USM offers new online nursing program for Mississippi Nurses

HATTIESBURG, Miss.(WHLT) – The University of Southern Mississippi has rolled out a new RN-BSN program for Mississippi nurses and ADN students.

The online program will give current RN’s and Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) students the opportunity to earn their BSN degree online while still working full-time.

The program is offering rolling admissions, with students being able to enroll twice every semester, and courses will be offered in eight, 10 and 16 week intervals.

RN-BSN Program Director Dr. Mary Coyne says the program will truly cater to nurses who work more than the average eight hours.

“Sometimes they work three, and four, and five, 12 hour shifts a week. And so the traditional model of education does not fit. Where you have class from Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from eight to 10, they’d never be able to come back,” she said.


Dr. Mary Coyne says so far more than 120 applicants have applied for the program.

She hopes the new curriculum and support from the university will encourage more nurses and students to apply and use it as a stepping stone for their future educational goals.

“The reason the RN-BSN program is so important is it’s the only portal of entry for people to go on to graduate studies.”

To learn more about the RN-BSN program at USM, click here.