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BSN Requirements

The professional program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree offers two tracks of study:
1. The four-year track for students who wish to begin a career in professional nursing.
2. The RN-BSN track for graduates of associate degree and diploma programs in nursing.

The program of study is designed to provide students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills needed for effective professional nursing practice in a wide variety of settings and to provide a broad educational foundation that serves as a basis for graduate study in nursing.

Admission Requirements for the Four-Year Track Program
Applications for admission to the baccalaureate nursing program should be submitted by December 1 for fall and by May 1 for spring. Students desiring to enter the four-year track should apply for admission toward the end of the third semester of their prerequisites.

The admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are set by the nursing faculty. The program's admission committee reviews all applications and selects the most qualified students. Applicants must be admitted as regular students to the University of South Carolina Upstate.

Current Criteria (spring 2016 applicants)

  • Admissions are competitive and based upon the applicant's academic record (GPA) on their prerequisite courses only and space availability. The best qualified students are admitted.
  • Applicants must be admitted to the University of South Carolina Upstate.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Only one nursing course or required science course may be repeated to earn a grade of "C" or better.
  • All required science courses must have been successfully completed within the last 10 years.
  • Applicants must have completed all prerequisite requirements prior to acceptance. A grade of "C" or better is required for all prerequisite courses. All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the previous major semester (fall or spring). If applying for a fall term, one course is allowed to be taken over the previous summer, but it must be taken at USC Upstate or another USC campus.
  • Applicants are NOT required to complete a CNA program.
  • Students with a GPA of less than 2.75 may be admitted on probation if space is available. 

    New Criteria for all Fall 2016 applicants and beyond

    • Applicants must be admitted to the University of South Carolina Upstate.
    • All pre-requisite courses (lower-division, general education studies) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
    • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on at least three required science courses at the time of application.
    • All required science courses have a five-year age limit.
    • Only one nursing or required science course may be repeated to earn a grade of "C" or better.
    • All required science courses must be successfully completed within two attempts.  Courses designated by a "W," "WF" or "AUD" are considered an attempt at the course.
    • Applicants must successfully complete a pre-admissions exam.  The details for this exam will be updated and posted in the most current application instructions when available. 

    Credit by Examination:
    Some general education and supporting courses may be exempted by having successfully passed Advanced Placement (AP) tests in high school, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, DANTES or challenge examinations prepared at USC Upstate (see the credit by examination section of the USC Upstate catalog).

    National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse
    Upon successful completion of the four-year track, graduates will be eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse.

    Contact Us

    Katharine Gibb, Ed.D., MSN, RN

    Dean, Mary Black School of Nursing

    Kathleen Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., M.Ed., RN
    Associate Dean, Spartanburg Campus

    Angie Davis, Ph.D., MN, RN 
    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
    Spring 2016 applications will be accepted between March 1-May 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:
    March 1 for fall semester

    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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