Nursing and Health Sciences  

Nursing (ADN)

The Associate Degree Nursing program prepares individuals to be licensed as registered nurses. Graduates of this program are prepared to perform nursing functions in meeting the common health needs of patients in a variety of health care settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and doctors' offices. Education includes a knowledge base of biological and social science concepts and the skills necessary for practice in beginning nursing positions. The curriculum includes classroom instruction and practice in learning laboratories and various clinical settings.

Upon completion of the program, a student is eligible to take the National Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) to practice as a registered nurse. The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLN), (61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006 212-363-555) and the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina. Candidates who have criminal records may be required to appear before the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina, which will determine their eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN.

Advanced Placement

Validation examinations are provided for specific nursing courses and the Health Calculations course (AHS 126) for licensed practical nurses who wish to pursue the associate degree. Specific validation exams may only be taken one time. When licensed practical nurses pass the NLN Mobility I validation exam, they must complete Transition Nursing (NUR 201) and Clinical Nursing Skills (NUR 202) before registering for any other nursing course. They must also complete all prerequisite courses for each semester before advancing to other nursing courses. Science courses must be taken within five years of program entry or must be validated in accordance with program standards. Human Growth and Development (PSY 203) must be completed within five years of entrance.

Graduates of practical nursing programs must have passed the licensing exam for practical nursing and be registered in South Carolina before entering the associate degree program and must provide an official transcript of their PN program and a copy of their LPN license to admissions.

Graduates of the Midlands Technical College Practical Nursing program may be considered for advanced placement in the Associate Degree Nursing program without taking the NLN Mobility I exam if the students meets all of the following:

  1. is licensed as a practical nurse in South Carolina.

  2. has a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in the Practical Nursing curriculum.

  3. submits a letter of recommendation from the Practical Nursing program coordinator.

  4. submits a request for advanced standing to the Associate Degree Nursing program coordinator.

Admission of transfer students is on a competitive basis and dependent on space availability. Students must meet all departmental admission requirements and have completed all prerequisite courses. Students must provide transcripts, course descriptions, syllabi and a letter of reference from the chair of the previous Nursing program. Students may be asked to validate theory and/or skills at the discretion of the Associate Degree Nursing department chair at any time.

Special Requirements

Students are expected to take six standardized NLN Achievement Exams at an approximate total cost of $80. Minimum cost for writing the licensure exam (NCLEX) is $200. Students must purchase a uniform and special equipment the first semester (the approximate cost is $150). Skills packets and books must be purchased at the bookstore for specific nursing courses.

In addition to the college's placement test, specific admission criteria to the Nursing (ADN) program include:

In addition to the specified admissions tests, applicants are required to complete testing for course placement according to regular college-wide admissions procedures (MTC placement test).

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 Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook outlines other policies relevant to students in the program. Students must present CPR certification (adult, infant and child) at the time of advisement before entering their first nursing course. The CPR certification must be kept current while in the program.

Progression

All courses in the curriculum must be passed with a grade of "C" or better. They may be repeated only once to obtain a grade of "C" or better. No more than one clinical nursing course may be repeated. Students must pass math competency tests throughout the program. Students must have satisfactory clinical performance to pass each clinical nursing course.

If a student withdraws twice while progressing through the Nursing curriculum, the student may be required to reapply to the ADN program and meet current admissions standards before being considered for reinstatement. Students who are out more than six months are required to validate knowledge and skills for previously completed curriculum courses. Re-entry is based on space availability.

Major: Nursing (68 credit hours)
Degree: Associate in Health Science

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A.  GENERAL EDUCATION COURSE REQUIREMENTS 
(19 CREDIT HOURS)

Credit Hours

BIO 210  Anatomy and Physiology I 

4.0

ENG 101  English Composition I 

3.0

ENG 102  English Composition II 

3.0

MAT 155  Contemporary Mathematics 

3.0

PSY 201  General Psychology 

3.0

Approved Humanities Course 

  3.0

Subtotal 

19.0

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Major courses meeting other college general education core requirements are starred (*) below.
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B.  MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (25 CREDIT HOURS)

Credit Hours

NUR 101  Fundamentals of Nursing* 

6.0

NUR 111  Common Health Problems 

6.0

NUR 211  Care of the Childbearing Family 

4.0

NUR 212  Nursing Care of Children 

4.0

NUR 214  Mental Health Nursing 

4.0

NUR 216  Nursing Seminar* 

  1.0

Subtotal 

25.0

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C.  ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (24 CREDIT HOURS)

Credit Hours

AHS 126  Health Calculations 

1.0

BIO 211  Anatomy and Physiology II* 

4.0

BIO 225  Microbiology 

4.0

NUR 105  Pharmacology for Nurses 

1.0

NUR 107  Nutrition and Diet Therapy 

1.0

NUR 210  Complex Health Problems 

5.0

NUR 215  Management of Patient Care 

5.0

PSY 203  Human Growth and Development* 

  3.0

Subtotal 

24.0

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Total Credit Hours:

68.0

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