Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO)
University of Mississippi


photo of stethoscope in the shape of a heart on top of blue scrubsNurses are hands-on health professionals who provide focused and highly personalized care. They promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. Nurses also serve as advocates for patients, families, and communities. In addition to developing and managing nursing care plans, they instruct patients and their families in proper care while also helping people take steps to improve or maintain health. 

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Pre-nursing students at the University of Mississippi pursue multiple pathways to nursing school as well as apply to a wide array of programs. Prerequisites are not standardized for all nursing schools. Although A&P I and II as well as Microbiology are pretty standard requirements, additional course prerequisites can vary. Here is a list of course prerequisites for the University of Mississippi School of Nursing.

We recommend pre-nursing students visit HPAO at least once a semester to gain feedback toward becoming a competitive applicant. Make an appointment. 


hands in blue gloves making a heart shapeChoose the nursing track that best suits your needs and interests.  

Traditional BSN (2+2): Students in this track spend 2 years on the Oxford campus completing prerequisites before matriculating to nursing school at either the Oxford Campus or the Jackson Campus. Incoming students with a 25+ ACT score and a 3.5+ high school GPA qualify to apply for a guaranteed seat in the Jackson program only. This is time sensitive, so see the HPAO advisor for details.  

Accelerated BSN (4+1): This track is for students who wish to obtain a bachelor’s degree from the Oxford campus before attending nursing school. These students have the option of attending an accelerated nursing program on the Oxford campus that is condensed into 1 year.