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Registered nurses (RNs) fill a wide variety of fundamental roles in the healthcare system. They plan, implement, and assess individualized care for patients, while also teaching and supervising a team of other nurses and support staff. This high level of responsibility has made RNs in high demand. If you aspire to become an RN, you can choose to pursue either an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), each of which has its respective advantages.

Associate’s degree in nursing
The associate’s degree in nursing program usually takes two years to complete. There are also special one-year programs available for existing LPNs. Over 15 schools across Mississippi offer associate’s degree in nursing programs, some of which include online courses in addition to traditional on-campus learning. Earning an ADN is the faster way to launch a career as an RN. Many RNs choose this option to get started in nursing, then pursue higher levels of education after establishing their careers.

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Bachelor of science in nursing
Traditional bachelor’s degree programs take four years to complete. There are also accelerated programs available for students who are already licensed practical nurses or registered nurses. The bachelor of science in nursing program builds upon the knowledge gained in the associate’s degree program, providing additional courses in administration, leadership, and research. A BSN degree is a necessary step for those who wish to advance their careers and pursue advanced practice nursing. Although BSN degree programs take longer to complete, they provide for more comprehensive training and confer a significant edge in the job market.

Career prospects
Nurses who hold BSN degrees tend to have higher wages than those who have only earned their ADNs. Recent statistics also show that ADNs are sufficient for about 50% of registered nursing jobs in the U.S., while BSN degrees satisfy the needs of approximately 90%. In either case, registered nurses fill an incredibly high-demand role within the healthcare field. There are around 27,000 RNs currently working in Mississippi, with rising demand. RNs in the state can expect to make around $55,000 per year.

We’ve compiled below a list of the top registered nursing schools in Mississippi, including programs for both the associate’s degree in nursing and the bachelor of science in nursing.

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Jackson

University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mississippi College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
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
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.2% 2008 to 2012
Mississippi College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.6% 2008 to 2012
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)
Mississippi University for Women
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 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)
University of Southern Mississippi
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Delta State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.4% 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)
William Carey University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.4% 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)
Alcorn State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.8% 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)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
East Mississippi Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 100.0% 2012 to 2012
Mississippi University for Women
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97.1% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.7% 2008 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
University of Southern Mississippi
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.8% 2008 to 2012
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.3% 2008 to 2012
Delta State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.4% 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
William Carey University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.4% 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
Alcorn State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.8% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.8% 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