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Mary Black School of Nursing

The Mary Black School of Nursing will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. We need your help to make this celebration as memorable and representative of each class of students as possible. All alumni, faculty and current and former students are invited to share their experiences. This information may be used to create a magazine and video to commemorate this very special occasion. We look forward to hearing from each of you! Share your experience, today!

The Mary Black School of Nursing at USC Upstate, fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing, is one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded nursing institutions offering a four-year degree, as well as the largest BSN program that includes prelicensure and the RN-BSN nursing program in South Carolina. The Mary Black School of Nursing also offers a Master of Science in Nursing which began in the fall of 2014.

USC Upstate offers programs such as on-site instruction, distance learning and inter-institutional articulation to accommodate students who are diverse in background, age, race, ethnicity, educational experiences and needs. The programs rest upon a foundation of partnerships with the community, including health care organizations and health care providers in Upstate South Carolina.

Faculty members of the Mary Black School of Nursing are committed to excellence in teaching, advising and in providing experiential learning opportunities that empower students to become competent professionals who give high quality nursing care to diverse populations. Our graduates practice in 36 states and three continents.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • RN-BSN

Graduate Degree Program
Master of Science in Nursing

For An Unofficial Transcript Review:

Email  Terri Whitaker for the traditional four-year program or Trish Wade for the RN-BSN program (RN Completion).  Include the following in your email:

  • Copies of all transcripts
  • Contact information
  • Date of birth

Uniquely Upstate

  • RN-BSN students can choose to attend class at the University Center Greenville or enroll in online classes.  
  • RN-BSN students can also choose to begin their studies in the fall or spring.
  • Collaborative partnerships with approximately 100 organizations for the provision of quality health care.
  • Students use state-of-the-art technology in simulation to enhance their clinical and classroom education.
  • Faculty have received awards for teaching excellence and scholarly activities.
  • First endowed chair of nursing in South Carolina.
  • Faculty and students contribute more than $2 million of free health care services to citizens of South Carolina each year.
Contact Us
Katharine Gibb, Ed.D., MSN, RN
Dean, Mary Black School of Nursing

Deborah K. Charnley, Ph.D., RN
Associate Dean, Spartanburg Campus

Sonya Blevins, DNP, RN, CMSRN, CNE

Associate Dean, Greenville Campus 

Terri Whitaker, M.Ed.
Director of Nursing Student Services
Advisor for four-year, BSN track

Lynette M. Gibson, Ph.D., RN

Director of Research in Nursing

Trish Wade, MBA
RN-BSN Adviser

Giving Nursing

Applications BSN (Four-Year Track) Application Instructions 
Currently Accepting Applications for Spring 2018
Priority Deadlines-in order to complete requirements on time, it is best to apply by:
May 31 for spring applications
December 20 for fall applications

Download Re-Admission Application Four-Year Track Only Download Re-Admission Application  
Application Deadlines:
May 31 for spring semester
Dec 20 for fall semester
Admission Requirements

Download RN-BSN Application  Download RN-BSN Application
RN-BSN Online Application  
Applications available for summer, 
fall and spring semesters

Additional Information
Nursing Student Handbook
Prerequisites for Four-Year Track
Prerequisites for RN-BSN Track  
FAQ: Four-Year Track

Contact Us
USC Upstate
Mary Black School of Nursing
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5440

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