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Nursing

Nursing is often described as a “calling,” a career that enables you to help others. It is an emotionally fulfilling and personally rewarding career, with excellent job prospects, a wide range of areas to specialize in, and strong salaries. With an aging population and a shrinking nursing workforce, nurses are in higher demand than ever before. Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) have very different roles, and the nursing programs at Tri-County will ensure that, no matter the path you take, you’ll be trained for the specific tasks and settings in your future career.
Nursing Student preparing a shot for simulator patient

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 lifetime, 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

 

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. Registered Nurse is listed as the #1 fastest growing job field in South Carolina by the US Department of Labor. But it is not just about what's hot in the next two or five years. Nursing is a lifetime, 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.

Schedule of Courses

 

Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing students learn the basic skills they need to assist registered nurses and doctors. And jobs are plentiful. Practical Nursing is listed by the US Department of Labor as the #2 fastest growing career field in South Carolina. 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, ensure the comfort of patients by helping them bathe or dress, discuss health care with patients, and report status of patients to registered nurses and doctors.

Schedule of Courses

EXPLORE RELATED PROGRAMS

Program of Study Credential/Outcome Eligible for Financial Aid Course Scheduling Location
American Heart Association Certifications Noncredit, CEU/Recertification,Noncredit, Prof Dev Call 864-646-1700 Day Pendleton
Community Paramedicine Noncredit, Prof Dev Call 864-646-1700 Evening Pendleton
Electrocardiogram (ECG) Technician Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Evening Pendleton
Emergency Medical Technology Associate Degree Yes Day,Evening Easley
EMT Advanced Certificate Yes Day,Evening Easley
Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Diploma Yes Day Pendleton
IV Therapy Noncredit, Prof Dev Call 864-646-1700 Evening Pendleton
Medical Assisting Diploma Yes Day,Evening Pendleton
Medical Laboratory Technology Associate Degree Yes Day Pendleton
Nursing Associate Degree Yes Day Pendleton
Nursing Preparation Certificate No Day,Evening Easley,Pendleton
Paramedic Certificate Yes Day,Evening Easley QJC
Patient Care/Multi-Skilled Healthcare Technician Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Varies Pendleton
Personal Trainer Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Evening Pendleton
Phlebotomy Technician Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Evening Pendleton
Practical Nursing Diploma Yes Day,Evening Easley,Oconee
Pre-Dental Hygiene Certificate No Day Anderson,Easley,Pendleton
Pre-Pharmacy Associate Degree Yes Day,Evening Anderson,Easley,Pendleton
Surgical Technology Diploma Yes Day Pendleton
Veterinary Technology Associate Degree Yes Day,Evening Pendleton
Nurse inspecting patient simulator

 

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; and
  • 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, and
  • participate in the online version of Updates to Nursing.

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

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Nurse Aide

Through our 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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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
  • 2-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 to 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 Nursing (ADN) program is approved by the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina and accredited by the Accredtation Commission for Education in Nursings.  Contact: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Telephone: 404-975-5000. Website: www.acenursing.org

ADMISSIONS LIASION (For General Information)

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

DEPARTMENT HEAD

Jackie Rutledge | jrutledg@tctc.edu

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Kristen Lundkovsky | klundkov@tctc.edu