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Master of Science, Major in Nursing

The Master of Science degree program in nursing provides graduates with the ability to integrate advanced knowledge from nursing into specialized areas of advanced practice (clinical nurse specialist and nurse educator). Students develop critical thinking skills, enhance their knowledge base and hone skills learned in their undergraduate programs through simulation, clinical rotations in primary care facilities and lecture content.

Many Students get the opportunity to participate in an international learning experience. The nursing program offers students the opportunity every year in March to participate in a medical trip to central or South America. This international learning experience allows students to provide health care to the indigenous people of remote jungle locations. Students are able to build critical thinking skills by assessing and treating patients without the modern conveniences of laboratory access, x-ray, CT, ultrasound facilities or commonly used medications. Students also get to mentor the undergraduate BSN students during the experience.

The Master of Science with a Major in Nursing program is offered exclusively at our satellite office in Greenville, South Carolina on the campus of Greenville Memorial Hospital.

  • MS Concentration

    The Master of Science with a Major in Nursing program is designed to build upon the first professional degree. 

    • Nursing education: This concentration is designed to prepare nurses as college teachers of nursing and for staff development and continuing education. The courses address curriculum development, current issues and research in teaching and learning, including a variety of classroom and clinical teaching and learning styles. The educational technology course allows nurse educators to master technology in order to create an optimal learning environment. The education option is offered in conjunction with the NP clinical specialties or the administrative major.
  • Program Objectives

    The objectives of the Master of Science degree program with a major in nursing are to provide graduates with the ability to:

    • integrate advanced knowledge from nursing and related disciplines into a specialized area of nursing practice.
    • demonstrate competence in a selected functional role (clinical specialist or nursing education).
    • evaluate and apply research findings from nursing and related disciplines to advanced nursing practice.
    • participate in the development of nursing knowledge by identifying researchable nursing problems, conducting research and selectively integrating research findings in advanced nursing practice.
    • utilize leadership, management, teaching knowledge and competency to influence nursing practice.
    • participate as a leader to influence health policy and improve health care delivery systems.
    • contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession.
  • Admission Requirements

    The following requirements need to be met for an admission application to be considered:

    • Completion of the online application for admission to the graduate school.
    • Baccalaureate Degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program.
    • Cumulative (all college credits) and/or Undergraduate Nursing GPA of 3.25 or higher.
    • Official transcripts from all previous programs.
    • Three letters of recommendation from masters or doctorally prepared individuals (supervisors, MDs, NPs, etc). Prefer one from a nursing faculty from your undergraduate program, one from a supervisor, and one from a health care professional who is familiar with your clinical skills.
    • Professional résumé.
    • Licensure to practice nursing in the state of South Carolina and states in which student will be completing clinical hours.
    • Clinical Practice: minimum of 600-plus hours of nursing practice within the previous 12 months of application. Clinical Practice Form
    • TOEFL score (may be required by applicants for whom English is not their first language).

    Applicants who graduated from program(s) that award pass/fail grades for all courses will not be considered competitive applicants.

    For Summer admission (May Start), the application will become available through the Graduate School in August and will have a deadline of March 15th.

  • Financial
  • International Students

    If you are an international student, please review this information carefully as it will tell you how to have your information evaluated and also how to obtain the proper licensure:

    As you know, in order to apply for CUSON graduate nursing programs, an applicant must hold an earned bachelor's/baccalaureate degree in nursing and an unrestricted Registered Nurse license in South Carolina and the states where students will be completing clinical hours.    We also need the verification of clinical hours form completed.

    Earned Bachelor's/Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing:  You will submit your transcripts as the Graduate School will affirm that foreign nurse graduates have graduated from a bachelor's degree program in nursing in their home country. 

    Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States

    The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools was established to support graduates of foreign nursing programs in their pursuit of lawful credentialing as Registered Nurses in the United States.  

    Below is a brief description and links that provide detailed information, you will work with CGFNS to provide us with the information needed.  

    About CGFNS International, Inc.

    Founded in 1977 by the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the National League for Nursing (NLN) and based in Philadelphia, the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) International is an immigration-neutral not-for-profit organization proudly serving as the world’s largest credentials evaluation organization for the nursing and allied health professions. CGFNS International is an NGO in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is a member of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO). For more information, visit https://www.cgfns.org and https://www.cgfns.org/professions/registered-nurses/

    CGFNS International is an immigration neutral nonprofit organization that helps foreign educated healthcare professionals live and work in their country of choice by assessing and validating their academic and professional credentials.  We provide foreign students and healthcare professionals with a comprehensive assessment of their academic records to facilitate their successful admission to schools in the US and other countries.  We help protect migrating healthcare professionals by advocating for ethical recruitment practices and continuously monitoring the global landscape for developing trends in employment recruitment and workplace norms.  CGFNS International is an NGO in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which serves as the central forum for international and social issues.

    Once you have obtained the information from CGFNS for evaluation, authentication and verification, please include with your application for review.

  • Contact

    The Master of Science nursing program is offered exclusively at our satellite office in Greenville, South Carolina on the campus of Greenville Memorial Hospital.

    Ellen Chiles
    Program Coordinator
    The Clemson University Nursing building
    (864) 720-2052
    achiles@clemson.edu

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