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Nursing (Spring Admission) Degree

Health and Sciences Division

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To prepare nursing students to be competent, professional caregivers through a dynamic curriculum and clinical experience which provides the requisite skills and knowledge for state licensure so that the community nursing needs are met.


Nursing is an interactive, holistic, and therapeutic process of caring for and about patients, families, and communities across the life span. The nurse is a competent, knowledgeable, accountable and collaborative member of the multidisciplinary health care team. Utilizing caring behaviors, communication skills, critical thinking, and professional behaviors, the nurse, as a patient advocate, manages patient care and teaches self-care to promote wellness, optimal health and/or a peaceful death.

Nurses are employed in health care facilities, physician's offices, home care agencies, industries, and long term care facilities. There are numerous additional opportunities for nurse employment. According to the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) website, the mean annual salary for a Registered Nurse in South Carolina is estimated to be $59,000 (May 2006).

Accreditations, Approvals, and Certifications

This program has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.  3343 Peachtree Road NE  Suite 850  Atlanta,  GA  30326  404.975.5000 ) .
This program has also been approved by the SC License and Labor Regulatory agency, State Board of Nursing (SC License and Labor Regulatory agency, State Board of Nursing  110 Centerview Drive  Suite 202  Columbia,  SC  29211-2367  803.896.4300 ) .

NOTE: The LLR Board of Nursing may deny licensure to graduates of nursing programs based on evidence of unlawful acts, incompetence, unprofessional conduct, or other misconduct. Background checks and drug screening will be requested prior to nursing clinical courses. Successful completion of this program does not ensure nursing licensure. Prior charges may preclude a student from eligibility for entering the clinical and from applying to take the NCLEX exam.

Program Entrance Requirements

Course Level Required Courses
High School


College At minimum, have completed in ENG 101 (or higher), MAT 110 (or higher)*, PSY 201, BIO 210, if not previously completed.
NOTE: A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.
*Statistic courses are not accepted for this requirement.

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Required

Diploma or GED


Approval/Permission Needed -- Application Process

Departmental Approval


Prior Experience/Observation

Mandatory attendance at a Nursing Information Session is required.


Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0


Current CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross


First Aid Certification No

Hepatitis B Immunization

or Signed Informed Refusal or Titer


MMR Immunization or Titer


Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer


Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray


Medical Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.


Dental Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Dental health must meet departmental standards.


Technical Standards

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.


Negative Drug Screen


Satisfactory Background Check


Other Diplomas, Licensures, etc.


Recent Photograph

Photograph will not be returned.


Academic Standards

Standard Criteria Required

Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better

Any course with one of the following prefixes: ALL


Courses that may not be attempted more than twice

Any course with one of the following prefixes: NUR, PHM


Complete or Maintain CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross


Curriculum Completion Requirement

36 months


Drug Calculation Competency

Students must demonstrate drug calculation competency each semester in order to progress in curriculum courses.


Dismissal Policy

A student who receives a grade below "C" for any three or more NUR/PHM courses will be dismissed from the program and will not be eligible to re-enter the program.


Re-entry Policy

A FDTC or non-FDTC nursing student must petition the Nursing Admission and Advisement Committee regarding potential reentry.


Agency Requirements

Students in health majors must meet the published clinical agency requirements when participating in assigned labs. Requirements include immunizations, background checks, and drug testing. To be in compliance with Article, 23, Section 44-7-2920 of the S.C. Code of Law, all students enrolled in AHS 141, DAT 154, DHG 154, HIM 102, MED 102, MLT 110, NUR 160, NUR 201, PNR 110, RAD 101, RES 101, and SUR 101 must complete the requirements listed above prior to being assigned to any direct care entity. Results of the background check/drug screening could affect the student's ability to complete required clinical rotations and/or become credentialed. For example, a felony conviction could make a student ineligible to take the licensing exam(s) required by the profession or prevent the student from participating in the clinical training component.

