Robert E. Smith School of Nursing

Joining President LaForge are Tad Barrington, a nursing major who will graduate in December 2018, and Debbie Allen, an instructor in nursing.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, there are approximately 675 baccalaureate nursing programs in the U.S. The position of Registered Nurse is among the top occupations for job growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — with projections of 439,000 jobs to be added to the workforce through 2024. The position of Nurse Practitioner is also a fast-growing occupation—forecasted to increase by 35 percent through 2024.

Delta State’s School of Nursing is producing nurses who not only contribute to the profession, but also help to address the nursing shortage in the Delta and throughout the state. Here are some impressive numbers about one of Delta State’s signature programs, our School of Nursing.

  • No. 2 most affordable online DNP-NP program, per and No. 2 most affordable online master’s nursing degree programs, per and
  • The Robert E. Smith School of Nursing ranked third as most affordable for online doctorate in nursing programs, according to Best Value Schools.
  • Our program boasts a 14:1 student to faculty ratio.
  • 92% of graduates from our Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs have passed the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification exam.
  • 95% of our Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates have passed the NCLEX-RN exam, which is the national exam used by state boards of nursing to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice.

In other news on campus, the music department will host a jazz ensemble concert on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Zeigel Hall, room 109A. In athletic news, Lady Statesmen basketball begins a four-game home stand on Tuesday, November 27 at 5:30 p.m. against Spring Hill College. Both the women’s and men’s basketball teams will open conference play on Thursday against West Alabama. The doubleheader will tip off at 5:30 p.m. For the full slate of athletic events, visit

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