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Pearl River Community College
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General Admissions Procedures
Admission Testing
Notification of Admission Status
Early Admission
Dual Enrollment
Readmission
Transfer Admission
Special Admission Contractual Agreements
Students Who Have Not Completed High School/GED
Students Who Wish To Audit Classes
Continuing Education Admission
Admission/Readmission Appeals
Admission Policy Pertaining To Resident Status of Students
Admission Requirements for Barbering and Cosmetology
Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Nursing
LPN Bridge Course to RN
Special Admission Requirements for Dental Hygiene Technology
Special Admission Requirements for The Medical Laboratory Technology Program
Special Admission Requirements for Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology
Special Admission Requirements of Physical Therapist Assistant Technology
Special Admission Requirements for Medical Radiologic Technology
Special Admission Requirements for Respiratory Care Practitioner
Special Admission Requirements for Practical Nursing
Special Admission Requirements for Surgical Technology and Dental Assisting

  Pearl River Community College adheres to an “open admissions” policy consistent with all appertaining laws.  The College embraces the philosophy that students be provided the opportunities for learning experiences, e.g. developmental courses, counseling, tutorial assistance, etc., that will help the individual student to succeed in achieving educational goals.  PRCC utilizes relevant diagnostic instruments to determine the strengths and needs of students in order to assist in the selection of the most appropriate program options to help student success.  There are no programs designed for transfer to senior institutions that require a minimum ACT score for admission.
  Pearl River Community College is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities to all qualified applicants. PRCC does not discriminate against or exclude any prospective student from participation in any educational program or activity of the college on the basis of ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, or disability. PRCC is in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX, Educational Amendments of 1972 of the Higher Education Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. For information regarding Title VI and Title IX or for information regarding ADA, please contact Dr. Miller Hammill, Dean of Student Affairs.
  All applicants who have met admission requirements will be considered for acceptance to the college. General admission to PRCC does not guarantee admission to a specific program offered by the college. Additional requirements for specific programs should be studied to determine eligibility for acceptance in that particular program.

General Admissions Procedures
The Admissions Office at Pearl River Community College is located in the Administration Building on the campus in Poplarville. Applications for admission and other forms and information are available in the Admissions Office from 8:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. on weekdays. This office receives and processes all applications, high school transcripts, transfer college transcripts, GED certificates, and other documents related to admission to Pearl River Community College. Information may be requested from or documents may be mailed to:

OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS
PEARL RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
101 HIGHWAY 11 NORTH
BOX 5120
POPLARVILLE, MS 39470

Students who wish to enroll in a career or technical program at the Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg should direct inquiries to and mail documents to:

PEARL RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
FORREST COUNTY CENTER
5448 U.S. HIGHWAY 49 SOUTH
HATTIESBURG, MS 39401

In order to be admitted as an academic, technical, or career student, the following documents must be submitted:

1. PRCC Application for Admission;
2. Official transcript from an accredited high school indicating date of graduation or GED test transcript indicating passing;
3. Official transcript from every college attended;
4. ACT scores for academic or technical students (See Admission Testing below). 
Students taking classes at Pearl River Community College are classified in one of three broad areas of instruction with regard to their educational goals.
ACADEMIC STUDENTS are students who are taking classes that lead to the Associate in Arts degree (AA). The Associate in Arts degree program is designed to provide a variety of educational experiences which acquaint the student with the liberal arts disciplines of writing, mathematics, humanities and fine arts, science, social science, communication, and physical education. In general, academic students intend to transfer their work completed at PRCC to a college or university and have the work apply toward a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.

TECHNICAL STUDENTS are students who are taking classes that lead to the Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS). The Associate in Applied Science degree combines a foundation of basic academic courses with intensive training in a specific area of instruction, and technical course work designed to provide the graduate with the specific technical training needed for employment after completion of the degree.

CAREER STUDENTS are students who are taking classes that lead to a Certificate of Proficiency. The Certificate of Proficiency is a validation that the student has completed an intensive, full-time schedule of training in a specific skill area.

Admission Testing
Students who are taking courses in an Academic or Technical program must furnish results of the American College Test (ACT). All references to the ACT refer to the Enhanced version of the test. The Enhanced version of the ACT was administered beginning in October of 1989. Students who completed the ACT prior to October 1989 may still use their results for admission purposes. ACT scores are used for placement in classes and for academic and technical counseling. (See Developmental Course Placement.) There is no minimum score for general admission to the college; however, specific programs may require minimum scores for admission.
ACT scores are encouraged but not required for Career students. The test of Basic Education (TABE) is administered to all career students prior to enrollment in career classes.

