pletion of pre-admissions exam). These students will be considered on a case
by case basis when seats are available.
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://pal-mettocollege.
The mission of the School is to provide excellence in teaching and as such is
dedicated to providing unique opportunities and creative flexible programs for
students, faculty and the community. Distance learning and the use of other
new educational technologies are part of the future in the continuing mission.
The School offers the RN to BSN program in two modalities: traditional class-room
and web. For further information and class offerings, please contact the
School of Nursing Office at the Greenville campus, 864-552-4248.
Admission of Registered Nurse Students
Application for admission to the upper division for registered nurse students is
selective. Students apply through USC Upstate or the Palmetto College website
and with the school of nursing. Each year’s class is selected from students who
meet the minimum requirements:
a) Minimum grade of C on all required prerequisite courses.
b) Completion of all lower division course requirements as
listed on the Bachelor of Science Nursing Curriculum
RN Track Student Worksheet.
c) Graduate from an ADN or diploma program that is recognized as accredited
by the Commission for Education in Nursing, INC (ACEN), formerly the Na-tional
League of Nursing (NLN)
d) Hold an unencumbered license. Clinical experiences in
states other than South Carolina require an active license
in that state.
ENROLLMENT AND PROGRESSION POLICIES
Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing (SCCEN)
Core Performance Standards
The Mary Black School of Nursing requires all applicants and continuing stu-dents
to meet core performance standards as defined by the Southern Council
on Collegiate Education for Nursing (SCCEN). These core performance stan-dards
are defined as follows:
Standard 1: Critical Thinking and Related Mental Abilities: Must have critical
thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment. Examples of necessary func-tional
abilities associated with this standard include (not an all inclusive list):
ability to interpret, investigate, communicate, and comprehend complex situ-ations;
identify cause and effect relative to clinical situations; ability to make
decisions and assess situations under varying degrees of stress; ability to read
and comprehend detailed charts, reports, journal articles, books, etc; and ca-pable
of performing all arithmetic functions (addition, subtraction, multipli-cation,
division, ratios and simple algebraic equations).
Standard 2: Communication and Interpersonal Abilities: Must be able to
read, write, speak and comprehend English with sufficient skill to communi-cate
effectively verbally and non-verbally; must have interpersonal abilities
sufficient to interact with individuals, families and groups from a variety of
social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds. Examples of neces-sary
functional abilities associated with this standard include (not all inclu-sive):
ability to establish rapport with clients and their families, peers, agency
personnel and faculty, explain treatment procedures; initiate health teaching,
and document and interpret nursing actions and client responses.
Standard 3: Physical activities. Must have physical abilities sufficient to move
from room to room and maneuver in small spaces with gross and fine motor
abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care. Examples of neces-sary
functional abilities associated with this standard include (not all inclusive):
move around a client’s room, work spaces, treatment areas and administer CPR;
calibrate and use equipment; position and transfer clients; capable of lifting up
to 50 pounds independently; pushing up to 200 pounds independently; reach-ing
18 inches above head without the use of mechanical devises to elevate
themselves; capable of sitting, standing, walking for extended periods of time;
experience no limitation when bending, stooping, sitting, standing, walking
(i.e. uses no mechanical devices to assist themselves which would impede the
safety of a client); ability to move to and respond to an emergency situation in a
timely manner and able to document in a clear, legible manner.
Standard 4: Hearing: Must have auditory ability sufficient to monitor and as-sess
health needs. Examples of necessary functional abilities associated with
this standard include (not all inclusive) ability to hear auscultatory sounds,
monitor alarms and emergency signals; ability to hear soft whispers of clients
and families and able to tolerate loud noise for extended periods of time. As-sistive
devices must correct hearing to this degree and be worn at all times
during clinical experiences.
Standard 5: Visual: Must have the visual ability sufficient for observation,
assessment and intervention necessary for nursing care. Examples of neces-sary
functional abilities include (not all inclusive): observe client responses;
accurately read equipment, gauges and monitors; vision correctable to 20/40,
normal depth perception and ability to distinguish colors; ability to tolerate
offensive visual situations.
Standard 6: Smell: Must have smelling ability to monitor and assess health
needs. Examples of necessary functional abilities include (not all inclusive);
ability to differentiate between various types of smells and odors and ability
to tolerate offensive odors. Please note that students will be accommodated in
accord with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
Clinical agencies are requiring all students to have a criminal background check
(CBC). The federal and state CBC policy for USC Upstate Mary Black School of
Nursing has been developed based on DHEC Procedures for Conducting State
and Federal Criminal Background Checks for Direct Caregivers. If a student has
been found guilty or has plead no contest to substance abuse, child or adult
abuse, sexual assault, assault with a deadly weapon, neglect or mistreatment
of residents/patients/clients or misappropriation of resident/patient/clients
property or felony, the facility cannot permit that student to work as a direct
caregiver. The student assumes the cost of these requirements.
Clinical agencies require students to submit to a drug screen prior to caring
for patients. For obvious health and safety concerns, nurses must conduct
health care and educational activities fully in control of their manual dexter-
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