Best Ranked 7 RN
Programs in Mississippi

RN Programs in Mississippi

Ranked RN and BSN Programs in Mississippi

After evaluating 1,209 ADN, 794 BSN, 2,022 campus and 383 online RN programs, we ranked RN programs against criteria nurses found to be most valuabale. We spent $27,700 on this unique list that has helped more than 3,000 nurses apply to the right program for their career goals. Find NCLEX passing scores, tuition rates, nursing program accreidtation, institution accreditation and more. Expore our RN-ADN and RN-BSN rankings for Mississippi in the listings below.

Nursing students can transition from an Associate Degree in Nursing or RN diploma to a Bachelors of Science in Nursing at a variety of schools in Mississippi. There is a wide array of options available to help nurses find the best program possible for them. Options available may include: mortar colleges, online courses, and a combination of the two. Nursing programs in Mississippi build on previous knowledge by adding higher-level theory, assessment, practice, and leadership concepts to the curriculum. Nurses care for all age ranges and in many different settings. Flexibility is an essential skill for a Bachelor’s prepared nurse.

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Ranked Schools : 7

Evaluated Schools : 24

RN Programs in Mississippi

Colleges in Mississippi are likely to offer all types of nursing education under one roof, from the associate's level or nursing to the master's level of nursing.  This is partially because the Mississippi Board of Nursing is working to promote students to earn their BSN degree by offering state financial assistance to students seeking to earn their ADN degree.  
See our methodology for ranking ADN and BSN programs.

RANKED 1

Alcorn State University RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: 4.889197.78%

Alcorn State University

  • 1000 ASU Dr Ste 359, Alcorn State, MS - 39096-7500
  • (601) 877-6100

Alcorn State University is located in Loman, Mississippi.  The Cora S. Balmat School of Nursing is proud to offer educational options for nursing students of every level – an associate degree program, a bachelor's degree program, and they also offer master's programs and post-masters certificates.

  • Campus: Alcorn State, MS
  • Net Price: $13,319.00
  • Enrollment: 3,157
  • Loan Default Rate: 15.80%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 33.36%
  • Graduation Rate: 34.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $20,500.00
  • Median Payment: $214.04
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 2

Mississippi University for Women RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: 4.878197.56%

Mississippi University for Women

  • 1100 College Street, Columbus, MS - 39701
  • (662) 329-4750

Mississippi University for Women is located in Columbus, Mississippi.  “The W” began as a liberal arts college for women; it began accepting men into its doors in 1982.  The W offers an ADN and a BSN program, amongst various graduate level nursing options.

  • Campus: Columbus, MS
  • Net Price: $9,766.00
  • Enrollment: 2,429
  • Loan Default Rate: 11.80%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 38.09%
  • Graduation Rate: 39.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $16,500.00
  • Median Payment: $172.28
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

RANKED N/A

Pearl River Community College RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Pearl River Community College

  • 101 Hwy 11 N, Poplarville, MS - 39470
  • (601) 403-1000

  • Campus: Poplarville, MS
  • Net Price: $1,168.00
  • Enrollment: 5,170
  • Transfer Out Rate: 19.90%
  • Loan Default Rate: 22.00%
  • Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -23.86%
  • Graduation Rate: 32.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $5,500.00
  • Median Payment: $57.43
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Hinds Community College RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Hinds Community College

  • 505 East Main Street, Raymond, MS - 39154
  • (601) 857-5261

  • Campus: Raymond, MS
  • Net Price: $3,639.00
  • Enrollment: 11,893
  • Transfer Out Rate: 28.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 26.00%
  • Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -52.31%
  • Graduation Rate: 12.90%
  • Median Borrowing: $4,500.00
  • Median Payment: $46.99
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Southwest Mississippi Community College RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Southwest Mississippi Community College

  • 1156 College Dr, Summit, MS - 39666-0000
  • (601) 276-2000

  • Campus: Summit, MS
  • Net Price: $5,714.00
  • Enrollment: 2,021
  • Transfer Out Rate: 23.50%
  • Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 19.12%
  • Graduation Rate: 26.90%
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Holmes Community College RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Holmes Community College