Notification of Admission Status
After a completed application is received, PRCC develops an admission file on the student and begins correspondence indicating receipt of documents and/or deficiencies. All students, regardless of full or part-time status, must meet admission requirements prior to registration for classes. A letter of acceptance or denial will be mailed to all applicants after all admission criteria have been met.
All students who have met admission requirements will be considered for admission to the college. However, admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a specific program. Students must determine the requirements for admission to a specific program to see if they are eligible to enroll in that program. Specific questions concerning admission to the college or to a specific program of study should be directed to the Office of Admissions.

Early Admission
In order to to qualify for early admission to the College, an applicant must have completed a minimum of 14 core high school units; a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale, or better, on all high school courses, as documented by an official high school transcript; a home-schooled student must submit a transcript prepared by a parent, guardian or custodian with a signed, sworn affidavit to meet the requirements of this paragraph; a minimum ACT composite score of twenty-six (26) or the equivalent SAT score; and, a written statement from his/her principal or guidance counselor that this (Early Admission) is in the best educational interest of the student.
Grades and college credits earned by a student admitted to the early admission program shall be recorded on the college transcript at the community or junior college where the student attends classes, and may be released to another institution or used for college graduation requirements only after the student has successfully completed one (1) full semester of course work.

Dual Enrollment
A high school student may enroll at a community or junior college while still attending high school and enrolled in high school courses, if the student has completed a minimum of 14 core high school units; a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale, or better, on all high school courses, as documented by an official high school transcipt; a home-schooled students must submit a transcript prepared by a parent, guardian or custodian with a signed, sworn affidavit to meet the requirements of this paragraph; and, a minimum ACT composite score of twenty-six (26) or the equivalent SAT score.  A student who has not completed the minimum of fourteen (14) core high school units may be considered for dual enrollment if they have a minimum ACT composite score of thirty (30) or the equivalent SAT score, and has the required grade point average and recommendations prescribed above.

Readmission
A student who has attended PRCC in any semester other than the most recent semester must apply for readmission to the college. A student seeking readmission should complete a new application and provide transcripts from all other colleges attended, if any, since last attending PRCC. Students are readmitted based on their performance at PRCC and other colleges attended. PRCC honors the performance policies (honors, suspension, probation) of transfer colleges.

Transfer Admission
Any student may transfer from an accredited institution and expect to have consideration of previous academic experiences, provided that the admission requirements of PRCC are met as stated under the "General Admission" section of this catalog. The following policies in regard to transfer work will apply:

1. Credit earned from an institution that is not regionally accredited will not be accepted.
2. Official copies of AP or CLEP scores must be provided by the student for evaluation.
3. Acceptance of transfer work toward a degree is subject to the following considerations:
 a. Courses must be equivalent to PRCC courses in content, description, and length.
  b. The grade in the transfer course must be a 'C' or better. If the student's overall transfer average is above 2.00, a grade of 'D' may be considered.
  c. Technical or Career transfer work is subject to the approval of the program faculty and the Director of the Career/Technical center where the student wishes to enroll.
Transfer students seeking admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program should review ADN Transfer Admission Procedure.

Special Admission Contractual Agreements
Pearl River Community College occasionally enters into contractual agreements with agencies or organizations. In such cases, special admission may be granted to individuals participating in educational experiences as covered in the agreement. College credit will be awarded, however, only to participants who meet admission criteria.

Students Who Have Not Completed High School/GED
Students who have never graduated from high school and who have not completed the GED may be admitted to selected career programs by special waiver provided they are over the age of 18 and demonstrate through admission testing an ability to benefit from educational experiences.

Students Who Wish To Audit Classes
Students may audit courses by submitting a completed application to audit to the Director of Admissions who will, after the application has been evaluated, inform the student if his/her application to audit has been approved or denied. No credit hours are earned. Tuition for audit or credit is the same. Financial aid is not available for auditing classes. Once enrolled in a class, a student may not change from audit to credit status, or vice-versa. Completed audit courses are listed on the student's transcript.

Continuing Education Admission
Students who wish to participate in Continuing Education classes must be eighteen years or older and complete an Application for Admission. Students below the age of eighteen may be admitted by completing an application and presenting a letter of recommendation from their high school principal or counselor. Continuing Education credit is awarded as Continuing Education Units (CEU).

