Nursing (A.A.S.)

Program: Nursing

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:

  • 87.21% NCLEX exam pass rate for first time testers (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.)
  • 72.04% of the fall 2015 student cohort complete the program in 150% of time.
  • 99% graduate placement (employment) rate (Summer 2016 – Spring 2017)

Admission: Acceptance into Piedmont Technical College’s ADN program is competitive and is limited to 32 students to begin fall and spring semesters. See the college calendar or website for application dates. To be eligible to apply for the clinical ADN program, students must meet the following requirements:

  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 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 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.

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 four (4) semesters upon acceptance to the major studies coursework.

For important, detailed information about applying to the clinical program and TEAS testing, please go to Health Care 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
or MAT 110 College Algebra
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 four (4) semesters upon acceptance to the major studies coursework.

 

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)​