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RN/BS Completion Program

Clemson University School of NursingThe RN/BS Completion Program (RN/BS Program) allows registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The RN/BS Program will be offered in a fully online format beginning in Fall 2017. Students who enroll in a full-time plan of study are able to complete their Bachelor of Science, Major in Nursing degree in 12 months. Part-time and full-time plans of study are available to meet the needs of working students. The School of Nursing has established relationships with area technical colleges, which allowing for seamless transition for the associate degree prepared registered nurses to entering our program.

Because these students come to the program as licensed, experienced registered nurses, the RN/BS Program focuses on socializing the RN to the role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse, emphasizing the values of ethical decision making, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and interdisciplinary collegiality. The curriculum expands the RNs’ current knowledge base, including courses in professionalism in nursing, community and family nursing, health care genetics, leadership and management in nursing, and research in nursing.

Students are admitted to the program in fall and spring semesters of each year. For information please contact the Student Services Coordinator Cynthia Mihalchick by email at or by phone at (864) 720-2056.

Quotes from students:

“Completing the RN/BS. nursing program has allowed me to develop the professional skills necessary to assume a leadership role in nursing.”

“During my education in the RN/BS program I was able to network with other nurses in the community and establish relationships that will impact my future professional growth as a baccalaureate-prepared nurse.”

RN/BS Completion Program is Fully Online

  • Classes are offered in a fully online format.  A 2 day on-campus orientation to the program is required prior to beginning classes.
  • Faculty members are available by phone, online and/or at The Clemson University Nursing Building at 605 Grove Road Greenville, SC 29605. 
  • South Carolina is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Clemson University (CU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.

Admission Requirements

  • To be admitted to the RN/BS Completion program, applicants 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.  A list of prerequisites is available at this link: Link to prereqs.
  • Submit transcript for review

Steps for Admission and Enrollment in RN/BS Program

  • Email Clemson University School of Nursing at and attach a copy of all college transcripts (unofficial is sufficient for this review if student name, institution name, course name and number and grade earned are clearly shown).
    • A review of coursework will be completed and students will be notified if prerequisite courses remain to be taken
  • Students can apply for the program even if remaining prerequisites remain as long as all courses would be completed by the time classes start if accepted into the program.
  • Students wanting to apply for the RNBS program should apply through Admissions as a Transfer Student
    • Along with all other application requirements, official transcript(s) must be sent to cuadmissions@clemson.eduor by mail to: Undergraduate Admissions, 105 Sikes Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC  29634-5124
  • Former Clemson students wanting to apply for the RNBS program should email for the procedure to follow
  • Upon Entering the Program:

    • You will receive 31 semester hours of credit upon completing Nursing 4060, Issues in Professionalism, with a B or higher. The course validates your nursing knowledge from your associate degree program.
    • You will be required to successfully complete 32 semester hours of Clemson University nursing and related courses. The RN/BS Program curriculum can be completed in 12 months of full time study. Link to curriculum progression
Important Links

RNBS Handbook

Curriculum Progression



Cynthia Mihalchick
(864) 720-2056