Introduction of Advanced Practice

Thank you for your interest in advanced practice nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi. We are delighted that you are considering a graduate degree at the College of Nursing.

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.  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.

At Southern Miss, advanced practice nursing education includes the roles of adult-gerontology nurse practitioner in primary care (AGNP), family nurse practitioner (FNP), psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). Once a student successfully completes one of the advanced practice programs, he or she may sit for the national certification examination in that emphasis area.

In keeping with the vision of the College of Nursing at Southern Miss, the Department of Advanced Practice strives to excel in the preparation of advanced practice nurses at the master’s and doctoral level through practice, scholarship and research.

Our mission is to educate advance practice nurses who are prepared as experts in clinical practice and as leaders in scholarship, research and service to enhance the health and wellbeing of the people we are entrusted to care for.

Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN) (ONLINE) - prepares the graduate to provide a full range of primary health care at an advanced level to individuals and families across the life span in rural and urban community health settings. 

Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN) (ONLINE) – prepares the graduate to provide mental health and psychiatric care at an advanced level to individuals and families across the life span in a wide range of settings. 

Nurse Anesthesia (BSN-DNP) - prepares graduates with the advanced knowledge in the area of clinical specialization of nurse anesthesia. The DNP prepares the CRNA to assume leadership positions in education, administration, and clinical practice.


Lachel Story, PhD, RN 

Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Advanced Practice

College of Nursing, The University of Southern Mississippi

118 College Drive #5095

Hattiesburg, MS  39406