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USM RN-BSN Program Achieves Impressive National Rankings – Picayune Item


The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) online RN-BSN program has received a nationally ranked # 20 by the EduMed Educational Resource Guide. USM is the only University in Mississippi listed among the rankings.

USM’s RN-BSN is designed to help nurses advance their nursing careers in a professional manner. Completion of the program will show the student’s skills and knowledge as a nurse and leader. This program admits students during the fall, spring, and summer semesters, providing nurses with the flexibility to continue their education at any time of the year.

RN-BSN Program Coordinator Dr. Elizabeth Holman notes that 23 students are currently enrolled in the USM program, which offers the unique opportunity to graduate in 12 months.

“This ranking demonstrates that the program is designed for student success in the classroom as well as in their future goals,” said Holman. “One of the most recent changes in the program is that every graduate will receive the Sigma Nurse Leader certificate. This is an advantage for the student as well as for the employer and places USM above other RN-BSN programs.

Dr. Elizabeth Tinnon, Director of the School of Professional Nursing Practice at USM, added, “We are honored to be recognized for our hard work and commitment to the RN who wishes to pursue graduate studies.

To see the full ranking, visit: Online RN to BSN Programs: Compare the Top Accredited Transition Programs of 2021 (

For more information on the fully online RN-BSN program at Southern Miss, visit



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