Traditional BSN

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Traditional BSN Plan of Study

The Traditional BSN program is a "2+2" program. Following the completion of two years of prerequisite coursework completed at the college, university or community college of your choice, the remaining two years of nursing coursework are completed on the Medical Center campus in Jackson. The Traditional BSN program includes five semesters of coursework and begins annually in May. Students then graduate in May two years later. There are no classes scheduled during the summer between the junior and senior year of nursing school, and during this time, many students opt to complete an externship for three hours of elective credit.

Applicants may apply for admission when the number of prerequisite courses completed, plus those on the application plan of study, equals 62 credit hours. All required prerequisite courses (62 hours) must be completed prior to entering the nursing program.

Click on the plan of study to see a detailed list of courses needed for the Traditional BSN program. Please note: Undergraduate students are limited to a maximum of six credit hours of nursing electives.


Grades and progress of each student are reviewed by the associate dean at the end of each grading period. Students who do not meet established criteria will be notified. Progression in the baccalaureate program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all required nursing courses at the upper division. If a student makes a grade of "D" or "F" in a nursing course, the course may be repeated once, provided the overall GPA is 2.0. If a student repeats a failed nursing course and does not make a grade of "C" or better, the student will be dismissed from the program. Only one nursing course may be repeated. If a student receives a grade of "D" or "F" in a second nursing course, the student will be dismissed from the program.