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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

Trish Wade, MBA
RN-BSN Adviser

Giving Nursing

Applications BSN (Four-Year Track) Application Instructions 
Currently Accepting Applications for Spring 2018
Priority Deadlines-in order to complete requirements on time, it is best to apply by:
May 31 for spring applications
December 20 for fall applications

Download Re-Admission Application Four-Year Track Only Download Re-Admission Application  
Application Deadlines:
May 31 for spring semester
Dec 20 for fall semester
Admission Requirements

Download RN-BSN Application  Download RN-BSN Application
RN-BSN Online Application  
Applications available for summer, 
fall and spring semesters

Additional Information
Nursing Student Handbook
Prerequisites for Four-Year Track
Prerequisites for RN-BSN Track  
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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