New Students - Traditional BSN

Welcome to the Mary Black School of Nursing!

If you have been tentatively accepted to the traditional 4-yr BSN program for an upcoming term or are on the waiting list, then this is where you will find all of the details that you need to get prepared for your first steps in becoming a nurse through our program.  


Your Next Steps

First Things First...
  • Tentatively Accepted - You have been accepted to the program pending your remaining grades and provided you complete all requirements by the due date(s).  You must maintain the program's required GPA.
  • Conditional Waiting List - Your acceptance has not been established at this time.  To become eligible, you must also complete all requirements and earn or maintain required GPA and TEAS scores as you complete your courses.
    • The waiting list only applies to this semester.  If you do not earn a seat, you must reapply for future semesters.
    • You should meet with your advisor to determine a Plan B in case you do not earn a seat.
    • Final decisions for a January start date cannot be made until grades are posted in Self-Service Carolina. That is scheduled for December 16th. Final decisions will be emailed by December 23rd.
  • Transfer students
    • Must have a university ID made. ID's are  processed by the Department of Public Safety.
    • Complete the Transfer Student Checklist - especially university required immunizations (separate from Nursing) and citizenship verification.  
    • Get connected to your accounts and services through the Division of Information Technology (IT).  This includes setting up your email, Self Service Carolina, and BlackBoard.
    • Learn about parking on campus.
  • All Students
    • If you are completing prerequisite courses, you must earn a C or better and you must meet admission requirements at the end of the term.
    • Once you have completed all requirements,  you will not receive a new letter stating that you are fully accepted.  It is understood.
    • If you are taking classes at another school - except at a USC campus - you must send official transcripts immediately once the grades are posted.


Mandatory Nursing Orientation
More information about the mandatory nursing orientation will be forthcoming later this fall.


Advisement and Registration
  • Current students will meet with their assigned advisor.  You will be assigned a faculty advisor for all future advisement sessions.
    • Priority Enrollment for current students begins November 1, 2021.
    • Check your Student Profile in SSC to see your assigned time to begin enrolling.  It is called your Registration Ticket Time.  
  • Transfer students will meet with the Director of Nursing Student Services, Craig Sudduth, for your first NURS courses.  You will be assigned a faculty advisor for all future advisement sessions.
    • Open Enrollment for transferring students begins November 22, 2021.
  • Students should consult the current Academic Calendar for all important dates.
  • You will not be able to enroll in classes until your advisement hold has been lifted. This process will be discussed in the information session.
  • Nursing courses are set up in "tracks."  You must select a track and register for only the sections that correspond to the track you choose.  Updated tracks are located in BlackBoard each term.
  • Schedules can change without notice through the first week of classes.  Please do not finalize your work or childcare plans until after this week.
  • You must have your own transportation to and from clinicals.
  • Although unlikely, clinicals can be up to 75 miles away.
  • Full-time, first-semester courses:
    • NURS U306  Intro to Professional Nursing (3 credits)
    • NURS U310  Health Assessment (3 credits)
    • NURS U320  Foundations of Nursing (6 credits)
    • NURS U320P  Foundations of Nursing Practicum (0 credits) *You do not enroll in this class yet.  A section will be assigned to you at a later date.
    • NURS U375 Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • Part-time, first-semester courses:
    • NURS U306  Intro to Professional Nursing (3 credits)
    • NURS U310  Health Assessment (3 credits)

**You must take care of all Registration Holds such as Citizenship Verification, University Immunizations, Change of Campus, Term of Admission, account balances, parking tickets, library fines, etc.**

Spring 2022 Nursing Tracks (coming soon)

Modes of Instruction
Be sure to check the section number for how your course will be taught.

  • No letter - course is taught in-person
  • V - Course is 100% web synchronous - faculty and students are remote.  Students are required to attend online class meetings.
  • VH - Honors Section, 100% web synchronous as above.
  • VM - Course is 100% web mix, both asynchronous and synchronous - Learning will happen both at scheduled and unscheduled times. 


