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RN-BSN Admission Information

Admission criteria

  • An associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited institution - ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE, - which included clinical practice courses in nursing;
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses from an accredited college or university by the time the nursing program begins, with a minimum "C" grade in each course;
  • Evidence of current unrestricted licensure (RN) to practice in the United States and eligibility for licensure in Mississippi; (New associate-degree graduates must successfully complete the NCLEX-RN® examination and become licensed as a registered nurse by the end of the first semester of coursework.) Preference is given to qualified applicants who are legal residents of Mississippi.
  • If an applicant has been dismissed from any nursing program, one year must pass from date of dismissal to date of eligibility into any UMMC School of Nursing program.
Additional academic policies and regulations (including those pertaining to admission compliance, orientation, registration and examinations)

Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation


For the RN-BSN program, you must complete 62 hours of prerequisite coursework. However, many of these prerequisites are classes that you more than likely completed in your associate-degree program. Additional prerequisites may be completed at the college, university or community college of your choice. You may apply for admission when the number of prerequisites courses completed, plus those on the application plan of study, equals 62 credit hours. All prerequisites courses must be completed prior to entering the nursing program. If you have questions regarding prerequisites or your application's status, please call (601) 815-0124 or (601) 984-1080.