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Pre-Nursing
 
Certificate: Pre-Nursing

The Pre-Nursing Certificate is a curriculum program, which offers 26 hours of college credit. Pending admission to one of the Nursing programs, students may complete the certificate program. While completion of this certificate may not be an admission requirement, it can be used as an admission requirement for some TTC Nursing programs, and it will provide the student with skills and knowledge prior to entering one of the Nursing programs.

  1. Apply to Trident Technical College. You must meet all General College Admission Requirements and apply to Trident Technical College. Please be sure to submit your application before the application deadline of the semester you would like to enroll.
     
  2. Attend New Student Orientation at Orientation Services on any campus, declare Pre-Nursing as your major, and receive your advisor assignment.
     
  3. Complete the Open Advising Session (OAS). All program requirements are reviewed in this session.
     
  4. Meet with your assigned Pre-Nursing advisor who will review the program information with you and help you select the best Nursing admission option. This advisor will also initiate an academic plan and give you your personal advisor's contact information for future assistance with advising and registering for courses.
     
  5. Students using the Pre-Nursing Certificate as their admission option do not need to apply to the Nursing Program until they have completed the certificate program and are ready to move on to TTC's Practical Nursing or Associate Degree Nursing programs.
Generic Programs Admission Requirements
(Nursing Assistant, Practical Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing, ADN Accelerated Option)

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Generic Programs Admission Requirements
 

Certificate: Nursing Assistant

Graduates of the Nursing Assistant program are eligible to take the Nurse Aide Certification exam administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Upon satisfactory completion of the exam, graduates are Certified Nursing Assistants. Nursing Assistants work in hospitals, nursing homes and home health agencies.

  1. Apply to Trident Technical College. Before you can apply to the Nursing Program, you must meet all General College Admission Requirements and apply to Trident Technical College. Please be sure to submit your application before the application deadline of the semester you would like to enroll.
     
  2. Complete the Open Advising Session (OAS). This should be done before you apply to the Nursing Program as all program requirements are reviewed in this session.
     
  3. Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, colleges and universities previously attended. Students who have had a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 for courses taken at any college they have attended during the last five years must complete ten semester hours with a minimum grade of C or better in each course, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. At least one of these courses must be a required laboratory science. Laboratory sciences must be taken within five years of the entry date to the program.
     
  4. Meet one of the following three admission options (a, b, or c) before applying to the program.

a) Hold an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited school with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. *See below. 

OR

b) Achieve the required minimum scores on the COMPASS (READ -86; WRTG -75). *See below. 

OR

c) Complete General Psychology (PSY 201) with a minimum grade of B and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (AHS 106) with a minimum grade of Satisfactory Complete (SC). *See below. 

Important Note:
Students initially admitted to the Nursing Assistant program who wish to progress to the PN or ADN MUST provide proof of current South Carolina certification as a Nursing Assistant with no substantiated findings on file with SC Nurse Aide Registry prior to progressing to the PN or ADN programs.

*In addition, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

 


Diploma: Practical Nursing (PN) Fall Semester | Spring Semester

A graduate of the Practical Nursing program is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination-PN (NCLEX-PN). Upon satisfactory completion of the examination, graduates are titled Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN).

  1. Apply to Trident Technical College. Before you can apply to the Nursing Program, you must meet all General College Admission Requirements and apply to Trident Technical College. Please be sure to submit your application before the application deadline of the semester you would like to enroll.
     
  2. Complete the Open Advising Session (OAS). This should be done before you apply to the Nursing Program as all program requirements are reviewed in this session.
     
  3. Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, colleges and universities previously attended. Students who have had a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 for courses taken at any college they have attended during the last five years must complete ten semester hours with a minimum grade of C or better in each course, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. At least one of these courses must be a required laboratory science. Laboratory sciences must be taken within five years of the entry date to the program.
     
  4. Meet one of the following three admission options (a, b, or c) before applying to the program.

a) Hold an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited school with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. *See below. 

OR

b) Achieve a minimum composite score equivalent to the 60th percentile on the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Exam-PN (PAX-PN). Scores are valid for two years from date of testing. Students can register at the National League for Nursing (NLN) and may re-test every six months. *See below. 

OR

c) Complete the Pre-Nursing Certificate with a minimum GPA of the Certificate of 2.75. No more than four of the eight courses required for the Pre-Nursing Certificate may be repeated to meet this admission option and all courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

Important Note:
Students initially admitted to the Practical Nursing program who wish to progress to the ADN program MUST provide proof of an unencumbered current South Carolina license as a practical nurse prior to progressing to the ADN program.

