Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The professional program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree offers two tracks of study:

1. The four-year track for students who wish to begin a career in professional nursing.
2. The RN-BSN track for graduates of associate degree and diploma programs in nursing.

The program of study is designed to provide students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills needed for effective professional nursing practice in a wide variety of settings and to provide a broad educational foundation that serves as a basis for graduate study in nursing.

Admission Requirements for the Four-Year Track

Applications for admission to the baccalaureate nursing program are open on or about Nov. 1 for fall and April 2 for spring. Students should consult the BSN Application Instructions for deadlines for the current application period. Students desiring to enter the four-year track should apply for admission toward the end of the third semester of their prerequisites.

The admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are set by the nursing faculty. The program's admission committee reviews all applications and selects the most qualified students. Applicants must be admitted as regular students to the University of South Carolina Upstate.

Admission into the upper division, or final two years of study, in the nursing program is competitive.  All applications are carefully reviewed.  Minimum admissions criteria for Bachelor of Science in Nursing applicants are listed below.

Admission Criteria 

  • Applicants must be admitted to the university of South Carolina Upstate and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Minimum GPA requirements must be maintained through the completion of all prerequisite courses.
  • Applicants must earn a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses to be considered for admission.
  • Applicants must have a minimum required science GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    • The five courses included in the science GPA are:
      * Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II    * Pathophysiology
      * Chemistry of Living Things * Microbiology
    • These courses must be successfully completed in two attempts (W, WF, and AUD count as one attempt) to remain eligible for admission.
  • An applicant who fails two required science courses, any two nursing courses*, or a combination of the two by earning a grade less than a C will be ineligible for admission.
    • Examples that would cause ineligibility include, but are not limited to:
      • A grade below a C in Chemistry twice
      • A grade below a C in Anatomy and Physiology I and Medical Terminology
      • A grade below a C in Anatomy and Physiology II and Microbiology
      • A student withdraws and receives a W for A&P I.  Then in a second attempt, earns a grade below a C in A&P I.  The student has exhausted the attempts for the course.
      • A student withdraws and receives a W or WF for A&P I.  Then in a second attempt, the student withdraws and receives another W or WF for A&P I.  The student has exhausted the attempts for the course.
    • Retaking a course for a passing grade does not negate a previous failure.
  • The College of Nursing does not recognize the grade forgiveness policy of USC Upstate or any other school.
  • Applicants must have completed all prerequisite requirements prior to beginning upper-division nursing courses. All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the previous major semester (fall or spring). If applying for a fall term, one course is allowed to be taken over the previous summer at a USC campus only.
  • Applicants must successfully complete a pre-admission exam. The details for this exam will be updated and posted in the most current application instructions when available.
  • If a student has an academic integrity violation on record, their eligibility will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Upon tentative acceptance to the program, students must successfully complete:
    • a criminal record background check
    • a drug screening
    • American Heart Association Healthcare Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
    • clinical requirements as mandated by our clinical settings

Science and Nursing Course Policies

In addition to the science and nursing* course notes above:

  • Applicants must have completed two of the five required science courses and be enrolled in a third required science at the time of application.
  • All science and nursing* courses must be completed within the last five years.
  • If an applicant has two nursing failures from any school within the last five years, he/she would be ineligible for the program.
  • Science and Nursing policies are not an option for student appeal.

*Nursing courses are defined as any USC Upstate course with the prefix of NURS or any course that is accepted as an NURS course for our program.

*Applicants that meet two of the three following admission criteria are encouraged to apply (3.0 Cumulative GPA, 2.5 Science GPA, and successful completion of pre-admissions exam). These students will be considered on a case by case basis when seats are available.

National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse

Upon successful completion of the four-year track, graduates will be eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse.