Mary Black School of Nursing


The Mary Black School of Nursing is one of the Southeast's leading schools of nursing in a metropolitan university. Students, graduates and faculty will be recognized at local, state, national, and international levels as having a positive effect on the health of diverse individuals, families, and communities of Upstate South Carolina through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service.

Core values

  • Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Compassion/Caring
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Commitment
  • Stewardship

Effective Spring 2018, online students in the Palmetto College RS-BSN program will be charged in-state tuition no matter where they reside - $5,082 per semester for full-time students and $423.50 per credit hour for part-time students.

The University of South Carolina Upstate’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE - If you would like to submit a third-party comment, please submit to Or, if you prefer, mail comments to: 

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750 
Washington, DC  20001


202-887-8476 (fax)

  • Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Use the nursing process to manage the care of clients with acute and chronic health alterations to maximize quality of life and optimize their levels of function to assist with end-of-life care.

    1.1 The student will be competent provider of nursing care who delivers safe, holistic, therapeutic interventions to individuals, families, and communities in a variety of clinical settings.

     2. Demonstrate critical thinking in making clinical judgements

    2.1 The student will be a critical thinker who uses clinical reasoning and ethical decision making to design, manage, and/or coordinate nursing care based on evidence and current research, a broad knowledge base and standards of nursing practice.

    3. Integrate complex verbal, nonverbal, written communication skills and information technology into professional nursing practice.

    3.1 Demonstrate effective communication skills through verbal, nonverbal, written and information technology modes.

    3.2 Be an effective communicator who uses various modalities to provide caring, competent, and holistic nursing care to a diverse population across the lifespan.

    4. Demonstrate the behaviors of a professional role model in all modalities of nursing.

    4.1 The student will be a professional role model who assumes responsibility and accountability for personal and professional behaviors, ethical practice, and client advocacy.

  • The primary mission of the Mary Black School of Nursing is to serve the citizens of Upstate South Carolina by providing education programs in nursing that are of the highest quality. In response to documented needs, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing is offered. Using on-site instruction, distance learning and inter-institutional articulation, programs offered at the Mary Black School of Nursing are designed for 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.

    The faculty 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. The faculty provide leadership in addressing nursing educational needs and in promoting the health and welfare of the citizens of Upstate South Carolina through educational outreach, scholarship, and professional service.

  • The Mary Black School of Nursing will:

    • Provide excellent nursing education programs that reflect and support the needs of the diverse population of Upstate South Carolina.
    • Provide experiential learning opportunities that prepare students for employment upon graduation.
    • Provide comprehensive articulation with all Upstate South Carolina higher educational institutions.
    • Provide advanced technology to enhance nursing academic programs and to improve student learning.
    • Provide leadership through educational outreach, scholarship and professional service.
    • Project a positive image within the campus, community, and Upstate South Carolina.
    • Use assessment data annually for continuous quality improvement of programs and services.