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How to Become a Nurse in Mississippi, MS

To become a nurse in Mississippi, one must first decide upon a nursing education program. The shortest option is a one year Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) diploma program, which takes a year after high school. But the far more popular nursing education leads to licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN), because RNs make close to fifty percent more than LPNs and have much broader work opportunities.

There are two typical college-based RN training programs: a two year Associate Degree (ADN) and a four-year Bachelor’s Degree (BSN). Although a BSN takes twice as long to complete as an ADN, around half of the nursing students in Mississippi choose BSN program to become a Registered Nurse. This is because it allows for study beyond the patient care and management skills taught during an Associate Degree, Nursing. BSN students move on to study advanced nursing research and theory, and can choose from a number of electives that allow for the specialization of their nursing knowledge, like public health management, nursing education, and so forth.

At the end of any professional nursing training in Mississippi, students take the NCLEX licensure exam. It is a nationally standardized test and there are different tests for LPNS and RNs, and it is the final step to becoming a nurse in Mississippi.
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