Letter from the Dean

Welcome to the Mary Black School of Nursing at USC Upstate, where we educate nurses to provide knowledgeable, skillful, compassionate, evidence based care in a wide variety of roles. We don’t just graduate accomplished nurses, we prepare nurse leaders with the expertise and proficiency to change health care. We offer the BSN degree for both pre licensure students and RN’s seeking their BSN, as well as a Clinical Nurse Leader track at the Masters level and invite you to join your peers in obtaining the education necessary to transform nursing, and the health care profession.

Our faculty are passionate about improving health globally through educating the next generation of nurses. They are dedicated to providing first-rate, individual attention to each student and are equally dedicated to producing the science that nurses will need to transform health care efficiently and effectively and we live by USC Upstate’s motto “Spartan Strong”

Situated in the Upstate of South Carolina, the Mary Black School of Nursing offers students clinical experiences at a variety of hospitals and community agencies in the Upstate. Students also have the opportunity to travel abroad and provide care in the community and public health course in Costa Rica or South Africa.

This is an exciting time in health, particularly given the national discussion of health care reform. The health care system still faces many challenges, especially a critical shortage of nurse leaders. Join us, and learn how you can help be the answer.

Dr. Katharine M. Gibb, Dean
Mary Black Endowed Chair for Nursing
Wharton Executive Fellow

Katharine Gibb, EdD