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University of Mississippi Medical Center

Research the degree programs offered at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About the University of Mississippi Medical Center

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is the only health science center in the state that offers educational programs. Many of the programs available at this university, including medicine, dental hygiene and physical therapy, are not available at any other schools in Mississippi. A 4-year public school found in Jackson, UMMC has 28 degree programs along with medical fellowship and residency programs. While the university does offer bachelor's degree programs, it doesn't admit first-time students. Students interested in programs at this school must complete entry-level college coursework at another accredited institution.


At UMMC, students can find programs in medicine, nursing, dentistry, graduate studies and health professions offered through six individual schools. Pharmacy programs are affiliated with UMMC, but are found on the Oxford campus of the University of Mississippi. The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences has programs in neuroscience, biomedical science, microbiology and biophysics, among others. This school is also home to a combined M.D./Ph.D. program.

In the School of Health Related Professions, students can find bachelor's degree programs in cytotechnology, dental hygiene, radiologic technology and health informatics along with a certificate program in nuclear medicine technology and several master's and doctoral programs.

Aspiring doctors can participate in hands-on training through the School of Medicine's 16 clinical science and five basic science departments. The School of Nursing is one of two schools at UMMC offering undergraduate programs; it offers a BSN, an RN-BSN and a BSN-Doctor of Nursing Practice along with several graduate-level options.

In addition to offering educational programs, UMMC houses several research centers and institutes where students can work with faculty members, physicians and other professionals pursuing a variety of research interests. The ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research and the Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center are two examples of the institutes on campus.


Students can apply online using the school's admissions application. Requirements for admission vary depending on the program. Bachelor's degree programs at UMMC require students to complete a minimum amount of college-level credits prior to applying for admission. Certain prerequisite courses may also be required before aspiring students can apply for the programs. For example, the radiologic sciences program asks that applicants complete at least 57 hours of college coursework in science, math, English, anatomy and computer concepts. Students interested in medical laboratory science must complete 58 credits, while BSN students need to complete about 66 credits of courses in natural sciences, math, psychosocial sciences and humanities prior to enrolling.

Professional doctoral programs also have specific requirements depending on the program. To enroll in the School of Dentistry, applicants need to have a bachelor's degree and most of their prerequisite courses completed. The Dental Admission Test is also required. In the School of Medicine, admissions requirements include submitting exam results from the MCAT and taking core science, English and math courses at the undergraduate level.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate students at the University of Mississippi Medical Center can expect to pay about $3,000 per semester for tuition and fees, as of 2013-2014. Medical school tuition and fees are about $23,000 per year for 2013-2014, while dental school rates for tuition and fees are approximately $22,500 per year. Financial aid is available at UMMC in the form of scholarships, grants, work study and loans.

Both undergraduate and graduate students can apply for scholarships, depending on the program selected. For example, nursing students can apply for the School of Nursing Scholarship Fund, while medical students in their second year are eligible for the Douglas N. Wills Memorial Scholarship. The school reports that financial aid is offered to approximately 90% of beginning medical students. Many graduate programs, including the biomedical materials and microbiology programs, offer research assistantships to students.

School Type 4-year public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees, research and professional doctoral degrees, undergraduate and post-master's certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters; intersessions**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 614 undergraduates and 1,402 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing None available*
Schools and Programs Six schools; 28 degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 7 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011-2012:
Bachelor's: Registered Nursing (110),
Master's: Biological/Biomedical Science (56),
Doctorate: Medicine (106)*
Application Due Date Varies by program; RN-BSN, May 1 every year; Radiologic sciences, February 15 every year**
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) $3,141 per semester for undergraduates**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving Aid) All undergraduate students in 2010-2011:
Grant or scholarship aid (55%)
Federal student loans (50%)*

Sources: *College Navigator - National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Mississippi Medical Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Student Records and Registrar, 2500 N State St, Jackson, MS 39216
  • Phone: 601-984-1080
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