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  • RN-MSN Early Entry Admission Information

    Admission criteria

    The RN-MSN Early-Entry Program is a joint offering of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing and participating community college associate-degree nursing programs, including Hinds Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College.

    Early entry into the RN-MSN program is offered to associate-degree nursing students through a competitive selection process. To be considered for early-entry status, applicants, who have completed only the first semester of ADN coursework at either Hinds Community College or Northwest Mississippi Community College, must meet the following admission criteria:

    • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on all college courses; 
    • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on all nursing courses through the first semester of full-time study in the ADN program; 
    • Minimum grade of "C" in each prerequisite course; 
      • Fall admits to the ADN program must be currently enrolled in or have already completed 43 semester hours - of which 15 hours must be in the math and sciences - of the total 63 hours of RN-MSN prerequisite coursework. 
      • Spring admits to the ADN program must be currently enrolled in or have already completed 26 semester hours — of which eight hours must be in the math and sciences — of the total 63 hours of RN-MSN prerequisite coursework.
    • Enhanced ACT score of 21 or above or a minimum GRE analytical score of 3.5;
    • Mississippi law requires all health-care workers, including students, to have completed criminal history background checks. All School of Nursing students will be required to successfully clear a criminal history background check, including fingerprinting, prior to final admission to the program. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's eligibility to be licensed or certified.

    Please note: Applicants accepted into the RN-MSN Early-Entry program will receive further information on health requirements, program orientation, class schedule, textbooks and other relevant information in the semester prior to beginning the RN-MSN program.

    Prior to enrollment in the RN-MSN program, accepted students must hold current certification in Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in either the Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross) or the Health Provider (American Heart Association), which includes the 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 hereNot required for students enrolled in the Nursing and Health Care Administrator track.

    Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation

    How to apply

    The deadline to apply to the RN-MSN Early-Entry program is February 15 for students who began their ADN program in the fall and August 31 for ADN students who began their ADN program in the spring. The School of Nursing will send applicants the RN-MSN Early-Entry program application instructions. When applying, all parts to the application, including any supplemental materials, must be received by the deadline.

    • A complete application (select "RN-MSN" as the program of study); 
    • Official test scores and transcripts from all colleges attended, including a transcript for the first semester of ADN coursework, submitted to the Office of Student Records and Registrar;
    • A nonrefundable $25 application fee paid by credit card or by check, made payable to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
    • After your application has been submitted, the community college will be contacted for a letter of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s potential for graduate study.

    To complete the application for admission to the UMMC School of Nursing RN-MSN Early-Entry program, the applicant must have completed all first-semester courses in the ADN program.

    Progression and retention

    In order to retain status as an RN-MSN Early-Entry student, students must meet the following conditions:

    • Maintain continuous full-time enrollment in the participating school’s ADN program; 
    • Take all required prerequisites at the participating school in the sequence defined by the plan of study; 
    • Maintain an overall cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and an overall nursing GPA of 2.5. Any grade less than a "C" in required prerequisite courses or nursing courses will result in dismissal from the RN-MSN Early-Entry program.

    Matriculation into master's program

    Upon successful completion of the ADN program, students, who meet the additional admission criteria for the RN-MSN program listed below, will be admitted directly into the RN-MSN program.

    • Completion of all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of "C" in each course; 
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; 
    • A minimum score of 3.5 on the analytical portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
    • New ADN graduates must successfully complete the NCLEX for licensure as a registered nurse by the end of their first semester of RN-MSN course work. RN students are required to have a valid, unrestricted Mississippi nursing license and/or authorization to practice in Mississippi. Verification of current unrestricted license is required yearly for RN students.

    Note: RN-MSN Early-Entry students are not eligible for the Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track. This particular track requires a minimum of one year of critical-care experience as a registered nurse.

    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 application process, please call (601) 984-1084 or (601) 815-0124.