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 online universities, including Kaplan University, feature bachelor’s and master’s in nursing degree programs, providing convenience and flexibility for students.

Mississippi School Facts:

  • 17 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 7 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 6 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate*: Mississippi College 62%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Mississippi College 31%.1
  • Highest net price*: Mississippi College $14,443.1
  • Lowest net price*: Mississippi University for Women $8,948.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Mississippi with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $5,712 – $14,820.2
  • 1 school in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: University of Mississippi Medical Center (99).

Following are several profiles of the many undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in Mississippi.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Mississippi

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 in Mississippi

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 School of Nursing
Delta State 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.

Reviews of Mississippi Nursing Programs

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
51 Main St
Perkinston, MS 39573
(601) 928-5211

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 gives 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 a 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

University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Dr
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
(601) 266-5000

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

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=MS&major=nursing&sort=best