The Diploma in Applied Science major in Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare graduates for work as a practical nurse in hospitals, doctors' offices, and long-term care facilities. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the licensing exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Board of Nursing for South Carolina, Synergy Business Park; Kingstree Dr., Suite 202, Columbia, SC 29210, (803) 896-4550 or fax (803) 896-4525 and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000, (fax 404-975-5020,www.acenursing.org ).
Complete ENG-101 (minimum grade C)
Complete ENG-102 (minimum grade C)
Complete the following courses (minimum grade C): NUR-104, NUR-206, NUR-159, NUR-209, AND NUR-211
Complete BIO-210 AND BIO-211 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete NUR-106 (minimum grade C)
Students must submit a
completed student health form to include the following:
• Physical Assessment
• Proof of two MMR
vaccinations AND Rubella titer is required or if no proof of MMR is available you
must have titers for each(Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
• Varicella (Chicken
Pox) titer required
• Proof of
Diphtheria-Tetanus Booster (Last booster must have been received within the
past 10 years.)
• Hepatitis B
vaccination is recommended (Documentation of declination is required if student
does not have the vaccine.)
• Proof of 2 step PPD
within 3 months prior to entry of program is required
admission to the Practical Nursing Program must meet the entrance requirements
of the parent institution.
Admission criteria for
the PN program are as follows:
1. Evidence of a
high-school diploma or equivalent.
2. Score 54 or above
on pre-algebra COMPASS Placement Test or earn a “C” or better in Math (MAT) 032.
3. Score 70 or above
on writing COMPASS Placement Test or earn a “C” or better in English (ENG) 100.
4. Score 88 or above
on reading COMPASS Placement Test of earn a “C” or better in Reading (RDG) 101.
5. Students must also
pass the “Test for Essential Academic Skills” (TEAS) test with a composite score
of “Proficient” or better. TEAS scores must be no more than 3 years old at the
time a student seeks admission into the PN program.
Students must have a
minimum Practical Nurse Program GPA of 2.0 in classes taken at York Technical
College that can be applied toward the PN program. NOTE: Students must achieve
a grade of ‘C’ or better on the 1st or 2nd attempt of BIO
210 and BIO 211 to meet the admission and curriculum requirement for the PN
Grades of ‘W’, ‘D’,
‘F’, and ‘WF’ are considered unsuccessful attempts. Students who are
unsuccessful on the
2nd BIO attempt are
not eligible to apply to the nursing program for five (5) years. Academic
be given five (5)
years after the second BIO attempt and then the student will be eligible to
apply to the nursing
Admission by Transfer:
Transfer credit may be
granted for nursing courses taken at other Practical Nursing Programs for a
meeting the following
1. The student must
meet present admission criteria to the Nursing Program.
2. The student must
submit a letter from the dean of nursing from the previous school attended stating
that he/she left in good standing and is eligible for readmission into their
3. The student may be
required to provide the nursing department chair with a detailed course syllabus
showing course and unit objectives. Courses for which transfer credit is given
must meet the objectives of the comparable York Technical College courses.
4. In order for a course to
be transferred, the student must demonstrate competency by proctored ATI Computerized
exam, skills check off and previous grades.
The Practical Nursing Program prepares men and women for the practice of nursing to provide direct client care across the lifespan. The practical nurse graduate is prepared to function in the role of provider of care and manager of care for individuals and families with common health problems. This nurse functions dependently under supervision as a healthcare team member in a variety of healthcare settings.
Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Computer Adaptive Testing of the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN) for Practical Nurses. Graduates who successfully pass the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses are eligible to apply for licensure as a practical nurse in any of the 50 states or U.S. territories.
There are legal limitations for state licensure in South Carolina for graduates with prior convictions and/or disciplinary action. The South Carolina Board of Nursing policy regarding legal limitations for state licensure is available on www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursing.
Clinical facilities require drug screens and/or background checks before allowing students to participate in clinical rotation. Students participating in clinical may be required to have a drug screen at any time during their rotation. Results of background checks and drug screens will be reviewed with designated personnel at the affiliate clinical sites. To be accepted for a clinical placement, all findings must be satisfactory to all participating clinical sites. Students not accepted for clinical rotations will not be able to successfully complete the course or program.
Current American Heart Association CPR Certification for children, infants, adults and AED is required. Students must have proof of health insurance. Liability insurance is also required and may be purchased through York Technical College.
The PN Program has two locations; Chester, SC and Lancaster SC. Nursing classes include campus and clinical laboratory hours. Students are required to drive to a variety of clinical agencies to complete the clinical component of the nursing courses. Students are expected to drive to either campus for classes according to the class schedule. Students may be assigned to morning, afternoon, evening and night clinical experience anywhere in the York, Chester or Lancaster counties. Clinical experience may range from four to 12 hours per clinical day.
Required science courses that are more than seven years old must be repeated or the student has the option to test on the content. Required nursing courses more than three years old must be repeated.
Students planning to seek admission to the ADN program must meet the entrance criteria for that program.
Students successfully completing the first three semesters are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination) and for Licensure as a Practical Nurse (PN).
Retention and Promotion:
For retention and promotion in the Practical Nursing Program, the student must, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of health, conduct, and scholastic achievement. In addition to meeting the established
criteria of the parent institutions, the student:
1. Upon admission to the nursing program students must complete courses in the sequence as outlined in the PN Master Curriculum.
2. Must achieve a cumulative 2.0 grade point ratio on all courses, which count toward graduation in the program.
3. Must make a grade of “C” or better in theory in each practical nursing course attempted and receive a clinical evaluation of “Satisfactory.”
4. A maximum of one nursing course may be repeated.
5. A student who receives a “W”, “D”, “F”, or “WF” in any required practical nursing course may repeat that course one time only. A maximum of one nursing course may be repeated. In order to repeat a nursing course, the student must follow the readmission criteria for the Practical Nursing Program found in the current Practical Nursing Student Manual. Readmission will depend on space available in the course to be repeated.
6. Students will be eligible for academic forgiveness 5 years after the last nursing course attempted and may apply to re-enter the nursing program from the beginning. Students must meet current admission requirements when applying for readmission.
Program Standards for Practical Nursing (PDF)
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