our most Frequently Asked Questions
You can apply anytime.
There is not a deadline, but we ask that you have all necessary documents within 2 weeks of the starting semester for which you are applying.
All classes are held 100% online with the exception of clinical hours.
If you are having trouble accessing email, SSC, or Blackboard, please contact the Division of Information Technology (IT).
If you have questions as a new student, please view the following web page: New Students | USC Upstate.
If you are a full-time student the program usually takes two calendar years to complete.
A completion of accredited BSN and MSN degrees and you must have an active, clear, unrestricted RN license.
37 credit hours.
Upon admission the number of relevant clinical hours earned in your masters program will be assessed to ensure the combination of masters and doctoral clinical hours combined meet the 1000 clinical hour requirement upon DNP degree completion. Clinical hours will be completed in Public and Community Health settings. If you work in this area, you can complete your hours with your place of employment , however hours must be completed when you are not working.
All DNP graduate students will be assigned an advisor who can help with questions and lift holds.
Though not always guaranteed, our Dean and Director work constantly to receive scholarships, loan and grants to ensure all our students have a substantial, and worthy experience at the Mary Black College of Nursing! Scholarship opportunities can be located at Scholarships, Grants and Loans.