School of Nursing

Baccalaureate Program for Registered Nurses

The RN-BS program allows registered nurses with an associate’s degree in nursing to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The RN-BS completion program is web-enhanced, offering a combination of face to face and online instruction. Students meet for class every other Tuesday at University Center in Greenville. The weeks that students do not meet on campus, they complete their course work online through interactive online learning activities. Students who enroll in a full time plan of study are able to complete their BS in Nursing 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 Tri-County Technical College and Greenville Technical College, which allows for a seamless transition for the associate degree registered nurse graduates to enter our program.

Because these students come to the program as licensed, experienced registered nurses, the RN to BS in nursing program focuses on socializing the RN to the role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse and shaping their values to include ethical decision making, intellectual curiosity and critical thinking, and interdisciplinary collegiality. The curriculum provides depth to the RNs’ current knowledge base, including courses in Professionalism in Nursing, Community and Family Nursing, Healthcare 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 RN-BS Student Services Program Coordinator, Ms. Ellen Chiles, at (864) 250-8881 or via email at achiles@clemson.edu .

Quotes from students:

“Completing the RN to 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 to 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.”


Admission Requirements

  • Current South Carolina Registered Nurse (must hold active license without restrictions).
  • Graduate of a nationally accredited registered nursing program.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.75 or higher on all attempted college courses.

Required Prerequisite Courses for Entry into the RN-BS Program

  • Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entering the RN-BS curriculum. (Link to prereqs.)

Steps for Admission and Enrollment in RN-BS Program

  • Set up an appointment with Clemson University RN-BS Student Services Program Coordinator, Ms. Hillarie Brown, at the University Center of Greenville.  During this appointment, transcripts and the RN-BS program will be reviewed.  You will need to bring transcripts from each institution attended.  Contact Ms. Ellen Chiles at (864) 250-8881 or via email at achiles@clemson.edu.
  • Once admissions requirements are met you may submit an online application to Clemson University.
  • The fall admission deadline is May 15th, and the spring admission deadline is October 15th.
  • http://www.che.sc.gov/Portals/0/CHE_Docs/academicaffairs/transfer/nursing_transfer_guide.pdf

Upon Entering the Program:

  • You will receive 31 semester hours of credit upon completing Nursing 406, 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 31-34 semester hours of Clemson University nursing and related courses offered at the University Center of Greenville.
  • RN-BS curriculum can be completed in 12 months. (Link to curriculum progression)

RN-BS Program is Web-Enhanced

  • Classes meet at the University Center of Greenville every other Tuesday during the Fall and Spring and every Tuesday during the Summer sessions.
  • Additional class meetings are conducted online using Blackboard format.
  • Faculty are available at the University Center.

Computer Requirements

  • Windows operating system
  • Internet access
  • Highly recommended to have DSL
  • Can download Breeze software for Powerpoint presentations with voice.

*  Computers are available in the University Center library if needed