA, lack of pre-requisites, ACT score, or did not take entrance exam. We accepted 93 students with points from 67-107. If you have any questions regarding your application or believe you received a denial in error, please contact Mrs. Marla Kennedy ( or 662.562.3283) for the Traditional Track. Contact for the LPN Challenge is Mrs. Monica Williams ( or 662.562.3289).

Denise Bynum, PhD, RN
Director of Nursing Instruction

  • The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at NWCC currently has two options for LPNs to enter through advanced placement: LPN challenge and LPN-RN Transition. The LPN-RN Transition option offered each summer will continue as the advanced placement admission option, but the LPN Challenge advanced placement option will be discontinued after fall 2019. Applicants interested in taking the LPN Challenge must apply and meet all eligibility requirements for this option. Information regarding the LPN Challenge may be found under “General Information” on the Nursing Department page on the Northwest website: Applicants should apply between Aug. 1 and Sept. 15 for the fall 2019 Challenge examinations. The Nursing Department’s current policy states that an LPN Challenge applicant may attempt the examination process twice. Applicants who apply for the fall 2019 Challenge examinations will only have one opportunity, as fall 2019 will be the LAST semester the LPN Challenge examinations will be offered.
  •  NOTE:  The Division of Nursing will continue to offer the LPN – RN Transition Advanced Placement option as well as the Traditional Track option for LPNs wishing to further their nursing education.  Information regarding each of these options may also be found below.  Applicants may call the Division of Nursing Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 662-562-3283.
Division of Nursing Mission & Goals
The mission of the Division of Nursing is to provide quality nursing education to prepare students as entry level nurses to meet the nursing needs of the community. The Division of Nursing functions within the Department of Academic Education to deliver a traditional campus-based curriculum leading to an Associate Degree in Nursing. The Northwest Division of Nursing Associate Degree Program is committed to achieving the following goals: educate student nurses to provide safe patient-centered care that demonstrate excellence in current nursing practice through professionalism, knowledge, caring and competence; provide quality didactic, laboratory, and clinical learning environments that foster success in a diverse student and graduate population; employ a consistent process of policy administration to foster a service/learning relationship with students; advocate for resources, including technology, that enhance nursing education; and comply with standards of regulatory agencies, evaluate through program outcomes and satisfaction, and revise to assure program effectiveness.

The Division of Nursing meets the educational, employment, career, cultural, and special needs of its students and the community through the offering of:
  • Partnerships with community and healthcare facilities and universities
  • Highly technical simulation and skills laboratories
  • Student support through nursing Student Navigator assistance, student advising, remediation and HURST review
  • Professional career preparation through nursing seminar class and Student Nurses Association membership
  • Support and recognition of achievement in Alpha Delta Nu nursing honor society and nursing scholarships
  • Seamless nursing education advancement opportunities through LPN advanced placement options and LPN IV certification practicum

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General Information


Northwest Mississippi Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Associate of Arts degree, the Associate of Applied Science degree, and certificates in career education. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA, 30033-4097, or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Northwest Mississippi Community College. The College was initially accredited by the Mississippi Junior College Accrediting Association in 1928 and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in December 1953. The latest reaffirmation of the SACSCOC accreditation was in 2017. The college is also a member of the American Association of Community Colleges. The Associate Degree Nursing program was initially accredited by the National League for Nursing in 1978 and has maintained continued accreditation. The program is currently accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 (phone number 404-975-5000, and the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, State of Mississippi located at 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS  39211-6453 (phone number 601-432-6198,

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Health Forms and Information
Graduates of the program are eligible to write the National Council for Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.  Graduates are prepared to provide nursing services in beginning  staff-level positions and have potential for advancement on an  individual basis. Upon acceptance, each student will be assigned a  faculty adviser to help in making program of study and career decisions.

News: April 2017. NWCC Student Nurses’ Association Wins Spirit of the Community Award at State Convention: .

Required Textbooks — All students in the nursing program will receive their required nursing textbooks with a fee charged along with tuition. This will be at a discounted rate-cheaper than you can purchase at the bookstore or online and will include all access codes needed. Buying books on your own will not be an option-the fee will be charged based on the course you are taking.

For degree plans go to myNWCC and click on the  Degree Plans tab.

Nursing (NUR)
NUR 1118 Foundations of Nursing
NUR 1318 Adult Health I
NUR 1316 LPN to RN Transition
NUR 2128 Maternal-Child Nursing
NUR 2222 Nursing Seminar
NUR 2318 Adult Health II
NUR 2323 Nurse Externship (Summer)
There are three types of Application for the Associate's degree in Nursing:
  1. The Traditional track is a four semester program for students seeking an Associate's degree in Nursing.
  2.  The LPN Challenge advanced placement testing option is for students with an LPN license.
  3.  The LPN-RN Transition advanced placement is for students with an LPN license with the expanded role of IV certification.
Choose the type of application you want to make by clicking on a link below. If you wish to be considered for more than one option, you should fill out a separate application for each and you may apply to all tracks.
If you have any questions or problems completing this form please send an email stating your question to: .

Applications are now closed for the Spring 2020 start.

The Division of Nursing at NWCC is accredited by the following regulatory agencies:  
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
    Atlanta, Georgia 30326
    Phone: 404-975-5000
  • Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, State of Mississippi
    3825 Ridgewood Road,
    Jackson, MS  39211
    Phone: 601-432-6198
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