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  • BSN Frequently Asked Questions

    The School of Nursing provides answers to frequently asked questions about its BSN program.

    What are the GPA and ACT requirements?

    Both the Traditional BSN and Accelerated BSN require a minimum ACT score of 21 (2013 class average: 25). The minimum cumulative GPA requirement for the Traditional BSN program is 2.5 (2013 class average: 3.6), and the minimum cumulative GPA required for admission to the Accelerated BSN program is a 3.0, with the averages normally ranging well over the minimum requirement. The GPA in required prerequisite work will also be considered in the admission process.

    How competitive is admission?

    Admission is very competitive. We usually receive anywhere from 400 to 500 applications for the Traditional BSN program and more than 150 for the Accelerated BSN program.

    How many students are accepted?

    The Traditional BSN program accepts 80 to 90 students. The Accelerated BSN program accepts 20 to 30.

    When is the deadline to apply?

    The deadline is January 15 of the year you plan to start the nursing program. The application is completely online. The deadline to apply for the Freshman Early-Entry program is November 1 of your freshman year of college.

    How many times a year do you admit students?

    Students are admitted into these programs once each year.

    When does the BSN program begin?

    Both the Traditional BSN program and the Accelerated BSN program begin during the summer semester.

    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. 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 63 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 this program 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.

    Do you offer on-campus housing?

    No, our students live off-campus. There are many apartments, rental and housing opportunities available in the Jackson area. For a list of available housing opportunities, please click here.

    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 clinicals 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,

    Is the BSN program available on the Oxford campus?

    The University of Mississippi School of Nursing offers the Traditional BSN program on both the Oxford and Jackson campuses; however, the last class to attend the Traditional BSN program on the Oxford campus is the 2012 class. This program will be offered in Oxford until 2014, when the class that entered the nursing program in 2012 graduates. The Oxford campus will transition from undergraduate to graduate education from 2012 to 2014.

    For more information

    If you have further questions, please call (601) 815-0124 or emailĀ