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Mary Black School of Nursing

The primary mission of the Mary Black School of Nursing is to serve the citizens of Upstate South Carolina by providing education programs in nursing that are of the highest quality. In response to documented needs, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing is offered. Using on-site instruction, distance learning and inter-institutional articulation, programs offered at the Mary Black School of Nursing are designed for students who are diverse in background, age, race, ethnicity, educational experiences, and needs. The programs rest upon a foundation of partnerships with the community, including health care organizations and health care providers in Upstate South Carolina.

The faculty of the Mary Black School of Nursing are committed to excellence in teaching, advising, and in providing experiential learning opportunities that empower students to become competent professionals who give high quality nursing care to diverse populations. The faculty provide leadership in addressing nursing educational needs and in promoting the health and welfare of the citizens of Upstate South Carolina through educational outreach, scholarship, and professional service.

The Mary Black School of Nursing will become one of the Southeast's leading schools of nursing in a metropolitan university. Students, graduates and faculty will be recognized at local, state, national, and international levels as having a positive effect on the health of diverse individuals, families, and communities of Upstate South Carolina through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service.

Core Values

The Mary Black School of Nursing will:

  • Provide excellent nursing education programs that reflect and support the needs of the diverse population of Upstate South Carolina.
  • Provide experiential learning opportunities that prepare students for employment upon graduation.
  • Provide comprehensive articulation with all Upstate South Carolina higher educational institutions.
  • Provide advanced technology to enhance nursing academic programs and to improve student learning.
  • Provide leadership through educational outreach, scholarship and professional service.
  • Project a positive image within the campus, community, and Upstate South Carolina.
  • Utilize assessment data annually for continuous quality improvement of programs and services.

The University of South Carolina Upstate’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). If you would like to submit a third-party comment for this program, please submit to thirdpartycomments@aacn.nche.edu. Or, if you prefer, mail comments to: 

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 
Attn: Third-Party Comments
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 
Washington, DC  20036



Contact Us

Katharine Gibb, Ed.D., MSN, RN

Dean, Mary Black School of Nursing

Deborah K. Charnley, Ph.D., RN
Associate Dean, Spartanburg Campus

Sonya Blevins, DNP, RN, CMSRN, CNE

Associate Dean, Greenville Campus  

Terri Whitaker, M.Ed.
Director of Nursing Student Services
Advisor for four-year, BSN track

Lynette M. Gibson, Ph.D., RN

Director of Research in Nursing

Chasity Ramos
RN-BSN Advisor 


Giving Nursing

BSN (Four-Year Track) Application Instructions
Fall 2016 applications accepted Oct. 1- Dec. 1  

Re-Admission Application: Four-Year Track Only
Application Deadlines:
May 1 for spring semester
Dec 1 for fall semester
Admission Requirements

RN-BSN Application/Reapplication 

Application Deadline Spring: November 15

Application Deadline Fall: May 15

Additional Information
Nursing Student Handbook
Prerequisites for Four-Year Track
Prerequisites for RN-BSN Track
BSN Policies and Curricula
FAQ: Four-Year Track

Contact Us
USC Upstate
Mary Black School of Nursing
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5440

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