  • #1 Hill St, Goodman, MS - 39079
  • (662) 472-2312

  • Campus: Goodman, MS
  • Net Price: $5,697.00
  • Enrollment: 5,911
  • Transfer Out Rate: 24.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 22.20%
  • Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 0.19%
  • Graduation Rate: 25.50%
  • Median Borrowing: $3,750.00
  • Median Payment: $39.15
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Coahoma Community College RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Coahoma Community College

  • 3240 Friars Point Rd, Clarksdale, MS - 38614
  • (662) 627-2571

  • Campus: Clarksdale, MS
  • Net Price: $968.00
  • Enrollment: 2,073
  • Transfer Out Rate: 13.10%
  • Loan Default Rate: 28.50%
  • Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 46.45%
  • Graduation Rate: 25.70%
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Itawamba Community College RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Itawamba Community College

  • 602 W Hill Street, Fulton, MS - 38843-1099
  • (601) 862-8000

  • Campus: Fulton, MS
  • Net Price: $6,694.00
  • Enrollment: 5,693
  • Transfer Out Rate: 21.60%
  • Loan Default Rate: 25.40%
  • Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -4.81%
  • Graduation Rate: 25.90%
  • Median Borrowing: $7,381.00
  • Median Payment: $77.07
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Jones County Junior College RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Jones County Junior College

  • 900 South Court Street, Ellisville, MS - 39437
  • (601) 477-4000

  • Campus: Ellisville, MS
  • Net Price: $5,586.00
  • Enrollment: 4,443
  • Transfer Out Rate: 24.10%
  • Loan Default Rate: 21.90%
  • Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 3.56%
  • Graduation Rate: 27.00%
  • Median Borrowing: $5,500.00
  • Median Payment: $57.43
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Meridian Community College RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Meridian Community College

  • 910 Hwy 19 N, Meridian, MS - 39307-5801
  • (6.0) 148-4E+12

  • Campus: Meridian, MS
  • Net Price: $7,824.00
  • Enrollment: 3,713
  • Transfer Out Rate: 29.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 22.20%
  • Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -7.73%
  • Graduation Rate: 35.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $4,523.00
  • Median Payment: $47.23
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Mississippi Delta Community College RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Mississippi Delta Community College

  • Hwy 3 and Cherry St, Moorhead, MS - 38761
  • (662) 246-6322

  • Campus: Moorhead, MS
  • Net Price: $4,687.00
  • Enrollment: 2,950
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 6.91%
  • Graduation Rate: 21.10%
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

  • 51 Main Street, Perkinston, MS - 39573
  • (866) 735-1122

  • Campus: Perkinston, MS
  • Net Price: $7,091.00
  • Enrollment: 10,106
  • Transfer Out Rate: 15.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 22.90%
  • Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 22.77%
  • Graduation Rate: 25.40%
  • Median Borrowing: $6,500.00
  • Median Payment: $67.87
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Copiah-Lincoln Community College RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

  • 1001 Co-Lin Lane, Wesson, MS - 39191
  • (601) 643-5101

  • Campus: Wesson, MS
  • Net Price: $3,419.00
  • Enrollment: 3,157
  • Transfer Out Rate: 20.70%
  • Loan Default Rate: 19.40%
  • Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 1.97%
  • Graduation Rate: 27.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $4,252.00
  • Median Payment: $44.40
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Northeast Mississippi Community College RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Northeast Mississippi Community College

  • 101 Cunningham Blvd, Booneville, MS - 38829
  • (662) 728-7751

  • Campus: Booneville, MS
  • Net Price: $6,273.00
  • Enrollment: 3,271
  • Transfer Out Rate: 24.80%
  • Loan Default Rate: 26.30%
  • Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -6.07%
  • Graduation Rate: 26.70%
  • Median Borrowing: $5,112.00
  • Median Payment: $53.38
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

East Central Community College RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

East Central Community College

  • 275 West Broad Street, Decatur, MS - 39327-0129
  • (601) 635-2111

  • Campus: Decatur, MS
  • Net Price: $5,643.00
  • Enrollment: 2,572
  • Transfer Out Rate: 17.60%
  • Loan Default Rate: 24.60%
  • Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -3.11%
  • Graduation Rate: 24.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $7,000.00
  • Median Payment: $73.09
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Northwest Mississippi Community College RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

Northwest Mississippi Community College

  • 4975 Hwy 51 N, Senatobia, MS - 38668-1714
  • (662) 562-3200

  • Campus: Senatobia, MS
  • Net Price: $4,448.00
  • Enrollment: 7,871
  • Transfer Out Rate: 18.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 19.60%
  • Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursin, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 51.14%
  • Graduation Rate: 18.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $4,540.00
  • Median Payment: $47.40
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