Admission/Readmission Appeals
The Director of Admissions is authorized to admit any student to the college who meets admission requirements. However, in cases where doubt exists the Admission Committee makes a determination on admission. The Admission/Readmission Committee is composed of The Director of Admissions (Chairperson), an Academic Counselor, and a Career-Technical Counselor. The decision of the Admission Committee may be appealed to the Dean of Student Affairs. A ruling from the Dean of Student Affairs may be appealed to the President of Pearl River Community College. The ruling of the President is final.
The Readmission Committee is organized to hear appeals from students who have been suspended from the college because they have not maintained the minimum grade point average required for continued enrollment. Appeals will be heard only for those students who submit a request for an appeal in writing two weeks or more prior to the beginning of the semester for which they wish to re-enroll.

Admission Policy Pertaining To Resident Status of Students
Students at Pearl River Community College are classified in regard to residency as IN-DISTRICT, OUT-OF-DISTRICT, or OUT-OF-STATE. The following methods are used to determine student resident status:

1. An IN-DISTRICT student is one who, on the first day of registration of a given term, is twenty-one (21) years of age or older and is a legal resident of Forrest, Hancock, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion, or Pearl River County in the State of Mississippi. The legal residence of a student under the age of twenty-one (21) is the residence of either parent.
2. An OUT-OF-DISTRICT student is one who resides in the State of Mississippi but is not a resident of Forrest, Hancock, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion, or Pearl River County.
3. An OUT-OF-STATE student is one who does not reside within the boundaries of the State of Mississippi.
     In determining residence, the burden of proof is on the student. A student can change his status from OUT-OF-STATE only by physically moving to a location within the boundaries of the State of Mississippi with the intention of residing within the state indefinitely and establishing a physical presence and place in the state which the student considers to be the true, fixed, and permanent place of habitation.
     The Office of Admissions of Pearl River Community College determines residence status. The decision of the Admissions Office may be appealed. In requesting a change of residence status, the student will be responsible for presenting competent, written evidence in support of the request.
    A student may apply in writing for reclassification prior to any registration. In determining residence, the following test for qualification will be applied:
1. Students who are not yet 21 years of age and are not married.
 Residency for students who are not yet 21 years of age is based solely on the residence of the parents.  Students who are not yet 21 years of age are considered residents of Mississippi only if one or both parents reside in the State of Mississippi.  Parent(s) must have their fixed and permanent residence within the boundaries of the state.  It is not possible for tuition purposes to be a resident of more than one state.  The law allows no exceptions for students below the age of 21 who are independent from their parents.
2. Students who are 21 years of age or older or students who are married.
 Residency for students who are over 21 years of age does not depend on parental residence.  In order to prove residency you must prove that you have a fixed and permanent residence within the boundaries of the state.  It is not possible for tuition purposes to be a resident of more than one state.


   Students who are not yet 21 years of age must provide the following documents to prove that their parent(s) are Mississippi residents.  Students who are 21 years of age or older or are married must provide the following documents to prove that they are Mississippi residents:

 1. Proof of filing or payment of Mississippi income tax.
 2. Proof of filing of Homestead exemption (if a home is owned).
 3. Proof of home ownership or rent receipts.
 4. Copies of utility bills for electric and phone service.
 5. Mississippi Drivers License.
 6. Registration of Automobile in Mississippi (Car Tag).
 7. Voter registration by Mississippi county.
 8. Marriage license for students below the age of 21 who are married.
     The above factors are not the sole factors that PRCC may look to in establishing residence, but they are important in establishing intent to reside and physical presence within the state, and they may be used as guidelines by the student in collecting documentation for a reclassification of residence status.

Admission Requirements for Specific Programs of Study at PRCC
Students enrolled in Associate Degree Nursing and Allied Health programs are required to maintain full-time academic status. Noncompliance with this policy will result in dismissal from the program. Full-time students are defined in accordance with Pearl River Community College's policy, as students enrolled in a minimum of twelve semester hours in a regular term.

Admission Requirements for Barbering and Cosmetology
     Students who seek admission to the Barbering or Cosmetology program at PRCC must meet the requirements as listed under 'General Admission' and submit a current health certificate as required by the State Barbering Board or the State Cosmetology Board. The health certificate must be dated no more than thirty (30) days before admission to either Barbering or Cosmetology. Health certificate forms may be obtained at the office of the Director of the Career-Technical Center on the Poplarville campus. Cosmetology requires a high school transcript indicating graduation date or two official GED score sheets, and one must be 18 years or older.
Selection Process for Barbering and Cosmetology
     The Barbering or Cosmetology programs are limited to a maximum of 20 students in each program. An applicant list is maintained for each program in the Career-Technical Director's office. To be placed on the applicant list, a prospective student must first meet the requirements for general admission to the college. Applicants will be notified of dates for the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Once applicants complete the TABE, selections will be based on the date of application, TABE score, and slot availability. If applicants outnumber available slots, an alternate list will be maintained.
 Grading Procedures for Cosmetology 
State Board of Cosmetology requires that a student must maintain an 85 average.

Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Nursing

    The purpose of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) department is to provide graduates with a foundation that prepares them to practice as registered nurses in various health care settings within our community.  Graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree and are eligible to write the National Council for Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX -RN).  The ADN department is accredited by the Board of Trustees of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission  (NLNAC), 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006.  Telephone (212) 363-5555.

Admission Procedures
To be considered for acceptance into the ADN program, all admission requirements must be on file by March 1 for the Licensed Practical Nurse Bridge Course, April 15 for the Fall semester, or October 15 for the Spring semester.
Admission Requirements

 1. Meet physical and mental requirements essential for providing nursing care.
 2. Have a completed application on file in the PRCC admission office.
 3. Submit a transcript from a state accredited high school or GED test score and  college transcripts for all college courses attempted.
 4. Receive a composite score of 18 (or equivalent) on the ACT or have completed 12 college semester hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.5.  A grade of “C” or higher in College Algebra and Anatomy and Physiology I & II (with Labs) must be included in the 12 semester hours of college credit  (Mississippi State Standard).
 5. Submit an application for admission to the ADN department.
 6. Submit a test score for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Pre-Admission Examination-RN (PAX-RN).
     Final dates for receiving admission data and a health examination form will be included with letter of acceptance.  Proof of current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification for health care providers is required and must be submitted upon admission.

Acceptance Criteria
Selection of applicants is made by the ADN Director, PRCC Admissions Director, and ADN Coordinators using a point system which includes GPA/GED, core courses completed, ACT score, PAX-RN score, and current enrollment status.  Applicants are grouped according to residency.  Preferential consideration is given to in-district residents, followed by out-of-district residents, then out-of-state residents.  A minimum grade of “C” is required on each academic ADN curriculum course.  A student placed on academic probation more than once and/or who has made a grade of “WF, D, or F” (regardless of retake grade) on more than six hours on the required academic ADN curriculum courses within the past three years will have five points deducted from the total score.  Ties in total scores will be broken by PAX-RN scores.  Academic ADN curriculum courses taken through December, prior to the year applying, will be considered for Summer or Fall admission.  Courses taken  through the summer of the year applying will be considered for Spring admission.
Point System
 
 1.  ACT (Prior to Oct. 1, l989) ENHANCED POINTS
      25 - Higher 27 - Higher 5
      23 - 24 25 - 26 4
      20 - 22 23 - 24 3
      17 - 19 20 - 22 2
      15 - 16 18 - 19 1
. . .
 2.  NLN Pre-Admission Examination-RN
      (A.D. Composite Percentile Score)
       90% or Higher  10
       80%  -  89% 9
       70%  -  79% 8
       60%  -  69% 7
       50%  -  59% 6
.. .. ..
3.  College GPA on ADN Curriculum Courses *
             POINTS
3.5 - 4.0 5
3.0 - 3.49 4
2.5 - 2.99 3
OR High School GPA (no college credit)
3.5 - 4.0 5
3.0 - 3.49 4
2.5 - 2.99 3
OR GED (no college credit) 1

*Calculated on at least 12 Hours  including College Algebra and Anatomy & Physiology I & II with Labs.
 
Curriculum Courses Hours Semester Hours
MAT 1313  College Algebra*
3
PSY 1513  General Psychology*
3
BIO 2513  Anatomy and Physiology I*
3
BIO 2511  Anatomy and Physiology I Lab*
1
BIO 2523  Anatomy and Physiology II*
3
BIO 2521  Anatomy and Physiology II Lab*
1
EPY 2533  Human Growth & Development*
3
ENG 1113  English Composition  I*
3
BIO 2923  Microbiology
3
BIO 2921  Microbiology Lab
1
SPT 1113  Oral Communication or SPT 2163  Public Speaking
3
SOC 2113  Sociology
3

*LPN Bridge Course Prerequisites: Course work must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher prior to beginning the LPN Bridge Course.

