DNP Programs in Mississippi (MS)

Are you in search of a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in the Magnolia State? Mississippi boasts several accredited universities offering DNP degrees to help nurses advance their clinical and/or leadership nursing careers.

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The University of Southern Mississippi
School of Nursing

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Nursing offers both an post-Masters pathway and a BSN to DNP with Nurse Anesthesia specialization pathway.

USM’s School of Nursing offers their post-Master’s program with Delta State University, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Alcorn State University, and Mississippi University for Women. Classes are taught online to students at each university in the consortium, but the DNP degree is only awarded by TheUniversity of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi.

Applicants for the institution’s DNP programs are required to have a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. Applicants to the post-Masters program must also have a Master of Science in Nursing or a Master’s in a related field. The prospective student’s graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. They must have an unencumbered license as an RN as well as be eligible for licensure in Mississippi. An acceptable score within the last 5 years on the GRE is also required.


Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education

Contact Information:

Elizabeth Harkings Hall (EHH), 110
118 College Drive
Box #5095
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
(601) 266-5454

University of Mississippi Medical Center
School of Nursing

The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Nursing offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice in collaboration with the Mississippi Educational Consortium for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (MECDNP). The other schools in the consortium include Mississippi University for Women, University of Southern Mississippi, Alcorn State University, and Delta State University.

The school offers both a part-time and full-time DNP program. The full-time program takes two years. The part-time program takes 3 years to complete. The courses for the DNP program are taught online as well as some on-campus 1-2 day sessions.

Applicants to the DNP program must have either:

  • a BSN and a Master’s in nursing or related field OR
  • a non-BSN Bachelor’s degree plus a Master of Science in Nursing degree.

Prospective students need a graduate GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants should have an active, unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in the US as well as eligibility for licensure in Mississippi.


Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education

Contact Information:

2500 North State St.
Jackson, MS 38216
(601) 984-6234