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Admission Requirements


The College of Nursing offers a baccalaureate nursing program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program is committed to the undergraduate education of professional nurses who integrate Christian values into the practice of nursing.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program has of the South Carolina Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), formerly NLNAC Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse practice (NCLEX-RN).

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (Subject to change through an official process)

Since enrollment in the Nursing major is limited, admission is competitive.  Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the College of Nursing  and the College of Nursing is not obligated to admit every student who meets College of Nursing admission criteria.  The College of Nursing is committed to admitting students who demonstrate a reasonable probability of academic and NCLEX-RN success and who possess the potential for excellent nursing practice.  Therefore, every facet of the student’s academic record will be reviewed in making an admission decision. To be eligible to apply to the program, applicants must have earned a minimum of  2.90 GPA on a 4.0 scale in pre-nursing courses and be a student of record at the University at the time of application to the College of Nursing. A national nursing admission exam will be required as part of the application process, at the expense of the applicant. All students must complete an application by March 15 of the Spring semester prior to the intended Fall semester admission to the College of Nursing/Nursing major.  Admission decisions will be made by May 31.  Students may apply to the nursing program no more than three times.  All applicants must:

1. Complete at least 17  hours of the 34  hours of specified prerequisite courses including English 111, Mathematics 105, and two of the four required prerequisite science courses and be enrolled in the remaining 17 hours at the time of application. All 34  hours of the pre-nursing courses must be completed prior to enrollment in the first nursing course.


Prerequisite Courses (34 hours) Credits
English 111, 112 Composition/Rhetoric I and II 6
Mathematics 105 * Introduction to Mathematical Structures 3
Chemistry 110 Concepts of Chemistry/Lab 4
Biology 226 Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab 4
Biology 227 Human Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab 4
Biology 220 Microbiology/Lab 4
Psychology 110 General Psychology 3
Nursing 102 Foundations of Health Care 3
* or Mathematics 111 College Algebra
The three remaining semester hours may be chosen from any non-nursing courses required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Suggested pre-nursing courses are:
CHST 111 or 112
Art 201 or 202 or Music 171 Appreciation course 3
Communication 110 Public Speaking 3


2. Earn a grade of “C” or better in each course and have a GPA of at least 2.90 in the prerequisite courses completed for admission consideration.   Acceptance will be conditional to the satisfactory completion of the remaining prerequisite courses with at least a grade of “C” or better and maintaining a GPA of 2.90 in the prerequisite courses.

3. Submit minimum SAT scores of 480 Verbal/Critical Reading and 440 Math or ACT scores of 20 English and 18 Math. Students 21 years of age and older may substitute the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) with a score of at least 45 in lieu of the SAT/ACT. The SAT/ACT and/or MAT requirement is waived for students who have earned, through transfer credit and/or enrollment at CSU, at least 34 semester hours toward the nursing degree at the time of application to the College of Nursing and  or for students holding an associate degrees or baccalaureate or higher degrees.

Nursing Curriculum Plan and Suggested Sequencing

Fall Credits Spring Credits
GNED 111 Christian Worldview 1 ENGL 112 Composition/Rhetoric II  3
English 111 Composition/Rhetoric I 3 English 112 Composition/Rhetoric II 3
CHST 111 Old Testament 3 Nurs 102 Foundations/Health Care 3
Math 105 Intro to Mathematical Structures 3 Psychology 110 General Psychology 3
Chemistry 110 Concepts of Chemistry and Lab 4 Biology 220 Microbiology/Lab 4
Biology 226 Human Anatomy& Physiology I and lab 4 Biol 227 (Human Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab 4


Fall Credits Spring Credits
GNED 111 Christian WorldviewCommunication 110 Public Speaking 3 Foreign Language/Literature 3
Biology 345 Nutrition 3 COINS 209 Intro to Computer Systems or other approved computer course 3
NURS 203 Health Assessment 4 NURS 260 Life Span Development 3
NURS 209 Concepts of Communication Health Promo 3 NURS 215 Fundamentals of Nursing 3
NURS 217 Diseases/Disorders for Nursing 3 NURS 216 Pharmacology/Prof Nursing 4


Fall Credits Spring Credits
HIST 111, 112/113 /World Civ 3 Psyc 305 Behav. Statistics for Health Professionals 3
ART 201, 202 or MUSI 171 Appreciation 3 English 202, 203, or 204 Survey of Eng or Amer Lit 3
NURS 311 Adult Health I 4 NURS 302 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing 3
NURS 303 Maternity Nursing 5 NURS 304 Pediatric Nursing 5
CHST 112 New Testament 3  


Fall Credits Spring Credits
Any History or Political Science 201 or higher 3 Nurs 409 Community Health Nursing 4
NURS 404 Leadership/Management 5 NURS 412 Adult Health III 6
NURS 405 Research in Healthcare 3 NURS 430 Capstone: Prep/Prof Role 2
NURS 411 Adult Health II 4  


Pre-nursing, core and supporting (non-nursing) 62 
Pre-nursing professional foundation
Nursing major 64 
TOTAL 129 


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:Financial aid information is available by calling 1-843-863-7050. All students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance.

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