Practical Nursing (PN)


About the Program

The Practical Nursing program is designed to help students develop basic nursing skills in medical, surgical, obstetrical and pediatric nursing. The role of the practical nurse focuses on the technical skills, general knowledge and judgment necessary to organize and provide caring interventions to patients with commonly occurring medical conditions.  The practical nurse participates in health promotion/maintenance activities for the individual in the context of the family. The practical nurse is prepared to provide nursing care within the scope of practice defined by the South Carolina Board of Nursing under the direct supervision of the registered nurse and/or other health care provider.  The course of study balances classroom instruction with relevant clinical experience and provides the opportunity for students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective practitioners of practical nursing.

Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).  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-PN exam.

Learning experiences for students in the Practical Nursing Diploma Program are provided in classrooms and laboratories on the Airport Campus in the Health Sciences Building and Lexington Hall. Student preclinical experience is provided in nursing skills labs and a state-of-the-art simulation lab. Required clinical experiences (externships/internships) are arranged through affiliations with local healthcare facilities.

Please see our full Program Outcomes Data.

Information Sessions

Nursing information sessions are held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month (except in December and when the college is closed). On the first Wednesday, there is a 2 p.m. session. On the third Wednesday, there are 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. sessions. Sessions are held on the Airport Campus in Health Science Building Room 141. No registration is required. No children, please. 

An information session will not be held March 4, 2020. Information sessions will resume March 18, 2020.

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-PN) 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.

In addition to the college’s placement test, students must meet one of the following criteria to be admitted to the Nursing Program:

  • SAT: 500 EBRW (Evidenced Based Reading and Writing) and 580 Math (scores must be within three years); OR
  • ACT: 20 composite (minimum English 20, minimum Mathematics 24), 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 Midlands Technical College or any post-secondary institution. Any "Withdrawal" received during the Spring 2018 semester or after will be counted as an attempt; OR
  • Have an Associate’s degree or higher with a 2.75 GPA or higher; while also transferring in, or placing into, college-level English and Math.

Requirements effective as of June 11, 2018.

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 and negative drug screen 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.

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

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.

Advanced Placement

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.  Students may be asked to validate theory and/or skills at the discretion of the Nursing department chair. Students transferring from other programs are required to take all of MTC Nursing program's clinical courses.


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. If a student fails any NUR course twice, they are terminated from the nursing program. If a student fails one clinical course twice or two different clinical courses, they will be terminated from the nursing program with the option to return through Nursing Forgiveness. Students must pass math competency tests throughout the program. Students must have satisfactory clinical performance in every clinical nursing course. 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.

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

PN students accepted through Fall 2014 will follow the curriculum listed in the 2012-2014 Academic Catalog (p.215). Students accepted beginning Spring 2015 will follow the below curriculum. 


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