East Mississippi Community College RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: N/A

East Mississippi Community College

  • 1512 Kemper Street, Scooba, MS - 39358-0158
  • (662) 476-5000

  • Campus: Scooba, MS
  • Net Price: $5,565.00
  • Enrollment: 4,364
  • Transfer Out Rate: 31.70%
  • Loan Default Rate: 22.30%
  • Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 73.10%
  • Graduation Rate: 27.40%
  • Median Borrowing: $8,047.00
  • Median Payment: $84.02
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

Mississippi RN Licensing Requirements

Mississippi has strict licensing requirements but there are three ways a nurse can obtain licensure: by exam, by endorsement, and, in some cases, by completing a program abroad. The licensing process requires several steps in order to be completed.

RN Licensure by Exam

Before a candidate can complete the NCLEX exam, he/she must fill out the Mississippi application online, and get it notarized. The cost of a RN application by examination costs $100. The candidate must be fingerprinted by the Board of Nursing and, in some cases, complete a criminal background check. From this step, nurses must apply to take the NCLEX-RN exam through the Pearson VUE website and pay the $200 fee. When authorization has been received, candidates can schedule a computer-adapted exam.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Candidates who have passed the NCLEX exam in one of the other 50 states may be able to obtain licensure by endorsement. Candidates will be required to submit license verification and official transcripts. The transcripts should include the date of completion or graduation and the degree conferred. They should be sent directly to the board from the nursing school. Nursing candidates from another state may request a temporary permit when he/she applies for endorsement. There will be a total fee of $100 and the candidate must attach a copy of the current license with expiration date. Nurses who have not practiced in the previous five years, the candidate will have to complete a different route to demonstrate competency. The candidate can contact the Mississippi Board for more information.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Nurses who were educated in a foreign country should send a copy of their CGFNS instead of a transcript. Nurses must also complete the NCLEX exam.

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Ranked Schools : 2

Evaluated Schools : 7

BSN Programs in Mississippi

A typical BSN program in the state of Mississippi may include the following courses:
  • Legal and medical ethic courses
  • Advanced pathophysiology concepts
  • Statistics
  • Management courses
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Hospitals are slowly beginning to require nursed to have a BSN, which has created a large amount of registered nurses seeking out higher education. There are many nurse who raising questions about funding which includes scholarships and financial aid opportunities. Some hospitals will provide tuition reimbursement for working nurses. It is critical that nurses choose the right program so it is recommended that nurses request information from multiple schools.

RANKED 1

Mississippi University for Women RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: 4.8055196.11%

Mississippi University for Women

  • 1100 College Street, Columbus, MS - 39701
  • (662) 329-4750

Mississippi University for Women is located in Columbus, Mississippi.  “The W” began as a liberal arts college for women; it began accepting men into its doors in 1982.  The W offers an ADN and a BSN program, amongst various graduate level nursing options.

  • Campus: Columbus, MS
  • Net Price: $9,766.00
  • Enrollment: 2,429
  • Loan Default Rate: 11.80%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 38.09%
  • Graduation Rate: 39.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $16,500.00
  • Median Payment: $172.28
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

RANKED 2

Alcorn State University RN Programs in MS [state_name]

ADN / BSN

Overall Score: 4.474189.48%

Alcorn State University

  • 1000 ASU Dr Ste 359, Alcorn State, MS - 39096-7500
  • (601) 877-6100

Alcorn State University is located in Loman, Mississippi.  The Cora S. Balmat School of Nursing is proud to offer educational options for nursing students of every level – an associate degree program, a bachelor's degree program, and they also offer master's programs and post-masters certificates.

