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RN/BS Completion Program

Clemson University School of NursingThe RN/BS Completion Program (RN/BS Program) allows registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The RN/BS 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 RN/BS 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) 250-8881 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 University Center.

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: Link to prereqs.
  • Submit transcript for review

Steps for Admission and Enrollment in RN/BS Program

  • Email Clemson University RN/BS Program Student Services Coordinator Ellen Chiles at to set up an appointment to speak with her by phone or at the University Center of Greenville, if preferred. Attach a copy of your official college transcripts to the email.  During your consultation with Mrs. Chiles, your transcripts and the RN/BS Program curriculum will be reviewed. Please provide transcripts from each institution that you have attended. You may contact Mrs. Chiles at (864) 250-8881 or via email at
  • Once admissions requirements are met, you will submit an online application to Clemson University.
  • The fall admission deadline is May 15; the spring deadline is October 15.

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
Important Links

RNBS Handbook

Curriculum Progression



Ellen Chiles
RN/BS Program Student Services Coordinator
(864) 250-8881