*In addition, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

 


Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Fall Semester | Spring Semester

A graduate of the ADN program is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN). Upon satisfactory completion of the examination, graduates are titled Registered Nurses (RN).

  1. Apply to Trident Technical College. Before you can apply to the Nursing Program, you must meet all General College Admission Requirements and apply to Trident Technical College. Please be sure to submit your application before the application deadline of the semester you would like to enroll.
     
  2. Complete the Open Advising Session (OAS). This should be done before you apply to the Nursing Program as all program requirements are reviewed in this session.
     
  3. Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, colleges and universities previously attended. Students who have had a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 for courses taken at any college they have attended during the last five years must complete ten semester hours with a minimum grade of C or better in each course, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. At least one of these courses must be a required laboratory science. Laboratory sciences must be taken within five years of the entry date to the program.
     
  4. Meet one of the following three admission options (a, b, or c) before applying to the program.

a) Hold an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited school with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. *See below. 

OR

b) Achieve a minimum composite score equivalent to the 60th percentile on the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Exam-RN (PAX-RN). Scores are valid for two years from date of testing. Students can register at the National League for Nursing (NLN) and may re-test every six months. *See below.

OR

c) Complete the Pre-Nursing Certificate with a minimum GPA of the Certificate of 2.75. No more than four of the eight courses required for the Pre-Nursing Certificate may be repeated to meet this admission option and all courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

*In addition, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

 


Associate Degree Nursing Accelerated Option Fall Semester

A graduate of the ADN program is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN). Upon satisfactory completion of the examination, graduates are titled Registered Nurses (RN).

  1. Apply to Trident Technical College. Before you can apply to the Nursing Program, you must meet all General College Admission Requirements and apply to Trident Technical College. Please be sure to submit your application before the application deadline of the semester you would like to enroll.
     
  2. Complete the Open Advising Session (OAS). This should be done before you apply to the Nursing Program as all program requirements are reviewed in this session.
     
  3. Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, colleges and universities previously attended. Students who have had a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 for courses taken at any college they have attended during the last five years must complete ten semester hours with a minimum grade of C or better in each course, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. At least one of these courses must be a required laboratory science. Laboratory sciences must be taken within five years of the entry date to the program.
     
  4. Meet one of the following three admission options (a or b) before applying to the program.

    a) Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 from a regionally accredited school. *See below. 

    OR

    b) Achieve a minimum composite score equivalent to the 80th percentile on the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Exam-RN (PAX- RN). Scores are valid for two years from date of testing. Students can register at the National League for Nursing (NLN) and may re-test every six months. *See below.

  5. Complete all of the required non-nursing courses on the first attempt with a grade of C or better in each course and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a GPA of 3.0 in the three required lab sciences.
    BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I (lab science)
    BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology II (lab science)
    BIO 225 Microbiology (lab science)
    ENG 101 English Composition I
    MAT 120 Probability & Statistics or MAT 110 College Algebra
    PSY 201 General Psychology
    PSY 203 Human Growth & Development
    REQ GEN Select one additional course from the listings on pages B-3 and B-4
    REQ HUM Select one course from the Humanities listing on page B-3   

Important Note:
Lab science courses must be taken within five years at the date of entry to the Accelerated Option. Students accepted to the Accelerated Option must have no work obligations while enrolled in clinical nursing courses. Students who have been required to take developmental studies or non-degree credit courses are not eligible for this option. Students using transfer credit are responsible for knowing their repeats, grades and course equivalencies.

*In addition, must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0.

 

Advanced Placement Admission Requirements
(CNA to PN, CNA to ADN, LPN to ADN)

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Advanced Placement Admission Requirements
 

Diploma: CNA to PN Fall Semester | Spring Semester

Applicants who are Certified Nursing Assistants from another program or who have been out of TTC’s Nursing Assistant certificate program two or more years are eligible to be considered for admission to the CNA-to-PN Option.

  1. Apply to Trident Technical College. Before you can apply to the Nursing Program, you must meet all General College Admission Requirements and apply to Trident Technical College. Please be sure to submit your application before the application deadline of the semester you would like to enroll.
     
  2. Complete the Open Advising Session (OAS). This should be done before you apply to the Nursing Program as all program requirements are reviewed in this session.
     
  3. Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, colleges and universities previously attended. Students who have had a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 for courses taken at any college they have attended during the last five years must complete ten semester hours with a minimum grade of C or better in each course, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. At least one of these courses must be a required laboratory science. Laboratory sciences must be taken within five years of the entry date to the program.
     
  4. Meet one of the following three admission options (a, b, or c) before applying to the program.

    a) Hold an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited school with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. *See below. 

