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A Growing Field

Registered Nurse is listed as the #1 fastest growing job field in South Carolina by the US Department of Labor, and it is followed closely by Practical Nursing, the #2 fastest growing career field in the state. But it is not just about what's hot in the next two or five years. Nursing is a lifelong, rewarding profession in a challenging field. You'll be trained to care for sick and disabled patients and to promote better health. You'll learn about everything from examining patients and treating their immediate needs to improving the health of people with long-term conditions.

NURSING PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

 

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

RNs have an expanded set of duties and are more frequently employed in hospital settings. They are generally expected to do more critical thinking on the job, coordinate plans for patient care, instruct patients on how to manage illnesses after treatment, and oversee other workers such as LPNs, nursing aides, and home care aides. 

Schedule of Courses

 

Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing students learn the basic skills they need to assist registered nurses and doctors. LPNs typically work under the supervision of an RN or another medical professional and provide basic medical and nursing care such as checking blood pressure and inserting catheters, ensuring the comfort of patients by helping them bathe or dress, discussing health care with patients, and reporting status of patients to registered nurses and doctors.

Schedule of Courses

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Competitive Clinical Entry

Competitive clinical entry guidelines have been implemented for both Practical and Associate Degree Nursing students. Competitive clinical entry allows the most qualified students to enter the clinical portion of the program. Nursing students are strongly encouraged to have certified nursing assistant training prior to the competitive clinical entry application process.

To have eligibility, an Associate Degree Nursing student must:

  • Have minimum scores on the TEAS reading, English, science, and math.
  • Have a minimum transfer or institutional GPA of 2.5. 
  • Participate in the online version of Updates to Nursing.

To have eligibility, a Practical Nursing student must:

  • Have a minimum AITS (Adjusted Individual Total Score) TEAS score.
  • Have a minimum transfer or institutional GPA of 2.0. 
  • Participate in the online version of Updates to Nursing.

Applications must be submitted each term until clinical entry occurs. Application deadlines are firm.

Nurse Aide

Through our Corporate and Community Education (CCE) Division, we also offer a program to develop Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs). The Nurse Aide is the primary direct care giver in long-term care, home health, hospitals, and private duty services. The demand is great for this health care worker due to the aging population. This course is approved by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) and qualifies you to take the SC Nurse Aide Competency Exam, which is required to work in a variety of health care facilities and organizations. This exam is also nationally-recognized and will permit you to work in most states throughout the USA. This course is offered in two formats: hybrid and in a classroom setting.  Both day and evening classes are offered in multiple locations (Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties). The clinical portion of the class will be in a Medicare/Medicaid certified nursing home facility. 

Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will be able to sit for Nurse Aide Certification with NACES.

Entry Requirements 

  • At least 18 years old
  • High school diploma or GED or Silver WorkKeys
  • State ID
  • CCE application
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine declination signed
  • Two-step Tuberculosis skin test completed
  • MMR vaccination or titer
  • Varicella Zoster (Chicken Pox) vaccination or titer
  • 10-panel drug screen
  • Flu shot (for all classes with clinical between October and March)
  • Background check through SR&I (www.srandi.com)

Call 864-646-1700 for course details and packet. 

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ACEN Accreditation Commision for Education in Nursing

Program Accreditation

The Associate Degree (ADN) Nursing program at Tri-County Technical College's Pendleton Campus located in Pendleton, South Carolina, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone: 404-975-5000. Website: www.acenursing.org.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree (ADN) nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

The Practical (PN) Nursing program at Tri-County Technical College's Easley Campus located in Easley, South Carolina, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone: (404) 975-5000. Website: www.acenursing.org

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical (PN) Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

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ADMISSIONS LIASION (For General Information)

Bailey Woods | (864) 646-1620 | wwoods@tctc.edu

DEPARTMENT HEAD

Jackie Rutledge | jrutledg@tctc.edu

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, ADN

Kristen Lundkovsky | klundkov@tctc.edu

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, PN

Julie Beard | jbeard@tctc.edu