A.A.S., Major in Nursing

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The nursing programs meet the unique learning needs of students by providing a quality education. This enables the students to become caring nurses, committed to lifelong learning and service.

The program provides the students with knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to apply the nursing process to individuals and families across the life span. Upon completion of the designated programs, students will be prepared to take the licensure examinations. They will be ready to respond to the changing health care demands in a variety of settings within the scope of nursing practice.

Graduates of the ADN program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The ADN graduate is qualified to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN).

The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the Board of Nursing for SC and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (  3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326; (404) 975-5000, (404) 975-5020 (fax);

Admission: Acceptance into the clinical phase of the ADN program is competitive. The program accepts 32 applicants to begin clinical courses each fall and spring terms. Eligible applicants must meet all program-ready requirements to be considered for clinical acceptance. Students interested in pursuing a major in nursing must complete the mandatory Health Science and Nursing Information Session to obtain needed program details. Useful advisement information is also provided below.

Program Location: Greenwood

Contact Information: Tara Harris


Required Courses

Additional Program Information


BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
  Note: Basic Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 112) is the prerequisite for BIO 210  
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
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NUR 101 Fundamentals of Nursing 6.0
NUR 105 Pharmacology for Nurses 1.0
NUR 106 Pharmacologic Basics in Nursing Practice 2.0
NUR 180 Advanced Parenteral Skills 3.0
NUR 165 Nursing Concepts and Clinical Practices I 6.0
NUR 214 Mental Health Nursing 4.0
NUR 265 Nursing Concepts and Clinical Practice II 6.0
NUR 217 Trends and Issues in Nursing 2.0
NUR 211 Care of Childbearing Family 4.0
NUR 212 Nursing Care of Children 4.0
NUR 210 Complex Health Problems 5.0
NUR 216 Nursing Seminar 1.0
NUR 219 Nursing Management and Leadership 4.0
Total Credit Hours: 68.0

* Major Studies Courses: Completion of the Associate in Applied Science with a major in Nursing requires five (5) semesters upon acceptance to the major studies course work.

Updated 10/21/2014


Advisement Information:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Beginning with students applying for entry for Fall 2015, MAT 102 will no longer meet the math requirement for the Associate Degree Nursing program. MAT 120 (Probability and Statistics) will be the required math course for the ADN program. Students who have not completed MAT 120 will have to complete it (or an acceptable substitute) prior to submitting an application for program entry in May 2015.

• Completion of the ADN program requires five semesters once accepted to begin clinical nursing courses. Thirty-two students are accepted to begin clinical courses each fall and spring terms.

• Nursing courses are offered during the day on the Greenwood campus. Clinicals may be scheduled on days, evenings, nights, and weekends in any of the seven counties or surrounding areas.

Entry into the ADN program is competitive. The top 32 applicants will be accepted for program entry. This worksheet shows where the Nursing Division places emphasis. ADN Application Worksheet

Minimum Requirements to Apply for Clinical Entry: To be eligible to apply for clinical entry, student must have a 65% or higher on the mathematics and reading sections of the HOBET V and complete English Composition I (ENG 101), Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 210), General Psychology (PSY 201), and Probability and Statistics (MAT 120) with a C or better and a 2.5 GPA in these four courses. Calculate your program-ready GPA here. It is highly recommended that students complete the additional General Education courses, Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 211) and the humanities/fine arts elective, prior to program entry. Meeting all the Program-Ready requirements does not guarantee clinical acceptance due to space limitations and the competitive acceptance process. Students seeking entry into this program should reach beyond the minimum requirements.

• College placement test scores may indicate a student's need for college prep or prerequisite courses prior to higher level college courses. These courses should be completed before progression into required Program-Ready courses.

• Students that place into MAT 032, ENG 032, and/or RDG 032 or have to repeat BIO 112 should consider beginning with the Practical Nursing program for an increased chance of success.

• Students planning to transfer to Lander University to complete their RN to BSN program upon completion of their Associate Degree in Nursing at PTC can take the specified General Education courses for the Bachelor degree. Click here to read more about the Associate in Arts, Nursing Transfer curriculum.

• A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression once in the clinical stage of the program. Students in the clinical program will only have one opportunity to repeat a failed or withdrawn NUR course. Two NUR course failures or withdrawals will make the student ineligible to continue in the clinical program.

Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Physical and Mental Standards chart for more information.

Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the clinical phase of the program. This cost to the student is approximately $85.00. A positive report on either may prevent the student from being accepted by a clinical facility which will not allow the student to progress in the program or take the licensure exam. Additional drug screenings will occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The cost of these screenings will also be the responsibility of the student.

Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the clinical nursing courses will be required to provide written documentation to the Health Records Assistant in the Nursing Department of the following: physical exam completed within one year; two-step Tuberculosis Skin Test (TST) upon admission, then an annual one-step TST thereafter; two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) and Varicella immunizations or positive titers; three Hepatitis B immunizations or a positive titer; Tetanus vaccine within the last 10 years; annual Influenza vaccine.

CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the first program acceptance meeting and it may not expire prior to the end of the semester. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Healthcare Provider training through the American Heart Association. A copy of certification must be submitted to the department's Health Records Assistant. Annual Hospital Orientation is required.

Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to an iPod Touch, uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, ATI tests, review courses, licensure preparation, and graduation fees. Initial cost upon clinical acceptance, excluding college tuition, fees, and books, could be as much as $2,000 for the first semester.

Advisement Information updated 1/17/2014


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement - An Associate Degree in Nursing provides the student with the knowledge and skills needed to apply the nursing process to individuals and families across the life span and prepare them to take the NCLEX-RN.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (QSEN):

1. Patient centered care

  • Incorporate sensitivity and respect to demonstrate concepts of patient centered care within culturally diverse populations among individuals, families and communities. (Mission Goal I)

2. Teamwork and collaboration

  • Function effectively and communicate professionally within nursing and other health care disciplines to achieve quality patient care in response to the needs of individuals and families across the lifespan and the health illness continuum.  (Mission Goal V)

3. Evidence based practice

  • Integrate evidence based practices to improve patient outcomes across all healthcare populations. (Mission Goal II)

4. Quality improvement

  • Analyze data and implement quality improvement measures and continuous evaluation to ensure patient safety across the healthcare continuum. (Mission Goal  VII)

5. Safety

  • Create a safe environment that results in positive patient outcomes for individuals and families within culturally diverse populations. (Mission Goal X)

6. Informatics

  • Integrate appropriate technology in nursing informatics for shared decision making and resolving problems in the delivery of care for individuals and families across the lifespan. (Mission Goal VII and III)