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Nursing (ADN)

Associate Degree

About the Program

The Associate Degree Nursing program is designed to incorporate a base of biological and social sciences with the knowledge and skills necessary for the practice of nursing in the Registered Nurse (RN) role. The role of the associate degree nurse (ADN) builds on the basic knowledge and practice of the practical nurse. The ADN is able to function with greater independence, in more complex situations and with more acutely ill patients. The ADN serves a vital role in teaching the patient about his or her condition and ways to improve his or her health. The ADN assesses the patient’s condition, develops the plan of care and makes ongoing judgments regarding the patient’s progress.  Associate degree nurses have supervisory responsibilities for licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants and other health care workers. The curriculum includes classroom instruction, practice in simulated laboratories and various clinical settings.

Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, (3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326,404-975-5000) and approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing.  Candidates who have criminal records may be required to appear before the South Carolina Board of Nursing, which will determine eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

Special Requirements

Students are required to take standardized tests at an approximate cost of $80 a semester. Approximate cost for taking the licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) upon completion of the program is $300. Students must purchase liability insurance each semester at a cost of approximately $5. Students must purchase a uniform and special equipment the first semester (the approximate cost is $150). Skills packets, learning packets and books must be purchased at the bookstore for nursing courses.

Students must meet one of the following criteria to be admitted to the Nursing Program:

  • SAT: Minimum verbal or critical reading 500, minimum mathematics 500, both taken within the last 3 years; OR
  • ACT: 20 composite (minimum English 20, minimum mathematics 23), taken within the last 3 years; OR
  • Completion of the Pre-Nursing Certificate with a cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.75 on the 8 courses, no grade lower than a “C,” and no more than one repeat per course at any post-secondary institution; OR
  • Completion of an associate degree from a regionally accredited school with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 or completion of a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited school with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 at the time of the degree.

Additional Requirements

  • High school or college credits in biology and algebra are recommended
  • Emotional and physical ability to carry out normal activities of nursing care as determined by physical examination
  • Cleared background check; negative drug screen; physical exam; immunizations such as Hepatitis B, Varicella, and MMR; a two-step TB skin test (PPD); and CPR (American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers) are required to enter clinical courses.

Qualified applicants must attend a two-part orientation session and present BLS for healthcare providers (adult, infant and child) certification, health forms and immunization records prior to entering NUR 134/NUR 201.

All science courses taken prior to admission to the program must have been completed within 5 years of entry into NUR 134/NUR 201.

Applicants must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA for all Midlands Technical College course work for entrance into and progression through the nursing curriculum.

The Nursing Student Handbook outlines other policies relevant to students in the program.

Merit Admissions

A merit admission opportunity is available three times a year for highly qualified applicants.

The merit application submission deadline for Spring 2016 is February 27, 2015.

Transition Nursing: LPN to ADN

Licensed Practical Nurses seeking advanced placement in the ADN program may be admitted to the Transition Nursing Program.  LPNs seeking advanced placement must have an active unrestricted S.C. Practical Nurse license and must qualify for the program as indicated above under “Admission Criteria.” In addition, the following courses must be completed prior to entry with a grade of “C” or better (with no more than one repeat to achieve a “C”): ENG 101, PSY 201, BIO 210, and MAT 120 or 110. BIO 211, PSY 203, and an approved Humanities course may be taken prior to starting the program or with the clinical courses. BIO 210 and BIO 211 must be completed within 5 years of admission to the transition program. The transition nursing program admits students into the Fall and Spring semesters only. The LPN who qualifies for admission using the Pre-Nursing Certificate may substitute COL 103 or ENG 102 for COL 105 if there is previous college level course work, MAT 120 or MAT 110 for MAT 102, and may take a validation exam for AHS 102 and NUR 115.

Admission of transfer students is determined on a space available basis. Students must meet all departmental admission requirements and have completed all prerequisite courses.  Students must provide transcripts, course descriptions, course outlines and a letter of reference from the chair of the previous Nursing program.

Transition Nursing students accepted beginning Fall 2015 will follow the below curriculum. 

General Ed Course Requirements
ID

 

Class Title

 

CH

ENG 101 ENGLISH COMP 1 3
MAT 120 PROBABILITY & STATISTICS 3
PSY 201 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
BIO 210 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I 4
BIO 211 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II 4
  CREDIT HOURS 17

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS

ID

CLASS TITLE CH
NUR 162 PSYCH & MENTAL HEALTH NURSING 3
NUR 201 TRANSITION NURSING 3
  CREDIT HOURS 6

 

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS

ID

CLASS TITLE CH
NUR 237 APPLICATION OF NURSING CONCEPT  III 7
NUR 256 MANAGEMENT OF CARE 4
PSY 203 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT 3
  APPROVED HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
  CREDIT HOURS 17

Total Credit Hours: 40

Progression

All courses in the curriculum must be passed with a grade of “C” or better. Courses may be repeated only once to obtain a grade of “C” or better. No more than one clinical nursing course may be repeated. Students must pass math competency tests throughout the program. Students must have satisfactory clinical performance in every clinical nursing course.

Students who withdraw from or receive a grade lower than a “C” in any clinical nursing course must seek readmission to the program in order to repeat the course. A student may be readmitted provided he/she had a cumulative GPA of 2.0 prior to having failed the course. Students may attempt an NUR clinical course only two times. Attempts include W, WF, D, and F. If the second attempt is also a second clinical failure in the nursing program, the student will be terminated. The student may reapply through the Nursing Forgiveness Program. Readmission is based on space availability and eligibility. The dropped, withdrawn or failed course must be successfully completed before the student can take another nursing course. Students who have not completed a nursing clinical course within the last nine months are required to validate knowledge for previously completed clinical nursing courses.

CPR certification and TB skin testing must be kept current in order to remain in the program.

The Nursing Student Handbook further outlines progression policies in the nursing program. The link will be provided here, please check back soon. 

ADN students accepted through Fall 2014 will follow the curriculum listed in the 2012-2014 Academic Catalog (p.213). Students accepted beginning Spring 2015 will follow the below curriculum. 

Courses