    OR

    b) Achieve a minimum composite score equivalent to the 60th percentile on the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Exam-PN (PAX-PN). Scores are valid for two years from date of testing. Students can register at the National League for Nursing (NLN) and may re-test every six months. *See below.

    OR

    c) Complete the Pre-Nursing Certificate with a minimum GPA of the Certificate of 2.75. No more than four of the eight courses required for the Pre-Nursing Certificate may be repeated to meet this admission option and all courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

  5. Provide proof of current South Carolina certification as a nursing assistant with no substantiated findings on file with SC Nurse Aide Registry.
     

      *In addition, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

 


Associate Degree: CNA to ADN Fall Semester | Spring Semester

Applicants who are Certified Nursing Assistants from another program or who have been out of TTC’s Nursing Assistant certificate program two or more years are eligible to be considered for admission to the CNA-ADN option.

  1. Apply to Trident Technical College. Before you can apply to the Nursing Program, you must meet all General College Admission Requirements and apply to Trident Technical College. Please be sure to submit your application before the application deadline of the semester you would like to enroll.
     
  2. Complete the Open Advising Session (OAS). This should be done before you apply to the Nursing Program as all program requirements are reviewed in this session.
     
  3. Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, colleges and universities previously attended. Students who have had a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 for courses taken at any college they have attended during the last five years must complete ten semester hours with a minimum grade of C or better in each course, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. At least one of these courses must be a required laboratory science. Laboratory sciences must be taken within five years of the entry date to the program.
     
  4. Meet one of the following three admission options (a, b, or c) before applying to the program.

    a) Hold an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited school with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. *See below. 

    OR

    b) Achieve a minimum composite score equivalent to the 60th percentile on the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Exam-RN (PAX- RN). Scores are valid for two years from date of testing. Students can register at the National League for Nursing (NLN) and may re-test every six months. *See below.

    OR

    c) Complete the Pre-Nursing Certificate with a minimum GPA of the Certificate of 2.75. No more than four of the eight courses required for the Pre-Nursing Certificate may be repeated to meet this admission option and all courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

  5. Provide proof of current South Carolina certification as a nursing assistant with no substantiated findings on file with SC Nurse Aide Registry.
     

     *In addition, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

 


Associate Degree: LPN to ADN Summer Semester

Applicants who are Licensed Practical Nurses from another program or who have been out of TTC’s PN program two or more years are eligible to be considered for admission to the LPN-to-ADN Option.

  1. Apply to Trident Technical College. Before you can apply to the Nursing Program, you must meet all General College Admission Requirements and apply to Trident Technical College. Please be sure to submit your application before the application deadline of the semester you would like to enroll.
     
  2. Complete the Open Advising Session (OAS). This should be done before you apply to the Nursing Program as all program requirements are reviewed in this session.
     
  3. Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, colleges and universities previously attended. Students who have had a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 for courses taken at any college they have attended during the last five years must complete ten semester hours with a minimum grade of C or better in each course, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. At least one of these courses must be a required laboratory science. Laboratory sciences must be taken within five years of the entry date to the program.
     
  4. Meet one of the following three admission options (a, b, or c) before applying to the program.

    a) Hold an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited school with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. *See below. 

    OR

    b) Achieve a minimum composite score equivalent to the 60th percentile on the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Exam-RN (PAX- RN). Scores are valid for two years from date of testing. Students can register at the National League for Nursing (NLN) and may re-test every six months. *See below.

    OR

    c) Complete the Pre-Nursing Certificate with a minimum GPA of the Certificate of 2.75. No more than four of the eight courses required for the Pre-Nursing Certificate may be repeated to meet this admission option and all courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

  5. Achieve the required minimum score on the PN Comprehensive Predictor (equivalent to 97 percent predicted probability of passing the NCLEX-PN on the first attempt). Applicants will have two attempts to achieve this score and must wait 60 days between attempts. Scores are valid for two years from date of testing. To make arrangements for testing use your my.tridenttech.edu e-mail account to contact your nursing advisor.
     
  6. Provide proof of graduation from a practical nursing program by submitting official transcripts.
     
  7. Provide proof of current SC unencumbered licensure as a practical nurse.
     
  8. LPNs from another program or LPNs that have been out of TTC's PN program for two years or more must provide an Employment Verification form validating a minimum of 960 hours (equivalent to six months full time) employment as a LPN providing direct patient care to adult medical/surgical patients in a hospital or nursing home within three years prior to admission to the program. Employment through an agency does not meet this requirement.

*In addition, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

 




 

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