Mississippi colleges and universities offer nursing school programs ranging from the certificate to doctoral level. Students may earn a certificate in practical nursing or an associate's degree as a general nurse in as little as two years. There are a number of nursing programs designed as bridge or transition programs that allow currently certified nurses to advance their careers or earn a specialization. All nursing programs include practical component, such as clinical experiences or internships.
East Mississippi Community College
East Mississippi Community College is a 2-year school in Scooba. This school offers a Certificate in Practical Nursing program that takes 12 months to complete. The curriculum combines classroom instruction with laboratory experience, and all students are required to attend full-time.
Hinds Community College
Hinds Community College in Raymond offers training for aspiring LPNs and RNs. The PN program prepares graduates to perform basic nursing procedures. The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program trains students in general nursing. Applicants may choose between two tracks: the generic option or the transition to RN option. Both tracks focus on professional behaviors, assessment, caring interventions and collaboration, but the transition program can be finished in one year and is only available to students who are already LPNs, physical therapists or paramedics.
Holmes Community College
Located in Goodman, Holmes Community College is a 2-year school offering a variety of options for potential nurses. The Certificate of Practical Nursing is offered at three campuses and may be completed in as little as three semesters. The ADN program takes two years to finish, which includes a summer session. The school also features a 12-month associate's program for students who are already LPNs. Courses include microbiology, pharmacology and management of nursing care. For those who wish to transfer to a 4-year school to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), there is also a pre-nursing program that allows students to take all prerequisite courses prior to transferring.
Itawamba Community College
Itawamba Community College is a public school in Fulton that serves five counties in Northeast Mississippi. The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program features a combination of nursing courses and clinical experiences. The 2-year curriculum includes courses in dosage and pharmacology, mental health nursing and family centered care.
Jones County Junior College
Jones County Junior College in Ellisville has program options that can prepare students to become LPNs or RNs. The PN certificate program can be finished in three semesters and requires 44 credits of coursework. The ADN program is designed for aspiring RNs and requires two years of study. In addition to general education courses, this degree program requires nursing courses in adult nursing, mental health nursing, maternal-child nursing and complex nursing.
Mississippi College in Clinton established its School of Nursing in 1969. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), as well as an RN to BSN track for current nurses who wish to earn a degree. The 4-year BSN program includes nursing courses in professionalism, pharmacology, health assessment, nursing theory and clinical practice. The RN to BSN track is available entirely online and takes full-time students about a year to complete.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is a 2-year school in Perkinston. There are three educational options for aspiring nurses. The PN diploma program takes four semesters to complete, with one of those semesters comprised of pre-requisite courses. The LPN to RN Mobility Track program is designed for LPNs who wish to prepare for the RN licensure examination. This transition program awards incoming students 14 credits for previous education. The 5-semester ADN program prepares students to become RNs and covers topics in client-centered care, evidence-based practice, safety, clinical-education and professionalism.
Northwest Mississippi Community College
Located in Southaven, Northwest Mississippi Community College is a 2-year school offering an ADN program. All students are subject to criminal background checks prior to beginning the program. In addition to general education courses, this 4-semester program includes courses in obstetrical nursing, pharmacology, medical-surgical nursing, pediatric nursing and psychiatric nursing.
Pearl River Community College
Pearl River Community College in Poplarville features a few nursing education options. The PN certificate program takes 12 months to complete and trains students in basic nursing skills, pharmacology and nutrition. The ADN program prepares students to become RNs. Students in the ADN program can finish it in five semesters, including one summer session. Coursework includes women's health, pediatric nursing, psychiatric/mental health nursing and medical/surgical nursing. Individuals who are already licensed as LPNs may enroll in the LPN to ADN program.
University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, located in Hattiesburg, was founded in 1910 and is commonly referred to as Southern Miss. The College of Nursing offers degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. The BSN program prepares students for entry-level careers in nursing and requires 128 credits. Once students complete the necessary general education requirements, they can finish the major coursework in five semesters. The school also has a bachelor's program designed for students who are already licensed as RNs.
Students in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program get to choose one of four specializations: adult gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and nurse executive. All specialization options except the nurse executive option are available online. These programs require anywhere from 34-48 credits of coursework and are offered in full- and part-time formats. Those who already have a master's degree can enroll in one of the certificate programs. The RN to MSN option is designed for RNs who have not yet completed a bachelor's program and plan on pursuing leadership positions in the field.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing programs are also available. The DNP program is intended for students who wish to pursue leadership positions in nursing and have already obtained a master's degree in nursing. The PhD in Nursing program is geared towards students with research interests and offers two track options. The BSN to PhD program option includes 60 credits of coursework and takes at least three years to finish. Students in the post-master's track option may be able to finish the program in two years.
According to the Mississippi Board of Nursing, all practicing nurses must have completed an approved educational program and passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) or a different examination as prescribed by the board. Individuals may choose to become Registered Nurses (RNs) or Licensed Practice Nurses (LPNs). LPNs typically only need a certificate to meet the education requirements, while RNs need at least a diploma or associate's degree.
All of the undergraduate programs listed prepare graduates for the NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN. Read on for more information about schools that offer nursing programs in Mississippi.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Nursing Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|East Mississippi Community College||2-year, public; remote rural||Certificate in Practical Nursing||$3,440 in-state; $6,440 out-of-state*|
|Hinds Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Career Certificate in Practical Nursing,
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
|$3,130 in-state; $6,170 out-of-state*|
|Holmes Community College||2-year, public; distant rural|| Certificate of Practical Nursing,
Associate Degree in Nursing,
|$3,110 in-state; $5,690 out-of-state*|
|Itawamba Community College||2-year, public; remote town||Associate of Applied Science in Nursing||$3,160 in-state; $5,360 out-of-state*|
|Jones County Junior College||2-year, public; distant town|| Vocational Certificate in Practical Nursing,
Associate in Arts in Nursing
|$3,480 in-state; $5,480 out-of-state*|
|Mississippi College||4-year, private, not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN),
RN to BSN Program
|Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College||2-year, public; distant rural|| Diploma in Practical Nursing,
LPN to RN Program,
Associate Degree in Nursing
|$3,670 in-state; $6,770 out-of-state*|
|Northwest Mississippi Community College||2-year, public; distant town||Associate of Arts in Nursing||$3,000 in-state; $5,400 out-of-state*|
|Pearl River Community College||2-year, public; remote rural|| Certificate in Practical Nursing,
Associate Degree in Nursing,
LPN to ADN Program
|$3,500 in-state; $5,898 out-of-state*|
|University of Southern Mississippi||4-year, public; small city|| Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
RN to BSN Program,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing,
Doctor of Nursing Practice,
PhD in Nursing
|$8,624 in-state; $10,624 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.