Letter from the Dean

Shirleatha Dunlap PhD, RN, CNE

Dear Nursing Students!

As Dean of the Mary Black College of Nursing (MBCON) at the University of South Carolina Upstate, I welcome you! For over 50 years we have been educating nurses who serve our community. Improving health in the Upstate region and beyond. We take pride in offering high-quality nursing education focused on student success. Offering traditional prelicensure BSN, RN-BSN,  MSN and Post-Graduate Certificate program options in Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership, and Clinical Nurse Leader concentrations. Our nursing program has a rich history, is nationally ranked, and innovative. Our faculty are dedicated to student success and educate using state-of-the art knowledge and technology.

If you are newly enrolled in our program, I encourage you to be engaged in the many opportunities available and extend your learning outside the classroom. Study abroad, community engagement, and/or interprofessional education are all possibilities to explore. Through these experiences and others, you will find the MBCON is committed to developing well-rounded graduates. Our expert faculty and dedicated staff have established partnerships, curriculum, and clinical experiences that are diverse in nature to best prepare you to transition into the role of professional nurse.

If you have an interest in the nursing profession the Mary Black College of Nursing is the place for you. Please explore our website to learn more and contact us if you have any questions. Academic programs are approved by the South Carolina Board or Nursing and baccalaureate and master’s degree programs at USC Upstate MBCON are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Once again, welcome and thank you for visiting our website! The faculty, staff, and administrative team are here to help you get started and support you through degree completion. The experience will be life-changing and we will go “UP” together!


Shirleatha Dunlap PhD, RN, CNE
Dean and Professor
Mary Black Endowed Chair for Nursing