About the Mary Black College of Nursing

The Mary Black College of Nursing is 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.


  • Caring 
  • Integrity
  • Civility
  • Innovation

The University of South Carolina Upstate’s nursing program is approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing at USC Upstate, Mary Black College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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  • 1. Demonstrate critical thinking in making clinical judgments.

    1.1 Apply critical reasoning in nursing judgment and ethical decision-making, using a broad knowledge base, to make evidence-based decisions grounded in standards of nursing practice.

    2. Integrate complex verbal, nonverbal, written communication skills and information technology into professional nursing practice.

    2.1 Demonstrate effective communication using various modalities and technologies to provide caring, competent, and holistic nursing care to diverse populations across the lifespan.

    3. Use the nursing process to manage the care of clients with acute and chronic health alterations to maximize quality of life and optimize their levels of function to assist with end-of-life care.

    3.1 Practice competent nursing care that is evidence-based, safe, holistic, and therapeutic to individuals, families, and communities in a variety of clinical settings.

    4. Demonstrate the behaviors of a professional role model in all modalities of nursing.

    4.1 Operate as a professional role model and assumes responsibility and accountability for personal and professional behaviors, ethical practice, and client advocacy.


The Mary Black College of Nursing provides innovative and high-quality nursing education to Upstate South Carolina and beyond. We strive for excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship, embrace diversity and inclusion, and establish meaningful partnerships needed to graduate nursing students of choice who are prepared to serve as leaders and change agents in promoting health within the community.


The Mary Black College of Nursing will:

  • Support Student Success
  • Design High-Quality Academic Programs
  • Support the development, recruitment, and retention of diverse qualified faculty
  • Cultivate an inclusive environment of equity and civility
  • Expand visibility and partnerships

Simulation Center

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An Innovative Learning Environment

The Simulation Center for Teaching Excellence helps students in nursing programs at USC Upstate meet the goals and objectives toward earning the Bachelor of Science degree. Through the use of state-of-the-art technology, the Simulation Center creates an innovative learning environment that enriches the nursing and patient care training experience for students, faculty, and practicing nurses in the community.