Mississippi LPN Requirements and Training Programs

MississippiLPNs function as contributing members of the health care team by providing compassionate care and respect for patients’ rights. They assist with the promotion of health and prevention of illness throughout the life span. As the profession evolves, nurses do more than just attend to patients’ needs. Their multiple professional responsibilities include patient advocacy, communication, community education, and management of CNAs, orderlies, and other LPNs. LPNs work in various healthcare settings, including emergency care, medical-surgical units, neurology, orthopedics, oncology, psychiatry, and geriatrics. The Mississippi Board of Nursing regulates the profession and ensure licensed practical nurses operate with the guidelines of the state’s nursing laws, rules, and regulations.

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LPN Training Mississippi: Prerequisites and Program Content

Graduates of Mississippi’s Board approved practical nursing education programs are prepared to participate in the planning, evaluation, and implementation of patient care plans in hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health care settings. Prospective students should be careful to enroll in a program that is accredited by the Board of nursing only to be eligible to take the NCLEX. There are currently 15 board-approved programs in various cities across Mississippi. The curriculum, in accordance with the Board’s requirements, include classroom instruction, service learning opportunities, and supervised clinical activities in state-approved hospitals and other medical facilities.

Some of the courses you’ll complete while enrolled in a practical nursing class include practical nursing concepts, pharmacology, law and ethics, industry trends, leadership, professionalism, medical-surgical nursing, nutrition, pediatric nursing, mental health, nursing transition, body structure and functions, and maternal-child nursing.

The supervised clinical experience affords students a unique opportunity to see the medical team in action and play an active role in patient care. Instructors supervise the entire process as students integrate their knowledge into the real-world setting of hospitals and nursing care facilities. The classroom and clinical sessions foster the development of communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills in all students.

To qualify for entry during the fiercely competitive enrollment process, students must be 18 years or older with a high school diploma or GED scores. Applicants must also submit a composite ACT score of 16 or more and pass the school’s entrance exam. Students accepted on a provisional basis must them obtain criminal background clearance, TB clearance, and pass a drug screen and physical exam. All students must obtain immunizations, Healthcare Providers CPR, and earn a grade C or more in the prerequisite courses, such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry English composition, college math, medical terminology and any other course the college deems fit.

Graduates must apply to the Mississippi Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-PN. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee your eligibility to take the exam. The Board reserves the right to deny the application of any person convicted of a criminal offense.

Duration and Cost of Training: Practical nursing programs in Mississippi usually take 12 to 14 months to complete based on a full-time schedule. Part-time students not only require more time to complete the program but also spend up to 25 percent more that full-time students. Training costs $11,200 on average for tuition only. Students must cover the costs for textbooks, lab supply, workbooks, software, uniform, liability insurance, preadmission exams, graduation fees, and preadmission requirements, such as criminal background screening, immunization, TB test, physical exam, drug screening, and prerequisite courses. Contact the program coordinator for more information on the tuition policies and additional charges. Financial aid may be available through Federal loans, grants, scholarships, and private loans for qualifying students.

NCLEX Mississippi

Applicants for LPN licensure by examination must submit applications to both the Board of Nursing and register with Pearson Vue for the NCLEX. Pearson Vue facilitates easy registration online or by phone. The registration fee is $200 payable via credit card or debit card.

The Board will grant authorization for you to take the exam after reviewing your completed application and official transcript – you must also register for a criminal background check. Pearson Vue will deliver the Authorization to Test (ATT) to the email address you provided during registration. Keep a copy of the ATT as it must be presented at the test center to be admitted to the exam. Administrators will not admit a candidate for examination without the ATT.

The ATT contains your candidate identification number, authorization number, and expiration date. You must schedule and take the test within the validity dates – the dates cannot be extended for any reason. If you do not take the test within the dates, you must submit another registration and fee.

