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The Mississippi healthcare sector employs approximately 50,000 nurses in several different types of roles. Both private and public employers are contributing to the rapid expansion of the nursing profession. Important employers within the state include the US Department of Veterans Affairs and Tenet Healthcare.

Roughly half of Mississippi’s nurses are employed as registered nurses (RNs). Another 15,000 work as nursing assistants, while licensed practical nurses number about 10,000. In addition, a few thousand nurses hold advanced degrees that enable them to serve as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). While all nurses are well paid, a substantial pay increase typically accompanies promotion into a senior role. For example, the median annual salary of a Mississippi RN is $55,000, while the state’s APRNs earn an average of $90,000 per year.

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To feed the growing demand for nurses, Mississippi offers a range of nursing programs at both public and private schools. Since they are subsidized by state funds, public colleges and universities offer a variety of certificate and degree programs at affordable tuition. These schools are well known by employers because they graduate a large number of the state’s nurses. However, many students benefit from the individual focus and small class sizes offered by private schools. Thanks to comprehensive financial assistance programs, prestigious private institutions like Mississippi College and William Carey University are within reach of most aspiring nurses.

To help Mississippi’s future nurses find the best school for their needs, we have put together a broad list of the state’s nursing colleges and universities. You’ll find them organized below by metropolitan area and class size.

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Jackson

Hinds Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 166 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 115 students during the 2010-11 period
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 108 students during the 2012 period
Mississippi College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 65 students during the 2012 period
Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 39 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2010-11 period
School Program Class size
Hinds Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 166 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 115 students
University of Mississippi Medical Center Bachelor of Science in Nursing 108 students
Mississippi College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 65 students
Copiah-Lincoln Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 39 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 32 students

Memphis suburbs

Northwest Mississippi Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 99 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90 students during the 2010-11 period
School Program Class size
Northwest Mississippi Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 99 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90 students

Other Mississippi cities

Mississippi University for Women
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 258 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 48 students during the 2012 period
University of Southern Mississippi
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 218 students during the 2012 period
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 168 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100 students during the 2010-11 period
Meridian Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 153 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 54 students during the 2010-11 period
William Carey University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 118 students during the 2012 period
Holmes Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 113 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 58 students during the 2010-11 period
Pearl River Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 103 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 46 students during the 2010-11 period
Itawamba Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 42 students during the 2010-11 period
Northeast Mississippi Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 48 students during the 2010-11 period
Alcorn State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 59 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period
Southwest Mississippi Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 57 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 39 students during the 2010-11 period
Delta State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 54 students during the 2012 period
Jones County Junior College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 52 students during the 2010-11 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 48 students during the 2012 period
Mississippi Delta Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 48 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 34 students during the 2010-11 period
East Central Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 41 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 24 students during the 2010-11 period
Coahoma Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 24 students during the 2010-11 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
East Mississippi Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 15 students during the 2010-11 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Mississippi University for Women Bachelor of Science in Nursing 258 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 48 students
University of Southern Mississippi Bachelor of Science in Nursing 218 students
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 168 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100 students
Meridian Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 153 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 54 students
William Carey University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 118 students
Holmes Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 113 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 58 students
Pearl River Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 103 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 46 students
Itawamba Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 90 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 42 students
Northeast Mississippi Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 82 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 48 students
Alcorn State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 59 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 25 students
Southwest Mississippi Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 57 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 39 students
Delta State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 54 students
Jones County Junior College Certificate in Practical Nursing 52 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 48 students
Mississippi Delta Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 48 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 34 students
East Central Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 41 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 24 students
Coahoma Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 24 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 20 students
East Mississippi Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 15 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 13 students