School of Nursing

Changing Your Major

Nursing Change of Major Application Overview

1.  Applications are taken once a year in January only.  Applications are available on line from the School of Nursing and HEHD Academic Advising Center websites during this time.  Hard copy applications are no longer utilized.  Students may e-mail the Nursing advisor for the link in January of each year. 

2.  Minimally, students must have a 2.75 Clemson GPR and two (2) of the five (5) sciences that are required in the Nursing curriculum completed with a grade of a “C” or better to be eligible to apply.  However, admission is competitive.  Students chosen typically have four (4) of the five (5) or all five (5) of the sciences completed and a GPR over 3.0 (GPR may be more competitive than a 3.0 depending on the other applicants). 

3.  Students are eligible to apply to change their academic program into Nursing only twice at Clemson University.

4.  Students changing their academic program to Nursing are not guaranteed admission; there are always more change of major applicants than there are clinical spaces for this group. 

5.  Students who successfully change their major into Nursing should expect to take an extra semester to complete the program.  There is little chance that students will change their major into Nursing and graduate on time in the program.   Change of academic program students can “mirror” or “shadow” the first two years of the Nursing curriculum with the exception of NURS 1400, NURS 3200, NURS 3330, and NUTR 2050.  (NOTE:  NUTR 2030 is not an acceptable course for Nursing majors and will not be used for credit toward the Nursing degree.) Students should plan on taking these four courses in the fall semester after successfully completing the change of major application process in the previous spring semester.  Clinical nursing courses will be started that next spring semester. 

6.  It is highly recommended that all students pursuing change of academic program to Nursing also pursue a parallel major plan in along with the Nursing curriculum that can lead to a career of choice.  Note that minors do not necessarily lead to completion of degree requirements.  Students should work with academic advisors in the parallel major plan to determine specific requirements for that degree program. 

Please refer to the Nursing Curriculum Plan for Change of Major Nursing Students.

Change of Major students should also run a “what if” degree audit in iROAR by following these steps:

1. Log in to iroar.clemson.edu

2. Click on "Student" tab and then "Student Records" tab.

3. Once in Student Records, you will see a direct link to the "Degree Works" system — click on that.

4. In Degree Works, you will see a "what if" button directly under the "Worksheets" tab on the left hand side column in the initial page — click on this.

5. From the "what if" screen, choose the following as asked: "Bachelor of Science" degree, "2014-2015" curriculum year, then choose which degree program you would like to pursue.  You can run it or save and print.

Nursing Change of Major Most Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What are the sciences required in the Nursing curriculum?

A:  Currently, the Nursing major requires CH 1010, BIOL 1030/1050 OR BIOL 1100, MICR 2050 OR 3050, BIOL 2220 and BIOL 2230.  Please refer to the current Undergraduate Catalog for information concerning the Nursing curriculum.  http://www.registrar.clemson.edu/html/catalog.htm

Q:  What criteria are considered as part of the selection process?

A:  The selection committee looks at each student’s overall Clemson GPR.  In addition, success in science and math courses in the Nursing curriculum is stressed. Students who earn grades of “C” or lower in science and math courses will diminish their chances of being chosen.  Priority is also given to students who have completed the majority of the courses that are not restricted to Nursing majors within the first two years of the Nursing curriculum.  Please refer to the current Undergraduate Catalog for information concerning the Nursing curriculum.  http://www.registrar.clemson.edu/html/catalog.htm

Q:  Is priority given to students who are Honors, ROTC, student-athletes or other student categories?

A:  This is not a factor in the selection process.  All students who are chosen must be competitive with the other students chosen in their change of major group. 

Q:  When is the best time to apply?

A:  Typically, if students have been following the Nursing curriculum, the best chance to apply and be accepted to change their academic program is during the spring semester (January) of the student’s sophomore year or second year or once a student has earned 45 or more credits toward the Nursing curriculum.  However, freshmen are not discouraged from applying.  It helps to have you on our list as a student with an interest in changing majors to Nursing. 

Q:  What are my odds of getting into Nursing as a change of academic program student?

A:  Based upon the selection criteria, it is difficult to gauge the competitiveness of each applicant pool.  There are no hard and fast averages or minimums.  However, all students wishing to change should know that there are a limited number of spaces each January.  The School of Nursing has always received more applicants than we have spaces, which makes this process highly competitive.  In the past, we have had anywhere from 60-85 qualified applicants for approximately 35 spaces. 

  • 2014 average Clemson GPR of change of major students accepted:  3.66
  • 2013 average Clemson GPR of change of major students accepted:  3.67
  • 2012 average Clemson GPR of change of major students accepted:  3.68
  • 2011 average Clemson GPR of change of major students accepted:  3.61
  • 2010 average Clemson GPR of change of major students accepted:  3.71
  • 2009 average Clemson GPR of change of major students accepted:  3.65
  • 2008 average Clemson GPR of change of major students accepted:  3.52

Q:  What can I do to guarantee my acceptance as a change of major into the Nursing program at Clemson University? 

A:  When pursuing entrance into the School of Nursing through the change of major process, there are no guarantees of admission or acceptance.  

Q:  What other factors are considered along with the application?

A:  The School of Nursing does not look at letters of recommendation, work and/or volunteer experience, number of times applying to the program, current major, student status (ROTC, Honors, student-athlete, etc.) or any criteria not stated in the Undergraduate Catalog.  Students are encouraged to focus their efforts on factors that are part of the selection process to make them competitive with other students accepted.  

Q:  Is there a waiting list for students wishing to change their major to Nursing?

A:  No, there is no wait list maintained for students wishing to change their academic program.  We accept applications once a year in January. 

Q:  What is my responsibility as a student pursuing change of major into Nursing at Clemson University?

A:  Ultimately, all academic advising at Clemson is the student’s responsibility.  Students are expected to confirm specific dates of meetings and make contact with the HEHD Advising Center to seek pertinent information about this process.   It is also the student’s responsibility to become familiar with the policies and procedures, course pre-requisites, Nursing specific grade requirements, and other information concerning the process as outlined in the current undergraduate Catalog. http://www.registrar.clemson.edu/html/catalog.htm    

The Nursing academic advisor, Kristin Goodenow, is available to talk with prospective change of academic program students regarding their specific situation: (864) 656-5123 or kristig@clemson.edu  It is suggested to meet with the advisor outside of peak advising times which are Oct. 1-Nov. 15 and March 1-April 15.