Bridge Programs

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In addition to the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science, Piedmont Technical College offers a very wide range of transfer options to students who'd like to pursue a bachelor's degree, including Bridge Programs, specific transfer paths for career-related associate degrees and more.

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So you’ve decided to pursue an associate degree from Piedmont Technical College (PTC) and hope later to take your education to the next level. Perhaps your dad wants you to graduate from his alma mater, the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Or maybe mom wants you to consider her favorite...

Bridge Programs at PTC:

University of South Carolina Bridge Program

In November 2007, University of South Carolina and SC Technical College System officials signed a historic agreement expanding some of the University's most successful student programs to technical college students who plan to transfer to the University's Columbia campus.

The Bridge Program created in the agreement is intended to make transitions from S.C. technical colleges to the University as seamless as possible and to increase the success of transfer students once they're enrolled at the Columbia campus.

The University and technical colleges will identify and contact students who are eligible for the Bridge Program. Participating students will have access to a variety of services from the University's admissions, housing, and financial aid offices, the Career Center, and the Student Success Center.

Benefits

Bridge Program participants will benefit from an array of services that will improve their transitions from technical colleges to the University. Some of these services include:

  • Admissions counseling
  • Financial-aid education
  • Major and career counseling
  • Assistance from student mentors
  • First priority to live in East Quad’s transfer student living and learning community after successful admission to USC (pending space availability; option only available to students admitted for the fall)
  • Invitations to special events

How to Enroll

  1. Apply to PTC either online or in person and identify yourself as a Bridge program student. Visit our admissions page for more detailed application instructions.
  2. Complete the USC Bridge Enrollment Form
For more information about the USC Bridge Program, click here.
College of Charleston Collaboration

The College of Charleston Collaboration provides prospective freshman transfer students with the opportunity to make a successful transition from Piedmont Tech to the College of Charleston.

This program is designed to provide students with advising and academic support to help them transfer to the College of Charleston.

Eligibility Criteria and Application Process

College of Charleston Collaboration is open by invitation to freshman applicants who choose to attend Piedmont Technical College during the fall semester and who have been offered a freshman transfer opportunity to the College of Charleston. Students must also meet minimum placement criteria.

Students are expected to earn a minimum of 24 transferable credit hours at PTC following high school graduation. The minimum GPA required is 2.6 (in-state) and 3.0 (out-of-state). If the student does not have the requisite grade point average and earned hours at the end of the second semester, he/she may choose to defer the admissions application to a subsequent semester.

Students will pay tuition and fees for full-time enrollment to CofC. Students who have filed the FAFSA should add College of Charleston to the list of colleges to receive their financial aid report.

How to enroll

To enroll, apply to PTC either online or in person and identify yourself as a Bridge program student. Visit our admissions page for more detailed application instructions.

Completed C of C Collaboration applications must be submitted to the Office of Admissions no later than May 10.

For more information visit the College of Charleston's Web site.

Columbia College Bridge Program

Piedmont Technical College and Columbia College have signed an articulation agreement that will create a bridge program for students who would like to begin their studies at PTC, and then transfer to Columbia College.

Because PTC is an open-admissions institution, it will also offer students who may require some academic preparation an alternative for admission to Columbia.

Benefits

Bridge program participants will benefit from an array of services that will improve their transition from PTC to Columbia, including:

  • Joint admissions counseling with PTC advisors and Columbia College mentors
  • Invitations to Columbia recreational, campus and cultural events.

Who is Eligible?

Requirements for participation in the bridge program are the same as with any transfer student wishing to attend Columbia College. Students must have a minimum of 30 hours completed to transfer and must submit an admissions application and all other standard paperwork in order to be considered.

HOW TO ENROLL

To enroll, apply to PTC either online or in person and identify yourself as a Bridge program student. Visit our admissions page for more detailed application instructions.

Lander University Bearcat Bound Bridge Program

Piedmont Technical College and Lander University have developed a partnership agreement for students who wish to begin their work toward a bachelor’s degree at PTC, then finish their studies at Lander.

To ensure a successful transition from Piedmont Technical College to Lander University, the Bearcat Bound Bridge Program will provide advising and academic support for prospective freshman transfer students who have been identified by the institutions and who meet the GPA requirements. The participating student will be allowed to transfer a minimum of 30 semester hours with a GPA or 2.0 or higher.

