Top 10 Best Nursing Schools in Mississippi
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Tucked in the heart of the South, Mississippi is home to many
excellent and nationally-renowned colleges and universities.
Mississippi is also home to plenty of excellent hospitals and
healthcare facilities, too.
Before you begin your career as a nurse, you have to take and pass
the NCLEX-RN and become a registered nurse (RN). To do so, you must
complete a minimum amount of education and experience.
While not (yet) required for RNs, a bachelor of science in nursing
(BSN) prepares you for the NCLEX and increases your chances of
finding a high-paying nursing position. If you plan on working as a
nurse in Mississippi, the best move may be to earn a BSN at one of
the best Mississippi colleges or universities.
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Because nursing careers take different forms, the top 10
Mississippi nursing schools are ranked in no particular order.
Top 10 Nursing Schools in Mississippi
Delta State University
Annual Tuition: $6,112 | NCLEX Pass Rate: 97.37%
It's tough to beat the affordability of Delta State University. The
Cleveland-based school of just over 3,000 students offers the same
tuition rate to all students meaning there's no out-of-state
tuitiona rarity for a public school. Delta State's low cost has no
impact on the quality of the nursing program, seeing how well BSN
graduates perform on the NCLEX. The BSN takes five semesters to
complete full-time, though a part-time option is also available.
Delta State also has an online RN-BSN and an online masters of
science in nursing (MSN) and doctoral program (DNP).
Annual Tuition: $16,114 | NCLEX Pass Rate: 89.55%
Mississippi College is one of the oldest colleges in the state.
With a student body of just over 5,000 students, this Christian
school is the epitome of a small school, private education. Nursing
students of nearly every background have options at Mississippi
College, including a traditional BSN, accelerated second degree
BSN, online MSN, and online RN-BSN. If you're a current RN planning
on completing the RN-BSN program, your tuition will be charged at a
special credit hour rate. Depending on how many courses you need to
complete a BSN, this could prove to be more affordable than other
Mississippi University for Women
Annual Tuition: $5,781 | NCLEX Pass Rate: 99.34%
Created as the first public women's college in the nation,
Mississippi University for Women now allows men to apply, too. The
majority of classes at MUW have fewer than 20 students, potentially
a reason why nursing students have enjoyed so much success.
Mississippi University for Women has seen every graduate of the BSN
pass the NCLEX over the past three years. In terms of consistency,
this could be the best undergraduate nursing program in
Mississippi. Also worth mentioning: the RN-BSN charges a flat rate
of $10,000 for the entire program, so you can budget for the entire
The University of Southern Mississippi
Annual Tuition: $7,334 | NCLEX Pass Rate: 97.59%
The University of Southern Mississippi is a large public research
school spread over two campuses in Hattiesburg and Gulf Park. If
you're a student planning on a BSN, you can complete your education
at either of the campuses. The BSN allows early admission, so
qualified high school students can gain admission to the nursing
school prior to starting their freshman year. An online RN-BSN
bridge program is also offered for current RNs who have an
associate degree in nursing. Graduate nursing students can choose
from multiple master's and doctorate programs, including nurse
anesthesia, family nurse practitioner, and nursing leadership.
William Carey University
Annual Tuition: $11,700 (based on per-credit tuition rate) | NCLEX
Pass Rate: 96.39%