MARY BLACK SCHOOL OF NURSING:
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
266 Graduate Programs
2019-2020 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. Each concentration in Master of Science in Nurs-ing
(MSN) program will use strategies to design, implement, and evalu-ate
activities to optimize a safe health care environment. These strategies
will impact risks associated with challenges such as leadership succession,
medication errors, falls, hospital acquired infections, and readmission re-lated
to ineffective discharge planning. The Clinical Nurse Leader, Nursing
Educator, and Nursing Leader will have the skill to recognize the challenges
of working with a multi-national population and will have the knowledge
to address the issues related to cultural competence and ethical dilemmas
that may be derived from cultural differences.
Master of Science in Nursing Objectives:
At the completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:
1. Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/fam-ily
preferences and values for the delivery of optimal health care across
2. Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improve-ment
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 prac-tice
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 decision-making
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 re-quired.
Nurses admitted to the RN-BSN program can receive direct admis-sions
to the MSN program at USC Upstate.
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 informa-tion
and supporting documents.
2. Transcripts: Individuals seeking admission must provide official tran-scripts
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 re-quired.
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 per-sonal
statement that describes career goals and how this degree will be
utilized as a practicing CNL, a Nursing Educator and a Nursing Leader.