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Mississippi Nurse Practitioner Certification

The Mississippi State Board of Nursing regulates the certification of Mississippi NPs. Mississippi NPs are a type of APRN. The four types of APRNs include CRNA, CNM, CNS, and CNP.

APRNs may practice independently and prescribe pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions. CNPs provide primary and acute care in hospitals, clinics, wellness centers, HMOs, schools, and a variety of other settings. They may practice in areas such as family practice, internal medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, and women’s health care. Mississippi NPs may take comprehensive histories; provide physical examinations and other health assessment and screening activities; order, perform, supervise, and interpret laboratory and imaging studies; and diagnose, treat, and manage patients with acute and chronic illnesses and diseases. They may also make referrals for patients and advise patients on ways to promote wellness and prevent disease or illness.

In order to become a CNP in Mississippi, you must be licensed as a RN within the state. You must also complete an accredited graduate-level education program preparing you to become a nurse practitioner. Your graduate level program may be at a master’s level or at a doctorate level. Your coursework must include classes on advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology.


Schools in Mississippi that offer graduate-level NP programs include: University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi University for Women, Alcorn State University, Delta State University, and University of Mississippi. Many online schools also offer Board-approved, graduate-level NP programs. The training and education from these schools is comparable to that of traditional campus-based schools. All components, including the clinical requirements, are met by online schools such as: Philadelphia University, University of Cincinnati, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, South University, and Graceland University.

In addition to graduating from your NP program, you must pass a national certification examination. These exams measure APRN, role, and population-focused competencies. Throughout their careers, Mississippi NPs must renew their national certification. Board-approved certifying bodies for NPs include: the AANP, ANCC, NCC, PNCB, and AACN Certification Corporation.

The average NP salary in Mississippi is very high, at $113,000. Salary rates vary based on area of specialty, location, and type of practice, education, and experience.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014