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Nursing - Practical Nursing (Fall Admission) (513901)

Diploma: Diploma in Applied Science, DAS


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.

The PN Nursing program at Florence-Darlington Technical College is approved by 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 program

does 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

94.44%2015 NLEX-PN

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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.

Practical 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 $33,000.

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): Promote the human dignity, integrity, self-determination, and personal growth of patients, oneself, and members of the healthcare team.
  2. Nursing judgment (NJ): Provide a rationale for judgments used in the provision of safe, quality care for and for decisions that promote the health of patients within a family context.
  3. Professional Identity (PI): Assess how one’s strength and values effect one’s identity as a nurse and one’s contributions as a member of the healthcare team.
  4. Spirit of Inquiry (SI): Question the basis for nursing actions considering research, evidence, tradition, and patient preferences.
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