Although the Computer Adaptive Test scores in real time, you will not receive results at the testing site. Pearson Vue will transmit the results electronically to the Board of Nursing. The Board will mail a diagnostic profile if you fail the exam or display a license number on the Board’s website (within 10 business days) if you pass. The diagnostic profile reports your level of performance for each area of the test plan. You may use the information provided to determine your strengths and weaknesses in preparation for retaking the exam.

Mississippi now offers NCLEX quick results for candidates. The unofficial results do not guarantee licensure. Candidates must await official confirmation of licensure from the Board before they begin practicing as licensed nurses. The time for official notification is 7 to 10 days based on the criminal background check process.

Mississippi’s Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations permit a candidate to take the NCLEX a maximum of 6 times within 2 years of graduating from an approved nursing education program. There must be at least 46 days between each attempt to take the exam.

Mississippi LPN Licensure Requirements

Nursing student graduates must not assume nursing duties until the Board issues an official license. They may perform the duties routinely performed by a nursing assistant. The Board defines the practice of nursing as the performance, for compensation, of services requiring basic knowledge of nursing procedures which do not require the substantial skill and knowledge of a registered nurse.

Mississippi’s participation in the Nurse Licensure Compact means applicants who declare the state as their primary state of residence, with suitable evidence, will receive a multi-state license to practice in other Compact states. LPNs may only hold a license in one Compact state as determined by their primary state of residence. LPNs from other compact state have the privilege of practicing in Mississippi (abiding by the Nursing Practice Law of this state) for a period of 90 days as long as their licenses are in good standing. Thereafter, the licensee must apply for a license if declaring Mississippi as his or her primary state of residence.

Applicants for licensure, who cannot submit a driver’s license with a home address or voter registration or federal income tax return to declare Mississippi as the primary state of residence, will receive a single-state license.

Mississippi Board of Nursing (MSBN) is authorized, by law, to commission fingerprint-based criminal background history checks on all applicants for licensure. The CBC will involve a records check of the Mississippi central criminal database and the Federal Bureau of Investigations criminal history database. Applicants must complete the Student CBC Registration after submitting an application for licensure. The CBC fee is $75 payable using a credit or debit card bearing a Discover, Visa, or MasterCard logo.

Onsite fingerprinting, performed by the MSBN staff, at the school of nursing is available for Mississippi residents. If you completed an out-of-state nursing program but reside in Mississippi, you should contact the Board to schedule an appointment for fingerprinting.

If you reside in a state other than Mississippi, you should contact the Board for fingerprinting instructions.

All applicants must provide two forms of ID during fingerprinting. If you’ve been convicted of or pled guilty to any charge, you should furnish the Board with certified copies of all court records, expungements, documents demonstrating release of probation, evidence of fines paid, and a written detailed explanation of the circumstances surrounding each criminal offence.

Licensure By Examination

Nursing graduates must apply for the licensure exam using the following guidelines:

  • Complete the application form. Incomplete applications will be returned.
  • Indicate your primary state of residence. The MSBN will issue a single-state license if Mississippi is not your primary state of residence.
  • Enclose the $60 application fee using a check or money order payable to the Mississippi Board of Nursing. Add an extra $20 for IV therapy expanded role if applicable. Indicate your social security and number and phone number on the payment.
  • Provide evidence of completing a nursing program in the form of an official transcript sent directly from the registrar to MSBN. If you completed all the requirements for graduation but have not formally graduated, you can request official documentation of your eligibility to graduate – from the registrar directly to the MSBN. The document must bear an official school seal, and the transcript must follow within 30 days.
  • Complete the Authorization to Release Information form (included with the application) and have it notarized.
  • Complete the Special Accommodation Request for the NCLEX and submit with your application if applicable.
  • Check the status of your application online and register for a criminal background check after 7 to 10 business days.
  • Register for the NCLEX-PN on Pearson Vue’s website.

