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Mississippi Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide will provide you with key information on the many nursing programs, including profiles of specific programs, offered in Mississippi. The colleges and universities in Mississippi make it easy for future nurses to concentrate in their particular area of interest with specialties in psychiatric mental health, adult gerontology, nurse educator, adult gerontology acute care, and nursing and health care administrator. In addition to traditional nursing programs, many schools feature either partially- or fully-online bachelor’s and master’s in nursing degree programs, providing convenience and flexibility for students.

Schools with Nursing Programs

  • 17 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 8 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 4 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • 3 schools ranked in US News Best Nursing Graduate Schools in 2017 for Master’s in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs: Delta State University (#188, MSN; DNP not ranked), Mississippi State University for Women (#115, MSN; #131, DNP), University of Southern Mississippi (#115, MSN; #113, DNP).

Institutional Facts for Schools with Nursing Programs

  • Highest graduation rate: University of Mississippi 61%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: Northeast Mississippi Community College 35%.1
  • Highest net price: Mississippi College $16,017.1
  • Lowest net price: Pearl River Community College $1,649.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Mississippi with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $10,003 – $16,418.2

Following you will find more in-depth information about the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in Mississippi.

Schools in Mississippi with Nursing Degrees

Associate’s in Nursing Programs

Alcorn State University
Alcorn State University offers an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) that can be completed in five semesters of full-time study. A fast-track option is also available for licensed practical nurses which can be completed in three semesters. On either track, the ASN is designed to develop critical thinking and skills for safe, effective nursing care. In addition to academic courses, students complete clinical and virtual laboratories as well as real-world clinical placements to gain hands-on experience in nursing care. Alcorn State also maintains programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) on its Natchez campus. All three nursing programs at Alcorn State are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Southwest Mississippi Community College
Southwest Mississippi Community College (SMCC) awards an associate degree in nursing that requires 70 semester hours to complete for first-time nursing students and 57 credit hours to complete for licensed practical nurses pursuing the LPN to RN bridge option. Admission to the program is competitive and is based on such factors as the student’s GPA, ACT composite score, and score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Graduates are prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and begin entry-level careers as registered nurses. For those who are not yet prepared to enter an associate’s degree program, SMCC also offers a practical nursing diploma program that can be completed in 12 months.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs

University of Southern Mississippi
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the University of Southern Mississippi must take 128 credits to fulfill degree requirements. The program is divided into two parts: 59 credits cover prerequisites in the liberal arts and 69 credits focus on nursing curriculum. Nursing classes are diverse and include population-focused nursing, pharmacology, complex conditions across the lifespan, pathophysiology, and professional nursing concepts. Mandatory labs provide the opportunity for hands-on experience in a supervised setting. Clinical rotations are also a requirement with nursing majors working at affiliated medical facilities. All applicants must take the Kaplan Admissions Test to be considered for admission.

Mississippi College
Mississippi College’s four-year undergraduate nursing program leads to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Students spend the first two years of the program completing general college requirements in English, math, science, and history. The remaining two years are dedicated to the nursing curriculum which focuses on pharmacology, health assessment, nursing management, and community health nursing. Nursing majors will gain real world experience through mandatory clinical practicums. Academically eligible students may want to apply for membership to Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society for nursing students. Current registered nurses may want to consider the nursing department’s RN to BSN program.

Master’s in Nursing Programs

University of Mississippi
The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares graduate students for advanced nursing positions. Students can concentrate in one of six areas: adult gerontology acute care, family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology nurse practitioner, nurse educator, nursing and health care administrator, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Full-time and part-time study are permitted. Graduate students, depending on the concentration, may be required to participate in a clinical practicum for as many as 360 hours. Successful applicants must possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), either hold or be eligible for a registered nurse’s license, and must submit GRE scores.

Delta State University
Delta State University’s School of Nursing features a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with graduate students choosing from one of six concentrations: nursing administration, nursing education, family nurse practitioner, gerontology nurse practitioner, adult psychiatric/mental health nursing practitioner, and family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. Students must complete between 42 and 48 credits, depending on the concentration, to fulfill degree requirements. The MSN program generally takes two years to complete. In addition to in-classroom coursework, nursing students must complete a practicum and either a thesis or a research project. Graduate students may be eligible for one of several dozen scholarships, which can help defray educational costs.

