The School of Nursing at Clemson University offers the Master of Science degree. The curriculum is designed to build on the prior course work and experiences of each student. Theory, research and role development are emphasized, enabling the graduate to participate in the development of nursing knowledge and to contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession. Graduates of the Master of Science program are eligible to take a national certification examination in their specialty track if available.
The department also offers post-graduate study in each of the specialty tracks for master’s-degree-prepared nurses who want to obtain knowledge, skills and certification as advanced practice nurses to expand their options in the healthcare arena.
The Master of Science degree program with a major in nursing is designed to build upon the first professional degree. The student may select one of the four study options:
More information can be found in this graduate handbook.
If you are accepted into this program, you will choose one of the following options:
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS):This option focuses on the development of advanced nursing knowledge and skills with particular focus on the clinical specialty roles of consultation, education, leadership and management with clinical concentrations in maternal/child/adolescent or adult/gerontological nursing.
Nursing Administration: This option was designed to meet the needs of nursing administrators in healthcare facilities as well as those in public health administration. You will be required to complete the graduate research core and specialty courses in nursing administration, such as finance.
Nursing Educator: This option pairs a strong background in clinical content and nine credits of nursing education. The education courses are designed to meet your needs if you are interested in staff development or teaching nursing at the college level.
Nurse Practitioner: This option focuses on primary care of individuals and families. You will undertake a concentration of clinical experience for each age group, culminating in a final practicum in which you will synthesize knowledge for application across the life span. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible for national certification as a family nurse, nurse practitioner, adult nurse practitioner or gerontology nurse practitioner.
Genetics: This concentration is paired with any of the role options and is designed for students who are interested in healthcare genetics. Those interested in national certification for genetics should meet with the graduate coordinator for clinical site selection.
All classes originate at the University Center in Greenville, SC. The center is located on Pleasantburg Drive (US 291) near Laurens Road and I-85. Several courses can be accessed through the Internet.
The program is two years (four semesters) of full-time study. Part-time students usually select a three- or four-year option. Students are allowed a maximum of six years from the time they begin their first graduate course to complete the program. The department does not recommend that students try to work full time and go to school full time. Students who plan to continue working throughout the program can discuss their options with the graduate coordinator or a faculty advisor.
The School of Nursing Advisory Council is comprised of leaders in nursing and healthcare who provide expertise and guidance to School of Nursing from the perspective of the realities of clinical practice coupled with the vision of theoretical study and research. In program planning, nursing administrators and faculty focus on the unique needs of different student populations, such as traditional students seeking associate or baccalaureate degrees, RNs who seek the baccalaureate or higher degrees, second career students and nurses seeking a doctoral degree with elements of nursing practice and research. A goal common to all programs is the graduation of highly qualified nursing leaders and healthcare professionals that will contribute to the nursing workforce.
Clemson University’s Clinical Learning and Research Center(CLRC) is a new, state-of-the-art facility designed with input from both nursing and architecture faculty and students. CLRC incorporates current and future technologies for education delivery, teaching and learning. The CLRC is one of the most innovative and best-equipped learning environments, serving the educational and research needs of nursing and other health professions. The center provides the practice and demonstration sites; fosters research in teaching, learning and clinical practice; creates the opportunities for collaborative arrangements among nursing education programs and partners in healthcare delivery; amplifies the effectiveness and reach of faculty members, researchers, clinical specialists, practitioners and physicians; and supports nursing students at every level and in every program with innovative equipment, resources and technology.
The Joseph F. Sullivan Centeris an interdisciplinary health center at Clemson University. The Sullivan Center allows nurse practitioners to work with teams of physician collaborators, health educators and community outreach programs, nutritionists, counselors and students/interns to promote the optimal health and well-being of clients from diverse backgrounds across the lifespan. Faculty and students from nursing, education, public health sciences, languages, professional communication, business and other disciplines support and enhance our services, enhance our services, which include health assessments, education and promotion; illness care; health and chronic illness management; and a medical surveillance program.
The Sullivan Center has partnerships with many community organizations, including the City of Clemson and Clemson Community Care. Current projects include: providing mobile health outreach services to the medically underserved in Oconee County with the Walhalla Mobile Clinic; providing health services to seasonal and migrant workers in Pickens County under a contract with the South Carolina Office of Minority Health; working with the Upstate South Carolina affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to educate low-income and minority women about breast cancer awareness and screening; and working with community groups to empower individuals to adopt healthy lifestyles and to promote those lifestyles within their own families and communities.
Of the 90 students in the program, 94 percent are women, and 38 percent attend full-time.
The demand for advanced professional nurses is strong in many areas. Clemson boasts a excellent placement rate within two months of graduation. Graduates practice in a variety of settings, provide leadership in their specialty area and initiate collaborative and consultative relationships with others to improve health and influence health policy.
If you are interested in applying to the nursing graduate program at Clemson University, you must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree in nursing. Your application for admission, unofficial transcripts (official transcripts required after acceptance) and a satisfactory score on the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be submitted. In addition, you should be a graduate of a nationally accredited baccalaureate program. You must have had an undergraduate statistics course and must demonstrate evidence of recent basic client assessment skills. You must also document recent clinical practice, which is defined as 600 hours of nursing care during the 12 months prior to acceptance into the program. You may apply on the web at www.clemson.edu/graduate/admissions/apply/
Graduate nursing students are eligible for student loans that are repaid at a very low interest rate after graduation. Nursing practices in some locations and at some agencies will repay a student’s loan in return for service over a specified period of time. For example, students who work in rural areas may have approximately $10,000 in loans repaid for each year the student works in that area (with some variation). Full-time students are eligible for assistantships in teaching, clinical or research areas. Interested students should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae/résumé to the director of the School of Nursing. Students interested in assistantships should also submit a financial aid form to the University. Depending on availability, full-time students are eligible for nurse traineeship funds. These vary from year to year.