Mississippi Nursing Doctorate Degree Programs


University of Mississippi Medical Center: DNP and PhD in Nursing Program Review
University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center is the medical campus of the University of Mississippi. The medical center campus was established in 1973. The University of Mississippi Medical Center serves over 2,000 students.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center offers DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing) degree programs. The DNP and PhD are terminal degree options for nurses seeking to earn the highest qualification available in nursing education. The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is the only academic campus dedicated specifically to doctoral study.

The DNP prepares nurses to function at the highest level of clinical practice. Students studying at the University of Mississippi Medical Center will benefit from healthcare resources unparalleled in the state, including a pediatric hospital and trauma center. In addition to the resources available at the UMMC campus, partnerships with other Mississippi-based healthcare institutions make collaboration feasible for nurses studying almost any area of practice. Admission requirements include an MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) or BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), with at least one degree earned in nursing), a GPA of 3.2 or higher in the masters program and three letters of recommendation.

The PhD in Nursing program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center is a collaborative program with the University of Southern Mississippi. The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program offers two healthcare tracks-human experiences in health care or a biological/physiology track. The PhD in Nursing program has been in operation since 1997. Students in the Doctor of Philosophy program can pursue careers in nursing education, leadership and policy.

University of Southern Mississippi: DNP and PhD in Nursing Program Review

University of Southern Mississippi

118 College Street

Hattiesburg, MS 39406

The University of Southern Mississippi (also known as Southern Miss) is a public research university based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The university was established in 1910. Over 15,000 students from every state in the nation attend Southern Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi offers a PhD in Nursing Program in collaboration with the University of Mississippi Medical Center. A BSN to DNP (Bachelor of Science to Doctor of Nursing Practice) Nurse Anesthesia program and traditional DNP program are also offered.

The DNP program is designed for masters prepared advanced practice nurses to function at the highest level of nursing practice. The DNP is a consortium program with various universities. As a consortium the universities share faculty, distance education resources and other learning materials. Admission requirements to the DNP include a minimum 3.5 GPA in the graduate program and also satisfactory GRE scores for an exam taken within the past five years.

The USM NAP (University of Southern Mississippi Nurse Anesthesia Program) is an entry level doctorate accepting students who have completed a BSN and requires 36 months to complete.  Approximately 20 students will enroll in the program each year.

The PhD in Nursing is designed for masters prepared nurses with at least two years of experience as a nurse. The doctoral research program prepares nurses to contribute to the body of developing nursing research including development of nursing theory. As part of the admission process, applicants are required to submit a portfolio of scholarly work and also complete an interview. Career options for graduates of the PhD in Nursing program include faculty positions at universities or other leadership positions in healthcare organizations.

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