Becoming an LPN in Mississippi
Licensed practical nursing is both a rewarding and growing field in healthcare; in fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 12% growth for the career through the year 2026. Mississippi boasts plenty of schools with LPN programs for those looking to get into this career pathway, and becoming a practical nurse in the state may help to ease the widening nursing shortage. Mississippi LPNs earn around an hourly wage of $17.66 or annual salary of $36,730, which is roughly $7,300 less per year than national average.
Details on Mississippi LPN Schools & Classes
LPN programs can be found at many of Mississippi’s community colleges and trade schools. Most programs can be completed in as little as one year of full-time study (typically including the summer semester), or around two years for part-time attendees. Some schools even offer evening or weekend courses to accommodate busy working students.
The LPN curriculum prepares students for entry-level nursing duties. Students take core courses, specialized nursing courses, and electives. Class titles may include:
- Nursing Fundamentals
- Medical/Surgical Nursing Concepts
- IV Therapy and Pharmacology
- Maternal-Child Nursing
- Mental Health Nursing
Choosing an exemplary LPN program is of great importance. One way to narrow down the field is to look for properly accredited programs. Accrediting bodies such as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and other regional accrediting organizations endorse the best programs. It’s also a good idea to ensure that your program of choice is endorsed by the Mississippi Board of Nursing.
Before applying for an LPN program, students must ensure that they meet all admission requirements. While these may differ slightly from school to school, they generally include:
- Submit validation of high school graduation via official high school transcript, GED equivalency transcript, or college transcript
- Submit program application
- Official SAT/ACT/Accuplacer scores may be required
- TEAS-V test scores at proficient level or higher
Tuition and Costs
So many things will impact the cost of an LPN program, including location, type of school chosen, and much more. Students are expected to cover the cost of tuition, fees, textbooks and supplies, and other mandatory expenses. For example, tuition and fees at Hinds Community College in Raymond cost roughly $3,451. Books and supplies will run an additional $560. Room and board expenses are not included in this estimate. For students worried about affording LPN school, most offer financial aid and scholarship packages to well-qualified applicants.
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.
NCLEX Exam Information
Before licensure as a practical nurse can be achieved, students must take and pass the NCLEX-PN examination upon completion of their LPN program. More information on this exam can be found via our NCLEX-PN overview here. Students are also highly encouraged to take the NCLEX-PN practice test, designed specifically to help future LPNs study for the real test.
LPN Reciprocity and eNLC
Mississippi participates in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). This allows the licensed nurse to determine his or her primary state of residence, but allows them to work in other eNLC 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 LPNs 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) and proof of a valid social security number.
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|
|Gulfport, Biloxi, Pascagoula||820||$18.40||$38,270|
For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Mississippi LPN to RN/BSN programs page.
3240 Friars Point Rd, Clarksdale, MS 38614
275 W Broad St, Decatur, MS 39327
1512 Kemper St, Scooba, MS 39358
3925 Sunset Dr, Jackson, MS 39213
1 Hill St, Goodman, MS 39079
602 W Hill St, Fulton, MS 38843
900 S Court St, Ellisville, MS 39437
910 Hwy 19 N, Meridian, MS 39307
Hwy 3 & Cherry St., Moorhead, MS 38761
Old Highway 49, Perkinston, MS 39573
101 Cunningham Blvd, Booneville, MS 38829
4975 Hwy 51, Senatobia, MS 38668
5448 Highway 49 South, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
1156 College Dr, Summit, MS 39666
Additional MS Nursing Resources
- Mississippi Board of Nursing
1935 Lakeland Drive, Suite B
Jackson, MS 39216-5014
Phone: (601) 987-4188
- Mississippi Nurses Association
31 Woodgreen Place
Madison, MS 39110
Phone: (601) 898-0670
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