Jun 10, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, BS

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Nursing Bachelor of Science Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing prepares students for professional nursing practice in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, industry, clinics, and public health agencies. Clinical nursing experiences, guided by the Nursing faculty, include inpatient, outpatient, and community-based settings.

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing from Clemson University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

To comply with clinical agency contract requirements and South Carolina law, all students enrolled in nursing courses must meet specific requirements listed in the School of Nursing Student Handbook. There are a number of tracks a student may take to earn the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing. Detailed information about each of these tracks is available in separate program entries in this catalog:

  • BS-Traditional Track students complete the program in four years (eight semesters).
  • BS-Accelerated Track students complete the program in three and a half years (eight semesters).
  • Students accepted via the First Year Change of Major Track join the BS-Accelerated Track.
  • Upper-class change of major students from within Clemson and transfer students from other institutions complete the program with five semesters of nursing classes and a fall graduation.
  • Accelerated Second Degree Track students are those students who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree.
  • The RNBS Completion Track is for registered nurses who have previously completed an associate’s degree in nursing.

Program Description

Clemson University’s School of Nursing provides students with the communication, technology, leadership and critical-thinking skills vital in today’s complex healthcare environment. Nursing students spend their freshman and sophomore years developing a well rounded education. With a foundation and emphasis in the liberal arts and basic science, students focus on biology, chemistry, psychology, sociology, and writing courses.

Junior and senior years are spent immersed in nursing courses, simulation laboratories, and clinical learning settings. Simulation laboratories offer high-tech human patient simulators that prepare students for “low-occurrence, high-risk” situations, and clinicals allow students to practice hands-on skills and engage in critical thinking within the clinical setting. Clinicals occur in a variety of settings in the local area, including medical centers, regional and community hospitals, and partnering community-based settings.

In their sophomore year, students are placed into one of two tracks-the BS Traditional Track housed on Clemson’s main campus or the BS Accelerated Track housed at the Clemson University Nursing building in Greenville, South Carolina-and begin the coursework for their designated track in their junior year.

Entrance Requirements

Admission to the program is selective to ensure successful completion of the degree. Consideration is given to a student’s performance in secondary school and the College Board Examination (SAT) and/or American College Testing (ACT) Exam. Those seeking admission are advised to apply to Clemson University early in the fall of their senior year in high school. More information about the BS in Nursing is available at http://www.clemson.edu/cbshs/departments/nursing/academics/index.html.

Program Requirements

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 16

Junior Year

Senior Year

Total Credits: 124


1 Students who score below the designated score on the CMPT must take an approved mathematics prerequisite course for both CH 1010  and STAT 2300  during this semester.

2 See General Education Requirements .

3 If this requirement is satisfied by another course in the curriculum, elective credits must be taken to fulfill the total program requirement.


  1. A minimum grade of a C is required in the following courses for progression to junior year clinical courses: BIOL 1030 /BIOL 1050  or BIOL 1100 , BIOL 2220 , BIOL 2230 , CH 1010 , MICR 2050  or MICR 3050 , NUTR 2050 , STAT 2300 , and the approved mathematics prerequisite course, if required (see footnote 1 above).
  2. A minimum grade of C is required in all NURS courses.
  3. To progress in junior-level nursing courses, students may not have received more than two final course grades of less than a C for courses fulfilling nursing degree requirements in the last five years. The use of Academic Forgiveness counts as an attempt.
  4. A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 is required for registration in each nursing course.
  5. Additionally, if the student’s nursing GPA drops below a 2.5, the student is not eligible to continue in the Nursing program.
  6. Students may repeat one nursing course only. Withdrawing with a W from the course or applying Academic Forgiveness counts as an attempt. Students who fail a second nursing course are not eligible to continue in the Nursing program. A student who receives concurrent grades of D in NURS 3040  and NURS 3400  may be eligible to retake both courses concurrently with prior approval from the School of Nursing.
  7. Students may not exceed a maximum of two attempts to successfully complete any NURS course. Students who are not successful on a second attempt are not eligible to continue in the Nursing program.
  8. Students must pass the didactic and clinical components to pass all clinical courses.

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