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PRCC nursing graduates do well on licensing exams

POPLARVILLE – Nursing students at Pearl River Community College did extremely well on state licensing examinations following their graduation in 2010.

The PRCC practical nursing class on the Poplarville campus scored a 100 percent passing rate, said Peggy Dease, PRCC director of nursing education. Fourteen students graduated in August and took the National Council Licensing Examination for practical nurses.

Seventy-two graduates of the PRCC associate degree nursing program ranked second in the state with a 94.44 percent passing rate on the National Council Licensing Examination for registered nurses.

“The program is strong,” Dease said. “The test measures the minimum safety quality they should have. The complexity of the testing was increased on both of the exams this year.”

The PRCC nursing education program has been accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission since 1987. The program is currently undergoing the routine reaccreditation process and will host members of the commission on a site visit next month.

Students in the practical nursing program complete the program in three semesters while the associate degree program takes four semesters.

For more information on either program, telephone 601 403-1017 or visit the PRCC web site

PRCC Dual Enrollment Nursing Graduates

Eight students who spent a year taking both high school and college courses received diplomas and practical nursing pins in ceremonies Dec. 13 at the Forrest County Center of Pearl River Community. The students enrolled in the practical nursing program at PRCC in August 2009 while completing their senior year of high school and then spent two semesters as full_time students at PRCC. They are, front row from left, Jennifer Danner of Hattiesburg, Emily Roby and B. Hope Sullivan, both of Petal, Ester Moriah Carpenter of Oak Grove; second row, Camela Shows, Jansen Wuisan, Patrick Dylan Paul and Joseph Kindel, all of Petal. All eight graduated with honors.

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