Foreign educated graduates:

  • Provide a valid social security number on the application.
  • Submit evidence of nursing education and credential evaluation from CGFNS. The agency must send an original copy of the report directly to the Board of Nursing.
  • Submit a CES Professional report if you graduated from an English-speaking
  • Submit a CP report if you graduated from a non-English speaking program.

Applications are valid for one year after submission. You must submit another application, fee, and supporting documents if you do not complete the application within that time.

Licensure By Endorsement

If you were licensed in another state or U.S, jurisdiction, you must apply for licensure by endorsement to practice in Mississippi.

  • Complete the application. Incomplete applications will be returned.
  • Enclose the $60 application fee using a check or money order payable to the Mississippi Board of Nursing.
  • Attach a signed and dated 2” x 2” passport type photo to the application form using transparent tape.
  • Indicate your primary state of residence. The MSBN will issue a single-state license if your primary residence is another non-compact state.
  • Sign and notarize the application.
  • Verify your license using Nursys if your original state is licensure participates. If your state is not listed, you should mail a notarized Verification of Original Licensure form to the licensing agency for verification. The agency should mail the completed form to the MSBN. Include your name, license number, etc. on the form and any applicable fees for faster processing.
  • Submit an official transcript of your nursing education directly to the MSBN. The transcript must indicate the degree conferred and graduation date.
  • Complete and notarize the Authorization to Release Information.

The Board may issue a temporary permit upon request. The non-renewable temporary permit lets the LPNs work while the license is in progress. The permit expires in 90 days. The fee for the permit is $25. If requesting a temporary permit, attach a copy of your current/ active LPN license showing the expiration date.

Renewing Your LPN License

LPN licenses expire on December 31 during odd-numbered years. The renewal period begins October 1 where LPNs can begin submitting their renewal requests online. There are currently no continuing education requirements to renew or maintain an LPN license. However, a nurse can maintain the competency relevant to his or her field of practice. The Board does not impose minimum practice requirements to maintain a license. However, those who have not practiced within 5 years must take a refresher course.

Salary and Job Outlook LPNs Mississippi

Employment of LPNs is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2018 in response to long-term care needs of an increasingly elderly population. The prevalence of chronic illnesses and the general growth of health care services also impact the need to professional nurses. As close to 20% of the workforce advance to other positions or leave the occupation permanently, new opportunities will open up for recent graduates. But while the projections are positive for the occupation, nurses need to know where to find these opportunities. Many will be sadly disappointed if they limit their search to the nation’s hospitals as employment in this sector is on a decline. Modern technology now makes it possible for patients to undergo complex tests and procedures in physicians’ offices, outpatient care centers, and community clinics. As a consequence, employment for LPNs will largely grow in these centers even as they decline in the hospitals.

While there is still room for LPNs in various hospital units, applicants will face fierce competition to secure the limited positions. Moreover, hospital administrators are more likely to hire LPNs with years of experience and training. Newly licensed nurses seeking employment in long-term care, home health care, physicians’ offices, outpatient centers, and other non-traditional places can begin practicing within 4 to 8 months of graduation. The median annual salary of LPNs was $36,600 in May 2014. The middle 50 percent earned between $34,560 and $41,957. The lowest paid LPNs in rural and low-income areas earned less than $32,260, and the highest paid in Mississippi’s bustling metropolitan areas earned more than $44,330.

Ashland, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
NW MS Community College – Benton Co Voc Center
Rt 2 Box 42A, Ashland, MS 38603
(662) 224-3108

Booneville, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
Ne MS Community College
101 Cunningham Blvd, Booneville, MS 38829
(662) 728-7751

Clarksdale, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
Coahoma Community College
3240 Friars Point Road, Clarksdale, MS 38614
(662) 627-2574

Decatur, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
E Central Com College
P O Box 129, Decatur, MS 39327-0129
(601) 635-3237

Ellisville, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
Jones Co Junior College
900 S Court St, Ellisville, MS 39437
(601) 477-4000