Anatomy & Physiology I & II and Microbiology with Labs must have been completed within the last five years.  Sociology and Human Growth & Development must have been completed within the last ten years.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Bridge Course Admission Requirements

 1. Have a current non-restricted license
 2. Have at least one year of experience as an LPN in an acute or long-term care setting within the last three years
 3. Have an ACT composite score of 18 (or equivalent)
 4. Meet ADN admission requirements which must be on file by March 1
 5. Submit verification of employment and recommendation by employer (form  provided by the ADN office)
 6. Score 50% or higher on the PAX-RN
LPN applicants have no time restrictions on ADN curriculum courses completed with a grade of “C” or higher if they are currently working in an acute or long-term health care setting.

ADN Progression Requirements

 1. Maintain full-time academic status
 2. Maintain a grade of 80 or higher for each required nursing course and a 70 or higher for each required academic curriculum course
 3. Complete the LPN Bridge Course with a grade of 80 or higher to continue in the program


ADN Readmission Requirements

 1 Meet all admission and progression requirements
 A. Repeat a failed nursing course only once
 B. Repeat no more than two failed required nursing courses
 C. Receive no more than two withdrawals (WP or WF) for required nursing courses
 2. Must have been enrolled in an ADN nursing course within the past three years


     If the above requirements have been met, readmission will be determined by grade point average on required courses and space availability.
A student will not be readmitted to the LPN Bridge course if unsuccessful; however, priority consideration will be offered to LPNs desiring to continue in the ADN program with Nursing I (Fundamentals of Nursing).
A student who is dismissed for illegal conduct, unprofessional behavior, or unsafe practice is not eligible for readmission.

ADN Transfer Requirements

 1. Meet all admission and progression requirements which must be on file by March 1 or October 1 prior to the semester for which admission is desired
 2. Submit syllabi of previous nursing course(s) for review
 3. Submit letter of recommendation from Dean/Director of former school of nursing
 4. Be eligible for readmission to the nursing program from the previous college


ADN Graduation Requirements (Associate in Applied Science Degree)

 1. Meet all PRCC graduation requirements
 2. Complete all academic ADN curriculum courses with a grade of 70 or higher
 3. Complete all required nursing courses with a grade of 80 or higher


ADN faculty reserve the right to make curricular changes to maintain state and national standards consistent with the changing needs of society and the nursing profession.

LPN BRIDGE COURSE TO RN
The LPN Bridge Course is designed to enhance the knowledge learned in the Practical Nursing program and make the transition into the sophomore level of the ADN program.  This course focuses on the fundamentals and the theory and practice of medical-surgical nursing and the role of the nurse as provider of care and a member within the discipline of nursing.

The LPN Bridge Course is a summer course which includes a clinical lab in the Nursing Building at the PRCC, Poplarville campus.  Students successfully completing the LPN Bridge Course (‘B’ or higher) will be awarded seven (7) semester hours.  The remaining hours of the freshman level will be waived after successful completion of the ADN program.

See the ADN admissions requirements for the LPN Bridge Course.  Deadline for application is March 1.  Application forms may be requested from the ADN admissions office by calling (601) 403-1016/1017.

Special Admission Requirements for Dental Hygiene Technology
In addition to all of Pearl River Community College's general admission requirements for a technical student, the Dental Hygiene program has specific additional program admission requirements as listed below:

I. Applicants must have the following documents on file at the Forrest County Center by May 1 to be considered for admission to the Dental Hygiene program:
    A. A Pearl River Community College application for admission and an application to the program.
    B. An official high school transcript from an approved high school or GED equivalency score and official college transcript(s) if college work has been completed. Only courses in the Dental Hygiene curriculum will be considered when computing grade point average.

1. The Dental Hygiene academic core courses used in computing grade point averages are listed below:
 
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
ENG 1123 English Composition II 3
BIO 2923 Microbiology 3
BIO 2921 Microbiology Laboratory 1
BIO 1513 (or higher) Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health 3
BIO 1511 (or higher) Anatomy and Physiology I Lab for Allied Health 1
BIO 1523 (or higher) Anatomy and Physiology II for Allied Health 3
BIO 1521 (or higher) Anatomy and Physiology II Lab for Allied Health 1
Chemistry Elective 3
Chemistry Laboratory Elective 1
PSY 1513 General Psychology 3
SOC 2113 Intro to Sociology 3
SPT 1113 Oral Communication 3
FCS 1253 Nutrition 3
MAT 1313 College Algebra 3
TOTAL HOURS:  37

  2. Academic standing of 'probation' or 'suspension' at other institutions is considered in the evaluation of the applicants.

