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There are many educational pathways available in Mississippi for those pursuing employment in the nursing sector. Nursing salaries in the state range from $20,000 to $150,000 annually, depending on position. Each nursing role has its own educational and testing requirements, which we’ve detailed further below.

Nursing assistant
Becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA) is possible through a brief course at a community college or local private school. All schools promise small class sizes and personalized teaching, to ensure that students are fully familiarized with the practical aspects of the CNA role. Mississippi currently boasts a total of 15,000 CNAs, and with demand for nurses expected to increase, this number is likely to continue rising.

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Licensed practical nurse
A number of community colleges offer programs leading to qualification as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Mississippi. Students can choose to follow either a certificate or associate’s degree path, with the latter requiring a longer two-year course of study. To attain licensure upon completion of their studies, LPN candidates must pass the NCLEX-PN national examination.

Registered nurse
A registered nurse (RN) makes independent patient care decisions and is responsible for overseeing the work of CNAs and LPNs. Approximately 15 RN licensure programs are offered by colleges and universities in Mississippi; these programs confer either an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree upon completion. RN candidates are required to pass the NCLEX-RN national examination before beginning work. The median salary for an RN in the state currently stands at $55,000.

To support those considering a career path in nursing, we have compiled below a list of accredited nursing schools in Mississippi.

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Jackson

Belhaven University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Copiah-Lincoln Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hinds Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mississippi College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
School City Programs offered
Belhaven University Jackson
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wesson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hinds Community College Raymond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mississippi College Clinton
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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

Memphis suburbs

Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Mississippi cities

Alcorn State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Coahoma Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delta State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
East Central Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
East Mississippi Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Holmes Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Itawamba Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jones County Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Meridian Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mississippi Delta Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mississippi University for Women
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northeast Mississippi Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Pearl River Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southwest Mississippi Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Southern Mississippi
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
William Carey University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Alcorn State University Alcorn State
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Coahoma Community College Clarksdale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delta State University Cleveland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
East Central Community College Decatur
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
East Mississippi Community College Scooba
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Holmes Community College Goodman
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Itawamba Community College Fulton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jones County Junior College Ellisville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Meridian Community College Meridian
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mississippi Delta Community College Moorhead
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mississippi University for Women Columbus
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northeast Mississippi Community College Booneville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Pearl River Community College Poplarville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southwest Mississippi Community College Summit
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
William Carey University Hattiesburg
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion