Nursing (A.A.S.)

The nursing program meets 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) (www.acenursing.org)  3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326; (404) 975-5000, (404) 975-5020 (fax); info@acenursing.org.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing requires all ACEN accredited associate degree nursing programs to share with the public the following student achievement data:

  • 91.64% NCLEX exam pass rate for first time testers (January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016.)
  • 71% of the fall 2013 student cohort complete the program in 150% of time.
  • 96% graduate placement (employment) rate (Summer 2014 – Spring 2015)

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. Useful advisement information is also provided below. A student may be admitted to the college at any time in order to complete prerequisite and general education course work.

Students applying for the Nursing program will be enrolled in the Nursing Care Certificate until prerequisite and general education coursework is complete. Once the necessary requirements have been completed, students may apply for admission into the clinical phase of the program.

  1. Complete the following courses (minimum “C” grade required):
    • BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I
    • ENG 101 English Composition I
    • MAT 120 Probability and Statistics
    • PSY 201 General Psychology
  2. Minimum grade point average for the above 4 courses of 2.5. A grade point average calculator can be found on Health Science and Nursing Resources section of the college website.
  3. TEAS score of 65% or higher in math and 65% or higher in reading.
  4. Good academic standing at the college.

Eligible students must apply for acceptance into the clinical ADN program. The top 32 applicants will be accepted for program entry. Applications are accepted in May and September. See the college calendar or website for exact dates. Completion of the Associate in Applied Science with a major in Nursing requires five (5) semesters upon acceptance to the major studies coursework.

For important, detailed information about applying to the clinical program and TEAS teasting, please go to Health Science and Nursing Resources.

 

Required Courses

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES Credit Hours
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
     
Subtotal   20.0
     
REQUIRED CORE SUBJECT AREAS  
NUR 101 Fundamentals of Nursing 6.0
NUR 157 Application of Nursing Concepts 7.0
NUR 162 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 3.0
NUR 211 Care of Childbearing Family 4.0
NUR 212 Nursing Care of Children 4.0
     
Subtotal   24.0
     
OTHER COURSES REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION  
NUR 139 Introduction to Nursing Concepts 3.0
NUR 216 Nursing Seminar 1.0
NUR 219 Nursing Management and Leadership 4.0
NUR 227 Application of Nursing Concepts II 7.0
NUR 232 Gerontology 3.0
     
Subtotal   18.0
Total Credit Hours   62.0

* 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 3/31/2017

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)

Advisement Information

Program notes

  • Beginning Fall 2018, students in pre-program health science and nursing majors will participate in the CAREplan: the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Advising for these students on the Greenwood Campus will be available by appointment in the CARE Planning Center in Suite 149-A. Advisors will be available to assist students with developing Degree Plans, learning about various health science and nursing programs, and understanding program requirements and secondary program application processes. Visit www.ptc.edu/care for more details.

  • Students must do a secondary application in May or September and be accepted into the program before they start clinical coursework.

    • To become program-ready (ready to apply for the clinical phase of the program), students must score at least a 65% in both the math and reading sections of the TEAS V and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the following courses . . .

      • Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 210)

      • English Composition I (ENG 101)

      • Probability and Statistics (MAT 120)

      • General Psychology (PSY 201)

    • Students must also complete the following courses with a grade of C or better, preferably before program entry . . .

      • Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 211)

      • A fine arts/humanities elective

    • Complete details on the secondary application process can be found here:  http://www.ptc.edu/college-resources/health-science-nursing

  • Program-ready general education classes can be started any semester, and can be completed on a part-time basis.  After program entry, all classes are co-requisite, meaning they will be taken as offered, and students will progress through the five-semester program with the same set of classmates.

Notes about individual classes

  • The English required for this program is ENG 101.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 101.

  • The math required for this program is MAT 120.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 152 or MAT 101 > MAT 120, depending on program requirement.

  • Developmental and transitional classes, if needed, should be taken first.

Additional program notes

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Graduates must be at least 18 to sit for their boards.

Notes about other requirements

  • Requirements of all nursing programs are covered in depth in the Student Nursing Handbook.

  • 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. 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 program will be required to provide written documentation of health records.  Cost of background check, drug screen and medical records management is approximately $110.00 but is subject to change.  See the Student Nursing Handbook for complete information on health requirements. 

  • CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the start of clinical courses and the certification may not expire prior to the end of the semester. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Basic Life Support (BLS) training through the American Heart Association. A copy of certification must be submitted to the Medical Records management system. Annual Hospital Orientation is required.

  • Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, review courses, licensure preparation, and graduation fees.  See the Student Nursing Handbook for a complete list of anticipated costs.

Semester-by-semester Graduation Plan

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN3) - Fall Program Start

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN3) - Spring Program Start

Contacts

  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting the Advising Webpage.

  • The Dean of nursing is Tara Harris.

  • You may also contact Kim Easler with questions about this program.

  • Please email advising@ptc.edu if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 9/18/2017.