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Program Application Process

School of Nursing

Application Deadlines for Traditional BSN Program

Fall Start: Application due March 1 by 5:00 pm

Spring Start: Application due October 1 by 5:00 pm

All application materials (including application, essay, references, and waiver) to be submitted online.

Resources for Applicant

Academic Advisement

The USC Aiken School of Nursing offers academic advising assistance and support to prospective traditional track nursing students. Please contact the SON Student Services Program Coordinator to schedule an appointment to meet. Walk-in advisement sessions are not available.

Transcript Evaluation

Official copies of all transcripts are reviewed during the application process.  

Students who have completed courses at colleges and universities other than USC Aiken are encouraged to have their transcripts evaluated by the School of Nursing Student Services Program Coordinator to ensure all requisite core courses meet established parameters. Interested students should submit documents at least 2 months in advance of the application deadline. Students who wish to have their transcripts reviewed should submit unofficial copies of transcripts to:

  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Fax: 803-641-3725

Evaluation services are not available from the School of Nursing Student Services Program Coordinator during 2 periods: February - March and September - October. 

Frequently Asked Questions

For further information about the application process, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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How to Apply

All application materials (including application, essay, references, and waiver) to be submitted online.

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Responsibilities of the Applicant

  • New Transfer students MUST be accepted to UofSC Aiken for the semester the student plans to begin the nursing program.
    • The acceptance MUST be completed by the application deadline on March 1 or October 1 (A copy of the acceptance letter is required for the application)
    • You may email it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Fax: 803-641-3725; mail: USC Aiken School of Nursing Box 25, 471 University Parkway, Aiken SC 29801
  • All Students:
    • Ensure that transcripts for all coursework completed at other institutions have been received and uploaded to the UofSC Aiken SSC system.
  • Provide references from two professors from prerequisite core courses only.
    • Ensure reference form waiver is signed prior to requesting references.
  • Ensure that all prerequisite core courses are completed, that TEAS scores are available to USC Aiken, that references have been received, and that any written essays adhere to the specified guidelines.

Note: Applicants will not be notified when all elements of the application are received.  Applicants are encouraged to contact the School of Nursing at 803-641-3507 prior to the application deadline to verify that all necessary elements have been received.

If accepted into the USC Aiken BSN program, please be advised that a mandatory background check and drug screening are required prior to beginning the program.

If information is needed in an alternative format or for questions concerning the application process, please refer to the information found on the School of Nursing website first. If you do not find the information you are looking for here, please email the Student Services Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Should be submitted online

Student Instructions

Applicants to the Nursing program are required to recruit references from two college-level instructors of prerequisite core courses. If more than two references are submitted, only the first two received will be included in the application. References from family members, friends, employers, coworkers, or advisors are not appropriate and will be discarded.

Students should complete the Reference Waiver Form and direct both references to the Reference Form for the Traditional BSN Program. Application status is not affected if an applicant elects to maintain the right to obtain and review the completed document. 

For the applicant who has previously attended, but did not complete, another nursing program (LPN, ADN or BSN), a third reference is required. Please submit a reference from the Dean or Director of the nursing school using the Dean or Director Reference Form.

Applicants are encouraged to confirm that the completed reference forms have been received in the School of Nursing building prior to the application deadline.


Essays are assessed for specific criteria, including spelling and grammar; organization (including unity coherence, transitions, and clarity); language and style (clarity and proper usage of vocabulary/diction, syntax); and mechanics of style (agreement, punctuation, and spelling). The full essay, inclusive of all three questions, is limited in length to one single page. Essays in excess of one page will be disqualified.

Essay Guidelines:

  1. Use single spacing for all content.
  2. The maximum length allowed is one full page. (About 500 words)
  3. Do not rewrite the actual questions on your document.
  4. Number your responses to align with the corresponding question (1, 2, 3)

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Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

All applicants are required to take the TEAS. Applicants do not need to achieve or exceed a specific score to be eligible to apply to the BSN program.

USC Aiken is not a testing site. You may take the test in person or online.

  • Students are expected to make all testing and reporting arrangements on the Assessment Technologies Institute® (ATI) website.
  • Applicants may take the TEAS no more than 2 times within a 2-year period.
  • Students should select U of SC Aiken as their reporting site. 
  • Students who have already taken the exam but did not select U of SC Aiken as the primary reporting site are responsible for notifying ATI and paying any additional fees to have the results forwarded to USC Aiken.
  • Inform ATI if you need time accommodations.

For questions about the TEAS, please review the information on the ATI website to determine the most convenient method to contact ATI