leader and responsible citizen, creates the social, economic, and political systems
that impact global health.
The faculty believes that the diversity of South Carolina’s population requires
health care providers to be knowledgeable and competent in caring for a wide
range of health care clients including disparate populations and to understand
the impact that global health has on the health of South Carolinians. The Clinical
Nurse Leader will have the skill to recognize the challenges of working with
a multinational population and will have the knowledge to address the issues
related to cultural competence and ethical dilemmas that may be derived from
cultural differences. The CNL realizes that disease and illness have no borders
and will be attuned to global health issues that can impact everyone.
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
At the completion of the program, the graduate will be:
1. A critical thinker who uses clinical nursing judgement and ethical decision
making to design/manage/coordinate nursing care based on evidence and
current research, a broad knowledge base and standards of nursing practice.
2. An effective communicator who uses various modalities to provide caring,
competent and holistic nursing care to diverse populations across the lifespan.
3. A competent provider of nursing care who delivers safe, holistic, therapeutic
nursing interventions with individuals, families and communities in a
variety of settings.
4. A professional role model who assumes responsibility and accountability for
personal and professional behaviors, ethical practice and client advocacy.
The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
Education (CCNE) and is also approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing.
Inquiries can be made to the CCNE at:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1 Dupont Circle Northwest, Suite 530
Washington, D.C. 20036
Inquiries may also be made to the South Carolina Board of Nursing at:
110 Centerview Drive
Columbia, South Carolina 29210
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING PROGRAM (BSN)
This professional program prepares graduates to assume entry-level positions
in a variety of health care settings. The program is divided into two components;
entry as a pre-nursing major focused on meeting course pre-requisites,
and entry as a nursing major focused on the clinical and didactic portions of
the nursing curriculum. Required pre-nursing courses provide a broad background
in general education and form the foundation for the professional
nursing component of the program. Courses taken in the last two years of
the program provide the theoretical and practical basis for nursing practice in
an increasingly complex health care system. In addition to focusing on the essentials
of nursing in the hospital, the curriculum also emphasizes community
based and primary care. Opportunities to provide care to diverse clients are
provided. Use of technology is integrated through out the program. The program
prepares graduates for professional positions immediately after graduation
and provides a firm foundation for graduate study. Students who earn the
Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are eligible to sit for the National Council
Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
The School of Nursing utilizes the facilities and resources of the entire university,
the community and upstate health care agencies. The School of Nursing
has two campuses that offer the undergraduate program in nursing, one at
the main campus at USC Upstate and one on the Greenville campus at the University
Center at Greenville (UCG). Both campuses are equipped with state of
the art classrooms, computer labs in addition to a separate Simulation Center.
The School on the main campus is located in the new Health Education Complex
housing state-of-the-art educational technology. The Simulation Center
assists students to learn in multiple modalities, including human patient
The School of Nursing offers a diversity of clinical sites for student experiences.
The Mary Black Hospital, Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Greenville
Health System, AnMed Health, and Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital are some
of the primary sites used for clinical experiences. The School has contracts with
more than 60 additional health care agencies in the upstate supporting the
variety of clinical learning experiences for all students.
Clinical learning experiences are varied in settings and are located in both
Spartanburg and Greenville and surrounding counties. Students are expected
to travel to and from all clinical experiences. Students are responsible for
providing their own transportation and carrying appropriate insurance. The
School of Nursing is not liable for any traffic violations or auto mishaps during
the students’ commute.
RESPONSIBILITIES TO CLINICAL AGENCIES
Students are responsible for complying with policies and procedures required
by clinical agencies. Failure to meet these requirements may lead to exclusion
from required clinical educational experiences and prevent progression in the
The School of Nursing acknowledges that health care delivery systems are
evolving at an accelerated rate and becoming increasingly reliant on computer
technology. Computer literacy is rapidly becoming a basic communication
skill. Prior to enrolling in nursing courses, it is required that students
familiarize themselves with basic computer skills. Students should be able to
use a computer to log onto their e-mail account to communicate with other
students and faculty. They should be able to log on to the Internet to access
class content. Ability to use a word processing program and perform Internet
searches for health care related materials are also required skills.
ADVISING AND ASSISTANCE
The focus of advising in the School of Nursing is to assist students to successfully
progress toward their educational objectives. The baccalaureate degree
program is divided into two components: the lower division and the upper
division. All lower division students will be advised by personnel in the Office
of Nursing Student Support Services and/or Nursing faculty. All upper division
students are advised by Nursing faculty. It is very important that students
meet with their assigned advisor each semester. The advisor will speak with
students about their academic plan of study as well as future employment and
Admission as a Freshman
Entering USC Upstate freshman interested in nursing as a career must meet
Mary Black School of Nursing 169
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog