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RN/BS Completion Program

Clemson University School of Nursing

The RN/BS Completion Program (RNBS Program) allows registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The RNBS Program will be offered in a fully online format beginning in Fall 2017. Students who enroll in a full-time plan of study are able to complete their Bachelor of Science, Major in Nursing degree 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 area technical colleges, which allowing for seamless transition for the associate degree prepared registered nurses to entering our program.

Because these students come to the program as licensed, experienced registered nurses, the RNBS Program focuses on socializing the RN to the role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse, emphasizing the values of ethical decision making, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and interdisciplinary collegiality. The curriculum expands the RNs’ current knowledge base, including courses in professionalism in nursing, community and family nursing, health care 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 Completion Program Student Services Coordinator Ellen Chiles at (864) 720-2052 or

Quotes from students:

“Completing the RN/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/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.”

RN/BS Completion Program is Fully Online

  • Classes are offered in a fully online format.  A 2 day on-campus orientation to the program is required prior to beginning classes.
  • Faculty members are available by phone, online and/or at The Clemson University Nursing Building at 605 Grove Road Greenville, SC 29605. 
  • South Carolina is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Clemson University (CU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the RN/BS Completion program, applicants must:

  • Be a graduate of a nationally accredited registered nursing program
  • Hold a current, unrestricted Registered Nurse license in their home state        
  • Have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.75 on all attempted college courses
  • Have completed all prerequisite courses.  A list of prerequisites is available at this link.
  • Submit transcript for review

Steps for Admission and Enrollment in RNBS Program

    • Completion of all Prerequisite Class Requirements
      • Use the requirements listing to evaluate your transcripts.  Once you apply to Clemson send a copy of the completed form and all unofficial transcripts to
      • While working with Clemson’s Transcript Equivalency Listing (TCEL)  you may find that an institution you attended or course you have previously taken is not listed.  In cases where an institution is not listed, you must ensure with Admissions that the institution will be approved for transfer.  In cases where a course you have taken is not listed in TCEL, you must obtain course syllabi from your previous institution(s) and forward them to the proper Clemson University department on campus using this advising list .  If the department approves the course you must include a copy of that department’s email confirming that the course can be used to meet the prerequisite.
    • Once you submit your application to Admissions and have completed your prerequisite review, return the form along with a copy of the transcript(s) used for your review to  The School of Nursing can use an unofficial transcript copy, however Admissions must have an official copy with your application (even if you are still in classes).  Also include a printout from TCEL showing how each course transfers in.
    • IF YOU ARE A FORMER CLEMSON STUDENT DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO ADMISSIONS, simply send the above information related to your prerequisite review to  If accepted, former Clemson students will be notified to follow further instructions.

Upon Entering the Program:

    • You will receive 31 semester hours of credit upon completing Nursing 4060, 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 32 semester hours of Clemson University nursing and related courses. The RN/BS Program curriculum can be completed in 12 months of full time study. Link to curriculum progression