Program-Ready Resources

Health Care programs are limited enrollment and have special admissions requirements that must be met before students can be accepted.

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CAREplanning Center
(864) 941-8651
careplanningcenter@ptc.edu

Our office is located in 149A.

 

Special Admissions Requirements

Students applying to Health Care programs follow the standard enrollment process to be admitted to Piedmont Technical College and to begin taking coursework. Most of these programs have a second application process for entry into the clinical portion of the programs, which are required for graduation.

How Do I Apply?

To enter the clinical portion, students must meet all requirements to become eligible for program entry or "Program-Ready." Once all program-ready requirements are complete, an application must be submitted online for entry consideration to the clinical phase of the Health Care programs. 

We've provided the resources below to assist you with the program acceptance process.

Program Fact Sheets

The clinical stages of Health Science and Nursing programs are limited enrollment and have special requirements that must be met before students can progress. Fact Sheets can be accessed from each program page.  

Health Care Program Acceptance Data

Acceptance Data

Program-Ready GPA Calculator

There are minimum GPA requirements for program-ready coursework. The Program-Ready GPA Calculator can be used to calculate your GPA. 

Use GPA Calculator

Background Check and Drug Screening

Upon acceptance into a Healthcare program, specific information and instructions regarding background checks and drug screens will be provided.

Physical Requirements

Several physical activities and abilities are required for admission into Health Care programs. Information related to these requirements can be found at the following link. 

Review the Requirements

Health Care FAQ

We strongly recommend that students review the Health Care Division FAQ to be fully aware of our program entry requirements.

Learn More

Health Care Division Handbook

This handbook is  designed to be utilized in conjunction with the PTC Academic Catalog, PTC Student Calendar and Handbook and PTC Health Care webpages. Please refer to them for additional information.

Read the Handbook

Types of Testing

Candidates for entry into one some health care programs must take an admissions test. When you are eligible for entry into the program, you must complete testing before starting the application process.

Programs That Require Testing

  • Nursing (ADN)
  • Practical Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Transition Nursing (LPN to ADN)

The required testing types are:

TEAS Testing

**Until further notice, we will only be able to administer the TEAS test to PTC students.**

We will continue to offer the TEAS test on the 2nd Thursday of each month as scheduled. New test dates will post on the ATI website as we determine if it will be administered remotely or on campus.

TEAS is a program-entry requirement for all students seeking entry in the Practical Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing, and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs. Please review your program’s current Fact Sheet for specific requirements, and discuss any questions you have with your academic advisor.  

ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need accommodations due to a documented disability, please contact Brenda Dailey (107A, 864-941-8378) prior to registering for the TEAS test. Disability Services requires documentation to support the need for specific accommodations.  For additional information about accommodations, please click here.

PREPARING FOR THE TEAS:  Practice questions and additional information regarding TEAS are available on the Registered Nursing Website. Study materials are available for purchase via the online store on the ATI Testing site.  Additionally, the library at the Greenwood Campus (and all of the Learning Resource Centers (LRCs) at the county campuses) has a copy of the ATI Teas Study Manual on reserve for review. Interested students can use these materials while in the library or one of the LRCs; these study materials are for campus use only

REGISTER FOR TEAS:  To register to take the TEAS and to submit payment of $77 for the test, go directly to the TEAS website at this address: http://www.ATItesting.com.

  • First, create an account if you are not already a registered user.  (For step-by-step directions for creating an ATI account, click here.)
  • Once you have an ATI account, you will need to go to the ATI page to register and pay for the ATI exam. Click login.
  • Enter your username (which should be your email address), and the password you provided.
  • Click on the link to the online store which is in the upper right of the ATI homepage.
  • In the navigation pane on the left side of the screen, click Register for TEAS® to take your exam at Piedmont Technical College’s Greenwood, Laurens (Clinton), or Newberry Campuses.
  • You should now be at the registration screen, and you will need to follow the prompts to register and pay. Please note, if taking the exam at the Laurens Campus, you will select the “Clinton” site because ATI uses the physical address when determining test sites.

PTC TEAS Testing dates, times, and locations:

We will continue to offer the TEAS test on the 2nd Thursday of each month as scheduled. New test dates will post on the ATI website as we determine if it will be administered remotely or on campus.

  • TEAS will be offered on the 2nd Thursday of each month
  • Greenwood, Laurens, and Newberry campuses
  • 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
  • ATI Teas Fact Sheet

TRANSFERRING TEAS SCORES

If you took a TEAS test at a non-Piedmont Technical College location and would like your scores to be considered, please email them or mail them to our testing coordinator:

Ms. Bonnie Graham
Coordinator, Testing and Tutoring
Piedmont Technical College
Room 208K
620 N. Emerald Road
Greenwood, SC 29646
graham.b@ptc.edu

NLN (Transition Nursing)

National League of Nursing (NLN)

Licensed practical nurses seeking entry into the Transition Nursing program must take and pass the NLN Foundations of Nursing Exam (also called NACE-I or ACE-I) with a minimum score of 65 percentile.

  • The purpose of this exam is to determine if the student recalls enough information from their PN training to be successful in the Transition Nursing Program. 
  • Students who do not reach 65% on the NLN Foundations of Nursing Exam are not eligible for the Transition Nursing program.  However, they may be eligible to pursue their Associate Degree in Nursing through the regular, full ADN program.  To understand the requirements for the regular, full ADN program and the application process, click here.
  • Applicants for the Transition Nursing Program do NOT have to take the ATI TEAS.

PREPARING FOR NLN EXAM:

Students may choose to study the Fundamentals and Med-Surg content from their PN textbooks to prepare for the exam. For information about the NLN Foundations of Nursing exam, including the topics covered, length of the test, and other details, click here.

REGISTERING FOR NLN EXAM:  

  • Create a new account (even if you had one previously) using this link: NLN account for PTC students.
    • You may create your own username.
    • Enter the P# in the Detail section when creating the account.
  • After creating a new account, an email from NLN will be sent with a link to create a password and log in to purchase the exam.
  • Purchase the NACE Foundations of Nursing for Examity exam (NLN’s cost is $120 plus tax).
  • Tests are available 24/7/365. Students take the exam at home and are being proctored remotely via webcam and microphone through Examity.

* For immediate assistance see the NLN Exam Guide. You may also complete this form to receive assistance from the NLN.

 

TRANSFERRING NLN SCORES

If you took a NLN test at a non-Piedmont Technical College location and would like your scores to be considered, please email them or mail them to our testing coordinator:

Ms. Bonnie Graham
Coordinator, Testing and Tutoring
Piedmont Technical College
Room 208K
620 N. Emerald Road
Greenwood, SC 29646
graham.b@ptc.edu

Health Care Readmission

Health Care readmission students who fail or withdraw from a Health Care curriculum class must complete and submit a readmission application in order to be considered for readmission. 

Complete the Form

Contact Us

If you are interested in any of our academic offerings, but can't find what you need on our website, you can contact the CAREplanning Center at (864) 941-8651.

Applicants should begin the process in the Enrollment Center – Admissions (864) 941-8369 or New Student Advising (864) 941-8388.