170 Mary Black School of Nursing
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog
general entrance requirements of the university. Each student declaring nursing
as a major are noted as “pre-nursing students” and are advised in the Office
of Nursing Student Support Services. Students enrolled in the lower division of
the school should meet with an advisor in planning an appropriate program of
study. The program of study will ensure that each student registers for the correct
prerequisite courses for the upper division courses. Students must meet
with a nursing advisor each semester prior to registration. Students must
complete all prerequisites prior to enrolling in the upper division of nursing.
For information or assistance, call the School of Nursing (864) 503-5441.
Admission into the nursing major is competitive. A separate application for the
final two years of the nursing major must be submitted by published dates on
the forms available on the University website (www.uscupstate.edu); select
Academics, and then select Mary Black School of Nursing. The School admits
applicants for the non-licensed portion of the upper division twice a year for
each campus for the fall and spring semesters. Each semester’s junior class is
selected from all applicants who meet all the minimum requirements.
Admission to the Upper Division
The final two years of the nursing curriculum are considered to be the upper
division and are composed of professional nursing courses. In order to be
considered for admission to the professional nursing major, students enrolled
at USC Upstate must complete a separate application form which is available
through the School of Nursing website. Transfer students must first apply to
USC upstate through the Office of Admissions and also complete a separate
application available through the School of Nursing website.
Applications for admission for non-licensed students must be submitted to the
School of Nursing by published dates for Fall and Spring semesters. Students
typically apply for admission into the upper division during the first semester
of their sophomore year. Applicants are not required to complete a Certified
Nursing Assistant (CNA) program.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing applicants should meet the following
Admission into the upper division, or final two years of study, in the nursing
program is competitive. All applications are carefully reviewed. Minimum
admissions criteria for Bachelor of Science in Nursing applicants are listed
General Admission requirements
• Applicants must be admitted to the University of South Carolina Upstate
and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
• Minimum GPA requirements must be maintained through the completion
of all prerequisite courses.
• Applicants must earn a C or better in all prerequisite courses to be considered
• Applicants must have a minimum required science GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
o The five courses included in the science GPA are:
- Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II
- Chemistry of Living Things
o These courses must be successfully completed in 2 attempts
(W, WF, and AUD count as one attempt) to remain eligible for
• An applicant who fails two required science courses, any two nursing courses*,
or a combination of the two, by earning a grade less than a C will be
ineligible for admission.
o Examples that would cause ineligibility include, but are not
- A grade below a C in Chemistry twice
- A grade below a C in Anatomy and Physiology I and
- A grade below a C in Anatomy and Physiology II and
- A student withdraws and receives a W for A&P I. Then in
a second attempt, earns a grade below a C in A&P I. The
student has exhausted the attempts for the course.
o Retaking a course for a passing grade does not negate a
• The School of Nursing does not recognize the grade forgiveness policy of
USC Upstate or any other school.
• Applicants must have completed all prerequisite requirements prior to
beginning upper-division nursing courses. All prerequisites must be completed
by the end of the previous major semester (fall or spring). If applying
for fall term, one course may be taken over the previous summer at a
USC system campus only.
• All applicants must successfully complete a pre-admission exam. The details
for this exam will be updated and posted to the most current application
instructions when available.
• If a student has an academic integrity violation on record, their eligibility
will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
• Upon tentative acceptance to the program, students must successfully
- a criminal background check
- a drug screening
- American Heart Association Healthcare Basic Life
Support (BLS) certification
- clinical requirements as mandated by our clinical settings
Science and Nursing Course Policies
In addition to the science and nursing* course notes above:
• Applicants must have completed two of the five required science courses
and be enrolled in a third required science at the time of application.
• All science and nursing* courses must be completed within the last five
• If an applicant has two nursing failures from any school within the last 5
years, they would be ineligible for the program.
• Science and Nursing policies are not an option for student appeal.
*Nursing courses are defined as any USC Upstate course with a prefix of NURS
or any course that is accepted as an NURS course for our program.
BACHELOR’S DEGREE FOR REGISTERED NURSES (RN TO BSN)
Registered nurses who have previously earned diplomas or associate degrees
in nursing are admitted to the undergraduate program to meet requirements
for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Students are able to complete
all degree requirements on a full time basis in one calendar year of study, or
part-time in two calendar years.
The School awards 33 semester hours of validated nursing credit to each registered
nurse for past nursing courses. The RN to BSN program is offered in
collaboration with Palmetto College. For more information, visit http://palmettocollege.