Sep 19, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Nursing - Registered Nurse BS Completion Program

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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

The RNBS Completion Track allows a registered nurse (RN) with an Associates Degree in Nursing to earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Part-time and full-time online plans of study are available to meet the needs of working students. The School of Nursing has established relationships with area technical colleges, allowing for a seamless transition to the RNBS Completion Track for a registered nurse with an associates degree.

Credits may be earned through an accelerated track of study, combining transfer credits for selected courses from accredited institutions of higher learning, credit by request for exemption from previously completed nursing courses, and enrollment in courses at Clemson University. Additionally, qualified students may enroll in up to six credits of graduate courses towards a Master's degree in Nursing.

The RNBS Completion Track focuses on preparing the RN for the role of a baccalaureate-prepared nurse, emphasizing the values of ethical decision making, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and interdisciplinary collegiality. The curriculum expands the RN's current knowledge base and includes courses in professionalism, community and family nursing, health care genetics, leadership and management, and research.

Entrance Requirements

Students may begin the RNBS Completion Track when all prerequisite courses are completed. Former Clemson University students should contact the School of Nursing via for support with the application and acceptance process. All other applicants should apply through the Clemson University Admissions office as transfer students by visiting 

Unofficial transcripts in PDF format from prospective students should be emailed to An unofficial review of coursework will be completed, and students will be notified if additional prerequisite courses are needed.

Along with all other application requirements, official transcript(s) must be emailed to or sent by mail to: Undergraduate Admissions, 105 Sikes Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-5124. 

Students are admitted to the program in fall and spring semesters of each year. To be admitted to the RNBS Completion Track, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduate of a nationally accredited registered nursing program;
  • Hold a current, unrestricted Registered Nurse license in their home state;
  • Have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.75 on all attempted college courses;
  • Have completed all prerequisite courses; and
  • Submit unofficial transcript for review.

For more information about the RNBS Completion Track, please visit:

Curriculum Requirements

Courses are offered exclusively online. A one-day orientation to the program is required prior to beginning classes. This track includes three clinical courses for experiential learning. NURS 4060 , Issues in Professionalism is the first course in the program. Students receive 31 semester hours of credit upon completing NURS 4060  with a grade of B or higher. The course validates nursing knowledge gained from the student's associate degree program. Students are required to successfully complete 32 semester hours of Clemson University nursing and related courses. The RNBS Completion Track can be completed in 12 months of full-time study.

Program Requirements

Freshman Year

Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 16

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Credit Hours: 15

Credit Hours: 15

Junior Year

Senior Year

Total Credits: 125


1 STAT 3090  or STAT 3300  may be substituted.

2 See General Education Requirements . Three of these credit hours must also satisfy the Cross-Cultural Awareness Requirement.

3 NURS 3340 , NURS 3510 , NURS 4160  or NURS 4500  

4 This course is exempt if the student achieves a B or better in NURS 4060 .


  1. A minimum grade of C is required in the following courses to progress in the program: BIOL 1030 , BIOL 1040 BIOL 1050 , BIOL 1060 , BIOL 2220 , BIOL 2230 CH 1010 , CH 1020 , NUTR 2030 , NUTR 2050 , STAT 2300 , and all courses with a NURS subject code.
  2. A minimum 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 all courses with a NURS subject code.
  3. 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.

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