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Frequently Asked Questions

Campus: MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Interim Director of Nursing: Shelli Ely
For program information please call 816.604.4175.
Application period: For fall semester, the first Thursday in January through the third Thursday in January (4:30 p.m.). For spring, the first Thursday in August through the third Thursday in August (4:30 p.m.)

  1. What is the difference between the practical nursing and professional nursing programs?
    Our practical nursing program is a quick way to enter the nursing field. It is a one-year day program. Graduates receive certificates and are eligible to apply to take the licensing exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Our associate's degree professional nursing program (ADN) is a two-year program with a day and an evening/weekend option. Graduates receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science and are eligible to apply to take the licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Professional Nurses command higher salaries, have more opportunities for advancement and more responsibilities.
  2. How much time commitment is there?
    Our nursing program is rigorous and time intensive. You will be expected to attend four-six hours of class and approximately 16 hours of clinical a week. There is significant extra time required in preparation for class and clinicals. Consider this time commitment in advance of entering the program, and to discuss with your family and any employers.
  3. What kind of learning environment will I find at MCC?
    You'll experience a hands-on and interactive learning environment that is both supportive and challenging. We believe in a high-tech, yet holistic approach to health care.
  4. What is the difference between an ADN and a BSN?
    The ADN or Associate of Applied Science is a two-year degree. The BSN or Bachelor of Science is a four-year degree. We offer the ADN degree. Graduates of both types of nursing programs are eligible to apply to take the licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse in all fifty states. In addition, our degree can transfer, if you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree.
  5. What is the LPN-ADN Bridge Program?
    The LPN Bridge program is for LPNs who wish to continue their education and complete an ADN. Basically, it allows an LPN to get an ADN and RN exam eligibility with just one more year of study. There are specific admission requirements and a unique application for the LPN Bridge program.
  6. What about opportunities to earn a four-year degree?
    We've established transfer agreements with several local four-year colleges and universities, including the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Webster University. These agreements allow all of your Associate of Applied Science degree courses count toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
  7. Can I submit an application while I am working on my prerequisites?
    No, all admission requirements must be completed prior to making application to the program.
  8. What is the COMPASS?
    The COMPASS is the entrance examination required by Metropolitan Community College to test for readiness for college-level courses. Even if you have a degree from another college, you must take it. If your COMPASS scores are older than three years old, you must retake the exam.
  9. What if I don't get the required COMPASS scores?
    The purpose of the COMPASS is to ensure readiness for success in college courses, therefore if you are placed into developmental courses, you will need to complete those prior to applying to the nursing division.
  10. What is the TEAS?
    The TEAS is the entrance exam for our nursing program. TEAS stand for Test of Essential Academic Skills. It tests for essential skills in reading, science, math and English. It tests for skills essential for success in nursing school.
  11. How many times can I take the TEAS?
    Twice.
  12. How do I sign up to take the TEAS?
    Send an e-mail to pvtest@mcckc.edu to schedule an appointment to take the TEAS V test a MCC-Penn Valley Testing Center.
  13. How can I prepare for the TEAS V examination?
    Please go the ATI website at www.atitesting.com and shop the online store to find testing materials. ATI has a workbook and a sample online test.
  14. I took the TEAS examination at another school: can I use those scores?
    Yes. Please contact ATI or go to their online store to purchase your transcript and have it sent directly to MCC. We will only accept the transcript if it comes from ATI. The passing score for MCC is a total adjusted score of 51.3% on your first or second attempt.
  15. Should I submit my nursing program application early to improve my chances of admission?
    No, applications will only be accepted during the application periods for each semester.
  16. What if I am not admitted to the semester I apply for, do I have to reapply for the next semester?
    Yes, to be considered for the next semester you would need to reapply.
  17. I took the TEAS at another school, can I use those scores?
    Perhaps. You may request the testing company (Assessment Technologies, Inc.) to submit scores to the nursing division. We will review your results to determine if they meet our criteria.
  18. Which transcripts do I need to submit?
    Official transcripts from all colleges that you have attended should be sent to:

    Student Data Center
    3200 Broadway
    Kansas City, MO 64111
  19. Do I need to send you an official copy of my transcripts from the other MCC campuses?
    No, all classes taken in the MCC system are recorded on one transcript that we can access online.
  20. What if I have had a legal action against me in the past? Will that affect my ability to become an RN?
    Admission to and graduation from the nursing program does not ensure eligibility for state licensure, nor does it guarantee passing the licensure examination.

    Any candidate for licensure who has ever been charged or convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony will be required to submit documentation of the court proceedings for that charge or conviction to the State Board of Nursing in which licensure is sought. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is expected to file an application with the Missouri State Board of Nursing to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for the registered professional nurse. After successful completion of the examination, a license will be granted for the graduate to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Missouri. If the student has had a criminal conviction in the past, please contact the Nursing Division Chairperson. A conviction may delay or prevent the issuance of a license. For further information, refer to the Statues of Missouri found in the MCC-Penn Valley Associate Degree Nursing Program Student Handbook or on the web site of the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

    The Missouri State Board of Nursing will make the decision whether or not to allow an individual to take the licensure examination. Questions may be directed to:

    Missouri State Board of Nursing
    3650 Missouri Boulevard
    Jefferson City, MO 65102
  21. What kinds of training will I receive?

    You'll learn in the classroom and through hands-on work in our skills lab. You'll also complete clinical rotations at local hospitals and community health care facilities, such as Children's Mercy Hospital, Truman Medical Center – Hospital Hill and Lakewood, Research Hospital Belton, Research Medical Center, Research Psychiatric Center, St. Mary's Hospital of Blue Springs, St. Joseph Medical Center and Liberty Hospital

    You'll experience plenty of personal attention, in a hands-on, interactive learning environment that is encouraging and challenging.
  22. Is your program accredited?
    We meet the highest standards in the practical nursing field. Our program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, the major U.S. nursing school accrediting authority. To learn more, contact the League at 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326 Phone: 404.975.5000, Fax: 404.975.5020 or www.acennursing.com
Last Modified: 2/5/14