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Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program

Nursing at Clemson University

The accelerated second degree nursing program is designed for individuals who have already earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university.

  • New student cohorts will begin this program each fall semester. Each cohort will be comprised of up to 32 students. The majority of classes are held at University Center Greenville.
  • The 16-month program consists of four, full-time consecutive semesters (fall, spring, summer and fall) and will lead to a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.
  • All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed prior to the start of classes.

Clemson University Accelerated Second Degree (ASD) Nursing Program

The ASD Nursing Program is designed for individuals who have previously earned a Bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university. This is an intense full-time program of study, including rigorous clinical experiences. All classes and clinical experiences associated with this program are based out of the University Center of Greenville and surrounding area hospital systems.

Requirements for Admission to the Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program:

  • Bachelor's Degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the program
  • Cumulative or last 60 hours GPA of at least 3.0 or higher

Curriculum Plan

NURS 3100 Health Assessment - 3 (2,3) (2 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)
NURS 3040 Pathophysiology for Health Care Professionals - 3 (3,0)
NURS 3400 Pharmacotherapeutic Nursing Interventions - 3 (3,0)
NURS 3120 Medical-Surgical I - 4 (2,6)
NURS 3200 Professionalism in Nursing - 3 (3,0)

NURS (HCG) 3330 Healthcare Genetics - 3 (3,0)
NURS 3030 Medical-Surgical II - 7 (3,12)
NURS 3050 Psychosocial Nursing - 3 (3,0)
NURS 3230 Gerontology Nursing - 2 (2,0)

NURS 4010 Mental Health Nursing - 5 (3,6)
NURS 4110 Nursing Care of Children - 5 (3,6)
NURS 4120 Nursing Care of Women and Their Families - 5 (3,6)

NURS 4030 Medical-Surgical III - 5 (3,6)
NURS 4140 Community Health - 5 (3,6)
NURS 4100 Leadership Management - 6 (3,9)

ASD students are considered full time students and are in the program for 4 semesters. Clemson University Tuition and fees can be found here

Steps for Admission

  • Use transcripts to complete prerequisite listing click here
    • When the document opens, click on the download button in the right corner and save to your desktop/device.
  • Complete Selection Process Form click here
  • Documentation should be sent separately to The School of Nursing at the University Center of Greenville at: Documents should be labeled individually as follows:
    • Last name, First name, Transcript
    • Last name, First Name, Prereq listing
    • Last Name, First Name, Essay
    • Last Name, First Name, Resume
    • Last Name, First Name, Letter of Recommendation
  • Copy of all transcripts (official transcripts must also be submitted to Admissions
    • Clemson students do not have to submit official Clemson transcripts, they can simply send a print out of their schedule from IROAR and send to
  • Completed prerequisite listing
    • Use TCEL (click here) to complete this form, if you do not find courses taken that you feel will meet the prerequisite requirement, please obtain the course syllabus and send to (label doc as: Last name, First Name, Syllabus to be reviewed for ASD)
  • One page essay (explain why you are pursuing Nursing and why you feel you would be a successful student in this rigorous program).
  • Resume (no more than two pages in length)
  • Letter of Recommendation click here
  • Need to formally apply to Clemson University through Admissions click here (current/former CU students will have a separate process to follow only if they are selected for the program) official transcripts must also be submitted to Admissions

Completed applications accepted beginning August 1st through the deadline of December 1st
(Additional transcripts showing posted Fall 2017 grades will be accepted up to December 31st)


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Greenville, SC 29607
Phone: 864-250-6701