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BSN Program Information

Progression to Upper Division

In order to progress to Semester III, sophomore level in the nursing major, students must:

  • Earn a 3.0 GPA in all designated asterisked (*) courses, listed below. Grade Forgiveness does not supersede this progression requirement, i.e. a grade may be forgiven by the University, however, the College of Nursing requires that each grade from every designated (*) course taken be calculated into the GPA.
  • Have no more than one (1) science with a grade below "C".

Lower division nursing students may not enroll in Semester III's BIOL 250/250L, NURS 212, or NURS 216 without a grade of 3.0 in the designated (*) courses.

All designated (*) courses from the freshman and first sophomore semesters (I – III) must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 with no more than one science or lower division nursing course grade below "C" to apply for upper division.

When all designated (*) courses are complete with a "C" or better grade, the student may apply to the Upper Division of the College of Nursing.

Enrollment in upper division is competitive and limited. The following criteria are used for admission to the upper division nursing course sequence through a competitive selection process:

Progression to Upper Division

Admission to the baccalaureate degree in nursing major does not guarantee admission to the upper division. Admission to the upper division is a competitive process and the meeting of minimum admission criteria (GPA of 3.0) does not guarantee admission to the upper division. Students who are not accepted to the upper division should talk with their advisor regarding the feasibility of reapplication. If the student chooses to reapply to the upper division, the student must submit a new application for the next admission date and must compete with the new applicant group.

Upper Division Application Process

In order to better understand the College of Nursing Upper Division Application process, please review the following information:

  • List timeline of application & notification (All accepted upper division applicants are notified no later than early January via email
  • About 20 upper division seats are typically reserved for direct entry Smart Start Nursing Honors Program students that meet eligibility
  • Additionally, up to 180 competitive admissions seats may be available each progression cycle based upon clinical availability
  • Average Nursing Progression GPA of eligible applicants for last 3 progression cycles = 3.72

Average USC GPA:
Average LIFE GPA: 

Accepted Students

All accepted upper division applicants are notified no later than early January & are mandated to attend a College of Nursing Upper Division Orientation held on a Saturday in February. This session will provide an overview of the Upper Division BSN curriculum, clinical information, faculty and student panel; review of required clinical health info; scrub and equipment ordering, and advisement. Notification of when and where the session will be held will be included in the acceptance notification email. These sessions are restricted only to students.