RN to BSN in Mississippi

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.

Featured Mississippi Nurse

Kristi Henderson DNP, NP-BC, FAEN
Chief Telehealth & Innovation Officer, Professor
School of Nursing, RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow, University of Mississippi Medical Center

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

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: July 15
  • Spring Semester: November 25
  • Prerequisite courses are available online.
  • ASN and MSN programs are also offered.
  • Option to continue on to complete Nurse Practitioner curriculum or certificate programs is available.
Campus and Online 1000 ASU Dr Ste 359
Alcorn State, MS 39096-7500

Belhaven University

$ 721 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Contact the Office of Admission at 1-800-960-5940

  • RN to BSN program is online only.
  • Traditional BSN program requires 134 credit hours to complete.
  • Recently updated campus clinical facilities are available to students.
Online 1500 Peachtree St
Jackson, MS 39202

Delta State University

$ 400 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Contact Robert E. Smith School of Nursing: 1-662-846-4255

  • The program requires campus both classes and online coursework.
  • Traditional BSN program, master’s and certificate curriculums are also offered.
Hybrid Hwy 8 West
Cleveland, MS 38733

Mississippi College

$ 508 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Contact Admissions Office: 1-601-925-3800

  • BSN program requires 133 credit hours.
  • RN to BSN program is offered exclusively online.
Online 200 South Capitol Street
Clinton, MS 39058

Mississippi University for Women

$ 189 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Contact Admissions Office: 1-877-462-8439

  • RN to BSN program requires both on campus classes and online coursework.
  • ASN, BSN, MSN and post-MSN programs are also offered.
  • The on-campus Nursing Learning Resource Center is available for student use.
Hybrid 1100 College Street
Columbus, MS 39701

University of Mississippi Medical Center

$ 292 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admission for RN to BSN Program

  • RN to BSN program is online and either full-time or part-time.
  • Graduate and doctoral programs in nursing are also offered.
  • Opportunities for experience in over 200 hospitals, health centers, doctor's offices, clinics and schools are available.
Online 2500 N State St
Jackson, MS 39216-4505

University of Southern Mississippi

$ 301 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: February 1
  • Spring Semester: September 1
  • RN to BSN Program is offered exclusively online.
  • Traditional 4-year BSN program, graduate and doctoral programs are also offered.
Online 118 College Drive # 0001
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

William Carey University

$ 360 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: February
  • Spring Semester: August
  • RN to BSN program requires both online coursework and on campus classes.
  • Students required to be on campus three times per term.
  • Traditional BSN program, a BSN/MBA program and a doctoral program in Nursing Education and Administration are also offered.
  • Drug screening and criminal background checks are required for admission.
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.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

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.

Practice & Care

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.

Interprofessional Care

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.

Contact Info

Wanda Jones

Executive Director
Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce

Rita Wray

Deputy Executive Director
Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Mississippi Action Coalition page and their Action Coalition Status Report (opens as PDF).

Mississippi Licensing

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.

licensure map

Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

Other State RNtoBSN Information