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Nursing - Practical Nursing (Fall Admission) (513901)

Diploma: Diploma in Applied Science, DAS


The Practical Nursing Program of FDTC will be accepting applications for the Fall 2024 cohort Monday, April 1 through Wednesday, May 15, 2024. 

The application process will be found on FDTC’s Etrieve Central Form Hub (, a web based application to serve students’ needs for form submission.

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 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

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 Practical Nurse in South Carolina is estimated to be $51,060 (May 2022).

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?

Learning Goals/Objectives

The faculty of the Florence Darlington Technical College (FDTC) school of nursing used the QSEN competences and the NLN Guiding Standards as a foundation to define the student program learning outcomes (SLOs). This allows for the preparation of the practical nurse to provide safe, quality care within their scope of practice.

As graduates of the FDTC practical nursing program, students will:

Safety/Quality & Patient-centered Care
Demonstrate safe/quality, 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.

Evidenced-Base Practice
Uses evidence-based rationales and resources to communicate appropriate plans of care for diverse patients across the lifespan.

Critical Thinkers/Sound Nursing Judgment
Engages 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.

**Changes were made on 07/31/2023 after the 2023-2024 catalog was published.


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