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Practical Nursing

Program Type: Diploma in Applied Science

Program Level: UG

Division: Nursing & Allied Health

Program Duration: 16 months

Program Contact: Dr. Michelle Baxley

Time: Day

Program overview

The Practical Nursing program prepares students for a vocation requiring intellectual, interpersonal, and psychomotor skills that are based upon biological, behavioral, and humanistic principles. Graduates of the Practical Nursing program are prepared to work in a variety of settings and upon completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply to take the licensure boards for Licensed Practical Nursing Practice (NCLEX-PN) There are three semesters and 48 credits in the PN program.

Entry Requirements

To see a list of entrance requirements for this program, please check the FDTC Course Catalog.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe, quality, and competent patient-centered nursing care by encouraging care decisions from patient/family involvement, for a culturally diverse population.
  • Demonstrate professional, ethical, and legal behaviors consistent with the standards of practice and regulatory frameworks of the licensed practical nurse.
  • Utilize clinical technology to retrieve and monitor essential information to support patient care, and document nursing care.
  • Use evidence-based rationales and resources to communicate appropriate plans of care for diverse patients across the lifespan.
  • Engage in the critical-thinking process by using evidence-based practice to provide patient-centered care.
  • Participate as a member of the inter-professional healthcare team, in the delivery of safe, quality, patient-centered care.

Open Application Dates for Competitive Health Sciences Programs

Applications for the FDTC Health Sciences Programs will be accepted Monday, April 1, 2024 through Wednesday, May 15, 2024 for the FALL 2024 semester.

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Health Sciences Application Instructions

Program Accreditations & Resources

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensure, & Registration State Board of Nursing

This program has full approval by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensure, & Registration State Board of Nursing.

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110 Centerview Drive; Suite 202
Columbia, SC 29210


What do I need to apply to the PN program?

  1. BIO 210 with a C or higher
  2. TEAS Test with scores
  3. GPA of 2.75 or higher

How many times can I take the TEAS test and how long are the scores valid?

The TEAS test can be taken up to four times within a year with a 30-day waiting period between each attempt.  The results are valid for 4 years.

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How old can BIO's be at the time of applying?

BIO classes cannot be older than 5 years old at the time of submitting an application.

How do I complete the Career Talk that is required for the Nursing application?

The Career Talk is embedded within the application link.