  3. Completion of the Dental Hygiene academic core curriculum does not guarantee an interview or admission to the Dental Hygiene program.
     C. Students must furnish ACT scores

  1. ACT score may be from the national administration of the test or the residual.
  2. Applicants who took the ACT prior to October 1989 will have their results converted to the Enhanced ACT scores. (A score of 15 prior to October 1989 converts to an 18 on the Enhanced ACT.)
II  Selection of students:
 A. Students having completed the majority of prerequisites will receive   preference. Students are selected based on the number of prerequisite courses successfully completed, ACT, GPA and an interview.
 B. Selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview by the Dental Hygiene Admission Committee.
 C. Meeting the minimum requirements listed above does not guarantee any applicant an interview or admission to the Dental Hygiene program.
 D. Upon acceptance, the applicant must submit a college approved health form.
  STUDENTS NOT SELECTED FOR ADMISSION MUST REAPPLY BEFORE MAY 1ST OF THE NEXT YEAR.

III. Transfer Students:

 A. Must meet all of the requirements for general admission and special Dental Hygiene admission criteria.
 B. Must be eligible for immediate readmission to the college last attended.
IV. All statements related to admission criteria or announcements of the present policies are subject to revisions.

Special Admission Requirements for The Medical Laboratory Technology Program
In addition to all of Pearl River Community College's general admission requirements for a technical student, the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program has specific additional program admission requirements as listed below:

I.  Program Application
Applicants must have the following documents on file at the Forrest County Center MLT program office by May 1 to be considered for admission into the MLT program:

 A. A completed Pearl River Community College application.
 B. A completed MLT Program application.
 C. A high school transcript from an approved high school or GED test transcript with passing score and an official copy of all college transcripts.
 D. American College Test (ACT) scores: (1, 2, or 3)  1. Composite score of 18 or 15 (prior to October 1989) with no need for developmental courses, OR  2. Attain a 16 or higher ACT composite (since October 1989) with no need for developmental courses, OR  3. ACT of 16 or higher with the need for developmental courses provided some academic courses from the MLT curriculum have been taken to allow scheduling time for these developmental courses. E. The applicant must also submit the required forms, documents, etc.: 
1. Color picture  2. Autobiographical Essay 3. A course list: Any course work completed after the MLT application has been submitted by the May 1 deadline.  Example: College Algebra is being taken during the summer before beginning the MLT Program in August.


II. Selection of students
   Admission to the MLT program is competitive based on ACT scores, overall GPA, core GPA course work and interview.  All MLT program applicants will be 'ranked' according to the Admission Point Scale. The Admission Point Scale will identify students who have potential for success in the MLT program. Points granted at the interview will be based on:

1. Verbal and nonverbal communication skills including writing skills.
    B.  Knowledge of the field of MLT and the role of MLT.
Preference will be given to full-time students.  After notification of acceptance, a college health form must be submitted before final acceptance.

Special Admission Requirements for Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology
In addition to all of Pearl River Community College's general admission requirements for a technical student, the Occupational Therapy Assistant program has specific additional requirements.

    I.  Applicants must have the following documents on file at the Forrest County Center by May 1 to be considered for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

A.      An application for admission to Pearl River Community College.
B.      An application for admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.
C.       An official high school transcript from an approved high school or GED equivalency score.
D.       Official college transcripts of all colleges previously attended.
E.       ACT score from national or residual test.  (Please note that ACT scores taken before October 1989 will be converted to Enhanced ACT scores.)
   II.  Admission to the OTA program is competitive and based on ACT scores, previous academic coursework, and a personal interview.  Interviews will be granted based upon ACT score and previous academic achievement.  Points at personal interviews will be based upon verbal/oral communications, knowledge of the field of OT, and assessment of attitudes/previous experiences that would make the candidate likely to excel in and enjoy the field of Occupational Therapy.

Special Admission Requirements of Physical Therapist Assistant Technology
    In addition to all of Pearl River Community College's general admission requirements for a technical student, the Physical Therapist Assistant Technology Program has specific additional program admission requirements as listed below:

   III. Applicants must have the following documents on file at the Forrest County Center by May 1 to be considered for admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

 A. A Pearl River Community College application for admission.
 B. A Physical Therapist Assistant Program application for admission.
 C. An official high school transcript from an approved high school or GED test transcript.
 D. Official college transcripts(s) of all colleges attended if college work has been completed.
 E. An acceptable ACT score (1 or 2).
  1. Composite score of 18, an 18 or above on the math subtest, and 16 or above on the English subtest, are allowed on the ACT administrations to meet ACT minimum standards for consideration to the PTA program. The minimum composite score for ACT administrations prior to October 1989 is 15, a 15 or above on the math subtest, and 13 or above on the English subtest, OR
  2. Attain a 16 or higher ACT composite (since October 1989) and achieve 12 semester hours of the general education course work in the PTA program curriculum, with a grade of 'C' or better from an accredited college or university. If A&P I and II have been taken, they must have been completed within three years prior to admission into the PTA program. If A&P I and II were taken longer than three years prior to admission into the PTA program, the student must retake these two courses once admitted to the program.

