Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN)

The VBSN Program is a curriculum adapted for former and active duty service members (planning to exit the military) with training as Army or Air Force medics or Navy corpsmen.  It is tailored to each student, and program requirements are based on military medical education and training. While maintaining the highest academic standards, clinical quality, and NCLEX pass rates, the program is designed to shorten the time to degree completion.

military participants in the BSN program

Program Highlights

  • Upper-level nursing courses can be completed in as few as 4 semesters, after completion of all prerequisites
  • Prerequisites may be taken online at The University of Southern Mississippi with guarantee of course acceptance
  • Out-of-state tuition fees waived
  • Military medical education and training credits awarded after completion of prerequisites
  • Dedicated veteran, academic and student advisors to ensure success


Why Southern Miss

  • Premier military-friendly university with an established and caring Center for Military Veterans, Service Members, and Families
  • Student Veteran Association (SVA) for contact and support
  • Centrally located on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast
  • Military-friendly area with Air Force and Navy bases and a VA Hospital
  • Lower cost-of-living than many areas in the United States
  • A traditional BSN program is avaialable for those with no medical experience and the online RN-BSN program is available for those nurses with an associates degree (ADN)


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VBSN Information and Requirements


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Grant Information

This project is supported in part by funds from the Divison of Nursing (DN), Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number 1 UF1HP26983-01-00 “VBSN Career Advancement Opportunities for Veterans with Military Medical Experience” for $1,015,611. The information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by the Division of Nursing, BHPr, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.