There are currently about 54,000 nurses working in healthcare facilities throughout Mississippi; nurses will find the most opportunities in Jackson, Gulfport-Biloxi, Hattiesburg and Pascagoula, the most highly populated areas. Nurses earn salaries close to the national average, starting at $21,000 annually for nursing assistants and $36,000 for practical/vocational nurses. Registered nurses make $56,000 annually, and nurse practitioners top the list at $96,000 per year.
Mississippi is currently expanding its healthcare options to include telemedicine, which has become common in many national pharmacy chains. The state is also looking to add this service in workplaces and nursing homes, giving nurses even more employment opportunities. The state of Mississippi is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), giving nurses who obtain a license in the state the ability to work in 23 other states.
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- Transfer up to 90 credits toward the BSN, with a minimum of 30 credits completed at SNHU
- Complete your undergraduate degree at your own pace, over six 9-week terms per year
- Accelerated learning. Earn your BSN in as little as one year.
- Increase your earning potential. RNs with BSNs earn 43% more than those without a bachelor's degree according to the Nurses Journal.
- Free iPad. All students receive an iPad to access classes from anywhere.
- Learn from a top nursing school. Sacred Heart University is recognized by U.S. News as a top university.
- Build upon existing education. You can transfer up to 90 credits from previous college courses.
- Get support on your schedule. Sacred Heart's classes are designed for working RNs and provide one-on-one support to online students.
- Ultimate flexibility. Capella's signature FLEXPATH curriculum lets you learn at your pace, maintain a full-time job and apply knowledge in the field immediately.
- Simple, affordable tuition. You can earn your MSN in as little as 12 to 18 months and pay a flat tuition rate every 12 weeks, no matter how many classes you take.
- Personalized support. Capella focuses on student success with FlexPath coaches, instructors and tutors every step of the way.
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For all the RN's out their considering a BSN, I say 'Go for it.' I am an advocate for lifelong learning and a BSN degree can serve as a pivotal point in your career, opening new opportunities that will allow you to have a bigger impact on the health of the people you serve.
RN-to-BSN Programs in Mississippi
We have compiled a comprehensive listing of Mississippi’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.
Alcorn State University
$ 266 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Campus and Online|| 1000 ASU Dr Ste 359 |
Alcorn State, MS 39096-7500
$ 721 per credit hour
Contact the Office of Admission at 1-800-960-5940
| ||School Website||Online|| 1500 Peachtree St |
Jackson, MS 39202
Delta State University
$ 400 per credit hour
Contact Robert E. Smith School of Nursing: 1-662-846-4255
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| Hwy 8 West |
Cleveland, MS 38733
$ 508 per credit hour
Contact Admissions Office: 1-601-925-3800
| ||School Website||Online|| 200 South Capitol Street |
Clinton, MS 39058
Mississippi University for Women
$ 189 per credit hour
Contact Admissions Office: 1-877-462-8439
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| 1100 College Street |
Columbus, MS 39701
University of Mississippi Medical Center
$ 292 per credit hour
Rolling Admission for RN to BSN Program
| ||School Website||Online|| 2500 N State St |
Jackson, MS 39216-4505
University of Southern Mississippi
$ 301 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Online|| 118 College Drive # 0001 |
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
William Carey University
$ 360 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| 498 Tuscan Ave |
Hattiesburg, MS 39401-5499
Please contact the RN to BSN program in Mississippi that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Mississippi that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!
State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths
The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Mississippi has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Mississippi is actively progressing on this front.
- Practice & Care
- Interprofessional Care
What is being done to increase the number of Mississippi RN’s with a BSN?
No specific plans announced.
Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?
Yes. RN to MSN Programs.
What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?
The AC is working to identify barriers to nursing leadership and promoting a menu of development opportunities.
Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?
Yes. Coalition organizations have worked with Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure to improve patient access to care.
Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?
No specific plans announced.
Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?
The AC recently developed a strategic model for addressing this concern in the future.
How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?
The AC aims to Increase the number of African Americans by 10% in the nursing student population. They are launching targeted recruitment and mentoring programs.
What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?
No specific plans announced.
Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce
Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration
Source: Campaign for Action
Mississippi is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). If you move to another state participating in the NLC (pictured in green), you can practice without getting a new license. For licensing information, visit the Mississippi Department of Health and Human Services.
Nursing Employment Outlook
Nursing Supply and Demand Projections
What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities
Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.
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Phone: (601) 898-0670
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