Admission into the upper division, or final two years of study, in the nursing program is competitive. All applications are carefully reviewed by the School of Nursing. Minimum admission qualifications are listed below. It is recommended that you consult the University academic catalog and the USC Upstate Nursing website for more details.

  • Admission Criteria 

    • Applicants must be admitted to the unifversity of South Carolina Upstate and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Minimum GPA requirements must be maintained through the completion of all prerequisite courses.
    • Applicants must earn a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses to be considered for admission.
    • Applicants must have a minimum required science GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
      • The five courses included in the science GPA are:
        * Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II    * Pathophysiology
        * Chemistry of Living Things * Microbiology
      • These courses must be successfully completed in two attempts (W, WF, and AUD count as one attempt) to remain eligible for admission.
    • An applicant who fails two required science courses, any two nursing courses*, or a combination of the two by earning a grade less than a C will be ineligible for admission.
      • Examples that would cause ineligibility include, but are not limited to:
        • A grade below a C in Chemistry twice
        • A grade below a C in Anatomy and Physiology I and Medical Terminology
        • A grade below a C in Anatomy and Physiology II and Microbiology
        • A student withdraws and receives a W for A&P I.  Then in a second attempt, earns a grade below a C in A&P I.  The student has exhausted the attempts for the course.
      • Retaking a course for a passing grade does not negate a previous failure.
    • The School of Nursing does not recognize the grade forgiveness policy of USC Upstate or any other school.
    • Applicants must have completed all prerequisite requirements prior to beginning upper-division nursing courses. All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the previous major semester (fall or spring). If applying for a fall term, one course is allowed to be taken over the previous summer at a USC campus only.
    • Applicants must successfully complete a pre-admission exam. The details for this exam are below.
    • If a student has an academic integrity violation on record, their eligibility will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

    Science and Nursing Course Policies
    In addition to the science and nursing* course notes above:

    • Applicants must have completed two of the five required science courses and be enrolled in a third required science at the time of application.
    • All science and nursing* courses must be completed within the last five years.
    • If an applicant has two nursing failures from any school within the last five years, he/she would be ineligilble for the program.

    *Nursing courses are defined as any USC Upstate course with the prefix of NURS or any course that is accepted as an NURS course for our program.


There are several requirements that must be completed before your application will be considered "In Progress." Please read all instructions thoroughly. All deadlines are strictly upheld.

  1. Submit an online application form to the Mary Black School of Nursing (MBSON). A link to the online application can be found at the bottom of this page after all instructions. **USC Upstate cannot be responsible for technical issues. If you have reason to believe that your application did not submit correctly, you must contact the SON at 864-503-5441.
  2. All transfer/readmit students must also submit a separate application to the university.
    • Applications to apply to USC Upstate can be found on the apply page.
    • Any student who is not enrolled in classes the semester prior to the term for which you are applying to the nursing program must submit a transfer or readmit application to USC Upstate.
    • The MBSON cannot accept students to our program who have not also been accepted by the university.
    • Students will need to be fully accepted to USC Upstate for the correct term (the term in which you intend to enroll in classes) by Jan. 31 for a fall application or Aug. 31 for a spring application.
  3. If you are a transfer student, all transcripts should be sent directly to the USC Upstate Admissions department.  The email address is  
  4. If you are a USC student and all classes taken at other schools are showing in your record in the Self-Service student portal, you do not need to send additional transcripts. If you have not sent the transcripts, they should be sent to the Registrar's office.
  5. If applicable, send official test results, such as AP, IB, CLEP or DANTES to USC Upstate. You will not receive credit hours for these test results without official scores sent just like a transcript.
  • Complete the pre-admissions exam and, if taken somewhere other than USC Upstate, send official scores.


Students are required to take the ATI TEAS assessment published by Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI). The ATI TEAS assesses the students' skills in the areas of reading, math, science and English and language usage. Research has shown that there is a direct correlation between ATI TEAS scores and a student's preparedness for early academic success in a nursing program. You can register to take the TEAS exam at the ATI web site. If you have taken the TEAS V within the last year, we will also accept that score. However, students who have not taken the TEAS must take the ATI TEAS (the sixth edition of the test).

