The Bachelor of Science degree program in Nursing prepares students for professional nursing practice in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, industry, clinics, and public health agencies. During the first two years, emphasis is on liberal arts and basic science courses arranged to provide a foundation for the nursing major. Junior and senior courses emphasize the study of nursing. Clinical nursing experiences, guided by the Nursing faculty, involve acute and community-based settings. Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical laboratory experiences, which may extend throughout the Upstate.
Throughout the clinical laboratory period, Nursing majors are required to carry current, valid student nurses’ professional liability insurance with minimum limits of liability of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $6,000,000 in aggregate. Documentation of such coverage must be provided to the Director of the School of Nursing. No student may participate in clinical learning activities without this insurance coverage.
To comply with clinical agency contract requirements and South Carolina law, students enrolled in nursing courses with a clinical laboratory must meet specific requirements listed in the School of Nursing Student Handbook at https://www.clemson.edu/cbshs/departments/nursing/.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master’s degree program in nursing at Clemson University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Clemson University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
To facilitate admission of students who can achieve at an appropriate level in the program, admission is selective. Consideration is given to performance in secondary school and on the College Board Examination (SAT). Those seeking admission are advised to apply to the University early in the fall of the senior year in high school.
Transfer admission is competitive. Students are encouraged to apply early to the Office of Admissions. The University admits ten new transfer students to the Nursing major during the fall semester only. Potential students should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and completion of 30 semester hours of transferable courses. Placement in the Nursing curriculum will be determined after credit evaluation is completed.
Students may change majors into Nursing based on approval of an Admissions Committee in the School of Nursing. Applications are accepted each year during January with a deadline of January 31. Decisions are made by February 28. Change-of-major students will have a start date of the following January into upper division (junior-level) nursing courses. Applicants should meet the following requirements prior to the semester of application: a minimum cumulative gradepoint average of 2.75, completion of a minimum of two required sciences in the Nursing curriculum with a C or better. Selection priority is based on gradepoint average and number of completed nursing prerequisites. Students are allowed to apply only twice. Information regarding the admission process to the Accelerated Second Degree nursing program can be found on the School of Nursing website.
Detailed information is available from the Academic Advising Center in 309 Edwards Hall or at https://www.clemson.edu/cbshs/departments/nursing/.