Overview

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.

Learning experiences for students in the Associate Degree Nursing 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.

See Program Outcomes Data.

Licensure

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.

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 on March 4, 2020. Information sessions will resume on 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-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: 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; 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 – each October for an August (Fall) start date, each February for a January (Spring) start date and each June for a May (Summer) start date.

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 meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Have an active unrestricted S.C. Practical Nursing license or compact (multi-state) Practical Nursing license.
  2. I graduated from a Practical Nursing Program accredited by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing).
  3. Must qualify for the nursing program based on the requirements at the time of applying.

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.

Transition Nursing students accepted beginning Fall 2020 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
     
  CREDIT HOURS

13

REQUIREMENTS CONTINUED    
PSY 203 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT 3
BIO 211 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 4
NUR 131 INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY 1
NUR 203 TRANSITION FOR THE LPN 1
  CREDIT HOURS 9
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 255 CONTEMPORARY NURSING PRACTICE II 5
NUR 208 HEALTH PROMOTION FOR FAMILIES II 4
BIO 225 MICROBIOLOGY 4
  CREDIT HOURS 13
REQUIREMENTS CONTINUED    
NUR 215 MANAGEMENT OF PATIENT CARE 5
NUR 270 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP 1
HUMANITIES   3
  CREDIT HOURS 9

Total Credit Hours = 50

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.

The Nursing Student Handbook further outlines the progression policies in the nursing 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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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
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
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
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
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
(12 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-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
Semester 4
(13 Credit Hours)
BIO-225 Microbiology

Microbiology

ID: BIO-225

Credit Hours: 4

This is a detailed study of microbiology as it relates to infection and the disease processes of the body. Topics include immunity, epidemiology, medically important microorganisms, and diagnostic procedures for identification.

4
NUR-208 Health Promotion for Families II 4
NUR-255 Contemporary Nursing Practice II

Contemporary Nursing Practice II

ID: NUR-255

Credit Hours: 5

This course develops clinical reasoning necessary for holistic care of individuals and families experiencing health related concerns with predictable and unpredictable outcomes.

5
Semester 5
(12 Credit Hours)
NUR-162 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

ID: NUR-162

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers application of critical thinking skills and nursing concepts in the care of adult clients with selected mental health problems in a variety of settings. The course includes the study of dynamics of human behavior ranging from normal to extreme.

3
NUR-215 Management of Patient Care

Management of Patient Care

ID: NUR-215

Credit Hours: 5

This course facilitates nursing care of small groups of patients utilizing the nursing process and concepts of management.

5
NUR-270 Principles of Management & Leadership I

Principles of Management & Leadership I

ID: NUR-270

Credit Hours: 1

This course focuses on concepts and competencies related to role development, leadership and management skills, legal and ethical issues, and professional values and behaviors of the registered nurse.

1
Approved Humanities Elective 3
      Total Credit Hours 68
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$12,784.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Registered Nurse – Acute Care Hospital

Registered Nurses have many areas in which they can specialize. The Registered Nurse can choose from pediatrics, medical-surgical, emergency department, inpatient surgery, outpatient surgery, oncology, labor and delivery, and other specialty areas.

Projected Job Growth

+4%

Average Annual Salary

$63,897

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics

Careers

Registered Nurse – Rehabilitation Centers

The rehabilitation registered nurse’s goal is to restore or maintain maximum function to an individual with chronic illness or disability. The registered nurse promotes physical, psychosocial, and spiritual health in caring for the patient and to assist the patient to adapt to an altered lifestyle.

Projected Job Growth

+4%

Average Annual Salary

$63,897

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics
  • Rehabilitation Centers

Careers

Registered Nurse – Physician's Offices, Long-term Care Facilities, Home Health

The Registered Nurse assists physicians and direct patient care, taking vital signs and noting symptoms before the physician performs an examination.

The home health nurse provides nursing care, collaborate and coordinate care with the physician and other healthcare teams. This nurse will also treat and educate patients and families to meet patient needs.

Projected Job Growth

+4%

Average Annual Salary

$63,897

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Private Practices
  • Home Health Organizations
  • Long-term Care Facilities
  • Nursing Home Facilities

What’s next after I complete this program?

Earn a Bachelor's Degree

Nurses who wish to earn more money can continue their education at a four-year school by earning their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Nurses who have earned their BSN degree will find themselves eligible to apply for many more positions and earning much higher compensation. They will be able to pursue graduate degrees in nursing and will receive training in more advanced skills, including those involving leadership and critical thinking.  

Earn a Master's Degree

Nurses can also pursue a master’s degree. During a master’s program, nursing students take graduate courses in evidence-based practices, leadership in nursing, and specialized courses in a concentration area. Specializations in neonatal nursing, oncology nursing, and pediatrics are common subfields of nursing available to graduate students.