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College of Nursing

BSN Program Information

Change Your Major to Nursing

Any USC Columbia student interested in changing their major to lower division (pre-nursing) must participate in the following change of major process and meet minimum academic requirements for consideration. Acceptance into lower division (pre-nursing) does not guarantee acceptance into upper division. A separate application is required for consideration for admission into upper division. Students accepted as a change of major will receive additional information regarding when and how to apply to upper division.

Students must meet the minimum eligibility to change major to nursing: 

  1. A minimum Institutional GPA of 3.500. 
  2. No more than one below "C" grade in a BSN required science course.
    • Students must earn a minimum grade of "C " in all required courses in the nursing program. Only one below "C " grade is allowed in a required science or nursing (NURS) course to remain eligible for the nursing major. Any science course that needs to be repeated must be taken within the USC system. All nursing courses that need to be repeated must be taken at USC Columbia.
    • The BSN program recognizes the University grade forgiveness policy. Details on the grade forgiveness policy can be found here
  3. Complete a minimum of 12 graded credit hours prior to application. 

IMPORTANT: Due to the capacity limits of the College of Nursing, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. 


  • For spring semester, all change of major applicants must submit the change of major application by October 1st.
  • For fall, all change of major applicants must submit the change of major application by July 1st.
  • For summer semesters, all change of major applicants must submit an application by March 1st.
  • Application status notifications will be sent within 30 business days of the application close date. 

ACCEPTED STUDENTS: All accepted change of major applicants are required to attend a College of Nursing New Major Information and Advising Session. This session will provide an overview of the BSN program, the BSN curriculum, the application process for upper division, and will include a one-on-one advising appointment with a a College of Nursing academic advisor. 

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