Practical Nursing (D.A.S.)

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 program accepts 32 applicants to begin clinical courses each fall and spring terms. Students entering the clinical program in fall will complete the program at the Greenwood campus.  Students entering in spring will complete the program at the Laurens campus. Up to half of the spaces are filled based on merit score.  Eligible applicants must meet all program-ready requirements to be considered for clinical acceptance.  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 Health 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. 

Students must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission into the PN program:

  1. Complete the following courses (minimum “C” grade required):
    • BIO 112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology
    • 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 the 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.

*These requirements will not prepare PN graduates to continue their nursing education in the ADN program. Students interested in continuing their education in the ADN program should take the biology needed for the ADN program.

Upon acceptance into the major coursework of the PN program, it will take three (3) semesters to complete the

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


Required Courses

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
Subtotal   13.0
PNR 110 Fundamentals of Nursing 5.0
PNR 128 Medical/Surgical Nursing I 7.0
PNR 154 Maternal/Infant/Child Nursing 5.0
Subtotal   17.0
PNR 122 Pharmacology 3.0
PNR 138 Medical/Surgical Nursing II 7.0
PNR 170 Nursing of the Older Adult 2.0
PNR 183 Special Topics in Practical Nursing 3.0
Subtotal   15.0
Total Credit Hours   45.0

Updated 3/31/2017


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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Advisement Information

Program notes

  • Beginning Fall 2018, students in 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 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 . . .

      • Basic Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 112)

      • English Composition I (ENG 101)

      • Probability and Statistics (MAT 120)

      • General Psychology (PSY 201)

    • Complete details on the secondary application process can be found here:

  • 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 three-semester program.

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. Clinicals may be scheduled on days, evenings, nights, and weekends in any of the seven counties or surrounding areas.

  • Students may gain entry to the PN program clinicals by two methods: priority date or the merit process. The priority date is either the date of application to Piedmont Technical College or, if a student’s initial major was not LPN, the date of the major change to LPN. See the merit worksheet for details.

  • 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 PNR 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 Health Care Division Information FAQ Sheet for the Physical and Mental Standards for Health Care programs.

  • 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 Plans

Practical Nursing (LPN1) - Fall Program Start

Practical Nursing (LPN1) - Spring Program Start (on Laurens Campus)


  • 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 Health Care is Tara Harris. The Interim Department Head for nursing is Stephanie Cannady

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

  • Please email if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 10/2018.