Health Insurance: Clinical agencies require students to possess health
insurance. Hospitals and health agencies provide emergency treatment to
students for injuries or illness occurring in the course of the program re-quirements
in their agencies. Treatment for illness will be at the expense
of the students. Treatment for injuries will be covered through Workman’s
Compensation. The University pays all fees for enrollment in Workman’s
compensation emergency treatment to students for injuries or illness
occurring in the course of the program requirements in their agencies.
Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): To be in compliance with clinical
agency contractual agreements, all students must be certified in CPR (Adult
and Child/Infant) through the American Heart Association. This certification
must be active for the entire time you are enrolled in nursing courses at USC
Upstate. Please check requirements, some CPR certifications require annual
recertification and some programs require recertification every two years.
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 sug-gested
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 nurs-ing
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 dis-missed
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 pro-gram
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 follow-ing
courses may be audited: NURS U301: Nutrition, NURS U306: Introduction
to Professional Nursing, NURS U420: Current Topics, NURS U375: Pharmacol-ogy,
NURS U430: Leadership, NURS U425: Evidence-Based Practice, and NURS
U497: Nursing Issues. Students may not audit a nursing course with a corequi-site
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 be 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 nurs-ing
program and the RN to BSN program. Through their participation in vari-ous
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 ad-vances
in nursing education contribute to the student’s knowledge base. By
participation in SNA the students develop a leadership potential that will en-able
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 mem-bers,
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 mini-mum
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)
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