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Mississippi’s healthcare providers are in short supply for registered nurses (RNs). The state’s aspiring RNs have two options for prelicensure education: a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Both programs prepare students to pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination. However, the ADN program is a faster pathway to nursing employment, and it keeps open the possibility of further education (e.g., an RN-to-BSN completion program) at a later date.

Education pathways
New entries into the nursing field may enroll in a traditional two-year ADN program. Those who already work as LPNs may instead select a one-year bridge program. Over 15 schools in Mississippi offer ADN programs, including the state’s broad network of community colleges. Many schools offer evening or weekend courses for students with significant work commitments or long commutes.

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Employment prospects
Mississippi’s newly minted RNs will join an excellent labor market. The state employs over 27,000 RNs, with demand from local healthcare providers significantly outpacing supply. Mississippi RNs earn a median annual salary of $55,000; top performers can earn in excess of $65,000 per year. A number of the state’s employers are currently hiring new RNs, including the Department of Veterans Affairs and several private healthcare clinics.

To help Mississippi’s aspiring RNs better understand their options, we have identified a comprehensive list of the state’s ADN programs. You’ll find them organized below by major metropolitan area.

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Jackson

Hinds Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Copiah-Lincoln Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Hinds Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.5% 2008 to 2012
Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.2% 2008 to 2012

Memphis suburbs

Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Northwest Mississippi Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.3% 2008 to 2012

Other Mississippi cities

East Mississippi Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Pearl River Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mississippi Delta Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Northeast Mississippi Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Holmes Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mississippi University for Women
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southwest Mississippi Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
East Central Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Meridian Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Jones County Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Itawamba Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Coahoma Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Alcorn State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
East Mississippi Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 100.0% 2012 to 2012
Pearl River Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.9% 2008 to 2012
Mississippi Delta Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.4% 2008 to 2012
Northeast Mississippi Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.2% 2008 to 2012
Holmes Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.9% 2008 to 2012
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.3% 2008 to 2012
Mississippi University for Women
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.7% 2008 to 2012
Southwest Mississippi Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.3% 2008 to 2012
East Central Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.6% 2008 to 2012
Meridian Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.2% 2008 to 2012
Jones County Junior College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.3% 2008 to 2012
Itawamba Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.8% 2008 to 2012
Coahoma Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.6% 2008 to 2012
Alcorn State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.8% 2008 to 2012