A CPR course is offered at USC Upstate Health Services for a nominal fee.
Liability Insurance: Each student is covered for malpractice liability under
the auspices of the University of South Carolina Upstate. It is strongly suggested
that registered nurses continue to maintain their own liability policy.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA): Students must
be current with the standard OSHA requirements of infection control, fire
safety, management of hazardous materials, and back safety. Annual testing
of this information is required for enrollment progression.
Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA): Each
student must successfully complete the HIPAA program and test in order to
assure compliance with HIPAA regulations. Some clinical agencies may require
students to complete agency specific HIPAA programs and tests also.
1. Nursing courses are sequential, and any student who fails to take nursing
courses in sequence cannot progress in the program.
2. Students must achieve a grade of "C" or higher in every nursing course
to progress in the program.
3. Students who earn less than a "C" will be required to repeat that course
prior to enrolling in any subsequent course. Students who then earn a
second grade below "C" in any nursing course will be permanently dismissed
from the program.
4. Students are allowed two attempts to successfully complete nursing
courses. Withdrawal from a nursing course for any reason in which a
grade is assigned including (W) or (WF) will count as one attempt in
the course. A second attempt to take the same course will exhaust the
student's repeat option.
5. All 300-level courses must be completed satisfactorily before enrolling
in any 400-level courses.
6. Students must complete the program of required nursing courses within
four years of initial entry into the program. Students who exceed the
four year time limit will be dismissed from the program.
Graduation Requirements: Students must meet all requirements for
graduation as stated in this academic catalog. Students graduating with a
degree in nursing must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all required nursing
Transfer of Credit: Students wishing to transfer to the baccalaureate program
from other institutions will have their transcripts evaluated to determine
the comparability with courses at USC Upstate and applicable to the nursing
program of study.
Auditing of Nursing Courses: USC Upstate guidelines are followed related
to auditing of courses. After admission to the nursing program, the following
courses may be audited: NURS U301: Nutrition, NURS U306: Introduction
to Professional Nursing, NURS U420: Current Topics, NURS U375: Pharmacology,
NURS U430: Leadership, NURS U425: Evidence-Based Practice, and NURS
U497: Nursing Issues. Students may not audit a nursing course with a corequisite
practicum. No nursing practica may be audited.
Credit by Examination: Some general education and supporting courses
may be exempted by having successfully passed Advanced Placement (AP)
tests in high school, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, Defense
Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) tests or challenge examinations
prepared at USC Upstate (see Credit by Examination section of this catalog).
More specific information may be obtained from the Counseling and Career
Development Center. Licensed practical nurses may obtain credit for NURS
U301, NURS U310, NURS U320 and NURS U320P by successfully completing
the required validation examination.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP or the Defense Activity
for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES): Following general
university policy, a combination of CLEP and/or DANTES examinations may be
taken to obtain up to 30 hours of credit. Junior and senior level nursing courses
cannot by validated by CLEP or DANTES. CLEP or DANTES examinations are not
acceptable for physiology, anatomy, chemistry or microbiology.
Professional and Pre-professional Organizations
Student Nurses Association (SNA)
The Student Nurses’ Association of the Mary Black School of Nursing welcomes
pre-nursing and nursing students who are enrolled in the baccalaureate nursing
program and the RN to BSN program. Through their participation in various
activities, students develop awareness of professional accountability and
ethical standards mandated by the nursing profession. Planned, organized
monthly meetings that focus on the provision of quality health care and advances
in nursing education contribute to the student’s knowledge base. By
participation in SNA the students develop a leadership potential that will enable
them to be future leaders in the nursing profession.
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society,
Mu Rho Chapter
Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing provides leadership
and scholarship in practice, education and research to enhance the health of
all people. They support the learning and professional development of members,
who strive to improve nursing care worldwide. The Mu Rho chapter of
Sigma Theta Tau was chartered in March 1992. Membership is open to those
students in the top 35 percent of the senior class who have attained a minimum
nursing GPA of 3.0. Graduate students may also be invited to join per
MU Rho Sigma Theta Tau criteria. The specific purposes of the Honor Society of
Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International membership are to:
• Recognize superior achievement;
• Recognize the development of leadership qualities;
• Foster high professional standards;
• Encourage creative work; and
• Strengthen commitment to the ideals & purposes of the profession.
Upstate Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association
(Upstate BNA), and Student of Upstate Black Nurses (SUBA)
The Upstate Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (UpstateBNA),
and the Student of Upstate Black Nurses (SUBA), welcomes pre-licensed and
registered nurses to become members of a dynamic organization that is the
professional voice for over 200,000 African American registered nurses, licensed
vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses in 100
chapters in 33 states, Africa and the Caribbean. UpstateBNA provide leadership
opportunities to advance nursing practice improve health care for all Americans,
particularly the un-served and the underserved and shape health policy
for the access and delivery of health care services. We are actively engaged in
the many issues currently challenging the profession of nursing. Issues that
crosses ethnic and racial barriers, influencing health outcome of all Americans.
There is no better time than now for us to work together to reform our health
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