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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nursing Academics


The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Clemson University is a four-year program. While the first two years focus primarily on the sciences and general education courses, students are introduced to nursing in their first semester and have nursing courses throughout those first two years. The final two years focus on nursing courses and clinical experiences. Students have clinical experiences with high-fidelity human patient simulators in the simulation spaces within Edwards Hall on Clemson's campus and the Clemson University Nursing building in Greenville as well as in various hospital and community agencies throughout the Upstate.

Students can enter the program as freshmen, transfers or as a change of major after their freshman or sophomore year. Both routes of entry are highly competitive. Pass rates on the national licensure exam (the NCLEX) are consistently above the state and national levels. 

Students and alumni express great appreciation for the education they receive from the School of Nursing, citing the positive relationships between students and faculty as the program's greatest strength. End-of-program exit surveys show that between 95 and 100 percent of graduates are satisfied or very satisfied with their overall experience at the School of Nursing and feel well prepared for the NCLEX and to care for diverse patients in a variety of settings.

As a direct admit program, students are accepted as freshmen into nursing and remain in the nursing major as long as they meet progression requirements (see nursing undergraduate handbook). While freshmen are introduced to the nursing profession in their first semester at Clemson through Nursing 1020: Nursing Success Skills, they primarily take general education and science courses during their first two years. During the remaining two years, studies focus more specifically on nursing. Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and students on research and service projects through creative inquiry, the honors program, and interdisciplinary courses. 


Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Use communication skills to interact effectively and appropriately with individuals, families, groups in the community, and other members of the health care team.
  • Demonstrate personal and professional responsibility and accountability for personal nursing practice in accordance with the highest standards and codes of the profession.
  • Use critical thinking to provide community based professional nursing care for diverse populations across the life span in multiple settings.
  • Employ leadership and management skills and knowledge of health policy to enhance the quality of nursing care.

Clemson University School of NursingClinical Facilities
Students obtain clinical practice in a variety of settings. Initially, and at intervals throughout the curriculum, students learn nursing skills in our clinical learning and research center. This center offers a hospital-like environment with high tech equipment, including virtual reality IV simulators and high fidelity human patient simulators. The human patient simulators represent different age groups, providing students at all levels with opportunities to practice critical thinking and hands-on skills in a non-threatening environment. This practice allows students to feel more comfortable in actual clinical areas and helps them identify and intervene in “low occurrence, high risk” situations more quickly.

For their hospital based experiences, students have clinical rotations in a variety of settings including medical centers, regional hospitals and community hospitals. In these experiences, students work closely with faculty members. The ratio of students to faculty is eight to one. Students obtain public health experiences in health departments, hospices, schools and community centers.

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.

Nursing Program Expansion

In collaboration with Prisma Health, Clemson University has expanded its nursing program in Greenville – an effort that is increasing enrollment in Clemson’s traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, helping meet the growing need for nurses, and bolstering health innovation and research efforts in upstate South Carolina.

With the program expansion, Clemson Bachelor of Science in Nursing students take general education and nursing foundation courses on the university’s main campus during their freshman and sophomore years. In their junior and senior years, a portion of the nursing student body take courses at the Clemson University Nursing building on Prisma Health’s Greenville Memorial Medical Campus and complete clinical rotations at one or more of Prisma Health’s participating seven campuses. The remaining students continue coursework at Clemson’s main campus and complete clinical rotations at various area health care systems. Transportation is provided between the two sites of instruction.

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