All 12 students enrolled in East Mississippi Community College’s new LPN to RN Transitions Track program graduated from the college’s Licensed Practical Nurse program. Here is a list of the students, their hometowns and the year they graduated from the LPN program. They are, sitting, from left: Kelly Butler of Columbus (2016); Adrianna Sykes of Columbus (2016); Monique Bradshaw of West Point (2002); Kimberly Rogers of Pheba (2014); April Junkin of Steens (2008); Tyler West of Starkville (2009); Heather Reed of Steens (2006); Ashley Pollard of West Point (2014); Jessica Smith of Hamilton (2014); Gretchen Neal of Columbus (2014); Patricia Reeves of Columbus (2015); and Jessica Young of Starkville (2012). Instructors are, standing, from left: Eljenette West, MSN, RN; Terasa Harpole, MSN RN; Karen Taylor, MSN, RN; Director of Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Tonsha Emerson, DNP, RN, CNE; Suzy Tillett, MSN, RN; and Jenny Caldwell, MSN, RN.
All 12 students enrolled in East Mississippi Community College’s new LPN to RN Transitions Track program graduated from the college’s Licensed Practical Nurse program. Here is a list of the students, their hometowns and the year they graduated from the LPN program. They are, sitting, from left: Kelly Butler of Columbus (2016); Adrianna Sykes of Columbus (2016); Monique Bradshaw of West Point (2002); Kimberly Rogers of Pheba (2014); April Junkin of Steens (2008); Tyler West of Starkville (2009); Heather Reed of Steens (2006); Ashley Pollard of West Point (2014); Jessica Smith of Hamilton (2014); Gretchen Neal of Columbus (2014); Patricia Reeves of Columbus (2015); and Jessica Young of Starkville (2012). Instructors are, standing, from left: Eljenette West, MSN, RN; Terasa Harpole, MSN RN; Karen Taylor, MSN, RN; Director of Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Tonsha Emerson, DNP, RN, CNE; Suzy Tillett, MSN, RN; and Jenny Caldwell, MSN, RN.
MAYHEW — Twelve graduates of East Mississippi College’s Licensed Practical Nursing program are returning to the college this semester as enrollees in the newly created LPN to RN Transitions Track program, which will allow them to become registered nurses.

“Every one of the students in the program graduated from here,” said EMCC Director of Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Tonsha Emerson, who taught five of the returning students. “We are really excited to give our students this opportunity to return home and further their education.”

EMCC offers an LPN program that takes three semesters to complete and an Associate’s Degree Nursing, or generic registered nursing, program that takes two years to complete. The LPN to RN Transitions Track program is for LPN graduates who want to complete the Associate Degree Nursing program.

The first LPN to RN class starts Aug. 13 at the beginning of EMCC’s fall term. The last, and only other, time the course was offered at EMCC was during the 1980-81 school year.

Students who earned their LPN certificate from any accredited college or university can apply to enter the program. It just so happens that all of the students graduated from EMCC, many of them years ago.

A July 25 orientation day for the new students was like a homecoming for many of the students as they hugged teachers, and in some cases classmates, they had not seen in a long time.

“Every one of the students has had interaction with at least two of the instructors here at some point in time,” Associate Degree Nursing instructor Karen Taylor said. “They are familiar with the hospitals and facilities where we do our clinicals and they are all practicing nurses so they know the lingo. This is going to be good.”

The first semester will consist primarily of online classes, with a few days in class for testing and work in the labs.

Emerson said there has been a growing interest among students for an LPN to RN program at EMCC to help meet the demand among employers for more registered nurses.

“We are focusing on addressing the needs in our community while helping our students obtain their educational goals,” Emerson said.