About the College of Nursing

Founded in 1967, as the School of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, the program became the second baccalaureate nursing program in Mississippi with the enrollment of 70 students. In July 2012, the school was elevated to the College of Nursing. Today, the College of Nursing is continuing the tradition of providing innovative nursing programs through the extensive use of clinical simulation to enhance the acquisition of educational and decision-making skills. The College boasts an average of 485 students in the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs and 500 students in the pre-nursing program.

Our list of accomplishments during the past few years is long. Among these successes are the following:
  • The College of Nursing at Southern Miss is one of only two comprehensive nursing programs in Mississippi offering bachelor’s, master’s, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees.
  • In 2010, the Mississippi Nurses Association named the College of Nursing at Southern Miss the Nursing School of the Year during its annual Nightingale Awards Ceremony.
  • The Southern Miss College of Nursing produces the largest number of baccalaureate-prepared nursing graduates in the state of Mississippi.
  • Our students’ NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate is consistently at or above the national average.
  • We boast the most diverse student population in the state, both in terms of gender and ethnicity.