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Post-Graduate Admission Information

Admission criteria

Admission to the Post-Graduate certificate is based on an evaluation of the following data by the Graduate Admission and Progression Committee:

  • A complete application;
  • Master's degree in nursing from an institution that is accredited by an institutional accrediting body and that holds professional accreditation by CCNE or ACEN;
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. If the overall GPA is less than 3.0, the nursing GPA may be considered.;
  • Undergraduate or graduate level statistics course;
  • One year of experience as an RN is required for all nurse practitioner tracks prior to beginning courses. Applicants for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track must have at least one year of experience as an RN in critical/emergency care prior to beginning courses. Applicants for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program must have at least one year of clinical experience as an RN prior to beginning the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner track and two years of NICU clinical experience as an RN before taking any clinical courses. Applicants for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program must have at least one year of clinical experience as an RN in pediatrics prior to beginning the program and two years of pediatric clinical experience as an RN before taking any clinical courses.;
  • Evidence of current unrestricted licensure (RN) to practice in the United States and licensure/privilege to practice in Mississippi;
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended;
  • Graduates of foreign schools whose academic language is not English: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required to demonstrate competence in written and spoken English;
  • Preadmission counseling (completed after the application is reviewed by the Graduate Admission and Progression Committee).
  • Resume;
  • If an applicant has been dismissed from any nursing program, one year must pass from date of dismissal to date of eligibility into any UMMC School of Nursing program.

Additional admission Criteria for classes beginning May 1, 2024

  • Completion of statements sharing experiences demonstrating perseverance, service, leadership and life experiences.
  • Depending on the program/track you are applying for, an interview may be required as a part of the holistic admissions process. Additional information will be provided to applicants when they are invited to interview. 

Preference is given to applicants with recent full-time experience relevant to the selected track. In unusual instances, the Graduate Admission and Progression Committee may consider applicants who do not meet the admission criteria. The School of Nursing reserves the right to offer programs based on the number of acceptable applicants admitted. When a program is not offered due to limited enrollment, the applicant will be notified and other admission options will be explored.


Depending upon the MSN track, a minimum of one academic year of course work with continuous residence is required. The total number of hours must be equivalent to a full-time plan of study for two or three semesters.

Time Limit for Degree Requirements

All requirements for the Post-Graduate Certificate must be completed within a six-year time span.

Additional academic policies and regulations (including those pertaining to admission compliance, orientation, registration and examinations)

Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation (Technical Standards) are an integral component of the School of Nursing (SON) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center academic requirements that identify core professional nursing competencies in eight specific domains - critical thinking/cognitive competencies, professional relationships, communication, mobility, motor skills, hearing and visual skills, observation and tactile senses. Nursing students must meet all the requirements of the Technical Standards, with or without reasonable accommodations, in order to successfully progress through and graduate from their respective curricula.