Eliza Farish Pillars was born in Jackson, Mississippi and pursued her nursing career at the Jackson Infirmary Charity Hospital, which is now known as St. Dominic Hospital. She became the first African American registered nurse employed by the Mississippi State Board of Heath in 1926, and the Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi organization (formerly the Colored Registered Nurses Club) was named in her honor.

Throughout the Magnolia State, nurses of many different skin tones can be found in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, hospice facilities and outpatient clinics, using their skills to treat illness and injury alike. If it’s your goal to be among their ranks, we’re here to help you learn what you need to do in order to become a nurse in Mississippi.

Best Nursing Schools in Mississippi

To help prospective nurses make an educated decision on a nursing school in Mississippi, we’ve created two separate rankings of the best nursing schools in the state. One ranking is for undergraduates while the other one is intended for graduates. To create these rankings, we used data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, or IPEDS. For more details on our ranking methodology, visit the bottom of this page.

Our rankings are more than just a number. The data we display can help prospective nurses to learn about the acceptance rate, tuition and fees, number of programs offered, and other relevant factors of these Mississippi nursing schools. Every student’s needs are different, and comparing these schools is important for deciding which schools are best for you.

Our undergraduate and graduate rankings for nursing schools in Mississippi are as follows:

01
Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$2,390
Undergraduate graduation rate
36%
Undergraduate retention rate
62%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
89%
02
Hinds Community College
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$2,640
Undergraduate graduation rate
22%
Undergraduate retention rate
63%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
90%
03
Coahoma Community College
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$2,450
Undergraduate graduation rate
27%
Undergraduate retention rate
62%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
99%
04
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$2,800
Undergraduate graduation rate
32%
Undergraduate retention rate
61%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
90%
05
Holmes Community College
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$2,230
Undergraduate graduation rate
29%
Undergraduate retention rate
55%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
90%
06
East Mississippi Community College
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$2,400
Undergraduate graduation rate
44%
Undergraduate retention rate
71%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
86%
07
Alcorn State University
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$5,269
Undergraduate graduation rate
31%
Undergraduate retention rate
72%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
92%
08
Mississippi Delta Community College
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$2,620
Undergraduate graduation rate
31%
Undergraduate retention rate
51%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
96%
09
Itawamba Community College
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$2,500
Undergraduate graduation rate
40%
Undergraduate retention rate
69%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
96%
10
Mississippi University for Women
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$5,965
Undergraduate graduation rate
46%
Undergraduate retention rate
59%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
100%
01
William Carey University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
4
Graduate Tuition
$8,400
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
4
02
University of Mississippi
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
3
Graduate Tuition
$7,644
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
3
03
University of Southern Mississippi
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
3
Graduate Tuition
$7,549
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
1
04
Mississippi University for Women
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Graduate Tuition
$5,965
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0
05
Alcorn State University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Graduate Tuition
$5,269
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
1
06
Delta State University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Graduate Tuition
$6,298
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
2

Nursing Accreditation in Mississippi

Finding accredited nursing schools in Mississippi is an important step for nursing students to take. A student at an accredited school is able to transfer credits and apply for financial aid opportunities that a student at an unaccredited school may not be able to. Furthermore, some employers look specifically for an accredited school background when hiring, and may pass over candidates who attended an unaccredited school.

The major nursing school accreditation agencies in Mississippi include the following:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • State of Mississippi Institute of Higher Learning

Mississippi Nursing Licensure

Students who would like to become licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in Mississippi must complete an LPN program, which usually takes one year full-time or two years part-time. Upon completion, they are required to pass the NCLEX-PN exam.

Registered nurses (RNs) in Mississippi must earn an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN). They must then pass their own version of the NCLEX exam: the NCLEX-RN.

RNs who wish to take their careers to the next level and work as certified nurse practitioners (CNPs) are required to complete a graduate nursing degree program and pass the national NP certification exam.

Mississippi Nursing Organizations

There are several Mississippi nursing organizations that exist to benefit and empower nursing students and working nurses in the state. Let’s take a closer look at what some of these organizations are.

  • Mississippi Nurses Association (MNA):

    MNA is committed to becoming a strong voice for nurses in Mississippi. This organization hosts a variety of events, activities, programs, workshops and collaborations, including the Statewide Nursing Summit, which brings together nursing organizations across Mississippi.

  • Mississippi Nurses Foundation (MNF):

    MNF was established by the MNA in 1982. Its purpose is to raise charitable donations to promote nursing and improve healthcare in Mississippi. They perform fundraisers, disperse financial aid and sponsor continuing nursing education.

