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Nursing Program Expansion

Clemson Nursing Expansion Program

In collaboration with Greenville Health System (GHS), Clemson University will expand its nursing program in Greenville – an effort that will more than double enrollment in Clemson’s traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, help meet the growing need for nurses, and bolster health innovation and research efforts in upstate South Carolina. The collaboration will also expand student clinical placements within the Greenville Health System.

About the Cohorts

With this collaboration, entering freshmen in 2016 and beyond will have the opportunity to be part of one of two cohorts – a Clemson-based traditional cohort or a Greenville-based program expansion cohort, beginning in the fall of their junior year.

Students in both cohorts will take general education and nursing foundation courses on Clemson’s main campus their freshman and sophomore years.

In their junior and senior years, students in the Clemson-based traditional cohort will continue coursework at Clemson’s main campus and do clinical rotations at various area health care systems. Students in the Greenville-based program expansion cohort will take courses at GHS’ Greenville Memorial Medical Campus and do clinical rotations at one or more of Greenville Health System’s seven participating campuses. Transportation will be provided between the two sites of instruction.

Students in the program expansion cohort will take three specialty courses during the summer semester after the junior year that will allow them to graduate in December, one semester early. The Senior I summer courses are Women’s Health and Developing Families, Pediatrics, and Mental Health.

Both cohorts will have eight semesters of coursework and tuition. Students in the program expansion cohort can use South Carolina’s LIFE and Palmetto Fellows scholarships for summer semester tuition.

Student Life

Students in both cohorts will have the same opportunities to take part in campus activities all Clemson students enjoy – athletic events, campus recreation, varsity sports, sororities and fraternities, Calhoun Honors College, Nursing Departmental Honors, honor societies, Creative Inquiry, service learning, and other student organizations.

Students in both cohorts can take advantage of on-campus student housing, Academic Success Center, Watt Family Innovation Center, Cooper Library, Fike Recreation Center, Michelin Career Center, Center for Career and Professional Development, Redfern Health Center, Student Financial Aid, and all other campus services.

Cohort Selection

Students will express their cohort preference during their first two years of study, allowing time to fully explore both options. Whenever possible, students will be matched with the cohort of their choice. While cohort preference is not guaranteed, all students are guaranteed a clinical space in their junior and senior years!

The Need for Nurses

As the U.S. population ages and the treatment of illnesses and chronic health conditions becomes more complex, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has recommended that 80 percent of nurses have a bachelor’s degree by 2020. By working together, Clemson and GHS are collaborating to achieve the IOM’s recommendation and meet the present and future healthcare needs of patients and families in our communities, South Carolina, and the nation.


Ann Wetsel
Associate Director, Clemson University School of Nursing
Phone: (864) 656-5527

Kristin Goodenow
College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences Academic Advising Center 

Phone: (864) 656-5123