Traditional B.S.N.

Admission Requirements

General Requirements

The requirements for continuation in the clinical portion of Mississippi College School of Nursing are:

  • Completion of all nursing prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher; English Composition (6), Nutrition (3), Psychology (3), Developmental Psychology (3), Sociology (3), Anatomy & Physiology (8), Microbiology (4), Chemistry (4), Statistics (3), Algebra (3), and NUR 250 Transition to Nursing Practice (3).
  • Students with repeats in more than two pre-requisite courses (listed above) will not be considered for progression into upper division clinical level nursing.
  • Successful completion of college core courses or a faculty-approved plan for completing these in a timely fashion.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 
  • Acceptable score on the admission exam or an ACT score of 21 or higher (includes super scores).

Core Courses & Prerequisites

Course Name Hours
Core Courses  
English Composition 6
Literature 3
History  6
Fine Arts 3
Old Testament 3
New Testament 3
Physical Education 2
Guided Elective 4
Nursing Prerequisites  
Chemistry 4
Anatomy and Physiology 8
Microbiology 4
Social Sciences (Sociology, Principles SOC 205 or Cross-Cultural Understanding MLG 205) 3
Psychology, Introduction 3
Statistics 3
College Algebra 3
Transition to Nursing Practice  3
Developmental Psychology 3
Nutrition 3

Pre-Admission Exam

Students who have an ACT score of 21 or higher can submit their score and be exempt from the admission assessment exit. 

The examination required for admission to the School of Nursing is the HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam with Critical Thinking which is administered by Prometric Services at one of their administration sites. Students may have three writes on an admission exam for a composite 80 score.

Transfer student applicants that have taken a previous Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) must submit a TEAS score that must be at or above the national BSN program mean for that particular offering of the TEAS test. You may not test as an ADN candidate. 

Test completion for all assessments must be within the last calendar year of the date of application. A copy of the HESI A2 or TEAS tests must be submitted electronically from the testing company directly to the Mississippi College School of Nursing.

What is the HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam with Critical Thinking

Program applicants are tested in three main academic areas — English Language, Math, Science — and two personal assessment areas. By gauging students’ academic readiness and identifying learning and personality styles, it allows prospective nursing students to identify areas needing additional review in order to promote success in nursing courses.

Accelerated BSN applicants (who already have a first undergraduate degree) take the Critical Thinking test portion ONLY.

Study Guide recommendations: HESI A2 Study Guide 2020-2021: HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review 2020 and 2021 with Practice Test Questions [6th Edition]