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Education Requirements

Practical Nursing (PN)

Faculty must be a registered nurse (licensed in Mississippi) and have a minimum of two (2) years work experience, with one year of work experience in a hospital setting within the last five years.

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Faculty must have a master’s or higher degree with a major in nursing, and a minimum of one year of clinical experience as a registered nurse (IHL Accreditation Standards, 2004).

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Faculty must have a master’s or higher degree with a major in nursing, and a minimum of one year of clinical experience as a registered nurse (IHL Accreditation Standards, 2004).

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The majority of faculty in graduate nursing programs must have earned doctorates in nursing or a related field from regionally accredited institutions (IHL Accreditation Standards, 2004).

Doctorate of Philosophy/Doctorate of Nursing Science (PhD/DNS)

The majority of faculty in graduate nursing programs must have earned doctorates in nursing or a related field from regionally accredited institutions (IHL Accreditation Standards, 2004).


Clinical Extenders (Adjunct Faculty)

Clinical extenders have the same education requirements as full time staff in the state of MS.

Mandatory requirements for AD nursing are: Master’s degree in nursing. Current Mississippi RN license. At least one year of nursing experience as a registered nurse. Knowledge and experience to teach selected clinical areas of nursing. Knowledge of learning needs of associate degree nursing students. The 15% exception rule applies here, as well. Those instructors hired under the exception rule, must complete their master’s degree within three (3) years.

Mandatory requirements for PN nursing are: Registered nurse with current unencumbered Mississippi license, minimum of two (2) years experience in professional practice. Hinds prefers that the RN have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, but that is not a requirement

Exceptions

Exceptions to the educational requirements for faculty in ADN, BSN, and PhD programs may be granted for no more than 15 percent of the nursing faculty, provided the excepted faculty members are enrolled and continue employment until graduation in a graduate degree program (IHL Accreditation Standards, 2004).




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