Professor in a lab coat instructing a student in scrubs

What to Expect After Admission

School of Nursing

  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony 4
  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony 6
  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony 2
  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony 5
  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony 1
  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony 3
  • Dedication of Hands Ceremony 2
  • Dedication of Hands Ceremony 1

Next Steps

Being admitted into the School of Nursing is an exciting step in your journey to becoming a healthcare professional. Study in the School of Nursing is contingent on all students meeting additional requirements after admission. Failure to meet these requirements will result in dismissal: 

  • Complete microbiology, developmental psychology, and statistics with a C (2.0) or better
  • Clear background check
  • Complete a drug screening test with negative results
  • Obtain BLS provider status
  • Obtain physician attestation of physical readiness
  • Obtain tuberculosis skin test (Note: positive results on the skin test do not necessarily disqualify students from the BSN program; please consult with your provider and with the SON to determine how to proceed in the event of a positive skin test.)
  • Required proof of the following immunizations: MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B and Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis
  • A yearly flu vaccine is required (if you choose not to get the flu vaccine you will need to contact the School of Nursing)

As of November 2021 all facilities used for student clinical experiences require a Covid vaccine. Medical exemptions will require official documentation from a physician. Religious exemptions require separate paperwork. The student will need to make an appointment to meet with the School of Nursing Dean. There is no guarantee the hospital will accept the exemption.

Anticipated Expenses

In addition to tuition, students will have some other expenses while completing the BSN program, including the following items:

  • Books
  • Lab supplies
  • Stethoscope
  • Uniforms
  • Reliable transportation for travel to and from clinical sites
  • Laptop computer
  • Privacy screen for laptop computer
  • Office supplies
  • BLS certification
  • Tuberculosis skin test
  • Physician attestation of physical readiness for nursing activities

Many supplies are available through the Pacer Shoppe, USC Aiken's Bookstore, and are eligible for purchase with scholarship monies. Please check with your scholarship provider to determine which items are eligible.