Registered Nurse - Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)


Nurses must be prepared to assist individuals, groups, and populations to develop balanced meaningful lives in our society.

The nurse of the twenty-first century must be a competent health care provider as well as a professional leader, manager, coordinator, researcher, critical thinker, and political activist. These roles must be enacted from a perspective of cultural competence, ethics, and effective communication.

The mission of the online program is to develop the professional nurse through education, research, scholarship, and practice.

The RN-BSN Program at The University of Southern Mississippi promotes a flexible, student-centered, liberating, learning environment featuring the best teaching-learning practices and excellent technical support. The program is designed to help registered nurses obtain their Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.


Prospective Student Information


Admission Criteria:

  • Graduated from an associate degree program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
  • Current unrestricted Mississippi RN license or current unrestricted multistate RN license from a compact state


  • Maintains current enrollment and ‘eligible to progress’ status in an Associate Degree Nursing Program within the state of Mississippi.
  • Minimum 21 ACT score and minimum GPA 2.0 on prerequisite courses.
  • Earned at least a ‘C’ in each prerequisite course and at least a ‘C’ in each nursing course in the ADN program with a minimum nursing GPA of a 2.0 on a 4.0-point scale
  • May only repeat/retake one required science prerequisite course one time
  • May only repeat/retake one associate degree nursing (ADN) course one time
  • Successfully completed all prerequisite courses before beginning courses in the RN-BSN Program [At the time of application, two of the three natural sciences courses must be completed]
  • Proof of current CPR certification, physical exam, immunizations (MMR, TDAP, Hepatitis B, varicella vaccine or titer), TB skin test, criminal background check, & controlled substances drug screen before beginning the nursing program
  • Must be in good academic standing at all institutions (cannot be on probation, probation continued or suspension)