University of Mississippi Medical Center Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) School of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with BSN and ADN entry points, as well as a Post-Master’s Certificate with an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) focus. These programs have some courses that require one campus visit per semester. Clinical preceptorships are completed local to the student in the state of Mississippi as the UMMC School of Nursing is not able to accept out-of-state students at this time.

UMMC is unique in Mississippi as the only academic health sciences center, which means that education, research, and patient care all take place on the same campus. UMMC houses three specialized hospitals for children, women and infants, and critical care patients, as well as health clinics with a variety of services. About 500 doctors care for patients on the Jackson, MS campus, as well as in the Jackson metro area and in other clinics throughout the state. Finally, there are two community hospitals connected with UMMC.

As mentioned, the UM Medical Center also educates future leaders in the healthcare industry including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and PhD programs in nursing, dentistry, population health, pharmacy, and other related health care fields. In addition to the AGPCNP program outlined here, UMMC offers several other NP specializations in a hybrid format with more campus visits for those able to attend. UMMC seeks to improve the lives of the residents of Mississippi and eliminate the social barriers to accessing quality healthcare, all while educating the next generation of healthcare professionals to carry on this mission.

Applicants to the programs must have at least one year of RN work experience and have completed undergraduate statistics. Online courses are delivered both real-time and asynchronously through Canvas, with required campus visits clearly outlined in advance for students.

Adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioners (AGPCNPs) are trained to work with young adult, adult, and older adult patients, developing care plans, carrying out routine visits, and addressing acute and chronic health issues. AGPCNPs may serve in a variety of settings including long-term health facilities, primary care clinics, government facilities, hospitals, and home health situations.

Graduates of the nursing programs will be eligible to sit for the national AGPCNP certification exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). UMMC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The graduate nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The University of Mississippi Medical Center is located in Jackson, MS.

What to Expect from the University of Mississippi Medical Center Online NP Programs

Admission Requirements: Applicants must hold an unencumbered RN license in Mississippi as the School of Nursing is not able to accept out of state students at this time. Undergraduate statistics is required for all programs as well as at least one year of clinical nursing experience. Application materials include an application and fee, official transcripts, letters of reference, and a current resume or CV. No GRE is required.

  • RN to MSN: Hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a diploma in nursing from a nationally accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher; Complete 62 hours of prerequisite coursework with a grade of “C” or higher (most or all of which has likely been completed in the ADN or diploma coursework)
  • MSN: Hold a BSN from a nationally accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Post-Master’s Certificate: Hold both a BSN and MSN (the MSN may be in a related field) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher

State Restrictions: UMMC is not able to accept students from other states at this time into the graduate nursing programs.

Study Plan: The MSN can be completed in about five semesters, taking eight to 10 credits per semester. The RN to MSN can be completed in six semesters on a full-time basis. The Post-Master’s Certificate can be completed in about four to five semesters on a part-time basis, depending on the speed of study. The RN to MSN program begins in the Fall, Spring, and Summer, while the other programs begin in the Fall only. All clinical hours must be completed in Mississippi and online coursework may be presented both asynchronously and synchronously. Up to eight campus visits may be required, depending on the program.

MSN Curriculum: The MSN comprises 48 credits and 630 clinical hours. Courses may include Discipline of Nursing; Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology; Finance and Leadership in Healthcare Systems; Reproductive Health for Adult Nurse Practitioners; Research Design and Methods for Advanced Nursing Practice; Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics; Clinical Management of Adults and Older Adults I-III; Clinical Management of Adults and Older Adults Practicum I-III; Health Policy and Population Health; Healthcare Quality Improvement; and Informatics in Healthcare Technology.

RN to MSN Curriculum: The RN to MSN AGPCNP program Comprises 64 credits and includes 630 clinical hours. Additional courses to those listed for the MSN include Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice; Portal to Research Design and Methods; Portal to Advanced Health Assessment; Healthcare Leadership and Collaboration; Portal to Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology; Health Promotion in Populations; Health IT and Patient Safety; and Informatics and Healthcare Technology. All other courses follow those listed for the MSN.

Post-Master’s Certificate Curriculum: The certificate may comprise up to 32 credits plus clinical hours. A plan of study will be determined through an individual gap analysis. Typically courses would follow the clinical courses for the MSN.

Online Experience: The UMMC system utilizes Blackboard Learn as its online Learning Management System (LMS). Post-Master’s Certificate students begin with an online orientation. Some lectures may be delivered through online presentation software, while live sessions may also be scheduled with the faculty. Discussions may take place via discussion boards and other discussion tools. Grades, student records, class management tools, and other student information may be accessed through WISER, the UMMC student information system. Online students may obtain a code to have access to the UMass library system. In addition, online students have access to university resources such as admissions counseling, academic counseling, faculty office hours, career counseling, and 24/7 technical support.

On-Site Requirements: The UMMC graduate AGPCNP program may require up to eight visits throughout the programs. Visits are typically once per semester for some courses and depend on the program of study. Students must also complete local clinical preceptorships in Mississippi.

Paying for the UMMC Online NP Programs

The University of Mississippi Medical Center charges $484.88 per credit plus fees for the online graduate nursing programs. Prospective students should inquire with the UMMC School of Nursing for up-to-date costs.

UMMC may offer unsubsidized federal student loans to graduate students according to the FAFSA. Nursing students may also inquire with their employers as to a tuition reimbursement program. Finally, graduate nursing students may seek outside opportunities for funding such as private loans, and organizational, community, or religious scholarships and grants.

University of Mississippi Medical Center

APRN Programs

MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (ADN bridge)
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP Certificate

Campus Address

2500 North State Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39216

University of Mississippi Medical Center – MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (ADN bridge)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

6

Credits Needed to Graduate

64

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

ADN – Associate Degree in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

Yes (with Analytics score of 3.5+)

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, HI, UT, WI, KY, FL, SC, NC, PA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, MA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

64

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$484.88

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$31,032.32

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$484.88

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$31,032.32

University of Mississippi Medical Center – MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

5

Credits Needed to Graduate

48

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

Yes, GRE Required (with Analytical score of 3.5+)

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, HI, UT, WI, KY, FL, SC, NC, PA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, MA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

48

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$484.88

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$23,274.24

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$484.88

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$23,274.24

University of Mississippi Medical Center – Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP Certificate

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

4

Credits Needed to Graduate

32

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

Yes (with Analytics score of 3.5+)

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, HI, UT, WI, KY, FL, SC, NC, PA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, MA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

32

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$484.88

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$15,516.16

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$484.88

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$15,516.16

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.

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Sara Navratil is a freelance writer and a Certified Canfield Success Principles Trainer. She’s the owner of Sara Liza Life, a company dedicated to helping people rewrite their lives. She enjoys researching and writing about healthcare-related topics, including information on online NP programs. When not working she likes to read, bake, and spend time with her family.