  • Mississippi Association of Nurse Practitioners (MANP):

    MANP is an organization that is wholly dedicated to nurse practitioners. Their partnership with Global Training Institute allows them to educate and train NPs, and they also present opportunities for political representation, conferences, meetings and continuing education.

MISSISSIPPI-SPECIFIC CONTINUING EDUCATION

Continuing education requirements are the same for RNs and LPNs in Mississippi. Both types of nurses must complete 20 contact hours every two years.

On the other hand, CNPs are required to maintain national certification requirements, which you can learn more about on our Nurse Practitioner page. They must also complete 40 contact hours every two years, at least two hours of which must be directly related to the prescription of controlled medications.

For more information on continuing education requirements for Mississippi nurses, visit this resource.

Hospitals in Mississippi

Mississippi is home to a number of hospitals. This is good news for entry-level nurses, who may be able to earn hands-on experience in the field from these facilities, as well as for experienced nurses, who may be able to build long-lasting careers at these locations. The state’s three largest hospitals include:

  • University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson): This is the only academic health science center in the state of Mississippi. In addition to its many healthcare studies and facilities, it includes health science schools for medicine, nursing, dentistry, health-related professions, graduate studies, population health, and pharmacy.
  • North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo (Tupelo): The North Mississippi Medical Center at Tupelo serves counties in both north Mississippi and northwest Alabama. It offers a variety of acute diagnostic and therapeutic services, and it also allows patients to have healthcare appointments with distant providers through a series of Telehealth sites, which are staffed by nurses.
  • Baptist Medical Center (Jackson): Since its inception in 1911, Baptist Medical Center has served Mississippi as a Christian-based, nonprofit, comprehensive medical center. A wide array of services for cancer, cardiovascular health, diabetes, gastroenterology, neuroscience, orthopedics and other specialties are available at this hospital.
Sources & Methodology

Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we ranked 6,758 United States institutions with two different methodologies, in order to create two different lists: our undergraduate list and our graduate list. Final data for the 2016-17 school year was used for these rankings. (Schools that did not provide data for all 11 criteria were disqualified from the ranking.)

The 11 criteria for the undergraduate school ranking were as follows:

  1. Number of associate-level degree programs offered to nursing-related majors
  2. Number of associate-level nursing-related degree programs offered via distance education
  3. Variety of associate-level nursing-related degree programs offered
  4. Tuition
  5. Retention rate
  6. Graduation rate
  7. Average amount of federal grant aid awarded to full-time first-time undergraduates
  8. Percent of full-time first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
  9. Credit offerings (Military, Dual, Life Experience, AP)
  10. Services (Career Counseling, Placement Services)
  11. Availability of tuition plans (Guaranteed, Prepaid, Payment, Other)

The graduate school ranking scored schools based on 9 criteria, different from the undergraduate list. These 9 criteria were as follows:

  1. Number of master’s-level degree programs offered to nursing-related majors
  2. Number of master’s-level nursing-related degree programs offered via distance education
  3. Variety of master’s-level nursing-related degree programs offered
  4. Tuition
  5. Retention rate
  6. Graduation rate
  7. Credit offerings (Military, Dual, Life Experience, AP)
  8. Services (Career Counseling, Placement Services)
  9. Availability of tuition plans (Guaranteed, Prepaid, Payment, Other)

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools’ tuition amounts are based on 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

 

Sources

  1. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed January 2018, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
  2. Walking in Their Footsteps: Eliza Farish Pillars, NHMS Unlimited Film Productions, Accessed August 2018, https://blackhistoryplus.com/walking-in-their-footsteps-eliza-farish-pillars/
  3. Administrative Code: Mississippi Board of Nursing, Mississippi Board of Nursing, Accessed August 2018, http://www.msbn.ms.gov/Documents/AdministativeCode.pdf
  4. Mississippi Nurses Association, Accessed August 2018, https://www.msnurses.org
  5. Mississippi Nurses Foundation, Accessed August 2018, https://msnursesfoundation.com/
  6. Mississippi Association of Nurse Practitioners, Accessed August 2018, https://www.msanp.org/
  7. University of Mississippi, The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Accessed August 2018, https://www.umc.edu/UMMC
  8. American Hospital Directory, Accessed August 2018, https://www.ahd.com/
  9. North Mississippi Medical Center, Accessed August 2018, http://www.nmhs.net/
  10. Baptist Health Systems, Accessed August 2018, http://mbhs.org/

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