Benefits

  • Bearcat Bound students will have access to dual advisement by staff representing both Piedmont Technical College and Lander University.
  • Courses taken at Piedmont Technical College will transfer to Lander and count toward a student’s academic program requirements for the university.
  • Upon successfully completing a minimum of 30 semester hours at Piedmont Technical College and maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA, Bearcat Bound students will be granted full acceptance into Lander University.
  • Bearcat Bound students will be eligible for priority registration times.
  • Bearcat Bound students will be invited to many Lander events
  • With their Lander student ID card, Bearcat Bound students will have access to:
    • The campus fitness center
    • Library
    • Outdoor pool
    • Sporting events and fine arts performances

How to Enroll

  1. To enroll, apply to PTC either online or in person and identify yourself as a Bearcat Bound program student. Visit our admissions page for more detailed application instructions.
  2. Complete the Lander University Bearcat Bound Bridge Release Form.

 

For more information about the Lander University Bridge Program visit Lander's web site.

Newberry College Bridge Program

Piedmont Technical College and Newberry College have developed a partnership that creates a seamless pathway for students who would like to begin their studies at PTC, and then transfer to Newberry College.

Eligibility Criteria and Application Process

While at Piedmont Technical College, students can earn credits toward their associate degree while receiving guidance in transfer admissions, financial aid and scholarship opportunities from Newberry College representatives. Transfer consideration to Newberry College generally requires at least 24 semester hours of transferable work for traditional students and at least 60 semester hours of transferable work for students wishing to enter the fastFORWARD programs in Organizational Management or Early Childhood Education. Individual fastFORWARD students may have lesser requirements.

While it is anticipated that students will spend at least a full year at Piedmont Technical College, students meeting Newberry College’s freshman admissions requirements may transfer after one semester.

How to Enroll

  1. Apply to PTC either online or in person and identify yourself as a Bridge program student. Visit our admissions page for more detailed application instructions.
  2. Complete the Newberry College Bridge Program Form.

For more information about the Newberry Bridge Program, contact:

Newberry College Bridge Program Coordinator
Diane Zimmerman
EMAIL: diane.zimmerman@newberry.edu
PHONE: (803)321-5130

Presbyterian College Bridge Program

Piedmont Technical College and Presbyterian College have signed an articulation agreement that will create a bridge program for students who would like to begin their studies at PTC, and then transfer to Presbyterian College.

Because PTC is an open-admissions institution, it will also offer students who may require some academic preparation an alternative for admission to PC.

Benefits

Bridge program participants will benefit from an array of services that will improve their transition from PTC to PC, including:

  • Joint admissions counseling with PTC advisors and Presbyterian College mentors
  • A waiver of the application fee to PC
  • Special consideration for scholarship opportunities
  • Invitations to PC recreational, campus and cultural events.

Who is eligible?

Requirements for participation in the bridge program are the same as with any transfer student wishing to attend Presbyterian College. Students must have a minimum of 30 hours completed to transfer with a programmatic grade point average of 2.50  or higher with a grade of “C” or better in all transfer courses and must submit an admissions application and all other standard paperwork in order to be considered.

How to enroll

  1. To enroll, apply to PTC either online or in person and identify yourself as a Bridge program student. Visit our admissions page for more detailed application instructions.
  2. Complete the Presbyterian College Bridge Form.
USC Aiken Bridge Program

Piedmont Technical College and USC Aiken have developed a partnership for students who wish to begin their work toward a bachelor’s degree at PTC, then finish their studies at USC Aiken.

The University of South Carolina Aiken Bridge program is designed to enhance the transfer of students from PTC to USC Aiken.  Students in this program will be a part of a special learning community and will be advised jointly by PTC and USC Aiken staff.  They will also be invited to special events at USC Aiken, receive consideration for special scholarships, and receive a waiver of the application fee.

How to Enroll

  1. Apply to PTC either online or in person and identify yourself as a Bridge program student. Visit our admissions page for more detailed application instructions.

  2. Complete the USC Aiken Bridge Enrollment Form.

USC Upstate Bridge Program

Piedmont Technical College and the University of South Carolina Upstate have signed an articulation agreement that will create a bridge program for students who would like to begin their studies at PTC, and then transfer to USC Upstate.

Because PTC is an open-admissions institution, it will also offer students who may require some academic preparation an alternative for admission to USC Upstate.

Benefits

Bridge program participants will benefit from an array of services that will improve their transition from PTC to USC Upstate, including:

  • Joint admissions counseling with PTC advisors and USC Upstate mentors
  • A waiver of the application fee to USC Upstate
  • Special consideration for scholarship opportunities
  • Invitations to USC Upstate recreational, campus and cultural events.

