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 and higher weight is given to students who have taken course work at Mississippi College or other institutions of a similar academic caliber.
Transfer students are welcome to apply and are able to complete prerequisite courses at Mississippi College or through the online learning platform*.
All nursing prerequisite courses must be completed before admission to the nursing major. 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. All core courses must be completed before the student enters their final semester of courses leading to graduation.
- Students who have completed all prerequisites elsewhere should make an appointment to speak with an advisor.
* A maximum of 65 hours of work may be transferred from a junior or community college. A minimum of 12 semester hours must be taken at Mississippi College in the student’s major field and 6 hours in the minor; but not more than 45 semester hours may be transferred for credit towards a bachelor’s degree on a major in any department. 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.
The requirements for admission to the traditional track of Mississippi College School of Nursing are:
- Completion of all prerequisite courses with grade of C or higher (English 101 and 102, psychology, sociology, anatomy & physiology, microbiology, chemistry, statistics, algebra, and NUR 250 Transition to Nursing Practice;
- Successful completion of college core courses or a faculty-approved plan for completing these in a timely fashion;
- A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher based on work completed at Mississippi College;
- Acceptable score on the admission exam **
- Credit hours at Mississippi College (a minimum of 12 hours is suggested).
**Information concerning the Admission Assessment Exam with Critical Thinking is available through the School of Nursing.
|Mississippi College Core Courses||Hours||Prerequisites||Hours|
|English Composition||6||Chemistry (4-hour laboratory course)||4|
|Literature||6||Anatomy and Physiology (2 4-hour laboratory courses)||8|
|History||6||Microbiology (laboratory course)||4|
|Fine Arts||3||Sociology, Principles||3|
|Old Testament||3||Psychology, Introduction||3|
|Physical Education (activity courses required)||2||College Algebra||3|
|Guided Elective||3||Transition to Healthcare Professions||3|
Students interested in entering the nursing program must first apply to and be accepted by Mississippi College. Applications for the School of Nursing are distributed by the School of Nursing office mid-semester fall and spring. The deadline for application to the School of Nursing is February 1 for fall admission and September 1 for the spring semester admission.
The Admissions and Progression Committee of the School of Nursing meets after those dates and admits the class for the following semester. Each application is evaluated individually with respect to the applicant's potential for success in the nursing major. Special consideration is given to each student's Mississippi College grade point average, total number of hours taken at Mississippi College, overall grade point average, nursing prerequisite courses grade point average, ACT/SAT score (if available), and scores on standardized admission tests (or equivalent).
Students who applied and were not admitted in one semester may submit a written request to be considered and re-evaluated with the next semester's applicants. No waiting list is maintained.
Students who are issued with a conditional offer are required to first successfully meet the criteria for acceptable criminal background check drug screen, health clearance, and other entry requirements essential for entry into clinical placement experiences.
This information is provided to answer some of the commonly asked questions about the Mississippi College nursing program. It is not binding and does not replace the catalog or academic advising. If you are interested in pursuing a BSN degree at Mississippi College, please contact the School of Nursing for an appointment.
The examination required for admission to the School of Nursing is the HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam with Critical Thinking which is administerd by Prometric Services at one of their administration sites. Students may have three writes on an admission exam.
Transfer student applicants that have taken a previous TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test must submit a TEAS score that must be at or above the national BSN program mean for that particular offering of the TEAS test.
Test completion for all assessments must be within the last calendar year of the date of application.
A copy of the HESI A2 or TEAS tests must be submitted electronically from the testing company directly to MCSON.
For further information regarding Pre Admission Exam instructions, please see attached.