Incomplete "I" Grade Policy

An Incomplete "I" is assigned for academic work which, for unforeseeable, emergency and justifiable reasons beyond student's control, has not been finished at the end of the term. Having a non-passing grade does not constitute justifiable reason or an unforeseeable emergency. Incomplete grades are contingent upon instructor approval. However, it is the primary responsibility of the student to request an incomplete grade from his/her instructor. An instructor, who agrees to award an incomplete grade, must file an incomplete grade form.
Incomplete grades may be given only in the following circumstances:
  • The student's work completed to date is passing;
  • Attendance has been satisfactory through at least 60% of the term; Incomplete grade will be assigned after the 60% date, but before the end of the term;
  • An illness or other extenuating circumstance legitimately prevents completion of required work by the due date; ( Instructors at their discretion may require Doctor's note, etc.)
  • Required work may reasonably be completed in an agreed-upon time frame;
  • The incomplete is not given as a substitute for a failing grade;
  • The incomplete is not based solely on a student's failure to complete work or as a means of raising his or her grade by doing additional work after the grade report time;
  • The student initiates the request for an incomplete grade before the end of the academic term;
  • The instructor and student complete the "Application for Incomplete Grade" form before the end of the academic term.
Appropriate grades must be assigned in other circumstances. A failing grade and last date of attendance should be recorded for students who cease attending class without authorization. Students who are unable to complete a course and who do not meet these circumstances should consider dropping the course.
The following provisions for incomplete grades apply:
  • The "Application for Incomplete Grade" form may be obtained on the web at or in the Office of the Registrar.
  • The form must indicate exactly what is required in order to finish the course and what percentage of the grade will be based on the remaining work.
  • It should also indicate which letter grade the instructor will assign to the student in the event that the student fails to complete the remaining work within the prescribed time.
  • A copy of this form is given to the Department Head, the Registrar and the student.
  • The incomplete may be made up no later than one semester after the end of the term in which it was assigned, at which time, the instructor's alternate grade shall be entered on the record. For example: (Fall incomplete must be completed at the end of Spring) , (Spring incomplete at the end of Fall).
  • A student may petition for an extension of one semester of time due to unusual circumstances.
  • Such a petition will be reviewed by the instructor whose decision shall be reviewed and approved by the Department Head and the Divisional Associate Vice President and subsequently forwarded to the Registrar's Office.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all required courses specified in the curriculum.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.
  • Achieve a cumulative final GPA of 2.0.
  • Earn at least 25 percent of the total credit hours of his/her curriculum at FDTC.  Exceptions can be made only by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Program Specific Notes

Students who complete Nursing curriculum receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science and become eligible to apply to take NCLEX-RN to become Registered Nurses.

Testing: A testing fee will be charged to students each semester to cover the cost of tests.

Withdrawals: A withdrawal (W) from a NUR or PHM course constitutes an attempt and will count as one failure to complete the course.

Satisfactory Background check and drug screen after formal acceptance to the program.

Prerequisites for entrance into the program:

The applicant must:

  • Have a completed admission application to Florence-Darlington Technical College
  • Have a GPA of at least a 2.0 in all program -- required courses.
  • Submit (in person) a completed Nursing Program Application to the Department of Nursing's Administrative Assistant in the Health Sciences Campus (HSC) Room 326 by the designated deadline for the selected nursing class. The Application for Admissions to the Associate Degree Nursing Program is available on-line during the Admission Periods for the August Class and the January Class. These times are: (1) March 1 - March 30 for the August Class; and (2) September 1 - September 30 for the January Class.Limit the Admission Application to one nursing program during a given application period.
  • Have completed official transcripts from all previous colleges attended on file with the Registrar's Office at the time of application to the Nursing Program. Applicants should allow sufficient time to completed the FDTC college admissions process and for the evaluation of transfer credits. This evaluation results in courses being posted to the student's FDTC records, as determined by the Registrar, and is important in the Selection Process. If a transcript of a course of course(s) has not been received by FDTC; and/or (b) has not been evaluated for transfer acceptance to FDTC, then this information is not present on the student's record; therefore, the Nursing Department will not have this information upon which to evaluate the student's academic history. STUDENTS ARE TO BE ADVISED THAT SELECTION OF APPLICANTS FOR A GIVEN CLASS IS BASED UPON THE INFORMATION PROCESSED AND ON HAND AT THE TIME THE SELECTION PROCESS IS INITIATED.
  • Be residents of Florence, Darlington, or Marion County, or have completed the majority of the required Program credit hours (prerequisites and co-requisites) at FDTC to be given priority in the selection process. All positions will be offered first to qualified applicants who live in one of these counties or have completed the coursework as stated previously. If all available positions cannot be filled using this process, the remaining positions will be offered to qualified out-of-county residents.
  • Be informed that, should there be a greater number of applicants than positions available, the prerequisite courses and the co-requisite courses, along with the GPA eared in them, will be used in selecting applicants for admission. Selection for admission will be based on (1) the completion of the courses listed and posted on the student's transcript and accepted for transfer to FDTC; (2) the GPA earned in this completed course work; and (3) current course(s) enrollment. The order of coursework priority used in the selection process is as it is sequenced in the Catalog (Semester Curriculum Section).
  • Students may have to take college admission testing to guide placement in Reading, Math and English courses.