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Nursing - Advanced Placement

Nursing - Advanced Placement - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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The Nursing Department has developed a process to award credit for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Paramedic for previous course work and work experience leading to certification or licensure. This process allows eligible LPN and Paramedic candidates to advance beyond the fundamental and basic nursing courses that are covered in the early portions of the ADN program.

For more information about Health Science Admissions visit: www.hgtc.edu/healthscience.

For more information, please contact a Health Science Advisor.

The Associate nursing program at Horry-Georgetown Technical College at the Grand Strand Campus and Georgetown Campuses located in Myrtle Beach and Georgetown, South Carolina, is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.

For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here.

Mission Statement
The Horry-Georgetown Technical College Department of Nursing is committed to supporting and implementing the mission statement of the College by:
a) Providing quality educational programs that prepare competent practical nursing and associate degree nursing graduates for entry level employment in a variety of contemporary health care environments and thereby contribute to meeting health care needs and supporting economic progress of the diverse communities served.
b) Promoting a student-centered learning environment that fosters the development of nursing professionals who demonstrate a commitment to safe, patient-centered care through effective clinical decisions, collaborative skills, and technological proficiency.
c) Providing an educational foundation that inspires a commitment to lifelong career education and professional growth.
d) Supporting the creation of alternative avenues for entry into nursing education programs that addresses community needs.

Learning Outcomes
1. Promote a culture of safety within contemporary health care environments.
2. Formulate effective clinical judgments, using analytical processes and the effective use of information technology, to guide the delivery of quality nursing.
3. Facilitate coordinated patient care by integrating effective communication skills with interdisciplinary collaborative processes.
4. Model behaviors that demonstrate accountability and reflect standards of the profession.
5. Manage patient centered care that values the individual rights and needs while
respecting diversity.

Career Outlook
A well-qualified nursing staff is essential for high-quality healthcare. This ongoing need presents graduates of HGTC's Nursing program with a wealth of employment opportunities and excellent earning potential. Nurses may find employment in the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Doctors' offices
  • Schools
  • Extended-care facilities
  • Clinics
  • Private industry

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry-Georgetown Technical College's College Central Network for more employment resources.


Specific Admission Requirements for Program
Applicants will be accepted for Advanced Placement Nursing by completing the Associate Degree Nursing Application for Advanced Placement Nursing, in addition to the following requirements. The form is available on the Health Science web page, as well as current application deadlines for the next available class.

A waiting list of applicants is not maintained. An applicant who receives notification that s/he was not admitted must resubmit the Associate Degree Nursing Application for Advanced Placement Nursing during the published application period in order to be considered for the program admissions for the next available class.

For eligibility for Advanced Placement Nursing requirements, applicants must have:

  • Certification or Licensure:
    • Copy of current, valid, and unrestricted South Carolina or National Paramedic Certificate or evidence of National Registry testing with original certification with current state certification OR
    • Current LPN licensure in South Carolina;
  • Note: HGTC Practical Nursing Graduate, who has not taken boards, with at least a 2.75 GPA for both the general education requirements and the PNR program is eligible for admission. These students must follow a four semester enrollment plan. Students who are not licensed LPNs in SC by the deadline will be withdrawn from the program.
  • Submitted all documentation to meet HGTC admission requirements;
  • Transfer students must meet College transfer student admission requirements;
  • Students must pass a criminal background check and urine drug screening 30 days prior to starting clinical each semester.
  • Submit a Health Sciences Division Student Health Record Form indicating the candidate has the ability to perform the physical tasks required in the program prior to enrollment in the first nursing course.
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS-V) test score. Two (2) year time limit. Students may retest every three (3) months.
  • Successful completion of all 9 Health Science Nursing General Education Courses (BIO 210, BIO 211, BIO 225, ENG 101, ENG 102, MAT 110/120, PSY 201, SPC 205 and Humanities) with a minimum grade of "C" and a GPA of at least 2.75 and taken the TEAS with a minimum score of 65. (BIO 211 and BIO 225 (5 year time limit, 10 year time limit if already completed Bachelor or Master degree programs) and MAT (10 year time limit).)

Once applicants have completed these requirements, they will be granted acceptance into Advanced Placement Nursing, based on weighted admissions for available class seats. Paramedics and LPNs also have the option to apply for regular acceptance to the ADN Program.

Course Sequence and Progression Requirements
A minimum grade of "C" or better is required for all NUR-prefixed courses for progression and graduation. Grades below "C" are considered course failures.  For further information regarding progression, see the Nursing Student Handbook.

Curriculum Sequence

Required General
Education Courses:
Course Title Semester
Credit Hours
BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 225 Microbiology 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
MAT 110 College Algebra 3
MAT 120 Probability & Statistics  
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3
HIS 201* American Government: Discovery to 1877 3
  TOTAL 30
First Semester  
NUR 150 Chronic Health Problems 6
NUR 162 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 3
NUR 201 Nursing Transition 3
  TOTAL 12
Second Semester    
NUR 161 Basic Concepts in Pharmacology 2
NUR 220 Family-Centered Nursing 7
Third Semester    
NUR 217 Trends Issues in Nursing 2
NUR 221 Advanced Nursing Concepts 5
Articulation Credit***   13

*To satisfy Reach Act requirements. The Reach Act was passed in 2021 by the General Assembly.
***After successful completion of NUR 201 with a grade of C or better, the student will be awared articulation credit for NUR 101 and NUR 120 taught during the first two semesters of the traditional associate degree program.