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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, BS

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Program Description

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.

Entrance Requirements

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/.

Program Requirements

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 16

Junior Year

Senior Year

Total Credits: 124-125


1 Students scoring below the designated score on the CMPT must take MATH 1010  as a prerequisite for CH 1010  during this semester.

2 See General Education Requirements .

3 Students enrolled at the CU Nursing Building Greenville may substitute CPSC 1200 .

4 Students enrolled at the CU Nursing Building Greenville will substitute NURS 4140  for NURS 3110  and NURS 4150 .

5 If this requirement is satisfied by another course in the curriculum, elective hours must be taken to cover the credit hours.


  1. A minimum grade of a C is required in the following courses for progression to junior year clinical courses: BIOL 1030 /BIOL 1050 , BIOL 2220 , BIOL 2230 , CH 1010 , MICR 2050 , MICR 3050 , MATH 1010 , NUTR 2050 , STAT 2300 .
  2. A minimum grade of C is required in all nursing courses.
  3. To progress to junior-level nursing courses, students must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 and may not have received more than two final course grades of less than a C in the last five years.
  4. A minimum nursing grade-point average of 2.5 must be achieved in all required nursing (NURS) courses for progression to the next level. The nursing GPA will include only NURS courses.
  5. Students may repeat only one nursing course. Further, students may repeat that nursing course one time only. Withdrawing with a W from the course or applying Academic Forgiveness counts as an attempt. Students who are unsuccessful on the second attempt in a nursing course will be counseled to select another major and will not be permitted to continue in the Nursing program.
  6. Students must pass didactic and clinical components to pass all clinical courses.

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