  • Campus: Alcorn State, MS
  • Net Price: $13,319.00
  • Enrollment: 3,157
  • Loan Default Rate: 15.80%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 33.36%
  • Graduation Rate: 34.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $20,500.00
  • Median Payment: $214.04
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED N/A

Mississippi College RN Programs in MS [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Mississippi College

  • 200 South Capitol Street, Clinton, MS - 39058
  • (601) 925-3000

  • Campus: Clinton, MS
  • Net Price: $15,712.00
  • Enrollment: 2,905
  • Transfer Out Rate: 36.60%
  • Loan Default Rate: 5.90%
  • Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 12.05%
  • Graduation Rate: 53.00%
  • Median Borrowing: $18,750.00
  • Median Payment: $195.77
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

RANKED N/A

University of Southern Mississippi RN Programs in MS [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: N/A

University of Southern Mississippi

  • 118 College Drive # 0001, Hattiesburg, MS - 39406-0001
  • (601) 266-1000

  • Campus: Hattiesburg, MS
  • Net Price: $12,145.00
  • Enrollment: 12,475
  • Loan Default Rate: 12.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 2.93%
  • Graduation Rate: 45.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $18,333.00
  • Median Payment: $191.42
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED N/A

William Carey University RN Programs in MS [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: N/A

William Carey University

  • 498 Tuscan Ave, Hattiesburg, MS - 39401-5499
  • (601) 318-6051

  • Campus: Hattiesburg, MS
  • Net Price: $14,536.00
  • Enrollment: 2,257
  • Loan Default Rate: 7.60%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 5.41%
  • Graduation Rate: 62.00%
  • Median Borrowing: $18,254.00
  • Median Payment: $190.59
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED N/A

Delta State University RN Programs in MS [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Delta State University

  • Hwy 8 West, Cleveland, MS - 38733
  • (662) 846-3000

  • Campus: Cleveland, MS
  • Net Price: $14,635.00
  • Enrollment: 2,638
  • Loan Default Rate: 12.10%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 34.37%
  • Graduation Rate: 35.40%
  • Median Borrowing: $13,498.00
  • Median Payment: $140.93
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED N/A

University of Mississippi Medical Center RN Programs in MS [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: N/A

University of Mississippi Medical Center

  • 2500 N State St, Jackson, MS - 39216-4505
  • (601) 984-1000

  • Campus: Jackson, MS
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Public
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

Mississippi RN Licensing Requirements

Mississippi has strict licensing requirements but there are three ways a nurse can obtain licensure: by exam, by endorsement, and, in some cases, by completing a program abroad. The licensing process requires several steps in order to be completed.

RN Licensure by Exam

Before a candidate can complete the NCLEX exam, he/she must fill out the Mississippi application online, and get it notarized. The cost of a RN application by examination costs $100. The candidate must be fingerprinted by the Board of Nursing and, in some cases, complete a criminal background check. From this step, nurses must apply to take the NCLEX-RN exam through the Pearson VUE website and pay the $200 fee. When authorization has been received, candidates can schedule a computer-adapted exam.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Candidates who have passed the NCLEX exam in one of the other 50 states may be able to obtain licensure by endorsement. Candidates will be required to submit license verification and official transcripts. The transcripts should include the date of completion or graduation and the degree conferred. They should be sent directly to the board from the nursing school. Nursing candidates from another state may request a temporary permit when he/she applies for endorsement. There will be a total fee of $100 and the candidate must attach a copy of the current license with expiration date. Nurses who have not practiced in the previous five years, the candidate will have to complete a different route to demonstrate competency. The candidate can contact the Mississippi Board for more information.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Nurses who were educated in a foreign country should send a copy of their CGFNS instead of a transcript. Nurses must also complete the NCLEX exam.

Mississippi RN Job Outlook

Companies such as hospitals, clinics, and other types of medical facilities often prefer nurses with a BSN degree in order to help fill nursing administrative and patient care positions. Nurses who have obtained a BSN are well prepared to deal with:
  • The care and management of patients of different ethnic groups
  • The care of home health and public health patients
  • Accident and health problems encountered in companies
The amount of registered nurses in Mississippi is expected to grow 26% from 2010 to 2020, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

Mississippi Registered Nursing Salaries

The Jackson metropolitan area not only has the highest employment rate in the state of Mississippi. It also has the highest hourly mean wage and annual median wage.
Area name Employment Hourly median wage Annual median wage
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 2,420 $26.74 $55,620.00
Hattiesburg, MS 1,950 $25.21 $52,430.00
Jackson, MS 8,070 $29.33 $61,010.00
Pascagoula, MS 1,120 $28.32 $58,910.00
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 4,730 $24.76 $51,500.00
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 2,160 $27.02 $56,200.00
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 3,730 $25.53 $53,100.00
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 2,400 $24.42 $50,790.00
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data