School of Nursing

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History | Mission Statement | Vision | Diversity Statement


The School of Nursing was authorized as a Baccalaureate program by an act of the Mississippi Legislature in 1948. Established as the Department of Nursing, it achieved the status of a separate school in 1958. The Graduate Program in nursing was established in 1970. A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing program began in 1997 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program was established in 2009.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master's degree program in nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and the post-graduate APRN certificate program in nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Functioning as a part of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the School of Nursing assumes the responsibility for providing the people of Mississippi with registered nurses of high professional competence and for raising the professional and educational standards of the nurses already practicing in Mississippi. The School of Nursing is housed in the Christine L. Oglevee Building on the northwest side of the campus. The School of Nursing is a professional school functioning within the general framework and policies of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. It reflects the purpose of the parent university and the Medical Center in its educational services for the State of Mississippi.


The mission of the School of Nursing is to develop nurse leaders and improve health within and beyond Mississippi through excellence in education, research, practice, and service. Core values of the School of Nursing integral to this mission are respect, integrity, diversity, excellence, and accountability. 


Empowering Nurse Leaders. Transforming Health Care.

Diversity Statement

The UMMC SON believes in the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice for all of our students. We aim to break down barriers that prevent our students from being able to utilize their abilities to their fullest potential. We recognize that with a diverse student body, there is diversity in learning styles; therefore, a variety of teaching styles will be incorporated to maximize the thought, intellect, resources, and abilities that a diverse student body provides to the overall student learning process.