Gautier, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
MS Gulf Coast Com College – Jackson Co Campus
P O Box 100, Gautier, MS 39553
(228) 497-9602

Grenada, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
Holmes Com College
1060 Avent St, Grenada, MS 38901
(662) 226-0830

Gulfport, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
MS Gulf Coast Com College- Jefferson Davis Campus
2226 Switzer Rd, Gulfport, MS 39507
(228) 896-3355

Hattiesburg, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
Pearl River Com College – Forrest Co Vo Tech Center
5448 Us Hwy 49 S, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
(601) 544-7722

Jackson, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing – Virginia College in Jackson
4795 I-55 North, Jackson, MS 39126
(601) 977-0960

School Of Practical Nursing
Hinds Community College-Allied Health Center
1750 Chadwick Dr., Jackson, MS 39204
(601) 372-6507

Lucedale, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
MS Gulf Coast Com College- George Co Occup Tng Center
P O Box 77, Lucedale, MS 39452
(601) 947-4201

Mayhew, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
E MS Community College
P O Box 100, Mayhew, MS 39753
(662) 243-1900

Mendenhall, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
Copiah-Lincoln Com College
151 Co-Lin Drive, Mendenhall, MS 39114
(601)849-5149

Meridian, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
Meridian Community College
910 Hwy 19 North, Meridian, MS 39307
(601) 483-8241

Moorhead, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
MS Delta Community College
P O Box 668, Moorhead, MS 39761
(662) 246-6322

Natchez, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
Copiah-Lincoln Com College
30 Campus Dr., Natchez, MS 39120
(601) 442-9111

Oxford, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
NW MS Community College
1310 Belk St, Oxford, MS 38655
(662) 236-2023

Poplarville, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
Pearl River Com College
101 Hwy 11 North, Poplarville, MS 39470
(601) 795-6801

Ridgeland, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
Holmes Com College
412 W Ridgeland Ave, Ridgeland, MS 39157
(601) 856-5400

Scooba, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
E MS Community College
P O Box 158, Scooba, MS 39358-0158
(662) 476-8442

Senatobia, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
NW MS Community College
4975 Hwy 51 N., Box 7045, Senatobia, MS 38668-1491
(662) 562-3200

Southhaven, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
NW MS Community College – Desoto Campus
5197 W. E. Ross Pkwy, Southaven, MS 38671
(662) 342-1570

Summit, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
SW MS Community College – College Dr – Voc Tech Bldg
Summit, MS 39666
(601) 276-2000

Tupelo, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
Itawamba Com College
2176 S Eason Blvd, Tupelo, MS 38801
(662) 620-5000

Vicksburg, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
Hinds Community College
755 Hwy 27 South, Vicksburg, MS 39180
(601) 638-0600

Wesson, MS LPN Training Programs:
School Of Practical Nursing
Copiah-Lincoln Com College
P O Box 649, Wesson, MS 39191
(601) 643-5101

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84 thoughts on “Mississippi LPN Requirements and Training Programs”

  1. All community/junior colleges in MS should have a program. Look up your nearest school and see. They should be able to give you more information. Northeast MS community college in Booneville has a great program. I graduated from it on July 30th.

    1. That is so not true. Being an LPN is not a waste, it’s actually very rewarding. By no means am I saying don’t aim high and continue your education and upgrade to RN but don’t put negative information out on a very positive field of nursing. Just like an LPN isn’t an RN, an RN isn’t a MD…..both field of nursing is fine….

    2. Don’t short change yourself .
      Go for the gold
      I have been a LPN 33 yrs and daily regret not going for the gold. Immediately.Always an excuse.
      When the kids get older,see if I like nursing, when I save some money etc.
      With technology where it’s standing
      you are no more than a glorified nursing asst…
      99% of hospitals don’t want Lpns anymore and some nursing homes don’t.
      In many settings you’re not even allowed to administer meds.
      Just from experience
      Besides…part of LPN school now is taught directing you to the RN program..

