Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet and/or furnish the following criteria:

  1. Application, application fee, residency form with all requested information and supporting documents.
  2. Transcripts: Individuals seeking admission must provide official transcripts showing all post-secondary coursework attempted and the award of the BSN degree by an accredited college or university. Official transcripts verifying all previous college-level course work are required for the University's records. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to USC Upstate or delivered in a sealed envelope bearing a registrar's stamp.
  3. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations should be from professionals knowledgeable about the applicant's academic and nursing leadership potential.
  4. Current CV or resume.
  5. Completion of agency requirements needed for clinical practice.
  6. Personal statement: Applicants are required to submit a 1-2 page personal statement that describes career goals and how this degree will be utilized as a practicing CNL.
  7. The GRE is not required.

After admission has been granted, an online orientation course will need to be completed before admission is final. After final acceptance to the program, the student will also need to comply with clinical agency requirements for CPR certification, HIPAA and OSHA certification.

Supporting materials, except transcript, may be sent electronically to Adrian Smith at, or they may be mailed to:

Adrian Smith
Administrative Assistant
RN-BSN and MSN programs
Mary Black School of Nursing
225 S. Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607

Hard copies of the transcript should be sent to directly USC Upstate Admissions at:

Admissions Department
USC Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Etranscripts may be sent to