B.S.N. in Nursing (2 +2)
Prepare for health career that provides focused and highly personalized care.
Nurses promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. They have a unique scope of practice and can practice independently or collaborate with all members of the healthcare team. Nurses serve as advocates for patients, families, and communities. They develop and manage nursing care plans, instruct patients and their families in proper care, and help individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health. At the University of Mississippi, students may complete the two years of pre-requisite courses for the traditional 2+2 program or the accelerated B.S.N. program.
For the traditional 2+2 Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, students complete two years of pre-requisites then apply for entry to the final two years at a School of Nursing. The University of Mississippi offers an accelerated BSN program on the Oxford campus. Students must hold a bachelor's degree at the time of the application due date and then will complete nursing school in 12 months for a B.S.N. A freshman early entry program is available for high school seniors who have a 3.5 high school GPA and an ACT composite score of 25.
The field has a wide range of career opportunities, ranging from entry-level practitioner to doctoral-level researcher. Nurses have many critical roles in healthcare today, such as assessing physical and mental health, providing health care in complex environments, providing health education to individuals, families and communities, and working in teams with other health-care providers. Nurses may choose to be advanced practice clinicians, educators, researchers and healthcare executives by advancing their education.
The curriculum for the 2+2 B.S.N. is a two-phase program. The first phase is a two-year, 62-hour academic program on the Oxford campus. The second phase is a two-year program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center or other such institution.
Students must have a 21 ACT/990 SAT to declare a B.S. in Nursing (B.S.N.) on the UM Oxford campus. Students wishing to enroll in the School of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center as juniors should first complete at least 62 semester hours, earning a minimum GPA of 3.0, with a minimum grade of C in all prerequisite courses. A minimum composite score of 21 is required on the ACT.