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When are applications due?Applications to both USC Upstate
and the School of Nursing are due by March 1 for the following fall semester.
We do not accept late applications.Return to top...
Can I apply online?You can apply to USC Upstate
online. Please note that official
transcripts from each school that you have attended will be required at the
time of application. An acceptance to
USC Upstate does not guarantee acceptance to the School of Nursing. The application for the nursing program is
available online, but must be printed and sent in. Instructions are included on the application
and should be followed with great care.Return to top...
If I am not accepted, do I have to reapply?Yes. You would have to apply again for each
year in which you would like to be considered. Return to top...
How many applications do you normally get?We receive anywhere from 200
applications each year.Return to top...
How many students do you accept into the nursing program each semester?This could vary, but typically we
accept 100-200 students.Return to top...
Do you have a waiting list?We do create a waiting list of 15
to 20 students. If an accepted student
declines his/her spot, someone from the waiting list will be placed in the
program. This list is only for that
particular semester and does not give the student a position in the program or
on the waiting list for any following semester.
If someone on the waiting list does not gain a spot in the program, he
would have to reapply.Return to top...
When will I receive a decision letter regarding acceptance to the School of Nursing?If you applied for a fall semester
by March 1, you will hear by the end of May. Acceptance to
USC Upstate does not guarantee acceptance to the School of Nursing.Return to top...
If I am an online student, will I ever have to come to campus?All RN-BSN students will be
expected to attend one Mandatory RN-BSN orientation at USC Upstate just prior
to the start of classes.Return to top...
If I do not live in SC, do I have to pay out-of-state tuition if I chose the online method of instruction?Tuition for all programs at USC
Upstate is based on residency, regardless of the method of instruction.Return to top...
Does it help if I send in letters of recommendation with my application?It does not help to send in
letters of recommendation. Qualified students
who have completed all prerequisites will be given priority.Return to top...
How is the GPA figured to get into the nursing program?Your GPA is not considered for the
RN-BSN program. You must have graduated
from an accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing, hold a current
unencumbered RN license, and have completed all prerequisite courses with a “C”
or better.Return to top...
How do I find out what prerequisite courses I need?You should submit your transcripts
from each college that you have attended for a transcript review. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the
unofficial transcript review; however, you must provide official transcripts
when you apply to USC Upstate.Your transcripts
can be mailed, faxed, or brought in. You
should include all contact information, including an email and SS # if you
would like us to enter your information into our database for future
reference. You can also make an
appointment at the Greenville campus, 864-552-4262 or 864-552-4248 or 888-551-3858 to meet with someone in person.Return to top...
When must my prerequisite courses be completed?Effective fall 2012: For fall admission, you must complete your prerequisite courses by the end of the previous spring semester. Students who have completed all prerequisites (including NCLEX-RN© if applicable) by the application deadline will receive priority.Return to top...
How long does the program take to complete?The program takes one calendar
year to complete if attending full-time.Return to top...
I read that if I fail a nursing class, I can
repeat it only one time. A second
failure (anything below a “C”), will result in my dismissal from the
program. Is there ever an exception to
this rule?If you fail any nursing course,
you will be required to take that course alone prior to taking any further
classes. You can repeat the course only
one time. Upon repeating the course,
even if you pass it with an “A”, a second failure in another nursing course will
result in dismissal from the program.Return to top...
Why do I
need to take prerequisite courses like Fine Arts and History? How will this help me with my nursing career?The faculty at USC Upstate retains
legislative powers in all matters pertaining to curricula. USC Upstate strives to prepare its students
to participate as responsible citizens in a diverse, global and knowledge-based
society, to pursue excellence in their chosen careers and to continue learning
throughout life. As such, the faculty
has adopted a set of general education competencies – fundamental skills needed
upon graduation from a Baccalaureate program.
These competencies can be reviewed in the online academic catalog. General educations courses have been chosen
to allow students to gain these competencies.Return to top...
What is the difference between the in-class and online methods of instruction?Both methods have the exact same
curriculum. University Center
Greenville classes meet one day a week for face-to-face instruction. Online classes meet over the internet with no
set meeting times.Return to top...
Can I switch between the two methods of instruction?You cannot switch midterm. However, we may be able to switch you at the
beginning of a term if there is space available. You would contact your advisor for details.Return to top...
Can I get materials on your nursing program?We receive such a large number of
requests for information, that sending out materials through the mail has
become cost prohibitive. All information
is available on the website.Return to top...
Can I get a tour of your facility?You can attend an Open House or
Fabulous Friday. You can register for
those online or call the Admissions Office.
Or you can schedule a tour and interview directly through the Admissions
Office.Return to top...
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 ServicesAdvisor for four-year, BSN track
Lynette M. Gibson, Ph.D., RN
Director of Research in Nursing
BSN (Four-Year Track) Application InstructionsFall 2016 applications accepted Oct. 1- Dec. 1
Re-Admission Application: Four-Year Track Only
May 1 for spring semester
Dec 1 for fall semester
Application Deadline Spring: November 15
Application Deadline Fall: May 15
Additional InformationNursing Student Handbook
Prerequisites for Four-Year Track
Prerequisites for RN-BSN Track
BSN Policies and Curricula
FAQ: Four-Year Track
Mary Black School of Nursing
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
The University of South Carolina Upstate is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of USC Upstate. Comments or Complaints?