Nurse Practitioner Resource Page

 

Welcome

Welcome to the Southern Miss Nurse Practitioner Reesource Page. This site is created to exchange communication among our current students, clinical preceptors, faculty, and the community of interest who would like to contribute to the education of our nurse practitioner students. 

 

About Our Programs

The NP programs are designed for either full time or part time study. While the majority of the didactic content is taught in a distance education format, there are minimal campus requirements that must be considered as an integral part of your program of study. These are scheduled sessions in which skill building and evaluation processes are implemented to ensure that the student is assimilating and applying knowledge in an appropriate manner. Students can expect a minimum of 9 required campus visits over the full MSN program of study. You will be notified with ample time to arrange your obligations to meet these campus requirements. Campus visits are required for the following courses in the FNP program of study:

Year 1; Term 1 Fall

There will be an on-campus orientation at the beginning of the semester. Two one-day visits for objective structure clinical examination (OSCE), and one one-day visit for FNP boot camp where the student is introduced to primary care skills and procedures such as suturing, EKG and CXR interpretation, and/or knee injections.

Year 1; Term 2 Spring

There will be one OSCE Evaluation mid-semester. One additional campus visit will be scheduled for additional skill building as deemed by FNP faculty to be in the best interest of student learning.

Year 3; Term 3 Fall

There will be one OSCE Evaluation mid-semester.  One additional campus visit will be scheduled for additional skill building as deemed by FNP faculty to be in the best interest of student learning.

Year 4; Term 4 Spring

Two separate one-day visits are required. One visit will be for a career day mid-semester. A separate visit is required to take the comprehensive examination near the end of the semester. One additional day may be required as needed for student completion of the FNP program.

All FNP graduates are encouraged to participate in the College of Nursing Reception and Recognition Ceremony (held the night before graduation) as well as the graduation ceremony.

Students are required to earn a minimum grade of C (76%) in all courses. All clinical practicum are scheduled with community-based preceptors who provide comprehensive primary health care in an outpatient setting. The clinical sites will be close to students’ home community when possible. The clinical site coordinator will work with you to confirm appropriate clinical assignment to meet your personal learning objectives and course requirements.

While we make every effort to be flexible in clinical site assignments to meet student learning needs and preferences, we cannot provide clinical placement opportunities outside of the state of Mississippi. For this reason, we currently do not accept students without a valid Mississippi RN license.  If a student must relocate to another state after acceptance, we will not be able to continue their enrollment in the concentration.