The Practical Nursing program prepares students for employment as beginning-level staff nurses under the direction of a registered nurse or physician. Employment opportunities are available in a variety of settings, including acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians’ offices and clinics, local public health departments, and home health agencies.
Scheduling and Entry Options
The course of study begins in the Fall Semester at the Easley Campus with day classes and Spring Semester on the Oconee Campus at the Hamilton Career Center with evening classes. Students complete requirements in two semesters and a Summer Term. General Education courses are offered both day and evening and can be taken with Practical Nursing courses or in any term prior to entering the curriculum. Completion of required nursing courses within three years of entry into the first nursing course must be attained or competency (didactic, skill, math) must be demonstrated as determined by the Department Head.
Completion of Nursing Assistant training is a prerequisite to PNR 110 - Fundamentals of Nursing . This requirement can be satisfied with the AHS 117 - The Care of Patients course, the Nurse Aide Certificate course, completion within Health Science Technology core, or work experience with department head approval.
The Practical Nursing program is approved by the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 33343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, Phone: (404) 975-5000, Website: www.nlnac.org.