RN-BSN

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  • RN-BSN Admission Information

    Admission criteria

    • An associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited institution - NLNAC or CCNE, - which includes clinical practice courses in nursing;
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (All grades, including failing grades and grades on repeat courses, are used to calculate preadmission grade point averages.);
    • Completion of all prerequisite courses from an accredited college or university by the time the nursing program begins, with a minimum “C” grade in each course;
    • Eligibility for unrestricted licensure (RN) to practice in Mississippi or one of the compact states (New graduates must successfully complete the NCLEX during the first semester of coursework.);
    • Students accepted in the UMMC program must successfully complete a background check prior to final acceptance into the program. The background check, including fingerprinting, will be conducted by the UMMC Department of Human Resources prior to program orientation. Also, please note in advance that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's eligibility to be licensed or certified.
    • Students must complete preadmission counseling prior to official acceptance. Students accepted into the RN-BSN program will be contacted for this counseling.

    Please note: Only applicants accepted into the program will receive additional information regarding health requirements, program orientation, class schedule, textbooks and other important information.

    Students who enroll in the program must hold current certification in Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as Health Provider (American Heart Association or American Red Cross), which includes the required Adult, Child and Infant Life Support. CPR certification classes are available to students who have been accepted to the UMMC nursing programs. For more information, please click here.

    Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation

    Prerequisites

    For the RN-BSN program, you must complete 63 hours of prerequisite coursework. However, many of these prerequisites are classes that you more than likely completed in your associate-degree program. Additional prerequisites may be completed at the college, university or community college of your choice. You may apply for admission when the number of prerequisites courses completed, plus those on the application plan of study, equals 63 semester hours. All prerequisites courses must be completed prior to entering the nursing program.

    Please note that there have been changes to the prerequisite courses, and these new and/or revised prerequisites will become effective for students who will be starting the RN-BSN program in the 2014 summer semester. These changes include the following: Nutrition may be used as either a natural science or psychosocial elective, and Intermediate Algebra is no longer acceptable.

    Download the RN-BSN Prerequisite Checklist (.pdf)

    If you have questions regarding prerequisites or your application's status, please contact the Office of Student Records and Registrar by calling (601) 984-1084.

    How to apply

    Applications are accepted beginning July 1 of the year prior to the desired year of enrollment. When applying, all parts to the application, including any supplemental materials, must be received by the deadline. For a complete list of application deadlines, please click here.

    Applications received less than two weeks prior to the deadline cannot be assured of adequate time for notification of any missing or incomplete documents.

    Download the RN-BSN Quick-Start Guide (.pdf)

    • A complete application
    • A nonrefundable $25 application fee paid by credit card or by check, made payable to the University of Mississippi Medical Center;
    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, submitted to the Office of Student Records and Registrar.

    Additional information for applicants

    • All transcripts become the property of the University of Mississippi Medical Center and cannot be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another school or individual. Transcripts must be sent directly by the school to the Office of Student Records and Registrar.
      • Office of Student Records and Registrar 
        University of Mississippi Medical Center
        2500 N. State St.
        Jackson, MS 39216-4505
    • Facsimile documents will not be accepted.
    • Transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Student Records and Registrar at the end of each semester until all prerequisite requirements are completed.
    • Report any name, address or phone number change to the Office of Student Records and Registrar.
    • Do not send application materials to the School of Nursing.
    • All grades, including failing grades and grades on repeat courses, are used to calculate preadmission grade point averages.
    • The applicant is responsible for notifying the Office of Student Records and Registrar of all changes to the plan of study.
    • Out-of-state tuition charges apply for all applicants that live outside the state of Mississippi.

    For more information

    If you have questions regarding the admission criteria, or if you want to discuss prerequisite courses, please contact the School of Nursing admissions counselor at (601) 815-0124, or you may call the Office of Student Records and Registrar at (601) 984-1084.