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  • BSN Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the GPA and ACT requirements?

    Both the Traditional BSN and Accelerated BSN require a minimum ACT score of 21. (The 2014 Traditional BSN class average was 26, and the 2014 Accelerated BSN class average was 24.) The Traditional BSN program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. (The 2014 class average was 3.7.) The Accelerated BSN program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. (The 2014 class average was 3.6.) Both programs also consider prerequisite GPA. (The 2014 Traditional BSN class average was 3.6, and the 2014 Accelerated BSN class average was 3.4.)

    How competitive is admission?

    Admission is very competitive. The School of Nursing usually receives three to four times the number of applicants as there are available slots.

    How many students are accepted?

    The Traditional BSN program accepts 90 to 100 students. The Accelerated BSN program accepts 30 in Jackson and another 30 in Oxford.

    When is the deadline to apply?

    The deadline for the Traditional BSN program is Jan. 15 of the year you plan to start the program. The deadline to apply for the Freshman Early-Entry program is Nov. 1 of your freshman year of college. For the Accelerated BSN program, the application deadline for fall admission to the Oxford campus is Feb. 15 of the year that you plan to begin the program; the deadline for spring admission to the Jackson campus is Sept. 1 of the preceding year.

    How many times a year do you admit students?

    Students are admitted into the Traditional BSN program one time annually in the summer semester. Admission to the Accelerated BSN program occurs once in the fall for the Oxford program and once in the spring for the Jackson program.

    Is the ACT required if I have a baccalaureate degree? Do you accept residual ACT scores?

    Yes, all applicants are required to submit all ACT scores, with a minimum score of 21. (Freshman Early-Entry applicants must have a minimum ACT score of 24.) No, we do not accept residual ACT scores. For more information about this, please contact the Office of Student Records and Registrar.

    What classes do I need to take before starting nursing school?

    There are 62 hours of prerequisites. These can be taken at the college or community college of your choice and usually take at least two years to complete. All prerequisites must be finished prior to starting nursing school. Please click here for a list of prerequisite requirements.

    Is there a part-time option available?

    No, all students admitted into the Traditional and Accelerated BSN programs are done so on a full-time status.

    What is Freshman Early-Entry?

    The Freshman Early-Entry program provides an entry into the baccalaureate nursing program as a college freshman, rather than as a junior. Freshman Early-Entry students avoid the competitive selection process for admission into the Traditional BSN program following the completion of the pre-nursing curriculum. This program is offered only at Belhaven University, Millsaps College, Tougaloo College and the University of Mississippi.

    What is the average starting salary of a newly licensed RN?

    In the Metro-Jackson area, the average starting salary is around $19.50 per hour (about $41K annually), excluding shift differentials, weekends and holidays.

    Is it possible for a student to have a job while enrolled in the BSN program?

    Typically, classes for the undergraduate program are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. While the schedule varies from day to day, due to the intensity of the program, students are discouraged from taking on additional work responsibilities while enrolled in this program. Furthermore, the Accelerated BSN program is intensive with non-traditional scheduling, as classes and clinical often are held in the evenings and on weekends. At the beginning of each semester, students receive a course calendar outlining their schedule for the semester.

    Are financial aid and scholarships available?

    Yes, both are available to qualified students who apply. Please visit the UMMC Office of Student Financial Services website for details on how to apply for financial aid at UMMC, http://financialaid.umc.edu/.

    For more information

    If you have further questions, please call (601) 815-0124 or email admissioncounselor@umc.edu.