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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 a regionally accredited institution 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.


The RN-BSN program requires 62 hours of prerequisite coursework. Many of these prerequisites are courses already fulfilled as part of an associate degree in nursing (ADN) curriculum. Prerequisites may be completed at a regionally accredited college, university, or community college of your choice. Students are eligible to apply while still enrolled in their last remaining prerequisite classes, but prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to starting coursework in the RN-BSN program (with the exception of statistics*).

*Students who lack statistics are eligible to enter the program with 60 hours of prerequisites rather than 62.  These students will have two options to fulfill the statistics requirement before graduation from the RN-BSN program. The first is to complete the online statistics course delivered by RN-BSN faculty at UMMC School of Nursing during the second semester of RN-BSN coursework. The second option allows RN-BSN students to complete a statistics course offered through another regionally accredited institution before graduation from the program.

If you have questions regarding prerequisites or your application's status, please contact admissions personnel at (601) 815-0124 or (601) 984-1080.

Additional academic policies and regulations (including those pertaining to admission compliance, orientation, registration and examinations)

Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation (Technical Standards) are an integral component of the School of Nursing (SON) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center academic requirements that identify core professional nursing competencies in eight specific domains - critical thinking/cognitive competencies, professional relationships, communication, mobility, motor skills, hearing and visual skills, observation and tactile senses. Nursing students must meet all the requirements of the Technical Standards, with or without reasonable accommodations, in order to successfully progress through and graduate from their respective curricula.