F. The applicant must also submit the required forms and documents:

  1. Reference forms
  2. Autobiographical Essay
  3. A course list (courses not on transcript that are taken prior to admission)
G. The applicant must have documentation of attendance at an Information Session.

II. Selection of students
    Admission to the PTA program is competitive based on ACT scores, overall GPA, and core GPA course work. All PTA program applicants will be 'ranked' according to the Admission Point Scale. The Admission Point Scale will identify students who have potential for success in the PTA program. The selection committee submits a list of candidates according to the 'rank' on the point scale for a personal interview. Interview points will be the final determining factor for admission. Points granted at the interview will be based on: (1) Verbal and Nonverbal communication skills including writing skills; (2) Knowledge of the field of Physical Therapy and the role of the PTA in the field; as well as (3) Basic interview skills.

Special Admission Requirements for Medical Radiologic Technology
In addition to all PRCC regular admission requirements, the following must be in the Program Director’s office and complete by May 1st of the year that the application is being submitted.

1. Radiologic Technology Application form completed and returned.
2. Official High School Transcript.
3. Official College Transcripts (ALL).
4. Handwritten autobiography.
5. ACT scores - minimum composite score of 18.  Close attention will be paid to sectional scores or additional coursework must be accomplished to meet PRCC standards.
6. Personal interview with the Program Director.
7. Documented tour of a clinical radiology facility (signed statement by Chief Technologist)
8. High School Graduate or the equivalent.
9. Completion of the following with a grade of “C” or better; Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab., a math/science elective, and Oral Communication (SPT 1113).
Selection of students will be done by a committee which is composed of representatives from PRCC and Clinical Education Centers. Selection for these positions is competitive and based upon grades, ACT scores, and personal presentation. Students selected must provide a satisfactory physical exam form to include immunization records must be completed prior to beginning class.

Special Admission Requirements for Respiratory Care Practitioner
In addition to all of Pearl River Community College’s general admission requirements for a technical student, the Respiratory Care Practitioner program has specific additional program admission requirements as listed below:

  I. Applicants must have the following documents on file at the Forrest County Center by May 1 to be considered for admission to the Respiratory Care Practitioner program:

 A. A Pearl River Community College application for admission and an application to the program.
 B. An official high school transcript from an approved high school or GED equivalency score and official college transcript(s) if college work has been completed.  Only courses in the Respiratory Care Practitioner curriculum will be considered when computing grade point averages.
  1. The Respiratory Care Practitioner academic core courses used in computing grade point averages are listed below:
 
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
BIO 1513 (or higher) Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health 3
BIO 1511 (or higher) Anatomy and Physiology I Lab for Allied Health 1
BIO 1523 (or higher) Anatomy and Physiology II for Allied Health 3
BIO 1521 (or higher) Anatomy and Physiology II Lab for Allied Health 1
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
SPT 1113 Oral Communication 3
MAT 1313 College Algebra 3
Humanities Elective 3
TOTAL HOURS 24

  2. Academic standing of “probation” or “suspension” at other institutions is considered in the evaluation of the applicants.

  3. Completion of the Respiratory Care Practitioner academic core curriculum does not guarantee admission to the Respiratory Care Practitioner program.
 C. Students must furnish ACT scores.
  1. ACT score may be from the national administration of the test or the residual.
  2. Applicants who took the ACT prior to October 1989 will have their results converted to the Enhanced ACT scores.  (A score of 15 prior to October 1989 converts to an 18 on the Enhanced ACT.)

II Selection of students:

 A. Students having completed the majority of prerequisites will receive preference.  Students are selected based on the number of prerequisite courses successfully completed, ACT, GPA, and an interview.
 B. Selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview by the Respiratory Care Practitioner Admission Committee.
 C. Meeting the minimum requirements listed above does not guarantee any applicant admission to the Respiratory Care Practitioner program.
 D. Upon acceptance, the applicant must submit a college approved health form.
STUDENTS NOT SELECTED FOR ADMISSION MUST REAPPLY BEFORE MAY 1ST OF THE NEXT YEAR.

