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Nursing - ADN - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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The Associate in Applied Science in Nursing (ADN) degree prepares students for the challenges of modern healthcare. The classroom instruction that is provided in nursing concepts, coupled with laboratory practice and clinical experience at area healthcare providers, ensures that students are well-qualified to enter the field. Graduates of the program will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination - RN (NCLEX-RN). Upon satisfactory completion of the examination and licensure by a State Board of Nursing, graduates are titled Registered Nurse (RN) and are ready to respond to the changing healthcare demands in a variety of settings.

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

ACEN SealThe 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.

For more information on HGTC's accreditations, visit our accreditations page.

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.

Applicants to the Nursing-ADN program should be aware a current, unrestricted license may be required to practice in the state in which you intend to reside/practice. Each state is unique in its licensure requirements. Students are encouraged to reach out to the program chair for more information and assistance with understanding professional licensure.

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. Hospital nursing is just one of the many areas where nurses practice. Examples of other practice settings include:

  • Home Care
  • Public health
  • Clinics
  • Schools
  • Corporations
  • Hospices
  • Health and wellness centers
  • Private Practice
  • Extended-care centers
  • Offices
  • Military service
  • Health-related industries
  • Occupational settings

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.


Specific Admission Requirements for Program
Applicants must meet HGTC admission requirements prior to completing the nursing application. Applicants will be accepted into the Nursing - ADN program by completing a weighted admission form. Students with the highest scores will receive admission to the program. A waiting list of applicants will not be maintained for future admission. An applicant who receives notification that he/she was not admitted to the program must resubmit the Nursing - ADN Application by the program application deadline date to be considered for admission to the next available class. Program admissions application is available under admissions information.

  • Criminal Background Check
  • Urine Drug Screening
  • Submit a Health Sciences Division Student Health Record Form indicating the candidate can perform the physical tasks required in the program prior to enrollment in the first nursing course.
  • Complete and pass the General Hospital Orientation.
  • Proof of CPR certification for Health Care Providers prior to enrollment in the first nursing course and throughout curriculum.
  • GPA of 2.75 on all required general education and support courses. A minimum grade of "C" is also required in all courses required for Nursing - ADN.
  • Have met one of the following two admission options:
    • Be eligible for BIO 210, ENG 101 and MAT 110 or MAT 120 and taken the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a minimum score 75 on TEAS-V and at least a 2.75 GPA for the Nursing core courses completed (minimal grade of C for Nursing core courses attempted). Scores are valid for 2 years from date of testing. Students may retest every 3 months. (BIO has a 5 year time limit and MAT has a 10 year time limit.)
    • 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. (BIO210, 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).)
  • Payment of a non-refundable tuition deposit.
  • All applicants must be at least 17 years of age by the semester of admittance to Nursing 101.
  • For readmission and progression guidelines, see the Nursing Student Handbook.
  • For students seeking transfer credits from other institutions, see the Nursing Student Handbook.
  • Other expenses for which you are responsible may include, but are not limited to: purchasing scrubs and shoes, gas and transportation to clinical sites, Licensing Exam fees of $300 -$400.

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

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester Course Title Semester
Credit Hours
BIO 210 Anatomy Physiology I 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 110 College Algebra 3
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics  
NUR 101 Fundamentals of Nursing 6
NUR 161 Basic Concepts of Pharmacology 2
  TOTAL 18
Second Semester    
BIO 211 Anatomy Physiology II 4
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
NUR 120 Basic Nursing Concepts 7
  TOTAL 14
Third Semester    
BIO 225 Microbiology 4
NUR 150 Chronic Health Problems 6
NUR 162 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
  TOTAL 16
Fourth Semester    
NUR 220 Family-Centered Nursing 7
Fifth Semester    
  Humanities* 3
NUR 217 Trends Issues in Nursing 2
NUR 221 Advanced Nursing Concepts 5
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3
  TOTAL 13

Total Credit Hours


*HIS 201 recommended for transfer students to satisfy Reach Act requirements. The Reach Act was passed in 2021 by the General Assembly.