Message from the Dean
College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Dr. Brandy Larmon

Welcome to Bill & Jo-Ann Vandergriff College of Nursing and Health Sciences website!

The College offers outstanding educational programs designed to meet the lifestyles and demands of today’s diverse student.  Student advancement through each program provides opportunities for development of life-long learning and application of inclusive principles.

The College of Nursing was founded in 1971 and has produced thousands of graduates who have successfully moved into the nursing workforce and are impacting the profession of nursing in Mississippi, the United States, and the world. We have four distinguished nursing programs of study leading to an Associate of Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Graduates of all four programs possess the knowledge, skills, leadership ability, and clinical expertise to excel in the profession of nursing. Students can also consider advancing a previous degree is possible through our several flexible, upgrade options. Furthermore, marketability of graduates is increased through preceptorship and externship experiences which are part of the curriculum in each undergraduate program.  

The College also offers two distinguished Speech-Language Pathology programs leading to a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree.  The undergraduate program is among the most academically rigorous on campus and has a notable reputation for preparing quality graduates with a solid foundation for graduate school.  The graduate program has a distinguished reputation and prepares students for employment in any professional setting as well.  Students participate in direct learning through clinical experiences in the MUW Speech and Hearing Center, public schools, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.  Graduate students are provided the opportunity to be involved in cooperative faculty-student research studies with presentations at state and national professional conferences. Graduates of our Speech-Language Pathology programs are some of the most sought-after in their profession.

The College also offers both Bachelor and Graduate degrees in Public Health Education, as well as a bachelor degree in Kinesiology. Internships can be included, and graduates are prepared for a multitude of healthcare organizations. The Bachelor degree in Public Health Education options allow for students to tailor their electives to their diverse areas of interest and better prepare them for specific healthcare roles in such areas as policy, education, and management, to name a few.

Excellent faculty, personalized attention, and a commitment to excellence have contributed to the distinguished reputation of all programs within the College.  Please take time to look through our website to learn more about our undergraduate and graduate programs as well as the other opportunities available at The W. We look forward to being “The Blue for You!”

Dr. Brandy Larmon, RN-MSN, EdD
Dean, Vandergriff College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Alumna, BSN Class of 2005

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