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Traditional BSN Admission Information

Admission criteria

  • A complete application;
  • Official ACT score;
    • Applicants who have previously taken the ACT, please submit the ACT superscore as a part of the application process; this is not used as a component of the criteria for admission but is required as a part of your documentation process for application. Failing to submit a previously taken ACT score will mean that the student can still be considered but will have to be placed on a defined plan of support throughout their matriculation.
    • Applicants who have not taken an ACT are welcome to apply; the ACT is not a component of the criteria for admission into the UMMC SON.
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. (Hours from all previously attempted undergraduate coursework are used in calculating the cumulative GPA.) The GPA in required prerequisite coursework will also be considered in the admission process;
  • Completion of required prerequisite courses with a minimum of grade C in each course. Applicants may apply for admission when the number of prerequisite courses completed, plus those on the plan of study, equals 62 credit hours. All prerequisite courses (62 credit hours) must be completed before beginning the nursing program;
  • At least two science prerequisites must be completed with a minimum of grade C posted prior to the program application deadline.
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended.
  • 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.

In unusual instances, the Undergraduate Admission and Progression Committee may consider applicants who do not meet the admission criteria.

Oxford Campus Admission Criteria

Preference for admission to the Traditional BSN program will be extended to qualified, currently enrolled at University of Mississippi students first that will have met all prerequisites (62 hours) by program entry in May.

Please note that the admission requirements for the Freshman Early-Entry program are separate from the Traditional BSN program.


The Traditional BSN program is a "2+2" program. You complete your prerequisites at the college, university or community college of your choice. The prerequisites for the UMMC program typically take students two years to complete. You may apply for admission when the number of prerequisites courses completed, plus those on the application plan of study, equals 62 credit hours. All required prerequisites courses (62 hours) must be completed prior to entering the nursing program. If you have questions regarding prerequisites or your application's status, please call (601) 984-1080 or (601) 815-0124.

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.