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Nursing - LPN/ADN Transition - Advanced Placement for ADN (513901)

Degree: Associate in Applied Science, AAS


The FDTC LPN to ADN Transition Program prepares students for this performance profession requiring intellectual, interpersonal and psychomotor skills that are based upon biological, behavioral and humanistic principles.  Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program are prepared to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics and outpatient centers. Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible for an Associate Degree in Applied Science and may apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing Practice (NCLEX-RN).

There are four semesters and 54 credits in the LPN-ADN Transition program.

The ADN Nursing program at Florence-Darlington Technical College is accredited by of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing  (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020

Accreditation Status:

Year of Initial Accreditation:

December 1975


Continuing Accreditation:

Last Evaluation Visit:

January 22-24, 2013

Most Recent Action:

July 2013

Next Evaluation Visit:

Spring 2021   

This program has also been approved by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensure, & Registration State Board of Nursing.

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation Board of Nursing
Synergy Business Park; Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Drive; Suite 202
Columbia, SC 29210

NOTE: 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. Background checks and drug screening will be requested prior to nursing clinical courses. Successful completion of this programdoes not ensure nursing licensure. Prior charges may preclude a student from eligibility for entering the clinical and from applying to take the NCLEX exam.

Statistics and Facts

1002014 Program Graduates
92%2016 Program Completion
88%2013 Job Placement
98%2014 Program Completion
992015 Program Graduates
97%2014 Job Placement
94%2016 Job Placement
98%2013 Program Completion
992016 Program Graduates
100%2015 Program Completion
90%2015 Job Placement
1152013 Program Graduates

Program Video

Here's to Nurses - What is a Nurse?

In the Real World

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 intra-professional 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 $66,000 (May 2014).

Career Placement

At FDTC, we believe that education deserves results - that’s why we want to watch our students succeed in the real world. Florence-Darlington Technical College works diligently to match students with relevant jobs in our community so that they can put their hard-earned education to work. We partner with successful alumni and local businesses to ensure our students get the best possible career upon graduation. Our Career Services Office offers a variety of services to help students succeed including: resume coaching, on-campus recruiting & career fairs, online job postings, professional development workshops, personality evaluations, internship placement assistance, and other online career building resources. We encourage all students to schedule a meeting with a Career Services Coach at (843) 661-8075 to explore their post-graduation opportunities. Find out about what Career Services can do for you. What does your future look like?

Tutoring Assistance

FDTC is fortunate to partner with offers one-to-one learning solutions for students and professionals. All services are live, on demand and online. Homework help, tutoring, peer coaching, professional development, training, career help are all available. Their experts are online 24/7 ready to help. The results: 11 million one-to-one sessions completed. 90% of the students, teachers and professionals who use’s services would recommend us to a friend. now has specialized nursing tutoring. Plan to start using these services during your foundational courses—and then take greater advantage of nurse tutors once you are accepted into the program.

Learning Goals/Objectives

Student learning is progressive and multidimensional. It exists across the integrating concepts that comprise knowledge domains (Human Flourishing, Nursing Judgment, Professional Identity, and Spirit of Inquiry) within the teaching and learning experience.

Human Flourishing includes actions and behaviors that advocate for patients, families, and groups in the provision of patient-centered care.

Nursing Judgment requires actions that make evidenced-based nursing judgments in the provision of safe, quality care for patients, families, and groups.

Professional Identity involves actions that demonstrate the professional role of a nurse within nursing and inter-professional teams, utilizing open communication and collaboration and an evolving professional identity.

Spirit of Inquiry consists of actions that examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and groups.

As graduates of the FDTC nursing program, students will:

  1. Human Flourishing (HF): Advocate for patients, families, and groups in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity and growth through the provision of patient-centered care.
    1. Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient's preferences, values, and needs
  2. Nursing judgement (NJ): Make evidenced-based nursing judgements in the provision of safe, quality care for patients, families, and groups
    1. Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through excellent communication, individual performance and optimal system effectiveness
  3. Professional Identity (PI): Demonstrate the professional role of a nurse in a manner that reflects integrity, responsibility and ethical practice within an evidenced based practice utilizing open communication and collaboration and an evolving professional identity
    1. Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams using open communication and collaboration to achieve quality patient care
    2. Demonstrate professional role behaviours and an evolving professional identity
  4. Spirit of Inquiry (SI): Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and groups.
    1. Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and improve the quality and safety of health care systems.
    2. Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.
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