Overview

This accredited program teaches you the knowledge and skills necessary to become an effective practical nurse. Students will learn basic nursing skills in an academic program that balances classroom instruction with relevant clinical experience.

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.

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.

Accreditation

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.

Accrediting Agencies

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation,
State Board of Nursing for South Carolina Synergy

Business Park, Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr., Suite 202
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 896-4550
http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/NURSING/

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing logoAccreditation Commission for
Education in Nursing, Inc.

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
www.acenursing.org
Accreditation status: Continuing Accreditation

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 in 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

Requirements are effective as of June 11, 2018.

  • 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 degree or higher with a 2.75 GPA or higher; while also transferring in, or placing into, college-level English and Math.
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 the theory and/or skills at the discretion of the Nursing department chair. Students transferring from other programs are required to take all of the MTC Nursing program's clinical courses.

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. 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.

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

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Application Process
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Sample Program Plan and Costs

Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(16 Credit Hours)
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
BIO-210 Anatomy and Physiology I

Anatomy and Physiology I

ID: BIO-210

Credit Hours: 4

This is the first in a sequence of courses, including an intensive coverage of the body as an integrated whole. All body systems are studied. Emphasis is placed on the manner in which systems interact to maintain homeostasis. The study includes general chemistry principles, biochemistry, cells and tissues and the following systems will be covered: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses.

4
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
NUR-131 Introduction to Pharmacology

Introduction to Pharmacology

ID: NUR-131

Credit Hours: 1

This course is a study of drug calculations and basic concepts of pharmacology.

1
NUR-134 Beginning Nursing Skills

Beginning Nursing Skills

ID: NUR-134

Credit Hours: 5

This course is a study of beginning nursing skills. The course prepares the student to assist in patient care and function as an efficient member of the nursing team.

5
Semester 2
(15 Credit Hours)
BIO-211 Anatomy and Physiology II

Anatomy and Physiology II

ID: BIO-211

Credit Hours: 4

This is a continuation of a sequence of courses, including intensive coverage of the body as an integrated whole. All body systems are studied. Emplasis is placed on the manner in which systems interact to maintain homeostasis. The following systems will be covered: endocrine, lymphatic, immune, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive.

4
PSY-203 Human Growth and Development

Human Growth and Development

ID: PSY-203

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the physical, cognitive, and social factors affecting human growth, development, and potential.

3
NUR-155 Contemporary Nursing Practice I

Contemporary Nursing Practice I

ID: NUR-155

Credit Hours: 6

This course provides further development of proficiency in nursing care of individuals experiencing commonly occurring health problems with predictable outcomes.

6
NUR-141 Pharmacological Therapies I

Pharmacological Therapies I

ID: NUR-141

Credit Hours: 2

This course introduces the role of the nurse in the safe and effective administration of medications.

2
Semester 3
(13 Credit Hours)
MAT-120 Probability and Statistics

Probability and Statistics

ID: MAT-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: introductory probability and statistics, including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distributions, central limit theorem, confidence intervals,and test hypothesis for large and small samples; types I and II errors; linear regression; and correlation. (Graphic calculator required)

3
NUR-158 Health Promotion for Families I

Health Promotion for Families I

ID: NUR-158

Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on nursing care of the childbearing and childrearing families experiencing normal developmental changes and common health problems.

4
NUR-166 Issues in Practical Nursing

Issues in Practical Nursing

ID: NUR-166

Credit Hours: 1

This course addresses current issues for the practical nurse.

1
NUR-235 Contemporary Medical Surg Nur Concepts

Contemporary Medical Surg Nur Concepts

ID: NUR-235

Credit Hours: 5

This course advances the development of the practical nurse in providing medical surgical care for individuals with complex health problems with predicatable outcomes.

5
      Total Credit Hours 44
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$8,272.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Practical Nurse – Long-term Care Facility

Long-term care facilities provide a variety of services, both medical and personal care, to people who are unable to manage independently in the community. The Practical Nurse in these facilities provides direct patient care, administers medications, provides and manages patients’ comfort, prevention, and treatment under the direction of the Registered Nurse.

Projected Job Growth

+11.4%

Average Annual Salary

$44,855

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Nursing Home Facilities
  • Long-term Care Facilities

Careers

Practical Nurse – Rehabilitation Centers

The goal of a practical nurse in a rehabilitation facility is to assist patients to achieve milestones and regain their independence. The practical nurse will assist the patient on their road to recovery from strokes, joint replacements, and spinal cord injuries.

Projected Job Growth

+11.4%

Average Annual Salary

$44,855

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Sports Facilities

Careers

Practical Nurse – Physician's Offices and Clinics

Working in physician’s offices and well-care clinics, the practical nurse is responsible for collecting patient data, scheduling appointments or hospital admissions, taking vital signs, collecting specimens, assisting the doctor during medical procedures, administering oral and injectable forms of medications, and documenting patient care as delivered.

Projected Job Growth

+11.4%

Average Annual Salary

$44,855

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Private Practices
  • Medical Clinics

What’s next after I complete this program?

Join the WorkForce

Completing the practical nurse program and successfully passing the NCLEX-PN exam will allow the licensed practical nurse to enter work as an entry-level Practical Nurse. Work is available in various health care settings.

LPN-ADN

Licensed Practical Nurses can further their education to become a Registered Nurse in the LPN - Associate Degree Nurse program. Midlands Technical College offers a program specifically for LPNs who want to transition to ADNs. Upon completion of this program, the licensed practical nurse has the qualifications to take the NCLEX -RN, the national RN licensing exam