Admission Standards for Degree Seeking Students
Individuals seeking admission to USC Upstate as a degree candidate will be considered for full admission when the USC Upstate Admissions Office receives all admissions materials. A baccalaureate (BSN) degree from a college or university and accredited by a regional accrediting agency is required. Nurses admitted to the RN-BSN program can receive direct admissions to the MSN program at USC Upstate.
Additional requirements include:
- An unencumbered RN license
- Nursing grade point average (NSG-GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Cumulative grade point average (CUM-GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate coursework (official transcripts for all post-secondary school coursework are required),
- Undergraduate level statistics course
Application Requirements for Master of Science in Nursing Program
- Application, application fee, residency form with all requested information and supporting documents.
- 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.
- Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations should be from a professional knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic and nursing leadership potential.
- Validation of current RN license
- Current CV or resume
- Completion of agency requirements needed for clinical practice.
- 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, a Nursing Educator and a Nursing Leader.
(Part-time study is also possible; students should seek guidance regarding required sequencing.)
Completion of a BSN degree and licensure as a registered nurse
|Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations for Nursing
|Health Promotion and Advanced Health Assessment
|Cultural Perspectives in Healthcare
|Advanced Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
|Health Care Delivery Systems
|Role of the Nurse as Leader
|CNL Practicum I
|Optional Summer Term
|Global Healthcare 1
|Advanced Applied Pharmacology
|Quality and Risk Management in Health Systems Leadership
|Data Analysis in the Healthcare System
|Evidence Based Practice Project I
|CNL Practicum II
|Outcomes Evaluation in Healthcare Systems Leadership
|Evidence Based Practice Project II
|CNL Practicum III
Optional-instead of NURS U703 Cultural Perspectives in Healthcare.