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Nursing Program Expansion

Clemson Nursing Expansion Program

In collaboration with Greenville Health System (GHS), Clemson University has expanded its nursing program in Greenville – an effort that has increased enrollment in Clemson’s traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and expanded student clinical placements within the Greenville Health System. The collaboration is also helping meet the growing need for nurses, and is bolstering health innovation and research efforts in upstate South Carolina.

About the Cohorts

With this collaboration, entering freshmen 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 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 continue coursework at Clemson’s main campus and complete clinical rotations at various area health care systems. Students in the Greenville-based program expansion cohort take courses at the Clemson University Nursing building located on GHS’ Greenville Memorial Medical Campus and complete clinical rotations at one or more of Greenville Health System’s participating campuses. Transportation is provided between the two sites of instruction.

Students in the program expansion cohort take the three Senior 1 nursing courses – Women’s Health and Developing Families, Pediatrics, and Mental Health – during the summer semester after the junior year allowing them to graduate in December, one semester early.

Both cohorts 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 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 express their cohort preference during their first two years of study, allowing time to fully explore both options. Whenever possible, students are 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 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Health and Medicine Division (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine) recommends that 80 percent of nurses have a bachelor’s degree by 2020.


Curriculum Plan Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated Pace


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