Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)


The bachelor program of study offers a curriculum based upon courses in the liberal arts and sciences and culminating in upper division nursing courses.  The BSN program of study consists of 59 credit hours of non-nursing prerequisite courses and 69 credit hours of upper division nursing courses for a total of 128 credits.  The purpose of the baccalaureate program is to prepare the graduate for entry level positions in a variety of health care services.  The baccalaureate program of study provides the foundation for graduate study in nursing. 

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL).



The Kaplan Admissions Test is Now Required for Admission into the BSN Program

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BSN Requirements

    • Successful admission to Southern Miss as an undergraduate and to the Nursing Program
    • A minimum national composite ACT of 21 or above
    • Kaplan Nursing Admission (BSN only)
    • A GPA of at least 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale in non-nursing prerequisite courses and at least a 2.0 in each course
    • Three of the five required science prerequisite courses completed at the time of application
    • Only one required science course may be repeated, one time
    • All prerequisite courses completed before nursing classes are begun
    • Proof of current CPR certification, physical exam, immunizations (MMR, Tetanus, Hepatitis B), varicella vaccine or titer, and TB skin test
    • Must be in good academic standing at Southern Miss (cannot be on probation, probation continued, or suspension).
    • Applicants transferring from another school of nursing must provide a letter from the dean/director of that school stating that he/she is in good standing and eligible for progression in that program.
    • The Nursing program requires clinical experiences.  Clinical experiences generally require a criminal background check.  A felony conviction may disqualify a student from the clinical experience, thereby making the student unable to complete the degree.  For additional information, contact the College of Nursing.


Early Admission to BSN Program

Early admission to the BSN program allows students who meet specific criteria and choose Southern Miss as freshmen to know that they will be admitted to the BSN program when they complete nursing prerequisite courses as long as they maintain eligibility for early admission. This option is available at both the Hattiesburg campus and Gulf Park campus. The students admitted via this option are referred to as College of Nursing Dean Scholars. 


The criteria for early admission include:

  • Application for early admission postmarked by the first Monday in April during the student’s senior year of high school
  • USM Admission GPA of at least 3.5 out of 4.0
  • Minimum ACT score of 24
  • Entering first year student at the University of Southern Mississippi


The criteria to maintain eligibility for early admission: 

  • Maintenance of an overall 3.0 or higher GPA in all college courses prerequisite to admission to the nursing major
  • Remain enrolled as a full time USM student during the academic year (fall and spring semesters)
  • Maintain eligibility for admission to the BSN program
Each student who has been accepted for early admission is required to send a notification of intent to begin the nursing program by September 1st for a spring semester begin date and by February 1st for a fall semester start date.
If a student fails to maintain requirements for early admission, the student may apply to the BSN program by the posted deadlines along with the regular pool of nursing applicants.


Click Here for the Early BSN Admission Application


 Click Here for the Early BSN Notification Acceptance Form


Application Deadline for the BSN programs is

February 1 for Fall Admission (Hattiesburg & Gulf Park)

September 1 for Spring Admission (Hattiesburg Only)


For more information about undergraduate programs contact:

Hattiesburg campus call 601.266.5454 or email

Gulf Park campus call 228.865.4555 or email

BSN Curriculum: 



For additional BSN Requirements and Information click the following links:

Admission Requirements

Additional Requirements


For BSN Application click the following PDF link:

BSN Application