NCLEX Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Nursing Schools in Mississippi

The following table allows you to easily compare not-for-profit Mississippi nursing schools on a variety of factors. Click on the arrows in the top row to sort the table. In addition to seeking a program that leads to licensure in your desired area of nursing, it’s advisable to consider accreditation as a factor in your decision. If you are considering education beyond the associate’s level, know that a degree from a school that holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a common requirement for admission to master’s degree, ADN/LVN and RN to BSN, and specialized certificate programs. You should also check to ensure that the school you are considering is approved or accepted by the Mississippi Board of Nursing (http://www.msbn.ms.gov/Pages/NursingPrograms.aspx) or the Mississippi Community College Board (http://www.sbcjc.cc.ms.us/default.aspx).

School ADN or LVN Program BSN Program Graduate Nursing Program ACEN/CCNE Accredited* NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rate** Number Taking NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate*** Number Taking Net Price****
Alcorn State University Yes Yes Yes ACEN N/A N/A 52.27% N/A $14,237
Belhaven University No Yes No CCNE N/A N/A N/A N/A $15,527
Coahoma Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 90.91% N/A $2,449
Copiah-Lincoln Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 94.12% N/A $3,795
Delta State University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A N/A N/A $12,883
East Central Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 81.82% N/A $5,345
East Mississippi Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 92.86% N/A $5,499
Hinds Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 87.91% N/A $4,502
Holmes Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 92.85% N/A $5,231
Itawamba Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 93.41% N/A $6,070
Jones County Junior College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 100% N/A $6,291
Meridian Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 92.78% N/A $6,888
Mississippi College No Yes No CCNE N/A N/A 92.73% N/A $16,017
Mississippi Delta Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 96% N/A $3,098
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 98.17% N/A $6,655
Mississippi University for Women Yes Yes Yes ACEN/CCNE

N/A N/A 93.02% N/A $10,930
Northeast Mississippi Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 92.86% N/A $7,134
Northwest Mississippi Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 88.68% N/A $6,547
Pearl River Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 86.81% N/A $1,649
Southwest Mississippi Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 92.75% N/A $5,599
University of Mississippi Medical Center No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 100% N/A $14,918
University of Southern Mississippi No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 95.89% N/A $12,055
William Carey University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 94.64% N/A $15,026

*The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits ADN/ASN/BSN programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits BSN/MSN/DNP programs.4,5
**NCLEX-PN pass rates have not been made available by the Mississippi Community College Board.6 You can research the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
***NCLEX-RN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
****The National Center for Education Statistics calculates net price from the total estimated cost of attendance, including includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses, for in-state students minus the average financial aid award (such as grants and scholarships).

Student Reviews

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Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
51 Main St
Perkinston, MS 39573
(601) 928-5211
https://www.mgccc.edu/

Student Review: “MGCCC provides a top of the line Nursing program for those who want to work in the local area hospitals as a Registered Nurse. The program is not as challenging as people state it is but is demanding in terms of your time and effort/devotion to the class. Students in the program are allowed to the hospitals on clinicals which give them a way to tour departments of the hospital and see what each department provides, along with a way to ask any questions you might have to those who work in said departments. The program made well and sure students would be able to be successful in their future endeavors as an RN and left no students behind. I personally would recommend this class to anyone in the area wanting to be a nurse.” – Student at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
stars-5

University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Dr
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
(601) 266-5000
https://www.usm.edu/

Student Review: “I attended the nursing program at The University of Southern Mississippi the semester after Hurricane Katrina. It was a really tragic time. It definitely colored my experience, I’m sure. From what I remember nursing school was an uphill battle (confusing lectures with unreal expectations from staff without enough direction). I hated every second of it, but it’s also one of my proudest achievements. Despite all of those obstacles in my way I not only completed all of the required courses, I graduated. The entire time I was enrolled in nursing school it felt like I was in complete survival mode. In between commuting (almost an hour one way), being in a constant state of confusion over assignments, and recovering from the worst hurricanes the Gulf Coast had seen in decades, it still amazes me that I made it through. Even after I graduated I quickly found out there was still a lot more for me to learn. Either way, I’m glad I did it. I’m even gladder it’s over.” – Student at the University of Southern Mississippi
stars-3

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report Best Nursing Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/search?program=top-nursing-schools
3. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=MS&major=nursing&sort=best
4. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
5. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs
6. Mississippi Board of Nursing: http://www.mississippi.edu/nursing/downloads/annual_report_2014.pdf