Family Nurse Practitioner at Southern Miss
Advanced practice nurses are registered nurses who have gained advanced preparation for expanded clinical practice. Advanced practice nurses must be grounded in theory and utilize research and evidence as guides to their clinical practice. We have three options for the Family Nurse Practitioner at Southern Miss: BSN to DNP, MSN, and Post-Graduate Certificate.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.
Each program emphasizes leadership in nursing practice and prepares nurse scholars for leadership in clinical, educational, and administrative positions. Advanced practice nursing programs at Southern Miss share rigorous and demanding expectations with a scholarly approach to the discipline and a commitment to the advancement of the profession.
The didactic courses are online with one campus visit per semester and students complete clinical requirements in their own community or nearby communities. Both full time and part time study is available.
- Baccalaureate in Nursing from an institution accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (formerly NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education;
- Submitted official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) including score of 3.0 or higher on the analytical section;
- Applicants to the nurse practitioner program must have at least one year of recent clinical experience as an RN
- 3.0 or higher grade point average (GPA) in undergraduate nursing courses
- Completed an introductory course in statistics;
- Evidence of current unrestricted registered nurse (RN) Mississippi license.
The BSN-DNP option requires 71 hours over 3 years. The MSN option requires 44 credits during 5 semesters of full time study including summers. The Post-Graduate Certificate option requires 26 credit hours during 4 semesters. Our Nurse Practitioner programs are fully aligned with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Competencies for Nurse Practitioners and the APRN Consensus Model. Upon completion of the Nurse Practitioner programs, graduates are eligible to obtain APRN Board certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
School of Leadership and Advance Nursing Practice Faculty
The dedicated and qualified faculty are focused on educating advanced practice nurses who are prepared as experts in clinical practice and as leaders in scholarship, research, and service to enhance the health and well-being of the people who are entrusted their care.
Research and scholarship are essential to meeting the vision and mission of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at The University of Southern Mississippi. Through research and scholarship, faculty and students can advance nursing practice and education as well as improve health outcomes of those we serve.
|Nursing (BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner) DNP||Online 100%|
|Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) MSN||Hattiesburg Hybrid|
|Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) Graduate Certificate||Hattiesburg Hybrid|
- Private Clinics
- Nursing Faculty
- Urgent care clinics
- Federally qualified health clinics
- Lakenya Fortner, FNP-BC 2009
Faculty Meridian Community College
- Nancy Villanueva, FNP-BC 2017
Minute Clinic inside CVS in Portsmouth, VA
- Leanne Murray, FNP-BC 2017
Hancock Women’s Center