Nursing (B.S.)


Grounded in a foundation based upon caring, leadership, knowledge and community service, Clemson University’s nursing program is the perfect fit for compassionate minds looking to help others and save lives. Nurses are an essential part of the health care system, and our nursing program aims to fill health care facilities with graduates who are understanding and smart, and independent critical thinkers who are hardworking and honest. To make sure you're gaining relevant, hands-on experience, we have clinical sites in four major hospital systems with numerous community partnerships. In addition, clinicals provide our students with real-life experience similar to what you’ll face in medical facilities. Research with human patient simulators allows you to practice events that aren’t as likely to happen in clinicals — guaranteeing that program graduates will go on to become some of the most qualified nurses in the field.


  • Incoming students receive direct admission into our nursing program.
  • Our graduates have a nearly 100 percent job placement rate within three months of graduation.
  • The School of Nursing program NCLEX (nursing board examination) pass-rates are above the national average.
  • Our program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Clemson's School of Nursing is among only 35 nursing programs nationwide to be recognized since 2004 as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing.


Clemson’s nursing school provides students with the communication, computer, leadership and critical-thinking skills that are vital in today’s complex health care environment. As a nursing major, your first two years at Clemson will be spent developing a well-rounded education. With a foundation and emphasis in liberal arts and basic science, you'll focus on classes that include biology, chemistry, psychology, sociology and writing.

Your junior and senior years will be spent immersed in nursing courses and clinicals. Clinicals provide a chance to practice critical-thinking and hands-on skills in a nonthreatening, yet realistic, environment. Starting in Clemson’s Clinical Learning and Research Center, you’ll become more comfortable in a hospital-like environment. High-tech human patient simulators prepare you for “low-occurrence, high-risk” situations. Later, you’ll get hospital-based experience during clinical rotations in medical settings.

Leadership Certificate: Stand out and leave a lasting impression in your field while strengthening your degree with the leadership certificate program. Taking an additional three classes, participants learn the what, how and why of leadership and are given the tools to apply these skills in the nursing field.

Global Health Certificate: A global health certificate will give students a hands-on nursing experience structured around classroom and field experiences. To receive the certificate, you’ll take three additional courses followed by a capstone experience abroad in a low-resource, Spanish-speaking country.

RN to B.S. Program: Already a registered nurse, but want to go back to school? Based in Greenville, S.C., this program uses a Web format that makes getting your Bachelor of Science convenient. Students enjoy the ease and convenience of online learning and the camaraderie of monthly interactive learning activities with faculty and peers. The University Center in Greenville offers RN to B.S. students a unique academic setting with state-of-the-art classrooms, easy access and free parking.

Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program: Designed for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, this program is a full-time, 16-month program based at our University Center in Greenville, S.C. Students begin in a fall semester and finish the following December. Students must also have completed several prerequisite courses and apply in the fall semester prior to their intended enrollment.

Popular Minors

  • Modern Languages (Spanish)
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


Choosing to enter Clemson’s nursing program is choosing to help those in need. With a hands-on learning approach, students will engage in “real-life” nursing exercises by doing community service, logging clinic hours and even studying abroad.

Network with your peers in Clemson University’s Student Nurses Association. Members gain leadership experience and are able to participate in the legislative process and community service.
Supplement and expand your education through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s new “Open School.” You’ll be able to take online courses and connect with students, faculty and practitioners in our campus chapter.
Prepare for your rounds with “real-life” patients in our Clinical Learning and Research Center.
Students assist Sullivan Center heath clinic staff in caring for individuals and families through community projects that include a mobile clinic, breast and cervical cancer screening program and Touchpoints residency training.
Prior to clinical semesters, all nursing majors have the opportunity to study abroad and participate in nursing-specific clinical experiences in places like Ecuador, Guatemala, the Bahamas, Tanzania and Honduras.
Through Clemson’s undergraduate research program — called Creative Inquiry — you’ll participate in research projects such as using family pedigrees to promote healthy lifestyles or the factors associated with postpartum depression.
The nursing honors program prepares graduates to be innovators in nursing education, practice and research, and in doing so transform the health of individuals worldwide. If interested, you’ll apply in the spring of your sophomore year.


Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.


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  • 21-40%
  • 11-20%
  • 0-10%


  • Clinical Coordinator, RN-BS

    Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
  • Staff/Charge Nurse

    Greenville Health System
  • New Graduate Nurse

    Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • RN

    Medical University of South Carolina
  • O-1

    U.S. Navy Nurse Corps
  • RN

    Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
  • RN

    Dekalb Medical


  • Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    Duke University
  • M.S.(N) Nurse Anesthesia

    Western Carolina University
  • Nurse Residency Program

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Master of Science in Nursing

    Vanderbilt University
  • Master of Science in Nursing

    Emory University


  • Work Setting or Type of Treatment
    • Perioperative (operating rooms)
    • Emergency / Trauma
    • Critical Care
    • Ambulatory Care
    • Home Health Care
    • Hospice and Palliative Care
    • Occupational Health
    • Radiology
    • Psychiatric-Mental Health
  • Specific Health Conditions
    • Oncology
    • Diabetes Management
    • Addictions Treatment
    • HIV/AIDS Care
  • Organ or Body Systems
    • Well-Defined Populations 
      • Neonatology
      • Pediatrics
      • Adults
      • Geriatrics
    • Advanced Practice Nursing
      • Clinical Nurse Specialist
      • Nurse Anesthesiology
      • Nurse Midwifery
    • Nurse Practitioner
      • Community and Public Health
        • International Health

        Used with permission from the University of Tennessee.


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