Future Students:


BS in Nursing

Pre-licensure BSN Track

Program Description:

The Department of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. This type of BSN program is often called a 2+2 program because applicants must complete 59 semester hours of lower division coursework which includes university general education requirements and specific nursing prerequisites prior to enrollment in the upper division nursing curriculum. Both the lower division and upper division typically take two years apiece, hence the name 2+2. 

Upon admission to the upper division, pre-licensure students then complete an additional 61 semester hours of nursing coursework, as well as approximately 500 hours of clinical experience spread over the 4 semesters. The nursing major focuses on the knowledge, values, and skills needed for professional nursing practice. Students gain clinical experience with patients of all ages, as well as with families, and communities in a wide variety of settings.

Department of Nursing students have the opportunity to study with highly qualified and skilled faculty. In addition, students are assigned a faculty adviser to assist them with academic advising and schedule planning, and to serve as a student advocate.

Upon graduation from the program, pre-licensure students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam given by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.


Application Process

The first step towards a BSN degree at FMU is to fill out an FMU Application and have all official transcripts sent from any previous schools attended, including high school.

Once the student has been officially accepted to the university and has all of their coursework completed or they are in their last semester of completing the courses, an application for the upper division should be submitted.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for fall semester upper division applications is March 1st. All classes must be completed by the end of FMU's Summer I term.

The deadline for spring semester upper division applications is October 1st

Admission Requirements

Admission into the upper division, or final two years of study, in the Nursing Program is competitive. All applications are carefully reviewed by the Department of Nursing's Admission and Progression Committee.

  • Applicants must first be admitted to Francis Marion University
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better by December (Spring admission) or June (Fall admission)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Science GPA of a 2.6 on a 4.0 scale (Anatomy, Microbiology, Physiology)
  • Three positive, signed references. Please use the reference forms that are provided
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Essay explaining your interest in pursuing a degree in nursing, past related experiences and why you believe you are a good candidate for this profession

General Education

Please click on the links for information on General Education requirements and how to calculate your GPA.

BSN General Education Requirements

BSN General Education Requirements for 2nd Degree Seeking Students 

**English 200 is a class specific to Francis Marion University and it cannot be transferred in from another institution. 

Plans of Study

Lower Division Sample Plan of Study

Upper Division Sample Plan of Study

Applications and Forms

BSN Application

BSN Reference Form

**All application materials, including 3 sealed references and application fee or receipt, must be turned in as a complete packet.


The Department of Nursing encourages all qualified students to apply for admission. Equal educational opportunities are offered to students regardless of race, sex, religion, color, or national origin.


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