Practical Nursing (D.A.S.)

Program: Nursing

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: Acceptance into Piedmont Technical College’s PN program is competitive and is limited to 32 students to begin fall and spring semesters. See the college calendar or website for application dates.

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 or MAT 110 College Algebra
    • 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 Care 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, overall 2.0 GPA.

*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 program.

Students are required to maintain a current American Heart Association “Basic Life Support” certification throughout the major studies courses.

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


Required Courses

BIO 112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics
or MAT 110 College Algebra
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 181 Special Topics in Practical Nursing 1.0
Subtotal   13.0
Total Credit Hours   43.0


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)