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 Program
Applications for admission to the baccalaureate nursing program open on or about Oct. 1 for fall and March 1 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 Criteria 

  • Admissions are competitive and based upon the applicant's cumulative academic record (GPA) and space availability. The best qualified students are admitted. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must be admitted to the University of South Carolina Upstate.
  • All prerequisite courses (lower-division, general education studies) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
  • All required science courses must be successfully completed within two attempts. Courses designated by a "W," "WF" or "AUD" are considered an attempt at the course.
  • Only one nursing course or required science course with a grade below a "C" is allowed to progress. A student would be ineligible for our program if two grades below a "C" are earned in nursing and/or required science courses, regardless of the number of attempts made at the courses.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on at least two required science courses at the time of application. Three is preferred.    
  • All required science courses must have been successfully completed within the last 5 years.
  • Applicants must have completed all prerequisite requirements prior to acceptance. 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, but it must be taken at USC Upstate or another USC campus.
  • 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.
  • Applicants are NOT required to complete a CNA program.
  • Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be admitted on probation if space is available. 

Credit by Examination:
Some general education and supporting courses may be exempted by having successfully passed Advanced Placement (AP) tests in high school, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, DANTES or challenge examinations prepared at USC Upstate (see the credit by examination section of the USC Upstate catalog).

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.