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Mary Black School of Nursing

The Mary Black School of Nursing at USC Upstate, fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing, is one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded nursing institutions offering a four-year degree, as well as the largest BSN program that includes prelicensure and the RN-BSN nursing program in South Carolina. The Mary Black School of Nursing also offers a Master of Science in Nursing which began in the fall of 2014.

USC Upstate offers programs such as on-site instruction, distance learning and inter-institutional articulation to accommodate 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.

Faculty members 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. Our graduates practice in 36 states and three continents.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • RN-BSN

Graduate Degree Program
Master of Science in Nursing

For An Unofficial Transcript Review:

Email  Terri Whitaker for the traditional four-year program or Trish Wade for the RN-BSN program (RN Completion).  Include the following in your email:

  • Copies of all transcripts
  • Contact information
  • Date of birth

Uniquely Upstate

  • USC Upstate's program has the approval of the South Carolina Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which only accredits baccalaureate and higher degree programs
  • RN-BSN students can choose to attend class at the University Center Greenville or enroll in on-line classes.  
  • RN-BSN students can also choose to begin their studies in the fall or spring
  • Collaborative partnerships with approximately 100 organizations for the provision of quality health care
  • Students use state-of-the-art technology in simulation to enhance their clinical and classroom education
  • Faculty have received awards for teaching excellence and scholarly activities
  • First endowed chair of nursing in South Carolina
  • Faculty and students contribute more than $2 million of free health care services to citizens of South Carolina each year

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

Trish Wade
RN-BSN Advisor 

Giving Nursing


BSN (Four-Year Track) Application Instructions
Accepting Spring 2017 
applications from
March 1 to May 31, 2016

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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