Becoming an LPN in Mississippi
The state of Mississippi strives to protect public health by regulating nursing practice, ensuring the delivery of safe, quality care to patients. While Mississippi is part of the Nurses Licensure Compact (NLC), allowing nurses licensed in NLC states to work in other NLC states without additional licensure, nurses from states outside the compact area can still apply for an MS license by endorsement. Licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs are on the rise—the Bureau of Labor Statistic predicts a 8% increase in per year in Mississippi by 2024.
Program Details3240 Friars Point Rd, Clarksdale, MS 38614 Request Information275 W Broad St, Decatur, MS 39327 Request Information1512 Kemper St, Scooba, MS 39358 Request Information3925 Sunset Dr, Jackson, MS 39213 Request Information1 Hill St, Goodman, MS 39079 Request Information602 W Hill St, Fulton, MS 38843 Request Information900 S Court St, Ellisville, MS 39437 Request Information910 Hwy 19 N, Meridian, MS 39307 Request InformationHwy 3 & Cherry St., Moorhead, MS 38761 Request InformationOld Highway 49, Perkinston, MS 39573 Request Information101 Cunningham Blvd, Booneville, MS 38829 Request Information4975 Hwy 51, Senatobia, MS 38668 Request Information5448 Highway 49 South, Hattiesburg, MS 39401 Request Information1156 College Dr, Summit, MS 39666 Request Information
Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.
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Mississippi LPN Licensing Requirements
Mississippi requires individuals interested in becoming and LPN in the state to complete an intensive, state-approved nursing program that meets both education and hands-on training requirements. After the course is complete, the graduate must schedule, sit for, and pass the state-required testing—the NCLEX.
In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the state, including:
- Official transcript from state-approved school showing graduation date and degree earned.
- NCLEX registration—authorization to test for the NCLEX.
- Criminal background check.
Licensure Applications and Forms (http://www.msbn.state.ms.us/Pages/ApplicationsForms.aspx)
Often physical requirements are requested by LPN's working in hospitals, clinics, etc in the state of Mississippi. The applicant must be able to move patients and machinery and able to stay on his or her feet for an extended period of time.
Mississippi participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC - https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm). This allows the licensed nurse to determine his or her primary state of residence, but allows them to work in other NLC states without requiring addition licensing. LPNs for other states outside of the compact area can still apply for a license by endorsement by providing a notarized application and the following:
- Proof of valid license in another state equivalent to the state of Mississippi.
- Verification of licensure.
- Headshot (passport style) photograph—signed and dated.
- Official transcript from state approved nursing program.
- Notarized Authorization to Release information.
Foreign-educated LPN's will not only have to meet the requirement above, he or she will also have to sit and pass the NCLEX if it was not already a requirement for licensing. Other requirements include a full course-by-course review of official transcripts by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS - http://www.cgfns.org/) and proof of a valid social security number.
Additional MS Nursing Resources
Mississippi Board of Nursing
1935 Lakeland Drive, Suite B
Jackson, MS 39216-5014
Phone: (601) 987-4188
Fax: (601) 364-2352
1. Mississippi Nurses Association (http://www.msnurses.org/)
LPN Salary: Mississippi vs National Salary Comparison
Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015
Mississippi LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook
In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of Mississippi was $36,200. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Mississippi (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=28&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 8% increase in LPN jobs in Mississippi by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 210 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.
Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)
Mississippi Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area
The table below lists career information obtained from the BLS for licensed practical nurses in Mississippi. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
Area Total Employment Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Salary Jackson 2,070 $18.43 $38,330 Gulfport, Biloxi, Pascagoula 820 $18.40 $38,270 Hattiesburg 530 $16.68 $34,690