Thank you for your interest in the Nursing program at Trident Technical College. You probably have done your research and found that we have excellent nursing programs that are well respected in the health care community.
Below are some tried-and-true tips for being successful in the Nursing program. I have been in nursing education for over 30 years and I know that these tips work! Please read them carefully.
Know your Nursing advisor.
- Establish a good relationship with your Nursing advisor. Your advisor’s name is listed under My Profile in your TTC Express account.
- Use your my.tridenttech email for getting questions answered or information clarified from your Nursing advisor. This ensures that you have a written record of your communication. Keep this communication in a safe place in case questions arise.
Keep up with important information.
- When you have a question, check the nursing web page, Catalog and Academic Site for Nursing in the student portal prior to contacting your advisor or the nursing division. We make every effort to publish the information that you need.
- Check the Academic Site for Nursing in the student portal weekly for important information or changes.
- Check your my.tridenttech email weekly. My.tridenttech email is our primary method of communicating with you.
- Always keep copies of every document you submit to the Admissions office and Nursing Division. Ask the person receiving the document to stamp your copy with the date received in case questions arise later.
- Always know the name and title of the person with whom you communicate.
Practice good time management.
- Do not wait until the last minute for anything.
- Always register early for best course selections. Many lab science courses close on the first day of registration.
- Begin refining your time management skills. It is likely that you will spend 40-56 hours a week in nursing course-related activities when you enter the program.
Start your personal planning now.
- Plan your finances prior to enrolling in the program. Review estimated program costs, which are available on the Nursing Web page.
- Identify the resources/support available to you during college. Ensure that you have reliable child care (especially when your child is sick) or care for your elder dependents for the days you have to be at the hospital at 6:30 a.m. or stay until 11:30 p.m. Ensure that these arrangements work for weekends, too.
- Resolve personal crises in your life before you enter the Nursing program. The Nursing program is strenuous. You cannot expect to succeed if you add nursing to an already busy/chaotic life. The timing must be right for you.
- Ensure that you have reliable transportation. We use every hospital from Summerville Medical Center to East Cooper Hospital in Mount Pleasant.
- Find another student who is entering the Nursing program at the same time you are and establish a relationship. You can help each other remember important dates, meetings, etc.
Nursing is a great career. For most of us, we are sure beyond a shadow of the doubt that this is what we were put on Earth to do. There is nothing more exhilarating than knowing that you made a difference in your patients’ lives!
I wish you all the best in your academic endeavors.
Marilyn Brady, PhD, RN
Dean of Nursing
Trident Technical College