Nursing Admissions Information
Students are admitted on a "first-qualified, first-accepted" basis. It is to the advantage of the student to qualify and attend orientation as quickly as possible. The longer a student waits to qualify and attend orientation, the more students may be accepted ahead of them.
Steps to get started
- Apply to MTC. Include a copy of your active unrestricted SC LPN license if you are an LPN.
- Take the college's Placement Test or show previous college credit for English and Math. Official transcripts must come directly to Admissions from all previous colleges attended. Once the transcripts are reviewed by the Academic Credentialing Department, transfer credit will be assigned and you will be able to access the listing of courses that you received credit for at MTC. Transfer credit for ENG 101, PSY 201, a college level Math, and an approved humanities course is accepted regardless of the age of the coursework. BIO 210, BIO 211, and BIO 225 must be within 5 years of beginning NUR 101/201. If a student does not have credit for ENG 101 and a college level math, the placement test must be taken. Additional coursework may be required based on placement scores.
- Qualify for acceptance in ONE of the following ways:
- Take the SAT - 500 EBRW (Evidenced Based Reading & Writing) and 530 Math (scores must be within three years).
- Take the ACT – make at least 20 English, 23 Math, and 20 Composite (scores must be within 3 years).
- Complete the Pre-Nursing Certificate coursework (ENG 101, MAT 102, PSY 201, BIO 210, BIO 211, AHS 102, NUR 115, and a choice of COL 105, COL 103, or ENG 102) with at least a C in each course and at least a 2.75 GPA on these 8 courses. Each course may be repeated only once to obtain a C or higher grade. Failing grades that appear on transcripts from other institutions will apply and will prevent use of the Pre-Nursing Certificate as a qualifying option if two failures exist, or if one failure exists and a second failure is earned at MTC.
- Have a previous bachelor or higher degree from an accredited college with at least a 2.5 GPA at the time of the degree, or have a previous associate degree from an accredited college with at least a 2.75 GPA at the time of the degree.
- Once qualified, attend Part 1 New Student Orientation. The Admissions Office validates the qualified status of a student and sends a letter that invites the student to orientation. It is important to attend the first available orientation. Part 1 Orientations are held on the Airport Campus; please refer to your letter for the next available date to attend the Part 1 Orientation. At the orientation the student is provisionally accepted to nursing.
- Upon payment of a $100 deposit, the student will be accepted and given a future start date.
- While qualifying and waiting for the clinical start date, take general education courses, science courses, and non-clinical nursing courses.
- Keep cumulative GPA at 2.0 or higher. You may not begin the clinical portion of the nursing program unless your GPA is at this level. A student may not be on academic or disciplinary suspension at the time clinical coursework begins.
- Once you begin nursing courses, obtain a current MTC Catalog and Nursing Student Handbook. It is your responsibility to obtain and be familiar with the catalog and nursing student handbook under which you enter the program. The catalog and nursing student handbook contain vital information that you must know about the Nursing program. The student is held accountable for the requirements of the nursing class you enter.
If you have any questions, please attend an information session at the Airport campus, held the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month except December, in the Health Science Building, room 141 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm. Pre-registration is not required. Children may not attend.
If you have been assigned a personal advisor, you may also contact your advisor to have questions answered.
Nursing Re-Admission Forgiveness Policy
Select Nursing students who were terminated from the clinical sequence of the Nursing Program at Midlands Technical College now have the possibility of returning to continue their education. The Nursing Forgiveness Policy allows select students to return to the Nursing program and retake a series of nursing and/or biology courses. Students must adhere to strict guidelines determined by the Nursing Department.
All students interested in Nursing Forgiveness must attend a mandatory Nursing Forgiveness overview session. Click here to register for a Nursing Forgiveness overview session. Students with questions about Nursing Forgiveness may email or call the admissions office at 803.738.7839.
*** Students are not permitted to attend Part 1 orientation until after they have attended a Nursing Forgiveness overview session.
Re-admission to the Nursing Program under Nursing Forgiveness may affect or alter a student's access to financial aid or scholarships from any source. Students who plan to receive any type of student aid including veterans' benefits should discuss the impact of re-admission to the Nursing Program on his/her financial resources with the appropriate student services representative. It is the student's responsibility to notify the Veterans Affairs Office and/or the Students Financial Services Office, if applicable.
Students entering Nursing Programs will be required to undergo a background investigation that will include but is not limited to:
- Criminal background, including all places of residence since the age of 18
- Sex Offenders Registry
- Office of the Inspector General
- FBI fingerprint record
- Any other registry or records required by law
Some clinical facilities may require additional background checks.
In addition to background checks, students will be required to submit to drug screening before and/or during their participation in Nursing Programs.
Students must be eligible to rotate to all clinical locations utilized by the programs. Exclusion from any of the clinical locations based on a positive or non-negative drug screen or criminal records check will prevent participation in clinical training.