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Mary Black School of Nursing

The Mary Black School of Nursing, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is one of the Southeast's highly regarded nursing institutions offering a four-year degree.  The school has a rich history in the area.  From the University founding in 1967, with the mission to provide an associate degree to prepare registered nurses, to the initiation 30 years later of one the first RN to BSN degree programs in the state offering distance learning classes for registered nurses, USC Upstate has earned a solid reputation as an innovator in nursing education.  

The Mary Black School of Nursing currently offers three degree programs:

Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a four-year track for students who wish to begin a career in professional nursing.  Students begin their academic studies by completing general education requirements prior to their first nursing courses.

Dual Degree in Biology and Nursing

Interested in a dual degree in Biology and Nursing?  USC Upstate Mary Black School of Nursing and North Greenville University have partnered to offer this exciting new option. See the dual degree program page at ngu.edu for details. USC Upstate Mary Black School of Nursing also offers a dual degree in Biology and Nursing with the College of Charleston. For information on this program, please contact the Director of Nursing Student Services, by email at twhitaker@uscupstate.edu.


The RN to BSN track allows working RN's to spend one day a week on coursework in classrooms at the Greenville campus or through online courses. 

Master of Science in Nursing

The Mary Black School of Nursing offers the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with concentration areas of Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership and Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). Detailed information regarding each MSN concentration can be located within the Graduate Student Handbook.

Contact us for more information at 864-503-5440

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Opportunity to Submit Third-Party Comments

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) – a nationally recognized accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs is reviewing the Mary Black School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Upstate for reaccreditation on September 23-25, 2020.

In accordance with CCNE’s procedures, the Commission provides the opportunity for program constituents and other interested parties to submit, in writing, third party comments concerning a program’s qualifications for accreditation. Third-party comments regarding programs hosting fall 2020 evaluations will be received by CCNE until 21 days before the scheduled on-site evaluation. So comments must be received by CCNE no later than September 2, 2020. Third-party comments must relate to the CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2018). All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on Conduct of Business in English. Comments are shared only with the CCNE evaluation team appointed to review the noted nursing program.

Please submit comments to CCNE at thirdpartycomments@ccneaccreditation.org