Military/Veterans' Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) Pathway

Military Veterans are students in the BSN program at Southern Miss

The VBSN Pathway has a curriculum adapted for former and active-duty service members 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 goal of this program is to help students with a military background transition into meaningful and successful nursing careers.

Take a video tour of the Nursing Lab with Dr. Patsy Anderson and meet the Sim family of training manikins.

Program Highlights

  • Upper-level nursing courses can be completed in 5 semesters after completion of all prerequisites
  • Prerequisites may be taken online at The University of Southern Mississippi and/or Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) with guarantee of course acceptance
  • Out-of-state tuition fees waived
  • Military medical education and training credits awarded by exams and clinical challenges
  • 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
  • Beachfront campus 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 available for those with no medical experience.



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Grant Information

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UF1HP26983 “Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program” for $1,365,602, with 18% financed through nongovernmental sources. This 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 HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.