The nursing program at Mississippi College is 4 years in length and leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. The curriculum consists of 37 hours of nursing prerequisites, 35 hours of college core courses, and 61 hours of nursing courses. Students are admitted into the clinical portion of the major twice a year in the fall and spring semesters.
The number of students admitted to the nursing major is determined by the administration of the School of Nursing, and may vary depending on the number of qualified applicants and School of Nursing resources. The application process is competitive. First consideration for acceptance is given to those students who have taken all of their course work at Mississippi College and meet the minimum requirements. Transfer students are welcome to apply; however, transfer students wishing to be considered for the nursing major are strongly encouraged to complete their sophomore year of prerequisites at Mississippi College*. It is recommended that a minimum of 12 semester hours of work be completed at Mississippi College. As a general rule, students who have not completed any Mississippi College course work at the time of application to the nursing major are not considered for admittance. Students who have completed all prerequisites elsewhere should make an appointment to speak with an advisor. Students who have completed all prerequisites elsewhere should make an appointment to speak with an advisor. Those students who have excelled on their cumulative GPA and on the entrance examination may be eligible for a special "Exceptional Admission" if all prerequisites are met and there is available space for admission.
All nursing prerequisite courses must be completed before admission to the nursing major. All core courses must be completed before graduation, and the clinical nursing sequence can be started with no more than 12 hours of core courses remaining. Remaining core courses can be scheduled in the summer. Except in special cases, core courses may not be taken with the clinical nursing courses.
*A maximum of 65 hours of work may be transferred from a junior or community college. The last 33 hours must be taken in residence at Mississippi College. To avoid any loss of academic credit, it is advisable to first check with a Mississippi College School of Nursing advisor before taking courses at another institution; however, final decision regarding transfer of credit is determined by the Office of the Registrar.