The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Clemson University is a four-year program. While the first two years focus primarily on the sciences and general education courses, students are introduced to nursing in their first semester and have nursing courses throughout those first two years. The final two years focus on nursing courses and clinical experiences. Students have clinical experiences in the on-campus simulation lab with high-tech human patient simulators and in various hospital and community agencies throughout the Upstate.
Students can enter the program as freshmen or as change of majors after their sophomore year. Both routes of entry are highly competitive. Pass rates on the national licensure exam (the NCLEX) are consistently above the state and national levels.
Students and alumni express great appreciation for the education they receive from the School of Nursing, citing the positive relationships between students and faculty as the program's greatest strength. End-of-program exit surveys show that between 95 and 100 percent of graduates are satisfied or very satisfied with their overall experience at the School of Nursing and feel well prepared for NCLEX and to care for diverse patients in a variety of settings.
Students are accepted as freshmen into nursing and remain in the nursing major as long as they meet progression requirements (see nursing undergraduate handbook). While freshmen are introduced to the nursing profession in their first semester at Clemson through Nursing 1020: Nursing Success Skills, they primarily take general education and science courses during their first two years. During the remaining two years, studies focus more specifically on nursing. Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and students on research and service projects through creative inquiry, the honors program, and interdisciplinary courses.
Students obtain clinical practice in a variety of settings. Initially, and at intervals throughout the curriculum, students learn nursing skills in our clinical learning and research center. This center offers a hospital-like environment with high tech equipment, including virtual reality IV simulators and high fidelity human patient simulators. The human patient simulators represent different age groups, providing students at all levels with opportunities to practice critical thinking and hands-on skills in a non-threatening environment. This practice allows students to feel more comfortable in actual clinical areas and helps them identify and intervene in “low occurrence, high risk” situations more quickly.
For their hospital based experiences, students have clinical rotations in a variety of settings including medical centers, regional hospitals and community hospitals. In these experiences, students work closely with faculty members. The ratio of students to faculty is eight to one. Students obtain public health experiences in health departments, hospices, schools and community centers.
For information you can contact nursing advisor Kristin Goodenow at (864) 656-5123 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To comply with clinical agency contract requirements and South Carolina law, students enrolled in nursing courses with a clinical laboratory must meet specific requirements listed in the School of Nursing Student Handbook.
To address the nation’s growing nursing shortage, Clemson University and the Greenville Health System have submitted a plan for a unique, collaborative program expansion. The partnership will enable Clemson to increase the number of students accepted into the nursing program and expand student clinical placements within Greenville Health System.
With this partnership, entering freshmen in 2016 and beyond will have the opportunity to be part of one of two cohorts – the Clemson University School of Nursing or the Clemson University School of Nursing Greenville, beginning in the fall of their junior year.