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What can I do in nursing?

We often think of the best nurses as having a passion for helping others. If you have that passion and commitment, Trident Technical College’s highly-respected Nursing program can help you realize your dream of becoming a nurse.

Nurses provide patient care, such as recording medical histories, observing symptoms, administering medicine and treatment, performing diagnostic tests, and consulting with doctors and other health care professionals. Nurses are also responsible for teaching patients how to manage their illnesses or injuries. Often called the heart of health care, nurses also provide emotional support to patients and their families.

What characteristics and skills do I need to work in this field?

As mentioned above, compassion and commitment are required to be successful as a nurse. Nurses also need critical-thinking skills so they can assess patients and be detailed oriented, ensuring patients get the correct medicine and treatments. Because nurses are often on their feet and may be required to lift or move patients, physical stamina is needed. Nurses should also have strong communication skills so they can discuss health concerns with patients and their families.

Where can I work?

Most nurses work in hospitals. Physician offices, nursing and residential care facilities and home health care services also provide job opportunities for nurses as well as schools, clinics, and government and military offices. Nurses are in demand, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mainly because of the aging population and the number of individuals who may have access to health care services as a result of federal health insurance reform.

What does Trident Technical College offer?

Trident Technical College is the largest provider of nursing education in the Lowcountry. Our new 90,000-square-foot Nursing and Science Building features a state-of-the-art nursing simulation center. In addition to gaining clinical experience in local health care settings, students participate in learning activities in the simulation center to develop competencies in a variety of areas. The center uses programmable adult, pediatric and newborn mannequins; maternal mannequins that give birth; and the same equipment and supplies found in the actual clinical environment. TTC’s program offers a curriculum with options for students to earn a diploma or associate degree. The sequential program levels prepare students for progressive roles of nursing practice: the practical nurse and the registered nurse.

Upcoming Nursing Virtual Information Sessions

Nursing Information Session
June 19, 4-5:30 p.m.

Additional Nursing Virtual Information Sessions are scheduled for:

  • Aug. 22
  • Sept. 26
  • Oct. 24
  • Nov. 21
  • Dec. 12

Get Started

  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 TTC. 
  2. Contact a Nursing success coach in the Student Success Center to review the Nursing program admission requirements, plan your course of study, select and register for classes, and assist with the Nursing application process. Success coaches can be reached at 843-574-6436 or online and via email.
  3. Meet the admission requirements for your chosen Nursing program.
  4. Apply to the Nursing program. There is no application deadline for applying to the Nursing program. Admission to the program is on a first-qualified, first admitted basis. The online Nursing Application can be found in the student portal.

Request Information

Student Nurses Handbook 


The ADN and PN programs are reviewed for accreditation by the following agency:

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 
Atlanta, GA 30326 
Phone: 404-975-5000 
Fax: 404-975-5020 

The Associate Degree and Practical Nursing programs at Trident Technical College at the Thornley Campus are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326). The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree and Practical Nursing programs are continuing accreditation. The Associate Degree and Practical Nursing programs approved by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Board of Nursing (110 Centerview Dr., Columbia, SC 29210).