Estimated Costs & Supplies
  • Books– You will receive a set of books from ATI once classes begin.  There is no additional cost for these books since they will be covered through tuition fees.  You should check the online University Bookstore for other required  or optional/recommended books for which there will be additional costs.
  • Uniforms ~ $200
  • CastleBranch Compliance Tracker, Drug Screen, and Background Check - $116
  • ATI User Guide Access Code ~ now paid for through your Nursing fees in your tuition. 
    • You will need to set up a school account.  This information will be sent to you closer to the start of classes.  
  • Stethoscope (any color), penlight, bandage scissors, black pen, watch with a sweeping second hand ~ $75
  • Recommended:  a foldable nursing clipboard ~ $25-$40
    Foldable Clipboard Example
  • Scholarships
  • Please read the Student Handbook carefully for details about the dress code, curriculum, program policies, and much more.
  • Please pay special attention to the dress code.  Examples:

 Dress Code Example

Clinical Requirements

This is your first assignment in a professional major.  It is expected that YOU will complete this assignment.  School of Nursing staff and faculty cannot speak with family members or friends about your requirements.  If you have questions, you should be the one to ask.

  • The following requirements must be completed in CastleBranch in order to enroll in classes:
    • Immunizations
    • TB test
    • Various documents requiring your signature
    • Criminal Record Background Check
    • Drug Screening
  • Other requirements will include, but are not limited to,
    • CPR
      • Must be American Heart Association BLS for Health Professionals
      • Can be completed in any approved training location in a classroom or blended with both an online portion and an in-person skills session (HeartCode).
      • Upstate offerings will be posted and updated on this page.
      • A completion certificate will be accepted by CasteBranch temporarily in lieu of an eCard.  Once the eCard is available it must be submitted to CastleBranch.  
    • Health Insurance
      • This cannot be Family Planning or a Discount Program.
      • There is no requirement regarding the amount of insurance that must be carried.  You can keep a high deductible to have a low monthly premium.  
      • Options include School Insurance or a personal plan.
      • A possible contact for help with a personal plan:
    • Spartanburg Regional Hospital System, Student Orientation Manual
    • Spartanburg Regional CareLearning Training
    • Prisma Learning Hub Completion Certificate
      • You will complete the training, export the transcript to PDF and upload to CastleBranch.  
      • This is a one-time requirement.
      • Information for completing this training will be sent to you once the academic semester begins.
  • Annual Requirements
    • TB Testing and Risk Assessment
    • Flu shot
    • CareLearning for Spartanburg Regional 
    • CPR (every 2 years)

Most immunizations and tests are available at USC Upstate's Health Services.  Click here for a schedule of fees.  A list of Spartanburg area low-cost health resources is also available on the Health Services site.


The MBSON uses CastleBranch to collect clinical requirements.  Once you create an account, you will have a compliance tracker that will list all requirements, instructions, and a due date for each one.  

How to Place an Order through CastleBranch
  • Navigate to the CastleBranch Portal.
  • Click "Place Order"
  • Click the "+" symbol to open the selection menu
  • Click the "+" symbol next to Nursing(BSN)
  • Click the UZ64:Background Check - Compliance Tracker - Drug Test
  • If you already purchased last term, you will only need to repurchase the Background Check ($39) and Drug Test ($37) separately.  You can do that from your current account.  You would just search for the UZ64bg and UZ64dt.  We will take care of updating your Compliance Tracker for the new term.
Your Account
  • Background Check - Once you have created your account and paid, your background check will begin.  There is nothing else you need to do.
  • Drug Screening - By creating this account you have paid for the drug screening.  You will need to print the receipt and take it to the most convenient LabCorp for the drug test.  It is recommended that you call for an appointment first.  If you do not take your printed receipt, LabCorp will charge you again for the drug screening AND you will still have to complete the correct one with the CastleBranch information so that the results are forwarded to your CastleBranch account.
    • If your test is non-negative you will be contacted by a Medical Review Officer from CastleBranch with further instructions.  
  • Compliance Tracker
    • Your compliance tracker will look like a To-Do list.
    • Each requirement will have specific details for what is required and what you must upload for verification.
    • Some documents will only require that you click a button stating that you have read, understand, and accept the conditions of the form.  Others will require that you download the form, fill it out and sign it, and then upload the form again to CastleBranch.
    • If you have an immunization document that shows several immunizations, you will need to upload that same document for EACH requirement.
    • During busy times, CastleBranch can take up to three weeks to verify a requirement and mark it as "Complete."
    • If your document is REJECTED, CastleBranch gives details of why it was rejected so that you can correct the issue.
    • It is recommended that you use a computer rather than a phone or other device.
    • Required Immunizations/Tests
      • MMR - Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, Rubella
      • Varicella
      • Hepatitis B
      • Tuberculosis Test (TB, TST, PPD)
      • Tdap - Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis
      • Flu - Always due annually by Sept. 30th
      • Physical Examination

