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To apply to the College of Nursing, use the university’s main Admissions page for undergraduate studies and The Graduate School admissions page for our master's and doctoral candidates.  Have questions about the process?  Please contact us and we can help you out.

Undergraduate

Freshmen must meet all university admissions requirements.  Acceptance into the nursing program does not guarantee progression into the upper division.

Transfer students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all college work with at least 30 semester hours completed. Students’ performance on science and nursing courses taken at other schools must be reviewed upon admission.

Upper division applicants should see the retention and progression section in the BSN Nursing Major Page.

Graduate

 

RN to BSN & MSN Nursing Administration

Program requirements for the RN to BSN & MSN-OL programs can be found at http://gradonline.sc.edu/admission-requirements.aspx.    

Master of Science in Nursing Degree Programs (MSN)

  • Complete application to the Graduate School by November 1 (Summer Start), March 1 (Fall Start).
  •  Have a bachelor's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program and provide all college transcripts.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from all previous institutions, science grades strongly considered.
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the state you practice.
  • Three letters of reference from a Masters or Doctorally prepared registered nurse or physician who can speak to the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the Masters of Science in Nursing program outcomes.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  • A personal Goal statement that reflects MSN program outcomes for the program applied.

Certificate of Graduate Study Programs (CGS)

  • Complete application to the Graduate School by November 1 (Summer Start), March 1 (Fall Start), August 1 (Spring Start).
  • Have a master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program and provide all college transcripts.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from all previous institutions, science grades strongly considered.
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the state of practice.
  • Three letters of reference from a Masters or Doctorally prepared registered nurse or physician who can speak to the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the Masters of Science in Nursing program outcomes.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  • A personal Goal statement that reflects CGS program outcomes for the program applied.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

  • Complete application to the Graduate School by November 1 (Summer Start), March 1 (Fall Start).
  • Have a master's or bachelor's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program and provide all college transcripts.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from all previous institutions, science grades strongly considered.
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the state you practice.
  • Three letters of reference from a Doctorally prepared registered nurse or physician who can speak to the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice program outcomes.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  • A personal Goal statement that reflects DNP program outcomes for the program applied.
  • Onsite or Phone Interview with nursing graduate faculty.
  • Additionally, those entering with a master’s degree and applying for APRN concentration must provide Certification as an advanced practice registered nurse (DNP Nurse Executive Leadership applicants do not.)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

  • Complete online application with The Graduate School by the February 1 Priority Application deadline (Curriculum is designed for a fall start.). Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • A bachelor's or master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program or a master's degree in another field and transcripts of all previous college studies
  • Competitive GRE scores earned within the last five years
  • Registered nurse licensure in South Carolina, eligibility for S.C. licensure, or licensure in the location in which the research will occur
  • Potential for scholarship in nursing science as evidenced by:
    • A writing sample of scholarly work (research reports, thesis, course papers, or written innovations)
    • Written personal statement of professional career goals 
    • Three letters of reference from doctorally-prepared nurses or other health care professionals that address research and scholarship potential
  • Admission interview with nursing graduate faculty
  • Resume or CV