D.A.S., Practical Nursing Diploma

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The Practical Nursing (PN) curriculum is designed to afford the student the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to provide supervised health care across the lifespan to individuals and families in a variety of settings.

Graduates of the PN program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The PN program is approved by the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina.

Admission: The PN program is limited enrollment. 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, Laurens County

Contact Information: Tara Harris


Required Courses

Additional Program Information


BIO 112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
Day Program  
PNR 110 Fundamentals of Nursing 5.0
PNR 122 Pharmacology 3.0
PNR 170 Nursing of the Older Adult 2.0
PNR 128 Medical/Surgical Nursing I 7.0
PNR 154 Maternal/Infant/Child Nursing 5.0
PNR 138 Medical/Surgical Nursing II 7.0
PNR 183 Special Topics in Practical Nursing 3.0
Total Credit Hours: 32.0

* Major Studies Courses: Completion of the Diploma in Applied Science with a major in Practical Nursing requires three (3) 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 155 will no longer meet the math requirement for the Practical Nursing program. MAT 120 (Probability and Statistics) will be the required math course for the PN 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 PN program requires 3 semesters once accepted into the clinical nursing courses. Thirty-two students are accepted each year to begin PN clinical courses in the fall (Greenwood Campus) and spring (Laurens Campus) semesters.

• Practical nursing courses are offered in the day only. Clinicals may be scheduled on days, evenings, nights, and weekends in any of the seven counties or surrounding areas.

Enrollment into the PN program is limited. Students will be accepted by how long they have been waiting for program entry or by Merit score. A student's length of wait time is determined by their most recent date of application to the college as a Pre-LPN major or by the date of major change. Of the 32 students accepted, up to 16 can be accepted based on Merit score. This worksheet shows where the Nursing Division places emphasis for Merit based entry. PN Merit Application

Minimum Requirements 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 of English Composition I (ENG 101), Basic Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 112), General Psychology (PSY 201), and Probability and Statistics (MAT 120) with a C or better and 2.5 GPA in these four courses. Calculate your program-ready GPA here. Meeting all the Program-Ready requirements does not guarantee clinical acceptance due to space limitations.

• Successful completion of both BIO 210 and 211 can be substituted for the Basic Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 112) requirement. 

• 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.

• 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 PNR course. Two failures or withdrawals from a PNR course 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 is for 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 program acceptance meeting and it may not expire prior to 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 will be 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 2/26/2013


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement - A Diploma in Practical Nursing provides the student with the knowledge and skills needed to provide supervised health care to individuals and families across the life span and prepare them to take the NCLEX-PN.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Patient centered care

  • Collaborate with others by incorporating sensitivity and respect in demonstrating concepts of patient centered care within culturally diverse populations among individuals, families and communities. (Mission Goal I)

2. Teamwork and collaboration

  • Communicate professionally and function effectively under supervision 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

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

4. Quality improvement

  • Collect data and assist in implementing quality improvement measures with ongoing evaluation to ensure patient safety across the healthcare continuum. (Mission Goal VII)

5. Safety

  • Assist in creating a safe environment that enhances quality of care for individuals and families within culturally diverse populations. (Mission Goal X)

6. Informatics

  • Use basic technology skills for shared decision making and resolving problems in the delivery of care for individuals and families across the lifespan. (Mission Goal VII and III)


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