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 should be submitted by December 1 for fall, and by May 1 for spring. 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.
- Admissions are competitive and based upon the applicant's academic record (GPA) on their prerequisite courses only and space availabilty. The best qualified students are admitted.
- Applicants must be admitted to the University of South Carolina Upstate.
- Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
- Only one nursing course or required science course may be repeated to earn a grade of C or better.
- All required science courses must have been successfully completed within the last 10 years.
- Applicants must have completed all prerequisite requirements prior to acceptance. A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite courses.
- All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the previous major semester (fall or spring). Therefore, prerequisites may not be completed in the summer prior to a fall admission. In extreme circumstances, exceptions MAY be made on a case-by-case basis, but any exception would be required to meet the following:
- A letter of appeal must be submitted to the Student Affairs Committee for approval.
- Admission GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
- Only one course may be taken.
- Course must be completed and a transcript showing the grade must be supplied to the SON at least one week prior to the beginning of fall classes.
- If approved, student could be placed on the waiting list for that semester only.
- Applicants are NOT required to complete a CNA program.
- Students with a GPA of less than 2.75 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).
Licensed practical nurses may obtain credit for Health Assessment (NURS 310), Foundations of Nursing Practicum (NURS 320P), and Integrated Nursing Practicum (NURS 325P) by successfully completing the required validation examinations.
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.