programs@fdtc -- factsheet of specific program details

NURSING (FALL ADMISSION)

DEGREE: Associate in Applied Science with a major in Nursing

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 $58,940 (May 2012).

Pre-Application Requirements

  1. Complete a Florence-Darlington College Admission Application
  2. Attend a Nursing Career Talk
  3. Take the TEAS Test and make a score of Proficient or above.
  4. An official copy of the applicant's high school transcript/GED and offical transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended received in Registar's Office. High school credentials are required unless the applicant has earned 12 college credits or received an Associate in Arts/Science or Bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  5. Must have a Program GPA of 2.5 or higher to qualify for admission. There is no rounding of GPA scores.

Previous Nursing School Enrollment:

If you have been enrolled previously at any nursing school taking NUR/PHM courses and were unsuccessful, there is a 2 year waiting period beginning with the last NUR/PHM course at the school taken.

The following criteria must be met prior to submitting weighted admission form.

Background Checks and Drug Screening

Applicants are to be advised that due to specific contract requirements by the clinical agencies used for clinical by the Nursing Program, background checks and drug screenings are partof the admission and retention process. The background check/drug screening will be completed once the applicant has been accepted to the nursing program.

Applicants with specific conviction histories or positive drug screenings may ultimately not be accepted into the Associated Degree Nursing Program. Positive background checks will be sent to the clinical agencies, without identifying information, for their decision whether or not to allow the applicant to perform patient care in their institution. One agency denial is considered a denial from all agencies; therefore, the applicant cannot be admitted to the nursing program

A student with a positive drug screen is not eligible for admission to the nursing program. Specific convictions or positive drug screens occuring after fall admission and matriculation in the program will be addressed per Nursing Department policy, including dismissal.

PREREQUISITES FOR ENTRANCE

Required Courses

High School: None
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.

Licensure Statement

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. Sucessfull completion of this program does not ensure nursing licensure. Prior charges may preclude student from eligibility for entering the clinical and for applying to take NCLEX exam.

Other Requirements

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Departmental Approval
  3. Prior Experience/Observation - Mandatory attendance at a Nursing Information Session is required.
  4. Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0
  5. Current CPR Certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  6. Hepatitis B Immunization, Signed Informed Refusal or Titer
  7. MMR Immunization or Titer
  8. Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer
  9. Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray
  10. Medical Examination - Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.
  11. Recent Photograph - Photograph will not be returned.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Any course with one of the following prefixes requires a grade of "C" or better: ALL
  2. Any course with one of the following prefixes may not be attempted more than twice: NUR, PHM
  3. Complete or Maintain CPR Certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  4. Curriculum Completion Requirement - 36 months
  5. Drug Calculation Competency - Students must demonstrate drug calculation competency each semester in order to progress in curriculum courses.
  6. 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.
  7. Reentry Policy: A FDTC or non-FDTC nursing student must petition the Nursing Admission and Advisement Committee regarding potential reentry.

SEMESTER CURRICULUM

For a Semester Curriculum, please visit: www.fdtc.edu/academics/programs/divisions/HS/NUR/default.asp

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

General Education Courses


Course Class Lab Credit
XXX XXX Elective: Humanities/Fine Arts 3 0 3
3 0 3

Required Major Core Courses


Course Class Lab Credit
BIO 210 Anatomy And Physiology I 3 3 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3 0 3
MAT 110 College Algebra 3 0 3
NUR 160 Introduction to Nursing 2 6 4
NUR 162 Psychiatric And Mental Health Nursing 2 3 3
NUR 163 Nursing Across Lifespan I 2 0 2
NUR 165 Nursing Concepts & Clinical Practice I 3 9 6
NUR 170 Nursing Applications 0 3 1
NUR 263 Nursing Across Life Span II 2 6 4
NUR 264 Nursing Across Life Span III 2 6 4
NUR 265 Nursing Concepts & Clinical Practice II 3 9 6
PSY 201 General Psychology 3 0 3
28 45 43

Other Hours Required for Graduation


Course Class Lab Credit
BIO 211 Anatomy And Physiology II 3 3 4
BIO 225 Microbiology 3 3 4
NUR 266 Nursing Concepts & Clinical Practice III 3 9 6
NUR 267 Nursing Concepts & Clinical Practice IV 1 15 6
PHM 115 Drug Classification I 2 0 2
12 30 22
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  68

PROGRAM AND EMPLOYMENT TIDBITS

Contact Person: Sharon Stafford

Waiting List: No

Local Starting Salary: $36,000.00

Local Average Salary: $40,000.00

National Starting Salary: $44,000.00

National Average Salary: $58,360.00