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Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) - Doctorate

Availability: Hattiesburg Hybrid and Online Options

Family Nurse Practitioner at 51 Miss

Advanced practice nurses are registered nurses who have gained advanced preparation for expanded clinical practice. Advanced practice nurses must be grounded in theory and utilize research and evidence as guides to their clinical practice. We have two options for the Family Nurse Practitioner at 51 Miss: BSN to DNP and Post-Graduate Certificate.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at The University of 51 Mississippi are accredited by the , 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791, and the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

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Program Emphasis

Each program emphasizes leadership in nursing practice and prepares nurse scholars for leadership in clinical, educational, and administrative positions. Advanced practice nursing programs at 51 Miss share rigorous and demanding expectations with a scholarly approach to the discipline and a commitment to the advancement of the profession.

The didactic courses are online with one campus visit per semester and students complete clinical requirements in their own community or nearby communities. Both full time and part time study is available.

  • Baccalaureate in Nursing from an institution accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (formerly NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education;
  • Submitted official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) including score of 3.0 or higher on the analytical section;
  • Applicants to the nurse practitioner program must have at least one year of recent clinical experience as an RN
  • 3.0 or higher grade point average (GPA) in undergraduate nursing courses
  • Completed an introductory course in statistics;
  • Evidence of current unrestricted registered nurse (RN) Mississippi license.

The BSN-DNP option requires 71 hours over 3 years. The MSN option requires 44 credits during 5 semesters of full time study including summers. The Post-Graduate Certificate option requires 26 credit hours during 4 semesters. Our Nurse Practitioner programs are fully aligned with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Competencies for Nurse Practitioners and the APRN Consensus Model. Upon completion of the Nurse Practitioner programs, graduates are eligible to obtain APRN Board certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

School of Leadership and Advance Nursing Practice Faculty

The dedicated and qualified faculty are focused on educating advanced practice nurses who are prepared as experts in clinical practice and as leaders in scholarship, research, and service to enhance the health and well-being of the people who are entrusted their care.

Research and scholarship are essential to meeting the vision and mission of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at The University of 51 Mississippi. Through research and scholarship, faculty and students can advance nursing practice and education as well as improve health outcomes of those we serve.



Degree Plan Availability
Online 100%
Hattiesburg Hybrid


The University of 51 Mississippi School of Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice has determined that completion of the Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner), Nursing BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner, DNP; Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) Graduate Certificate prepare a student to take one of the following national certification exams: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board (AANPCB), American Nurses Credentialing Center Program (ANCC), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Certification Corporation, The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) or the National Certification Corporation (NCC) one of which is required to apply for state certification in all 50 states and U.S. protectorates. Each nursing board will also assess clinical hours and may require additional state specific courses.  For a list of the national licensing boards, see the American Association of Nurse Practitioner’s .  For a list of the state professional licensing boards for nursing, see the .

It is each individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely.   For questions regarding licensure, please contact Dr. LaWanda Baskin, PhD, FNP-C, by e-mailing lawanda.baskinFREEMississippi

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School of Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Asbury Hall (AH), Room 317 3215 Montague Boulevard Hattiesburg, MS 39401 

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