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RN-BSN Prerequisites

The RN-BSN Program is offered to registered nurses who are graduates of an ACEN (formerly NLN) accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing and leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to the RN Completion Track must be submitted by March 1 for the next fall semester. Applications must include the following:

  1. Documentation of admission to the University of South Carolina Upstate.
    (Official transcripts are required for admission to USC Upstate.) 

  2.  A completed application to the Mary Black School of Nursing.

  3. A copy of all college transcripts that demonstrate completion of 61 credit hours of the courses below.

  4. SC Technical College Equivalents/RN-BSN

    Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
    English CompositionENGL 1013
    English LiteratureENGL 1023
    Public SpeakingSPCH 2013
    Intro to PsychologyPSYC 1013
    Developmental PsychologyPSYC 3023
    AnatomyBIOL 243/243L4
    PhysiologyBIOL 244/244L4
    Principles of MicrobiologyBIOL 250 /250L4
    Chemistry of
    Living Things
    CHEM 109/109L4
    HistoryHIST 101, 102, 105, and 1063
    Intro to ComputerCSCI 1383
    (College Algebra)
    MATH 120 or MATH 1213
    StatisticsMATH 1023
    Fine ArtsArt , Music or Theater elective3
    Foreign CultureForeign Language, Art, Anthropology, Government, International Studies, English, Geography, History, Religion3
    ElectiveRecommended: Nutrition, American Government, Intro to Sociology, Logic or Information Literacy3
    Elective 3
    Elective 3
    Elective 3
  5. A copy of transcript from an ACEN (formerly NLN) accredited associate degree nursing program or an accredited diploma program that demonstrates completion of the equivalent of 35 credit hours of nursing.  

  6. Some general education and supporting courses may be exempted by successful completion of Advanced Placement tests in high school, CLEP tests, DANTES or challenge examinations prepared at USC Upstate (See the USC Upstate catalog). Every effort will be made to give RN students credit for all applicable college courses they have completed in the past.


Contact Us for More Information
RN-BSN Program
Trish Wade, MBA
225 S. Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607

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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
RN-BSN Advisor 

Giving Nursing


BSN (Four-Year Track) Application Instructions
Accepting Spring 2017 
applications from
March 1 to May 31, 2016

Re-Admission Application: Four-Year Track Only
Application Deadlines:
May 1 for spring semester
Dec 1 for fall semester
Admission Requirements

RN-BSN Application/Reapplication 

Application Deadline Spring: November 15

Application Deadline Fall: May 15

Additional Information
Nursing Student Handbook
Prerequisites for Four-Year Track
Prerequisites for RN-BSN Track
BSN Policies and Curricula
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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