    3. I disagree there is nothing wrong with being a lpn I’ve been one for 19yrs, some people just want the title RN, doesn’t mean that their better than LPNS the only difference is they have more education I’ve trained many RNs saying it’s a waste of time is just like saying to an RN go be an Nurse Practioner being an RN is a waste of time. Ijs

    4. LPNS are needed especially in doctor offices …nursing homes …. Hospitals do have them in certain areas … It is very rewarding because I still am one … There will always be a need for them… By the way nursing assistants and LPN’s make wonderful RNS…. The thing with nursing and many avenues of life is to much paperwork… Sometimes young mothers have to do something quickly to help make a living and LPN helps … Later if desired make the RN… But there is a need for LPNS especially in skilled nursing facilities …. Lpn ‘s also know much more than someone might think…. I hate I the expression I just an LPN…. Because they are very important to the residents …. They are very much needed ….

    5. I’ve been an lpn for 15 years and I promise you I can and have ran circles around some RNs!!! Lpns rock!!!! Wouldn’t trade my title for the world and yes I had the opportunity to go through the rn program!!!

    6. I don’t think she meant anything by the title. What she meant was RNs make more! I’m a LPN and if I knew then what I know now I wouldn’t have applied for LPN, I would have went straight into RN. LPNS do not get the recognition that they deserve and they work their ass off for peanuts. I’m currently in school for my RN degree

  2. LPN IS NOT a waste of time!!! It’s a wonderful career!!! 1 yr program… If your needed to get in the workforce fast and enjoy taking care of others and make some decent money, it’s the way to go!! You can ALWAYS bridge over to RN PROGRAM…

  3. I was an LPN for 10 years before I got my RN.. When I started LPN school I was. Young mom (19) and DETERMINED to take care of my child myself and NOT depend on anyone or the system to do it for me!! When I finished, got a good job that paid our rent, car note, food , insurance with NO outside assistance. So for someone to say it’s a waste of time irritates me!! Furthering your education and getting your Rn is a great accomplishment!! But at the time LPN was what I needed is was part of Gods master plan for me and my son!! It made a way for me !! (Off my soap box, carry on)!!! Lol. I’ve been nursing now for 23 yrs!! And love it!!

  4. I’ve been trying to get into the LPN program for numerous years with no avail. I’m still trying but was told my ACT score was too low(16). I will be retaking my ACT again very soon in hopes of getting a higher score and an acceptance letter.

    1. Apply at ICC, Northeast, and Northwest in Oxford. The more schools you apply to, the better your chances are to get accepted. I started as an LPN 20 yrs ago, got my ADN 11 yrs ago, and my BSN in August. I just started the FNP program at USM! An LPN is a wonderful place to start, and there is ALWAYS room for advancement!

  5. Being an Lpn is definitely not a waste of time,RN can do more but some of them are lazy and don’t wanna get their hands dirty,but Lpns are the best and will help you reach your potential.So prayer about and go for it.

  6. Going to LPN school first is not a waste of time, LPN’s are in very much demand jus in a different sector and they make good money. Yes the goal is to upgrade. But one should never down another ones profession, we are all nurses and each play important roles and taking care of our patients

  7. I agree Cassandra Bolton-Cotton I don’t know you but I am so proud of you..I have been a lpn since 04 and it’s not a waste of time. It has helped me survive in this world and it says so much more than living off the government and working taxpayers money. I will never understand why people want to degrade someone bc they are trying to better theirselves..

  8. I would recommend getting getting LPN from a community college rather than Fast Track schools like Antonelli only because you have to pay way more while getting the education for it. That and because nursing is something not to be playing with and its a serious career field to be going into because it is a medical field. Just make sure its the right field that you would enjoy as a future job. Good luck to anyone pursuing LPN or RN!

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