Who is Eligible?

Requirements for participation in the bridge program are the same as with any transfer student wishing to attend USC Upstate. Students must have a minimum of 30 hours completed to transfer and must submit an admissions application and all other standard paperwork in order to be considered.

How to Enroll

  1. To enroll, apply to PTC either online or in person and identify yourself as a Bridge program student. Visit our admissions page for more detailed application instructions.
  2. Complete the USC Upstate Direct Connect Form.
South Carolina State University Bridge Program

In 2018, South Carolina State University (SC State) and Piedmont Technical College (PTC) signed an articulation agreement that creates more options for students who would like to begin their studies at PTC and then transfer to SC State to complete a bachelor's degree program.

The Bridge Program created in the agreement is intended to make transitions from SC technical colleges to the university system as seamless as possible and to increase the success of transfer students once they're enrolled at SC State.

Universities and technical colleges will identify and contact students who are eligible for the Bridge Program. SC State and PTC have had a longstanding partnership to offer students the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology on PTC’s Greenwood Campus. The two institutions are committed to continuing and strengthening this partnership.

In order to offer more opportunities for PTC students to transfer to SC State, the institutions have worked on articulation pathways in the following majors and are committed to keeping these opportunities up-to-date and relevant.

  • BS Accounting
  • BS Agribusiness
  • BS Criminal Justice
  • BS Early Childhood Education
  • BS Economics
  • BS Electrical Engineering Technology
  • BA English
  • BA History
  • BS Management
  • BS Marketing
  • BS Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Mechatronics Technology to BS Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Mechatronics Technology to BS Electrical Engineering Technology
  • BA Political Science (Pre-Law)
  • BA Political Science (Public Administration)
  • BA Psychology
  • BS Social Work
  • BA Sociology

Benefits

Bulldog Gateway Bridge Program participants will benefit from an array of services that will improve their transitions from PTC to SC State, including:

  • Orientation meeting and campus tour
  • Individualized advisement
  • Admissions counseling
  • Financial aid education
  • Career counseling
  • Student success and retention programs

How to Enroll

  1. Apply to PTC either online or in person and identify yourself as a Bridge Program student. Visit our admissions page for more detailed application instructions.
  2. Complete the SC State Bulldog Gateway Bridge Enrollment Form.

For more information, visit www.scsu.edu

Anderson University Bridge Program

Piedmont Technical College and Anderson University have developed a partnership agreement for students who wish to begin their work toward a bachelor's degree at PTC, then finish their studies at AU. 

To ensure a successful transition from PTC to AU, the Bridge Program will provide advising and academic support for prospective freshman transfer students who have been identified by the institutions and who meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.50. 

Benefits

  • AU-bound transfer students will have access to dual advisement by staff representing both PTC and AU. 
  • Courses taken at PTC will transfer to AU and count toward a student's academic program requirements for the university.
  • AU will accept up to 60 hours of semester credit from PTC's designated associate of applied science degrees to apply to Anderson University's baccalaureate degrees.
  • Bridge students will have access to the AU library and athletic events, as would any other student of the university.
  • Bridge students will have admission/application fees waived.

How to Enroll

To enroll, apply to PTC either online or in person and identify yourself as an AU-bound transfer student. Visit our admissions page for detailed application instructions.

For more information about the Anderson University Bridge Program, visit AU's website

What are the Benefits?

Starting coursework at Piedmont Tech can be beneficial for students who ultimately want to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year university for a variety of reasons. PTC’s bridge agreements are designed to make your transition from PTC to a four-year college as seamless as possible and to increase your likelihood of success once you’re enrolled at your chosen institution.

Seamless Transfer Experience

Most Bridge Programs involve an array of services offered by the destination school while you're still taking classes at PTC. These services are designed to improve your transition when you transfer. Some of these services include:

  • Admissions counseling
  • Financial-aid education
  • Major and career counseling
  • Assistance from student mentors
  • Priority registration for some residence halls
  • Invitations to special events

Cost Savings and Convenience

If you complete a portion of your education here, you'll save thousands in tuition costs and fees. And with lots of financial aid options and a tuition payment plan, we work to make higher education affordable for everyone.

Plus, with seven locations, chances are that you'll be able to take many of your courses close to home to save on housing and commuting costs. Our extensive selection of online courses make getting your start at Piedmont Tech even more convenient.