Nurse Practitioners play an important role within health care in the great state of Mississippi, where there are currently 1680 nurse practitioners (BLS, 2012) to help fill in any gaps that may exist in primary care.
NPs in Mississippi must have a collaborative agreement with a licensed physician. The Board of Nursing requires a detailed letter from the nurse practitioner and collaborating doctor that describes the NP's practice, including types of disease treated. If a nurse practitioner loses her collaborating physician for any reason, she has a 90-day grace period during which she can continue to practice while searching for another collaborator. As of 2011, NPs can apply for the right to prescribe controlled substances.
The average annual salary for nurse practitioners in Mississippi $91,940 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012), which represents an increase for many NPs from their RN salaries. As you explore your options for NP programs in Mississippi, keep in mind that our featured schools, including Georgetown, offer distance learning and online options for earning your degree. Feel free to request information from as many schools as you like, so that you may make a well informed decision about furthering your nursing education and career.
Some of the top NP programs in Mississippi include:
- Alcorn State University. Located in Natchez, the School of Nursing at Alcorn State University offers Master's level nurse practitioner programs such as: Family Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Post-master's certificate programs are also available for practicing nurse practitioners.
- Delta State University. Delta State offers a Master's-level online Family Nurse Practitioner program. It also offers Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs through the Mississippi Consortium for Specialized Advanced Practice Nursing.
- University of Mississippi Medical Center. Want a first-rate nursing education? The University of Mississippi Medical Center is located on the state's only academic health science campus, and includes the state's only Level 1 Trauma Center and children's hospital. Choose from Master's-level NP programs including: Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.