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RNBS Completion Program

**Application deadlines are May 15th for a fall start and October 15th for a spring start**

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The RNBS Completion Program allows registered nurses with an associate’s degree in nursing to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The RNBS Program is offered in a fully online format and students are able to complete their Bachelor of Science, Major in Nursing degree in just 12 months. The School of Nursing has established relationships with area technical colleges, which allows for seamless transition for the associate degree prepared registered nurse entering this program.

Because students come in as licensed, experienced registered nurses, the RNBS program focuses on socializing the RN to the role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse.  Students then emphasize the values of ethical decision making, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and interdisciplinary collegiality. The curriculum expands the RN’s 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 both the fall (August) and spring (January) semesters of each year.

  • Admission Requirements
    **Application deadlines are May 15th for a fall start and October 15th for a spring start**

    To be admitted to the RNBS 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 and students should evaluate their transcripts.
  • Steps for Admission and Enrollment
    • Completion of all prerequisite listings.

      • Use the requirements listing to evaluate your transcripts to determine if you need any additional coursework. After 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 courses you have previously taken are not listed.  In these cases you would obtain course syllabi from your previous institution(s) and forward them to the proper department on campus using this advising list. If the department approves your course, please send a copy of the syllabus as well as their email confirming that the course can be used to meet the prerequisite to .

    • 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 Acceptance into RNBS

    Students come to campus one day for a required Orientation prior to beginning classes.

    Students receive 31 semester hours of credit upon successful completion of Nursing 4060, Issues in Professionalism. The course validates your nursing knowledge from your associate degree program.

    Students then complete 32 semester hours of Clemson University coursework following the RNBS Program curriculum.

  • Financial
    Nursing Scholarships

    Nursing scholarships are available through Clemson University and the School of Nursing.

    Please visit the Financial Aid website for Clemson University scholarship information.

    Additional scholarships and awards are available in the Spring semester through the School of Nursing. Details and application forms are emailed directly to students in the spring. Please see the list below and contact Mrs. Angie Newton for more information. 

    External nursing scholarships can be found on the AACN website.

    Elizabeth Ashley Gillespie ('03, M'06) Annual Travel Grant-in-Aid


    Study abroad travel aid for nursing students.

    Eugene Edwards Memorial Award


    Award for outstanding nursing students.

    Gracie Evelyn Boggs Jameson Endowed Scholarship


    Scholarship for nursing students interested in oncology nursing.

    Hearst Annual Scholarship


    Scholarship for underrepresented nursing students pursuing BS or ASD degree.

    Herbert N. Shearin, Jr. Award for Excellence in Nursing


    Award for junior or senior nursing students.

    J.C. Hubbard Endowment Educational Fund


    Scholarship for undergraduate nursing students.

    Judy Yvonne Robertson Memorial Scholarship


    Scholarship for nursing students at all levels.

    Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Annual Nursing Scholarship


    Need-based scholarship for nursing students who are residents of AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, or VA.

    Reva W. Burns Endowment Scholarship in Nursing


    Scholarships for junior or senior nursing students.

    Viola M. Wolf Nursing Annual Scholarship


    Scholarship for U.S. citizen junior or senior nursing students with minimum GPA of 3.0.

  • Contact Us

    For information and advising needs please contact the program coordinator at or 864-720-2056

    We look forward to reviewing your application!

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