School of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Mary Jean Padgett, Dean
The School of Nursing offers a program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Upon successful completion of the program, you may apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination. Along with the university’s core curriculum of liberal arts and sciences, the nursing degree includes 60 semester hours of nursing courses, in areas such as:
- Research in nursing practice
- Clinical practice
- Health assessment
- Community health nursing
The curriculum is designed to produce nursing graduates who bring a diverse liberal arts education to nursing practice. Students develop skills in leadership and management, discuss evidence-based research, explore relevant technology options, and investigate healthcare policy and health-related regulatory issues. Students build their communication abilities, work in collaborative settings, and express Christian Caring towards patients.
We strive to educate nursing graduates who are well-prepared to deliver patient-centered, quality care to diverse populations, promoting better health in their communities.
The MC Experience
Established in 1969, the School of Nursing enjoys a long history of preparing nurses who are both accomplished professional practitioners and models of Christian Caring. We approach the nursing profession as a calling, a way to serve through ministry to others. More than 1,500 nurses have graduated from the program. They now serve in a variety of professional settings — in Mississippi, across the country and even across the world. Many hold key leadership positions, utilizing their training to lead and inspire their fellow nurses.
The School of Nursing is accredited by the Mississippi Board of Institutions of Higher Learning and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
How You’ll Learn
Faculty draw on a diverse selection of teaching methods, appealing to a variety of learning styles. Knowledge acquisition is reinforced through lecture and discussion, case studies, learning journals, patient care simulations, multimedia software, audio-visual presentations, professional events and group projects.
Thanks to MC’s metropolitan location, students benefit from clinical instruction at a number of nearby health organizations: private and public hospitals, assisted living and nursing home facilities, the state mental institution, health departments, local clinics, physicians’ offices, and hospice and home care situations. Hospitals available for clinical placement include Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, Mississippi State Hospital, River Region Hospital, River Oakes Hospital, St. Dominic Hospital, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Nursing students begin clinical experiences during their first semester. These experiences are chosen through a guided process that facilitates progressive learning; students advance from caring for individuals to caring for families and communities, from dealing with less acute situations to more serious ones. Clinical training experiences include adult health, maternal health, psychiatric health and community health.
Learning opportunities are also offered internationally. Currently, nursing students can take advantage of a study abroad program in the Dominican Republic. Students also have the opportunity to take their skills on a medical missions trip each summer, where they work in a remote or make-shift clinic, meet basic needs and teach their clients about health. Destinations have included Kyrgyzstan, India, Chile, China, Yemen, and the Blackfoot Nation in Wyoming. Mexico is also a yearly destination.
Students participate in health fairs, present health education programs at local schools, conduct community health screenings and offer lessons on health promotion and disease prevention to the community.
The second-semester Nursing Research course gives students a closer look at implementing Evidence Based Practice. At the end of the course, students apply what they’ve learned with a hands-on project in creating and presenting a research poster.
What You’ll Do
Support Omicron Lambda, our local chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. We promote the international society’s vision of creating a global community of nurses who lead with knowledge, scholarship, service and learning, improving global health. Membership is by invitation to outstanding students.
Join the Baptist Nursing Fellowship, an organization of student nurses dedicated to helping those in need. Students partner with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross and local soup kitchens. They collaborate to build shelters and homes, administer flu shots, feed the hungry, assist disaster victims and more.
Participate in the Mississippi Student Nurses’ Association (MSNA), the professional organization for student nurses. Each fall, the MSNA convention — held in conjunction with the Mississippi Nurses’ Association Convention — brings together student delegates from around the state. Our campus chapter meets monthly and maintains an active role in the School of Nursing, promoting charity and service initiatives.
Where You’ll Go
With an overall NCLEX pass rate of 99.841 percent, our nursing graduates are well-prepared to excel in their careers. They also enjoy excellent recruitment rates, being in high demand throughout the region. Most choose to remain in the Jackson metropolitan area; others are serving in places like Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas and California. Representatives from more than 20 health agencies typically participate in our annual Career Day.
Recent graduates are now employed at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, St Dominic’s Hospital and most major medical centers in the area. Others are pursuing graduate work in nursing at the University of Mississippi, Vanderbilt University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of South Alabama and more.
Our alumni are accomplished professionals, leaders in their organizations and communities. They include: Dean of Nursing and Allied Health at Hinds Community College Dean of the School of Nursing at William Carey College District 5 Coordinator of the Mississippi State Board of Health Past President of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Past Executive Director of the Mississippi Board of Nursing Past President of the Alabama League of Nursing Directors of Nursing at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, University Hospital at Durant and Methodist Hospital at Lexington Vice President for Nursing at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center
Our alumni are current and past members of the Mississippi Board of Nursing, Armed Forces officers serving throughout the world, mission workers in Chile, China, Guyana, Tanzania and Yemen, and faculty members in nursing education programs across the country.