Graduate Nursing

The Department of Graduate Nursing provides learning opportunities for baccalaureate nursing graduates to extend their knowledge and skills in nursing and to develop a functional role as either family nurse practitioner or nurse educator. The program focuses on the educational preparation of advanced practice nurses who can make significant contributions to the improvement of healthcare of diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities with special emphasis on rural communities.

The curriculum is designed to provide a sequential plan of study in two program options: family nurse practitioner (FNP) and nurse educator (NE) which lead to the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Two Post-Master's Certificate Program Options are also offered: Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator. The Nurse Educator Program Option is offered primarily through distance education. All plans of study may be pursued full-time. Graduate students who successfully complete the Family Nurse Practitioner Program Option or the Post-Master's Certificate Program Option are eligible to write a national nurse practitioner certification examination.

The Department of Graduate Nursing is accredited by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).


Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning

3825 Ridgewood Road

Jackson, MS 39211

(601) 432-6486


Accrediation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850

Atlanta, GA  30326

(404) 975-5000 (telephone)

(404) 975-5020 (fax)