Generic RN Admission

The Generic RN program is a traditional educational program that offers four semesters of nursing courses toward a degree in Associate Degree Nursing. The LPN to RN Transition Program is an accelerated RN program for the LPN who has been practicing for at least one year. Students must be full-time after being admitted into the nursing program. Both program options are taught in a hybrid format meaning a method of delivery in which instruction occurs using both distance and traditional education methods of delivery.

Admission opportunities for the SMCC Associate Degree Generic RN Nursing Program are both Fall and Spring semesters. The application deadlines are:

  • Fall admission deadline: March 1st
  • Spring admission deadline: October 1st



Admissions Requirements

  1. Apply for regular admission and be accepted by Southwest MS Community College, Admissions Office, 1156 College Drive, Summit, MS, 39666.
  2. Submit an application to the Associate Degree Nursing Division, 1156 College Drive, Summit, MS, 39666, via notarized application.
  3. Submit official transcripts from high school, GED, and/or college for all college courses attempted to SMCC Admissions Office.
  4. An ACT composite score/superscore of at least 18 and grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 is required. All students are required to complete eleven (11) hours of pre-requisite college work with a grade of C or better:
    1. BIO 2511/2513 (Anatomy & Physiology I),
    2. BIO 2521/2523 (Anatomy & Physiology II),
    3. MAT 1313 (College Algebra) or higher math course.
  5. Complete the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) assessment test. The cost, date, time, and place of testing can be located at A score of 60 or higher is recommended. Study materials are located for purchase at the ATI website. The TEAS score must be current (within 2 years of application dealine).


 You can apply for the SMCC ADN Program here: ADN Application


All students are responsible for ensuring that all information pertaining to the admission process is completed by the designated application deadline.


TEAS Information

For those students planning to apply for admission to the LPN to RN Transition and Generic RN Associate Degree Nursing Program, you must take the TEAS as part of the admission process.  Time and dates are limited; therefore, early registration is recommended.


Acceptance Criteria

To be considered for acceptance into the ADN program, the applicant’s file in the ADN Office must be complete. Qualified applicants will be considered by the admissions committee on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

  1. TEAS score
  2. GPA of prerequisite courses
  3. ACT composite score
  4. Number of prerequisites taken at SMCC
  5. Residency
  6. Students who are entering a nursing program for the first time.

Students who have an ACT score of 21 or higher, 3.00 GPA on prerequisite courses, and have met all admission requirements may be considered for early admission.

The admission selection process is competitive. Enrollment in any given class is limited, and therefore selection for each class is based on available space, completion of admission requirements, and meeting the prioritized acceptance criteria. Completion of the application process and course work does not in itself guarantee admission to the ADN program.

Criminal background checks including fingerprinting (MS Code Section 43-11-13[5][6][iii]) may deny students access to clinical agencies and disqualify the student from participation in the program. Successful completion of the nursing program with the associate degree in nursing permits this student to submit an application to the National Council Licensure Examination for RN licensure. However, any disciplinary action, arrest, charge, addiction, or impairment may result in denial of licensure as a registered nurse.

Students selected for admission into the ADN program must submit proof of the following items: physical examination; Tdap vaccination; flu vaccination; two Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccinations or positive MMR titer; two Varicella (chicken pox) vaccinations or positive Varicella titer; TB skin tests (two-step) or Quantiferon blood test; negative drug screen as specified by the ADN Division; Hepatitis B Vaccine or signed declination statement; and a current American Heart Association Health Care Provider Course. All items should remain current for the full semester (August-December and January-May). Students admitted to any nursing courses must adhere to the current catalog policies and the ADN program of study.

Within two weeks following written notification of the applicant’s admission status, the applicant must present the signed notification letter to the ADN Admission Committee declaring intent to enter the next scheduled class. Failure to comply with this requirement negates the applicant’s priority status and vacancies will be filled based on available class slots using the acceptance criteria.