III. Transfer Students:
  A. Must meet all of the requirements for general admission and special Respiratory    Care Practitioner admission criteria.
 B. Must be eligible for immediate readmission to the college last attended.

IV All statements related to admission criteria or announcements of the present policies are subject to revisions.

Special Admission Requirements for Practical Nursing
1. The applicant must be at least 18 years of age by date of program completion.
2. The applicant must complete a Pearl River Community College application and a program application to the program for which they are applying.
3. The applicant must provide an official high school transcript indicating the date of graduation or official results of the GED, with a score of 40 on each part or an average score of 45 on all parts.
2. If an applicant has NOT graduated from an Accredited high school but has graduated from a Non-Accredited high school, the applicant must have 17 acceptable Carnegie units and a minimum composite score of 18 on the ACT.
5. All applicants must have an ACT score on file.
6. Applicants must provide ONE of the following:

 a. Students must have an ACT composite score of 16 with a 12 in math and reading, or 12 composite if taken before October 1989 with a 12 in math and reading; OR
 b. Students must have completed the following courses in the last five years and have received a 'C' or above: Human Growth & Development (EPY 2533); Anatomy & Physiology I & II (BIO 2513, BIO 2523); Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I & II (BIO 2511, BIO 2521); and Nutrition (FCS 1253).
7. Selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview by the interview committee. The basis for this selection will be the scores of GPA's on the criteria listed in number six. This committee will be composed of a PRCC faculty member (from the respective area), a career-technical counselor, and a designated representative from the primary clinical affiliates.
8. Applicants will be selected on the following basis: 
 Admission requirements ranking; High school transcript or GED ranking; Personal Interview.
9. For those applicants selected for admission, a physical is required. The applicant must submit a college approved health form completed and signed by a physician of the applicant's choice confirming that the applicant is in good health and possesses the required physical abilities to function satisfactorily within the program and the occupation. Drug screening will be a part of this examination.  This must be in the student’s program file prior to registration.
10.' Priority in student admission will be given to (1) district applicants, (2) out-of-district applicants, (3) out-of-state applicants.
11. 'Those applicants who are selected for admission must have evidence of being currently certified in American Heart Association CPR-C (Health Provider Course) by the day of registration.
12. 'Qualified applicants who are admitted to the class as alternates will be placed on a waiting list and may be selected to fill any vacancies that occur prior to the end of late registration.

Special Admission Requirements for Surgical Technology and Dental Assisting
1. The applicant must be at least 18 years of age by date of program completion.
2. The applicant must complete a Pearl River Community College application and a program application to the program for which they are applying.
3. The applicant must provide an official high school transcript indicating the date of graduation or official results of the GED, with a score of 40 on each part or an average score of 45 on all parts.
4. If an applicant has NOT graduated from an Accredited high school but has graduated from a Non-Accredited high school, the applicant must have 17 acceptable Carnegie units and a minimum composite score of 18 on the ACT.
5. All applicants must have an ACT score on file.
6. Applicants must provide ONE of the following:

 a. Students must have an ACT composite score of 16 with a 12 in math and reading, or 12 composite if taken before October 1989 with a 12 in math and reading; OR
 b. Students must have completed the following courses in the last five years and have received a 'C' or above: Human Growth & Development (EPY 2533); Anatomy & Physiology I & II (BIO 1513, BIO 1523); Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I & II (BIO 1511, BIO 1521); and Nutrition (FCS 1253).
 7. Selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview by the interview committee. The basis for this selection will be the scores of GPA's on the criteria listed in number six. This committee will be composed of a PRCC faculty member (from the respective area), a career-technical counselor, and a designated representative from the primary clinical affiliates.
8. Applicants will be selected on the following basis: 
 Admission requirements ranking; High school transcript or GED ranking; Personal Interview.
9. For those applicants selected for admission, a physical is required. The applicant must submit a college approved health form completed and signed by a physician of the applicant's choice confirming that the applicant is in good health and possesses the required physical abilities to function satisfactorily within the program and the occupation. Drug screening will be a part of this examination.  This must be in the student’s program file prior to registration.
10.' Priority in student admission will be given to (1) district applicants, (2) out-of-district applicants, (3) out-of-state applicants.
11. 'Those applicants who are selected for admission must have evidence of being currently certified in American Heart Association CPR-C (Health Provider Course) by the day of registration.
12. 'Qualified applicants who are admitted to the class as alternates will be placed on a waiting list and may be selected to fill any vacancies that occur prior to the end of late registration.

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