The W¹s nursing program ranked state¹s largest
COLUMBUS, Miss.As The W this year commemorates the 40th anniversary of its
charter nursing class, numbers recently released by the Mississippi
Institutions of Higher Learning show its nursing program has grown into the
Among both public and private institutions teaching nursing, The W enrolls
the largest number, with 635 students. The next-highest is The University
of Southern Mississippi.
³We are very proud of the strength of our programs, the success of our
graduates and the reputation that a W nursing education has in the
Mississippi health community,² said Dr. Sheila Adams, dean of the College of
Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology.
³We know that we have developed rigorous programs that give our graduates
the skills they need to make an immediate contribution,² she said. ³Our
goal is to continue to meet the needs of our state and contribute to the
healthcare of our citizens.²
The Annual Report for Mississippi Nursing Degree Programs, issued by IHL¹s
Office of Academic and Student Affairs, also showed that The W has the
largest number of total graduates among public and private schools of
nursing, as well as the largest number of RN to BSN graduates in the state.
³We feel that we¹re successfully filling a growing need in Mississippi,²
Adams said, noting that The W this spring has begun a doctorate of nursing
practice program that will give nurse practitioners advanced clinical
This spring, The W also announced a partnership with North Mississippi
Medical Center in Tupelo to coordinate a residency program for physician
assistants and nurse practitioners. It is believed to be the first such
program in the nation to integrate the residency training of both and
provide intensive clinical experiences to improve healthcare delivery.
In other specific nursing programs, the IHL report showed:
· The W¹s BSN program has a 100 percent pass rate on the national
certifying exam, NCLEX, for the past two years;
· The W¹s ASN programs pass rate mean for the past three years
exceeded the state average for Mississippi;
· The W¹s MSN program had the highest completion rates of all MSN
programs in the state, both public and private.
Adams said The W is the only school in Mississippi offering all nursing
degrees from the associate¹s through the DNP. Through its growing online
programs, it serves place-bound students around the state.