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USM Nursing Program Ranked #16 by Online Guide

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has earned a No. 16 national ranking for its BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice program in the 2021 ratings by USM is the only Mississippi college or university listed in the rankings.

Each year the online resource guide analyzes schools with DNP programs using a methodology focused on program quality, student outcomes, and reputation. Numbers were run for 350 schools using the most recent data. The complete list can be found here:

“The ranking highlights that our nurse practitioner programs are among the premiere programs in the region for preparing advanced practice registered nurses to provide high quality health care. It also acknowledges the exceptional work of the faculty,” said Dr. LaWanda Baskin, Interim Director, School of Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice at USM.

Dr. Lachel Story, Dean of USM’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, notes that the University transitioned its MSN family nurse practitioner psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner programs to DNP programs three years ago in preparation to meet a national accreditation mandate ahead of most schools.

“We felt this transition was particularly important in our state so that nurse practitioners are educated at the highest level in preparation to practice within their full scope to meet the healthcare needs of our residents,” said Story. “This ranking is important as it recognizes that our students are receiving a high-quality educational experience, and that quality preparation will have a positive impact on the health of Mississippians.”

Launched in 2015, has quickly become one of the more popular online resources for students and working nurses interested in doctoral nursing education. To learn more, visit: to learn more.

To learn more about all degree programs offered by USM’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, call 601.266.5445 or visit:


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The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

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