NGU Partners With USC-Upstate

The partnership will help supply nursing workforce

Ed Jenson
February 06, 2018 - 2:22 pm

North Greenville University’s (NGU) College of Science and Mathematics (COSAM) has trained high-quality biology students for decades. Medical school acceptance rates of the college’s biology graduates have been approximately 90 percent consistently over the past 10 years.

 To build on that success, NGU announced at a press conference on Tuesday, February 6, a new affiliation with the Mary Black School of Nursing at University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg. The partnership will help address supply and demand projections of the nursing workforce.

 Now, North Greenville University biology majors interested in a nursing career will have the opportunity to earn two bachelor’s degrees in five years. The first three years will be spent at the NGU campus and the final two years will be spent at the Mary Black School of Nursing on either the main campus in Spartanburg or the USC Upstate Greenville Campus at the University Center in Greenville. Students will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from NGU after their fourth year and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from USC Upstate after the fifth year. 

 According to the school’s articulation agreement, qualified NGU students who meet all admissions criteria as described in the Mary Black School of Nursing academic catalog and identified by NGU will be invited to apply in their junior year. NGU will then provide an approved list of students annually to be entered into the Mary Black School of Nursing prior to October 1 for an August start date and March 1 for a January start.

 Identified students with completed applications who meet the standards of the dual degree program will be guaranteed acceptance. Standards include maintaining an overall 3.0 grade point average, having a 2.5 GPA in the required sciences, completing the program requirements for clinical hours, passing the pre-admission assessment test (ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills), and meeting the approval of the NGU COSAM dean.

The first group of NGU students will enter the nursing program at USC Upstate in Spring 2019.

 “What a rare opportunity and unique experience it is to obtain two degrees in five years and be ready to practice nursing with a full knowledge of the field of biology,” COSAM’s Program Coordinator for Advance Programs Susan Allen says. “For students desiring to continue in their education, this background provides a strong building foundation.”

 Fast growing specialties include certified dialysis nurse, legal nurse consultant, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, nurse case manager, nurse educator, nurse practitioner, and nurse researcher, to name a few.

 “Hospitals and healthcare systems prize nurses with strong bachelor degrees beyond basic RN licensure and this uniquely thorough academic preparation will help to usher highly qualified new nurses into the upstate’s medical community. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with our friends at USC Upstate as we continue to expand North Greenville University’s programs in healthcare,” said NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr.

 Fant says the partnership with Mary Black School of Nursing is one of several hybrid programs already in place at North Greenville.  

Currently, the university has articulation agreements with Clemson University in engineering, a chiropractic agreement with Sherman School of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, and an athletic training graduate degree arrangement with Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA.

 Negotiations for future partnerships are in the works in pharmacy with Palm Beach Atlantic University in Palm Beach, FL, and in veterinary science.

 “USC Upstate is pleased to enter into this agreement with North Greenville University. This collaboration gives these students the opportunity to gain the skills and credentials necessary to thrive in South Carolina’s modern healthcare economy,” said USC Upstate Chancellor Brendan B. Kelly.


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