HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi.
College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college, has ranked The University of Southern Mississippi's online nurse practitioner degree program among the most affordable options nationwide. In its Top 10 listing, Southern Miss ranked No. 4 in affordability.
"We're proud to be recognized as one of the most affordable nurse practitioner programs in the nation by College Choice," said Dr. Anita Boykins, Associate Dean of the Southern Miss College of Nursing. "We prepare family nurse practitioners and psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioners so that they can provide care to individuals in primary care and behavioral care settings. The affordability of the program is one of the contributors to our increased enrollment."
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioners are part of the 7th fastest growing profession in the United States. Among the top 20 of most in-demand occupations, nurse practitioners are second only to optometrists in their median pay.
"Graduates are prepared to improve patient outcomes through the delivery of quality care. Our College of Nursing nurse practitioner programs also increase the supply of healthcare providers in the state," said Boykins.
The Southern Miss College of Nursing has two tracks for aspiring nurse practitioners - family nurse practitioner track and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner track. After completing the nurse practitioner program, students will either obtain a Master of Science in nursing degree or a post-graduate certificate, if the student has a graduate degree in nursing.