Frequently Asked Questions: RN-BSN

When are applications due?

Applications are accepted throughout the year for both the Fall and the Spring semesters.

Can I apply online?

You can apply to USC Upstate online.

If I am not accepted, do I have to reapply?

Yes. You would have to apply for each year in which you would like to be considered.

How many applications do you normally receive each year?

We receive anywhere from 300 - 400 applications each year.

How many students do you accept into the nursing program each semester?

This could vary, but we typically accept 100-200 students.

Do you have a waiting list?

We do create a waiting list of 15 to 20 students. If an accepted student declines his/her spot, someone from the waiting list will be placed in the program. This list is only for that particular semester and does not give the student a position in the program or on the waiitng list for any following semester. If someone on the waiting list does not gain a spot in the program, he would have to reapply.

If I am an online student, will I ever have to come to campus?

No, you are never required to visit our campus. We do encourage you to attend our RN-BSN New Student Orientation at our Greenville campus prior to beginning classes.

If I do not live in SC, do I have to pay out-of-state tuition if I chose the online method of instruction?

Tuition for on-campus students is based on residency, all online students will receive in-state tuition rates no matter where they reside.

How do I find out what prerequisite courses I need?

You should submit your transcripts from each college that you have attended for a transcript review. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the unofficial transcript review; however, you must provide official transcripts when you apply to USC Upstate.Your transcripts can be mailed, faxed, or brought in. You should include all contact information, including an email and date-of-birth if you would like us to enter your information into our database for future reference. You can also make an appointment at the Greenville campus, 864-552-4262 or to meet with someone in person.

How long does the program take to complete?

The program takes 12 months to complete if attending full time and 24 months to complete if attending part time.

What is the difference between the in-class and online methods of instruction?

Both methods have the exact same curriculum. University Center Greenville classes meet one day a week for face-to-face instruction. Online classes meet over the internet with no set meeting times.

Can I switch between the two methods of instruction?

You cannot switch midterm. However, we may be able to switch you at the beginning of a term if there is space available. You would contact your advisor for details.

Can you send me materials on your nursing program?

We receive such a large number of requests for information, that sending out materials through the mail has become cost-prohibitive. All information is available on the website.

Can I take a tour of your facility?

Please call or email Trish Wade, RN-BSN program advisor, for an informational tour at the Greenville Campus.