School of Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice
Graduate Nursing Programs
Thank you for your interest in graduate nursing programs at The University of Southern Mississippi. In keeping with the vision of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the School of Leadership and Advanced Practice Nursing strives to excel in the preparation of advanced practice nurses at the master’s and doctoral level through practice, scholarship and research. Each program emphasizes leadership in nursing practice and prepares nurse scholars for leadership in clinical, educational and administrative positions.
Programs include Family Nurse Practitioner (Post-Graduate Certificate, BSN-MSN, and BSN-DNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Post-Graduate Certificate, BSN-MSN, and BSN-DNP), Nurse Anesthesia (BSN-DNP), Clinical DNP (MSN-DNP), and PhD in Nursing Leadership (BSN-PhD and MSN-PhD).
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.
external funding in 2017
awarded in student scholarships and support
of research focus/scholarship
Our faculty are highly engaged in research and scholarship. This research and scholarship includes areas such as:
- Health Disparities
- Nursing Education
- Quality Improvement
- APRN Practice
- Patient Outcomes
Professional Licensure DisclosureGraduate nursing programs at Southern Miss are designed to prepare graduates with an active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license to qualify to sit for national nurse practitioner and nurse anesthesia certification exams, which are required for practice as a nurse practitioner and nurse anesthetist in most states. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as an advanced practice nurse upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency to determine specific certification exam requirements. It is each individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. The University of Southern Mississippi makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Southern Miss coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at www.aanpcertification.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursecredentialing.org, the National Board of Certification and Re-certification for Nurse Anesthetist at www.nbcrna.com or other advanced practice nursing certification exam websites. Please address all questions regarding licensure of these programs to the following individual:Name: Lachel Story, PhD, RNPhone: 601-266-6384Email: lachel.storyFREEMississippi