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Traditional BSN Admission Information

Admission criteria

  • A complete application;
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended;
  • A minimum ACT® super-score of 21 (scores on transcripts are considered unofficial and will not be accepted);
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (The GPA in required prerequisite coursework will also be considered in the admission process. Hours from all previously attempted coursework are used in calculating the cumulative GPA.);
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses from an accredited college or university by the time the nursing program begins in the summer semester, with a minimum "C" grade in each course;
    • At least two science prerequisites must be completed with a posted grade prior to the program application deadline;
  • 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 admission criteria for classes beginning May 1, 2024

  • Completion of four statements sharing experiences demonstrating perseverance, service, leadership, and diversity.
  • Multiple mini-interviews (MMI) with members of the Admission Committee will be required. The MMI consists of a circuit of interview "stations," each of which provides a ten-minute scenario-based encounter. Each station has a trained rater who is a member of the Interview Subcommittee; therefore, each applicant will be evaluated by several different raters. The station scenarios do not test or access scientific or clinical knowledge; instead, they focus on personal competencies such as oral communication skills, service orientation, respect for other including compassion and empathy, critical thinking and decision making, teamwork, awareness of ethics, maturity, coping skills, and opinions on health care issues. Additional information will be provided to applicants when they are invited to interview. In unusual instances, the Undergraduate Admission and Progression Committee may consider applicants who do not meet the admission criteria.
  • The ACT is no longer a component of the criteria for admission but is required as part of your documentation process for application. Failing to submit a previously taken ACT score will mean that the applicant can still be considered but will have to the placed on a defined plan of support throughout their matriculation. The ACT is not required for applicants with a bachelor's degree or higher.

Oxford Campus Admission Criteria

Preference for admission to the Traditional BSN program will be extended to qualified, currently enrolled at University of Mississippi students first that will have met all prerequisites (62 hours) by program entry in May. If a full cohort is not achieved each year, candidates from other schools may be considered.

Please note that the admission requirements for the Freshman Early-Entry program are separate from the Traditional BSN program.


The Traditional BSN program is a "2+2" program. You complete your prerequisites at the college, university or community college of your choice. The prerequisites for the UMMC program typically take students two years to complete. 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 required prerequisites courses (62 hours) must be completed prior to entering the nursing program. If you have questions regarding prerequisites or your application's status, please call (601) 984-1080 or (601) 815-0124.

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.