CastleBranch Help Desk:  888-723-4263, or email at

Name Tags

MBSON students are required to wear two forms of identification when in uniform for a clinical course.  You will wear your university ID with your photograph and you will order a name tag with your legal name from one of the companies below.  Nicknames are not allowed.

Anderson Stamp and Engraving
211 E Stone Ave, Greenville, SC 29609
(864) 271-6730
Click here for an order form.

Larry's Trophies
1232 Boiling Springs Road, Spartanburg, SC 29303
(864) 582-0106
Order online 
Click here for an order form.

How to Get a School ID

If you are not able to travel to the Department of Public Safety on the corner of North Campus Blvd. and Valley Falls Road, then you can follow the steps below.

How to Accept the CarolinaCard holder agreement

  • Go to
  • Manage CarolinaCard Account
  • Login using your VIPID and password
  • DUO Mobile verification
  • Select the Cardholder agreement tab
  • Read over terms and conditions
  • Click Accept

Each student must review and accept the terms and conditions online before a CarolinaCard can be issued. 

Uploading a Photo

  • Go to
  • Login using your VIPID and password
  • DUO Mobile Verification
  • Select Photo Upload
  • Upload photo of your choice
    • Use a solid background
    • Crop your photo from head to shoulders, making sure to get your head in the frame entirely
    • Eyes must be open
    • No objects
    • No gestures or body movement
    • No hats, scarves or sunglasses
    • No other people in the photo
  • You may pick-up your ID at the Department of Public Safety between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday through Friday

Example of How ID and Name Tag Should Be Worn

Example Name Tag
Tip:  You can purchase any name tag clip that is made of plastic or some other material that can be wiped clean.


CareLearning Instructions
Spartanburg Regional Hospital System:  CareLearning Training
Click here to create an account.

On your first visit to the CareLearning website you will need to:

  • Type in your email address, then click Continue.  You MUST use your USC Upstate email address.
  • The cost of the program is $10 per year.  This is an annual requirement.  To be considered compliant, you must complete the courses each year no more than 365 days apart.  These modules cannot expire in the middle of a semester.
  • Your "classroom" will automatically be populated with 14 modules.  You must use the Search function to add the Spartanburg Regional Hospital module for a total of 15 modules.
  • Use your name as it appears in Self Service Carolina (SSC).
  • Use our USC Upstate email address and mark USC Upstate as your university so that you account compliance can be traced by program administrators.
  • Complete and upload a copy of the transcript with 15 modules to CastleBranch by the due date indicated in your CastleBranch account.
  • Should you experience difficulty, please call 866-617-3904 or email  The IT department for CareLearning is available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Note:  if you are using Internet Explorer 11*, you must add our LMS to the Compatibility View Settings on your PC in order for courses to mark complete (green check mark).  This is not necessary with other web browsers.
Here's how:

  1. Go to the menu bar, click Tools, and click Compatibility View Settings.  (If the menu bar isn't visible, press the Alt key on your keyboard to reveal it.)
  2. Type in the Add this website field, and click Add.
  3. Click Close to save the change.
Example of Transcript

CareLearning Transcript Example

Due Dates
Fall 2021 Due Dates
  • October 1

    November 1

    Priority registration for fall courses opens

    December 1

    Letter of Intent due
    (Tentatively Accepted students only)

      ALL CastleBranch requirements MUST be met (not in process).
How To...
  • How to Enroll in Classes in Self-Service Carolina
    Learn how to enroll in classes using either the CRN# or the Schedule Planner in SSC.

  • How to Find Your Advisor in Self-Service Carolina
    Once an advisor has been assigned to you their name and an email link will be in your Student Profile in SSC.

    • Click the Student Button
    • Click the Student Profile Menu
Announcements and Email Communications

More information to come at a later time.