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  • Accelerated BSN Program

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

    Have you ever thought about a career in nursing? Do you already have a bachelor's degree in another field?

    If you answered “yes” to both questions, then the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is the right choice for you.

    The School of Nursing has a reputation for offering rigorous graduate and undergraduate nursing education. UMMC students not only participate in hands-on, multidisciplinary clinical training, but also receive classroom instruction that effectively prepares them for successful careers as RNs, nurse practitioners, nurse administrators, nurse educators and other advanced practice roles in a variety of health-care settings.

    At UMMC, students participate in clinical learning experiences in four major hospitals - Batson Children's Hospital, University Hospital, Wallace Conerly Critical Care Hospital and Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants. UMMC also has the state’s only Level 1 trauma center, as well as the state’s only children’s hospital. You will gain not only the best nursing education in the state, but also a truly unique learning environment and unlimited resources - all at your fingertips!

    Program description

    The Accelerated BSN program is designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in another field and wish to change career paths in a short amount of time. This particular program takes 15 months to complete and includes a continuous four-semester curriculum. The purpose of the Accelerated BSN program is to prepare nurses at an accelerated pace for entry-level professional practice and provide a solid foundation for graduate study.

    The Accelerated BSN program involves challenging and rewarding learning experiences that reflect the standards of professional nursing practice and prepare graduates for professional leadership careers in a multitude of health-care environments. The School of Nursing faculty and staff are committed to educational excellence, clinical expertise, scholarship, professional development and community service.

    Students in the Accelerated BSN program integrate with students in the Traditional BSN program for some courses and specific learning activities. A dominant problem-based learning methodology is used for course delivery.

    Upon completion of the program, students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and take the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX), which grants the registered nurse license. The BSN program prepares students for entrance into graduate study at the master’s-degree level.

    The educational programs at the UMMC School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

    Program hours

    The Accelerated BSN program requires a minimum of 124 semester hours for completion. Students are admitted to the upper-division nursing major after completing a total of 63 semester hours in prerequisite coursework in the social and behavioral sciences, the natural and physical sciences, and the arts and humanities. These lower-division pre-professional courses can be completed at any accredited college or university, including four-year institutions and community colleges.

    All prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to enrollment in the BSN program. Additional information regarding admission requirements and prerequisite courses may be obtained by calling (601) 815-0124 or (601) 984-1085.

    To complete the 61 semester hours of upper-division study, students enroll in the full-time, four-semester plan of study which begins annually in the summer semester.