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Frequently Asked Questions:
Four-Year Track

When are applications due?
Applications are due by Dec. 1 for the following fall semester and May 1 for the following spring semester. We do not accept late applications.
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Can I apply online?
You can apply to USC Upstate online. The application for the nursing program is an online form. Detailed instructions are included with the link to the application and should be followed with great care.
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Do we have to apply every semester?
Yes. You would have to apply for each semester for which you would like to be considered. You would have to complete each step of the application process, including the criminal record background check, every time you apply.
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How many applications do you normally get?
We receive anywhere from 200-300 applications each semester.
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How many students do you accept into the nursing program each semester?
We accept 112 students in the fall and another 112 in the spring.
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Do you have a waiting list to get in?
Each semester we have room for 112 students with the highest GPAs. We do create a waiting list of up to 35 students whose GPAs are next on the list. If accepted students decline their spot, someone from the waiting list will be placed in the program. This list is only for that particular semester and does not give them a position in the program or on the waiting list for any following semester. If someone on the waiting list does not gain a spot in the program, they would have to re-apply.
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When will I receive notice of acceptance to the School of Nursing?
If you applied for a fall semester by Dec. 1, you will hear in the month of February. If you applied for a spring semester by May 1, you will receive your letter in the month of September.
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Does it help if I send in letters of recommendation with my application?
It does not help to send in letters of recommendation. Once you have met all requirements, only your GPA on the prerequisite courses will be considered.
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How is the GPA figured to get into the nursing program?
The GPA is figured on your prerequisite courses only. Each time you take a prerequisite course, the grade will be added in. We do not just take the highest grade for each class. For example, if you take a class and make a “C,” then retake the same class and make an “A,” we will still use both grades in determining your GPA.

Please note that a current USC Upstate student may be eligible to apply to the registrar for university grade forgiveness for a course in which he/she earned below a "C."  (See the Course Grade Forgiveness policy in the current academic catalog - page 57 - for details.) However, The School of Nursing does not recognize university grade forgiveness and will calculate both grades into the admission GPA.
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Even though a GPA of 2.75 is required to apply, what is considered a competitive GPA?
Since we only accept the students with the top 112 GPA’s each semester, there is no way to predict what will be the lowest “safe” GPA.  Generally, we encourage students to work toward a GPA of over a 3.2 to be competitive; however, a 3.2 GPA is not a guarantee that you would be admitted to the program.
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How do I find out what prerequisite courses I need?
You should submit your transcripts from each college that you have attended for a transcript review. Your transcripts can be mailed, faxed or brought in. You should include all contact information with your full name, an email address and a birth date. You can also make an appointment at the Spartanburg campus (864-503-5441) or the Greenville campus (864-552-4275) to meet with someone in person.
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When must my prerequisite courses be completed?
For fall admission, the courses must be completed by the end of the previous spring semester. Students are allowed to take one course over the previous summer, but it must be completed at USC Upstate or another USC campus.
For spring admission, you must complete your prerequisite courses by the end of the previous fall semester.
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I read that if I fail one science or one nursing class, I can repeat it only one time.  A second failure (anything below a “C”), will disqualify me from the program.  Is this true?
If you fail a required science or any nursing course from any school, you may repeat it one time. Upon repeating the course, even if you pass it with an “A”, a second failure will make you ineligible.
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Can we pick the campus that we would like to attend? What happens if it is full?
You may choose the campus that you prefer on your application. However, there is no guarantee that you will be assigned there.
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Please note that only the upper-division nursing courses are available at both campuses. Prerequisite courses are only available on the Spartanburg campus, although some will also be offered online.
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If I don’t get the campus I request, can I eventually move to the one I prefer?
If seats in the program open up, students who requested that campus will be called and given the option of moving back to their preferred campus. There is no way to predict whether or not this will happen each semester.
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What is the difference between the nursing program on the two campuses?
The only difference in the program is location. The curriculum is identical on both campuses.
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Can I take any nursing classes online?
There may be one or two nursing courses taught completely online or as a hybrid each semester.
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Can I get materials on your nursing program?
We receive such a large number of requests for information, that sending out materials through the mail has become cost prohibitive. All information is available on the website.
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Can I get a tour of your facility?
You can attend an Open House or Fabulous Friday. You can register for those online or call the Admissions Office. Or you can schedule a tour and interview directly through the Admissions Office.
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Contact Us

Katharine Gibb, Ed.D., MSN, RN

Dean, Mary Black School of Nursing

Kathleen Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., M.Ed., RN
Associate Dean, Spartanburg Campus

Angie Davis, Ph.D., MN, RN 
Associate Dean, Greenville Campus  

Terri Whitaker, M.Ed. 
Director of Nursing Student Services
Advisor for four-year, BSN track

Lynette M. Gibson, Ph.D., RN
Director of Research in Nursing

Chasity Ramos
RN-BSN Advisor 


Giving Nursing

BSN (Four-Year Track) Application
Spring 2016 applications will be accepted between March 1-May 1

Re-Admission Application: Four-Year Track Only
Application Deadlines:
May 1 for spring semester
Dec 1 for fall semester
Admission Requirements

RN-BSN Application/Reapplication 
Application Deadline:
March 1 for fall semester

Additional Information
Nursing Student Handbook
Prerequisites for Four-Year Track
Prerequisites for RN-BSN Track
BSN Policies and Curricula
FAQ: Four-Year Track

Contact Us
USC Upstate
Mary Black School of Nursing
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5440

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