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College of Nursing


BSN Program Information

Academic Standards for the Traditional BSN

1.  Students must earn a "C" or better in ALL courses that are to be used towards BSN degree requirements

2.  Students must maintain an INSTITUTIONAL and LIFE grade point average (GPA) of 3.000 (on a 4.000 scale)

  • A student is place on academic probation with the College of Nursing if their INSTITUTIONAL or LIFE GPA falls below 3.000 
  • The probationary period lasts for one major semester (Fall/Spring) or 12 credit hours
  • If at the end of the probationary period the GPA is not a 3.000 or higher, the student must change their major
  • Not meeting the minimum GPA standards of the College of Nursing may have an effect on a student's academic standing at the University: see the Academic Bulletin for more information

3.  No more than one failing grade (D+, D, or F) in a nursing or required science course

4.  A student is allowed only one below C grade in a Nursing or required science course in Pre-Nursing Lower Division 

  • After earning a below C in a required science course the student is required to retake the course the next time it is offered at USC-Columbia, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Union, or Sumter
  • After earning a below C in a nursing course the student is required to retake the course the next time it is offered at USC-Columbia 

5.  If a student earns a second below C grade in a nursing or required science course, they are no longer eligible for the     
     nursing program. If staying at USC, they must change their major

6.  This regulation is also recognized in the Nursing Upper Division regarding upper level nursing courses