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A path to gain entry to nursing school.

At MSU pre-nursing students take the pre-requisite courses of whatever nursing school they plan on applying to for a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree require. Many of our students apply to UMMC in Jackson, MS,  MUW in Columbus, MS, and William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS,  but our advisors plan student schedules based on the prerequisites for any BSN programs of their choice. The best thing to do is visit the website of a nursing school you plan on applying to, and look at their requirements. Many pre-nursing students are housed in the Department of Biological Sciences under the pre-nursing concentration. This is non-degree route that allows pre-nursing students to complete the prerequisites for BSN programs. 

Entrance to nursing school is very competitive. A minimum of a 21 ACT is required, however, most students have on average a 26 ACT.  A high GPA is also required. A minimum of a 3.0 is often required, but a 3.4 – 3.6 GPA will make you a competitive applicant.

Questions about Pre-Nursing:


Dual Degree Option

The dual-degree program's graduates will have the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from one of our partner institutions. Students begin the program working towards their bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies from MSU while fulfilling requirements needed for the nursing program.

Affiliated Schools:

Mississippi University for Women 

William Carey University 

University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing 


Freshman Early Entry (FEE) Program with University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing

This Freshman Early-Entry program is an opportunity to gain entry into UMMC’s BSN program as a college freshman, rather than as a junior. FEE students avoid the competitive selection process for admission into the Traditional BSN program following the completion of the pre-nursing courses as long as a minimum of a student maintains a minimum of a 3.0 college GPA and no less than a “C” in all pre-requisite courses.

Admission Criteria