Mississippi Nursing Guide - How to Become, Licensure, Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Mississippi Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 1/27/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Mississippi
Nursing Licenses in Mississippi Master's Required?
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Yes
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Yes
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

Mississippi Nursing Salaries

Mississippi Nursing Salaries
MS Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Gulport-Biloxi-Pascagoula Annual Mean Wage Hattiesburg Annual Mean Wage Jackson Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $37,930 $41,680 $37,790 $37,690
Registered Nurse $58,490 $60,850 $53,980 $63,200
Nurse Practitioner $109,700 $98,950 $127,250 $107,280
Nurse Anesthetist $163,320 $186,660 Not Available Not Available

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics - State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Mississippi in January 2020.

There are many paths to becoming a nurse in Mississippi. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Mississippi, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Mississippi nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current.If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Mississippi, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

Mississippi is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Mississippi

According to the Mississippi Board of Nursing advanced practice registered nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances in collaboration with a physician. Application requires a $100 Fee. Evidence of 720 hours of monitored practice is required for new applicants.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Mississippi

APRNs in Mississippi include certified nurse-midwife (CNM), certified nurse practitioner (CNP), and certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).

Education: Master’s Degree in Nursing Specialty Area

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required: National certification as a Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, or Clinical Nurse Specialist from a Board-Approved Certification Organization

Fees:

  • $100 Application Fee
  • $75 Criminal Background Check Fee
  • Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Experience: Applicants must provide information related to any relevant employment or supervised clinical practice.

Additional Information: An Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required

Renewal: Renewal is required on even-numbered years. requirements for renewal are 40 continuing education contact hours, and payment of a $100 renewal fee.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Mississippi

Education: Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $100 Application Fee
  • $75 Criminal Background Check Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: Individuals with equivalent licensure in another state who can provide proof of employment as a registered nurse within the past 5 years may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to a $100 application fee. Registered nurses who hold an active license in another compact state need not apply for licensure in Mississippi, unless they plan to change their permanent residency to Mississippi.

Renewal: Renewal is required every even year. Requirements for renewal are payment of a $100 renewal fee.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Mississippi

Education: Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $60 Application Fee
  • $75 Criminal Background Check Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: Individuals with equivalent licensure in another state who can provide proof of employment as a licensed practical nurse within the past 5 years may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to a $60 application fee. Licensed practical nurses who hold an active license in another compact state need not apply for licensure in Mississippi, unless they plan to change their permanent residency to Mississippi.

Renewal: Renewal is required every odd year. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 10 continuing education contact hours for an expanded license, and payment of a $60 renewal fee. Expanded role LPNs (IV Therapy and/or Hemodialysis) must complete a LPN Expanded Role renewal application and submit it with the LPN renewal application.

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information on the above nursing careers in Mississippi was retrieved from the Mississippi Board of Nursing, as of January 2020.

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  • Choose from one of four APRN specialty areas: AG-ACNP, FNP, NM/WHNP, or WHNP
  • Gain hands-on clinical experience in evidence-based practice
Earn a Master of Science in Nursing online from Simmons University.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study
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