USC UPSTATE MARY BLACK SCHOOL OF NURSING
262 Graduate Programs
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog
Graduates of the master’s program will be prepared with a comprehensive
knowledge base and practice expertise that magnifies the baccalaureate
entry level of practice. The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) will use strategies to
design, implement, and evaluate activities to optimize a safe health care
environment. These strategies will impact risks associated with challenges
such as medication errors, falls, hospital acquired infections, and readmission
related to ineffective discharge planning. 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.
GRADUATE PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
At the completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:
1. Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family
preferences and values for the delivery of optimal health care across
2. Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement
methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the
quality and safety of healthcare systems and minimize risk of harm to
3. Apply research outcomes within the patient care setting to resolve practice
problems, work as change agent and disseminate results.
4. Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge,
mitigate errors and support decision making.
5. Intervene at the system level through policy development process and
employ advocacy strategies to influence health and health care.
6. Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams.
Fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decisionmaking
to achieve quality patient care.
7. Recognize the patient or designee as source of control and full partner
in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for
patient’s preferences, values, and needs.
8. Influence healthcare outcomes at an advanced level of understanding
of nursing and relevant sciences and integrates this knowledge into
Admission Standards for Degree Seeking Students
Individuals seeking admission to USC Upstate as a degree candidate will
be considered for full admission when the USC Upstate Admissions Office
receives all admissions materials. A baccalaureate (BSN) degree from a
college or university and accredited by a regional accrediting agency is
Additional requirements include:
• An unencumbered RN license
• Nursing grade point average (NSG-GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Cumulative grade point average (CUM-GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for
undergraduate coursework (official transcripts for all post-secondary
school coursework are required),
• Undergraduate level statistics course
Application Requirements for Master of Science in Nursing program:
1. Application, application fee, residency form with all requested information
and supporting documents.
2. Transcripts: Individuals seeking admission must provide official transcripts
showing all post-secondary coursework attempted and the
award of the BSN degree by an accredited college or university. Official
transcripts verifying all previous college-level course work are required
for the University’s records. To be considered official, transcripts must
be sent directly from the institution to USC Upstate or delivered in a
sealed envelope bearing a registrar’s stamp.
3. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required.
Recommendations should be from professional knowledgeable
about the applicant’s academic and nursing leadership potential.
4. Validation of current RN license
5. Current CV or resume
6. Completion of agency requirements needed for clinical practice.
7. Personal statement: Applicants are required to submit a 1-2 page personal
statement that describes career goals and how this degree will be
utilized as a practicing CNL.