Get a Nursing Career as an RN or LPN in Mississippi

Campus-Based and Online Nursing Schools: Undergrad and Grad Degrees

Choosing a nursing school is the first major step along the pathway to a nursing career. In the list of 20 Mississippi nursing schools below are schools of all types: community colleges, 4-year colleges, and major medical center universities, as well as the full complement of degree programs as well.

Since 2002, when the Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce launched a “barriers to nursing” investigation in the state*, the number of nursing students and nurse educators has continued to rise. This bodes well for prospective students—here is a state that took early proactive action to amplify nursing education as a means to head off the nursing shortage.

So check out the lists of online and campus-based schools. If you find a waiting list explore a few more options. By far the most popular pathway to a nursing career in Mississippi is via the 2-year Associates degree available from most community and technical colleges.

The majority of nurses work in the major hospitals in the state, leaving rural nursing jobs desperately wanting. In states like Mississippi with great areas of rural communities this is a massive healthcare challenge. How do you get nurses to take a second look at rural community nursing jobs instead of exciting hospital positions?

Nursing loan repayment/scholarship programs for MS student nurses, a.k.a. cash incentives:

  • The Mississippi Undergraduate Rural Health Corps Loan/Scholarship Program aims to attract Associates degreed RNs to rural community nursing in exchange for student loan repayment or scholarship money. Programs like this help balance an otherwise critically imbalanced healthcare system.
  • The Mississippi Nursing Education Loan Scholarships program is a set of scholarship awards for various nursing degree levels: BSN, RN to BSN, Masters, and PhD. Eligible candidates may earn up to $8,000 in loan repayment in exchange for nursing service in a public health capacity, which could be rural-based.
  • Mississippi Nursing Teachers Stipend is offered to both Masters level Nurse Educators as well as PhD level educators. Eligible candidates must be licensed RNs in the state; may earn up to $24,000 in student loan repayment in return for teaching services in a Mississippi school of nursing.

Career and Educational Resources for Student Nurses in Mississippi

Use the Mississippi Board of Nursing as your go-to resource for official information related to the scope of nursing in MS.

  • Licensure and NCLEX exam info for LPNs, RNs, and APRNs
  • Licensure verification
  • Approved schools of nursing in MS
  • Scope of practice for Advanced Practice RNs
  • LPN scope of practice in MS
  • Information for new nursing school grads
  • and much more

The Mississippi Nurses Association is the leading membership organization for nurses in the state. This organization is a united voice and leading advocate for nursing practice and patient safety in all types of Mississippi healthcare facilities. Students are welcome members and as such have access to inside CE courses, educational events, conferences, industry news, and nursing scholarships and grants.

List of Accredited Campus-Based Nursing Schools in Mississippi

  • Alcorn State University
  • Copiah-Lincoln Community College
  • Delta State University
  • East Central Community College
  • Hinds Community College
  • Holmes Community College
  • Itawamba Community College
  • Jones County Junior College
  • Meridien Community College
  • Mississippi College
  • Mississippi Delta Community College
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  • Mississippi University for Women
  • Northeast Mississippi Community College
  • Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • Pearl River Community College
  • Southwest Mississippi Community College
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • William Carey University


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