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Traditional BSN Plan of Study

The Traditional BSN program is a "2+2" program. Following the completion of two years of prerequisite coursework completed at the college, university or community college of your choice, the remaining two years of nursing coursework are completed on the Medical Center campus in Jackson or the Oxford Instructional Site. The Traditional BSN program includes five semesters of coursework and begins annually in May. Students then graduate in May two years later. There are no classes scheduled during the summer between the junior and senior year of nursing school, and during this time, many students opt to complete an externship for three hours of elective credit.

Applicants may apply for admission when the number of prerequisite courses completed, plus those on the application plan of study, equals 62 credit hours. All required prerequisite courses (62 hours) must be completed prior to entering the nursing program.

View the plan of study below to see a detailed list of courses needed for the Traditional BSN program. Please note: Undergraduate students are limited to a maximum of six credit hours of nursing electives.


Grades and progress of each student are reviewed by the associate dean at the end of each grading period. Students who do not meet established criteria will be notified. Progression in the baccalaureate program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all required nursing courses at the upper division. If a student makes a grade of "D" or "F" in a nursing course, the course may be repeated once, provided the overall GPA is 2.0. If a student repeats a failed nursing course and does not make a grade of "C" or better, the student will be dismissed from the program. Only one nursing course may be repeated. If a student receives a grade of "D" or "F" in a second nursing course, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Traditional BSN Plan of Study
Semester I - Summer
N 302Health Assessment Throughout the Life Span3
N 307Pathophysiology4
Semester II - Fall
N 300Introduction to Health Promotion3
N 303Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics3
N 304Introduction to Professional Nursing and Evidence-Based Practice2
N 309Foundations of Nursing Practice5
Semester III - Spring
N 444Adult Health I6
N 427Child-Adolescent Nursing5
N 428-1Nursing Research3
Semester III - Summer
N 409Clinical Nursing Elective (optional)3
N 322Strategies for Success (may be required based on standardized examination score)1
Semester IV - Fall
N 460Adult Health II6
N 426Maternal-Newborn Nursing5
N 439Population Based Nursing3
Semester V - Spring
N 310Behavioral Nursing4
N 435Nursing Synthesis and Practicum4
N 449Nursing Management in Health Care Systems4
N 482Seminar2
Total Hours62

Plans of study may differ based on faculty and clinical resources and necessary curriculum changes. Students will be given the most recent plans of study by their academic advisor upon enrollment. Traditional BSN students are limited to six credit hours of electives within the program, excluding N409 (Clinical Nursing Elective) and N322 (Strategies for Success), if required.