Your TEAS assessment must meet the following requirements:

  • Scores from tests taken within the last two years will be accepted. If your scores are over two years old you must take the ATI TEAS exam.
  • There is no required score that you must make to be eligible, only a recommended score. Students should test at the "Proficient" level or higher to be considered competitive.
  • If you take the TEAS test at another institution, you must request an official transcript through ATI to be submitted to USC Upstate. It can be purchased through their online store only.
  • You can register to take the TEAS exam at the ATI web site. Our school is listed as U of SC Upstate. Some schools register students for the TEAS test themselves. If you do not see a testing location or a date that works for you on the ATI website, other testing sites could include technical colleges, such as Greenville Technical College's Testing Center. If they were not listed on the ATI website you would need to contact them directly to see if they offer the ATI TEAS exam and for their instructions to register. You can also contact a PSI testing location at 800-733-9267. Testing fees will vary at each location. Study guides are available at the ATI Online Store, at the USC Upstate bookstore, and other large bookstores.
  • TEAS Test Regulations
    • Arrive at least 15 minutes early to check in. No one will be admitted after the test has started.
    • Schedule about four hours to take the test, but you may leave early if you finish.
    • Calculators are not allowed. There is one embedded in the test.
    • You may bring two sharpened #2 pencils for scratch work. No mechanical pencils please.
    • No bags, purses, hats, coats, jackets or other like items are allowed at your seat. These items must be left at the front of the room. Cell phones and all other electronic devices must be turned off and left at the front of the room. Students seeking exceptions to this policy for religious reasons must contact the School of Nursing prior to registering for the exam at Upstate.
    • No drinks or food in the test room.
    • Registration fees are NOT refundable.
    • Be sure to bring a valid photo ID to the test. No picture ID, no test. No exceptions.
    • Be sure to also bring your ATI account username and password to be able to login to the test.
    • Study guides are available through the ATI web site as well as bookstores, including the USC Upstate bookstore.
    • Testing Location: USC Upstate - Testing Center, Media building, Room 218. 375 Hodge Drive, Spartanburg, SC, 29303. Please see a campus map for parking information.
    • It is recommended that you register early as seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Testing dates for spring 2019 applications are:
      March April May June July
      Tuesday - 20 Tuesday - 3 Tuesday - 8 Tuesday - 5 Wednesday - 11
      Tuesday - 27 Wednesday 4 Wednesday - 9 Wednesday - 6 Tuesday - 24
      Wednesday  - 28    Tuesday - 10 Tuesday - 15 Wednesday - 13    Wednesday - 25
        Wednesday - 11    Tuesday - 22 Wednesday - 20  
        Tuesday - 17 Wednesday - 23    Tuesday - 26  
        Wednesday - 18 Tuesday - 29 Wednesday - 27  
        Tuesday - 24      
        Wednesday - 25      
    • Please note that all dates may not be posted on ATI's web site. You may have to wait to register if you do not see the date you prefer on their web site. All tests will begin at 1 p.m.
    • You may complete the nursing application prior to taking the TEAS test, but your application will be considered incomplete until scores have been received. TEAS test scores are due by the end of the day on July 31, 2018.
    • Check out free Facebook Live events from ATI that will help you prepare for the TEAS. See upcoming dates.


To comply with clinical agency contracts, each accepted student must complete a packet of annual requirements. Students who are accepted to the program will receive this detailed packet. An Information Session will be held to answer all questions regarding these requirements. Completion of this packet is not part of the application process. The packet may include:

  • Immunizations/Titers - See required immunizations PDF Document Download  
  • Physical Examination
  • Waiver forms for clinical sites
  • Proof of health insurance as required by our clinical agencies.
  • CPR - must be Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare providers by the America Heart Association only.
  • A Criminal Record Background Check

Complete the MBSON Application - We are currently accepting applications for spring 2019. You may contact with questions.

Note: The MBSON cannot be held responsible for technical problems. If you are having trouble with the application, try a different browser (Google Chrome and Firefox are the preferred browsers). If you are unsure if your application was submitted correctly, you should call the School of Nursing at 864-503-5441 or email.

Phone numbers

  • Admissions Office: 864-503-5246
  • Financial Aid Office: 864-503-5340
  • Mary Black School of Nursing: 864-503-5441