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BSN (Four-Year Track) Application

Please read each section carefully and submit all needed materials. Incomplete or late applications will not be processed.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the upper division, or final two years of study, in the nursing program is competitive. All applications are carefully reviewed by the School of Nursing. Minimum admission qualifications are listed below.  It is recommended that you consult the University academic catalog and the USC Upstate Nursing webpage for more details.

  • Applicants must be admitted to the University of South Carolina Upstate.
  • Completion of all pre-requisite courses (lower-division, general education studies) with a grade of “C” or better is required.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (beginning fall 2011)
  • Only 1 nursing course or required science course may be repeated to earn a grade of “C” or better. If courses are repeated, both grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA.

Criminal Record Background Check

CRBC Form (for mailing in payment) |  SR&I  (to pay online)

To be in compliance with University agreements with our clinical agencies, all potential students must
complete a criminal record background check (CRBC). The CRBC includes a 7-year criminal history record search, social security number/residency verification, OIG--Medicare/Medicaid fraud, nationwide sexual offender registry search and the patriot act known terrorist & narcotics trafficking search. Please note: If you are an international student additional time may be required itional time and there may be additional fees. If a student has been found guilty or has plead no contest to substance abuse, child or adult abuse, sexual assault, assault with a deadly weapon, neglect or mistreatment of residents/patients/clients or misappropriation of resident/patient/client property, the facility cannot permit that student to work as a direct caregiver.  The student assumes the cost of these requirements.

Currently Surveillance, Resources & Investigations (SR&I) is conducting the background checks for the Mary Black School of Nursing. Payment should be made directly to SR&I using the preferred link above. 

Criminal Record Background Checks must be submitted at the time of application. Your application will not be considered until a clear report has been received by the School of Nursing.

Deadlines for Admission

All applications must be in the Mary Black School of Nursing office by 5 p.m. on:

  • December 1 for the following fall semester;
  • May 1 for the following spring semester.

Applications submitted after these deadlines will not be processed.

Phone Numbers

Admissions Office: 864-503-5246
Financial Aid Office:  864-503-5340
Mary Black School of Nursing: 864-503-5441 

Application Submission

Click here to submit an application to the Mary Black School of Nursing. Applicants must also review the Application Checklist below and submit any additional materials that are required for a complete application.

Application Checklist

Your application to the Mary Black School of Nursing will be considered incomplete and will not be processed unless the following items have been completed:

  • The application was turned in by the stated deadline. The application must be in the School of Nursing offices by 5 p.m. on the deadline date.

  • All items on the application are completely filled out.

  • You have applied to USC Upstate (transfer/readmitting students only). You do not have to wait to be accepted to USC Upstate to apply to the School of Nursing.

    • You will have to be fully accepted to USC Upstate for the correct term by February 1 if you are a fall applicant or by September 1 if you are a spring applicant.

    • Official transcripts were sent to and received by the Admissions Office of USC Upstate with ALL grades earned. This can take several weeks; please do not delay sending in transcripts. Don't forget that you must send in grades of any courses you are currently taking as soon as the semester is over. It is not necessary to send transcripts from any USC campus.

    • All official test scores (AP, CLEP, DANTES) have been sent to USC Upstate just like you would send a transcript, if applicable.
  • Official transcripts and applicable test scores were sent to and received by the School of Nursing with ALL grades earned. It is highly recommended that you consider sending transcripts to BOTH the School of Nursing and to the Office of Admissions to be sure that you meet the School of Nursing deadlines; however, the School of Nursing cannot accept electronic transcripts. They must be handed to us directly or mailed to:

    The Mary Black School of Nursing
    800 University Way
    Spartanburg, SC 29303.

    Don’t forget that you must send in grades of any courses you are currently taking as soon as the semester is over. Again, it is not necessary to send transcripts from any USC campus. 

    • Some schools insist on sending electronic transcripts. In that case, you should send an electronic transcript to the Admissions Office and hand-deliver or mail a second copy to the School of Nursing. The email address to which official transcripts should be sent is

  • Criminal record background forms and payment were submitted to SR&I at the time of application.

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 for 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
Not Accepting Applications at this time.
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:
Feb 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

Faculty/Staff Directory