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Jackson’s major healthcare employers, such as the US Department of Veterans Affairs, are frequently in the market for newly minted nurses. Aspiring nurses have several different role options for launching their local nursing careers.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
CNAs achieve certification by attending a course at a community college or local private school, such as Virginia College in Jackson. This pathway requires a comparatively smaller investment of time and money to begin work as a nurse. The Jackson metropolitan area is home to roughly 3,500 certified nursing assistants who earn $21,000 per annum.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
LPNs must attain either a certificate or an associate’s degree in licensed practical nursing, then complete the NCLEX-PN national examination in order to gain licensure. Jackson’s 2,000 LPNs earn a median annual salary of roughly $37,000, an attractive return on a brief education of typically 12-18 months.

Registered nurse (RN)
Of all nursing roles, RNs enjoys the largest employment in Jackson, numbering nearly 8,000 in the greater metropolitan area. A registered nurse makes critical decisions regarding patient care and oversees the work of CNAs and LPNs under her supervision. Jackson’s RNs earn just under $60,000 per year on average. An advanced practice registered nurse, such as a nurse practitioner or anesthetist, can earn an annual salary of $95,000 or more.

To help those pursuing nursing employment in Jackson, we have compiled below a complete list of nursing schools and programs in the metropolitan area.

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Jackson nursing schools by NCLEX score

University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 North State Street | Jackson, Mississippi 39216
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Mississippi College
200 South Capitol Street | Clinton, Mississippi 39058
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hinds Community College
505 East Main Street | Raymond, Mississippi 39154
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.9% NCLEX pass rate (2006-07 through 2010-11)
Copiah-Lincoln Community College
1028 J C Redd Drive | Wesson, Mississippi 39191
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2006-07 through 2010-11)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Belhaven University
1500 Peachtree Street | Jackson, Mississippi 39202
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Mississippi Medical Center Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.2% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificates
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Mississippi College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.6% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hinds Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.5% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.9% 2006-07 to 2010-11
Copiah-Lincoln Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.3% 2006-07 to 2010-11
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.2% 2008 to 2012
Belhaven University RN-to-BSN Degree Completion