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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.

The Associate Degree in Nursing and Practical Nursing programs are approved by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation Board of Nursing and are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850,  Atlanta, Georgia 30326,  Phone (404) 975-5000, Fax (404) 975-5020, www.acenursing.org.

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

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

For more information, contact:
Martha Eddings - (843) 477-2170 

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
  • Extended-care facilities
  • Doctors' offices
  • Clinics
  • Schools
  • 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;
  • Minimum placement test scores from one of the following tests: SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER, the College placement test. The Developmental Studies sequence is required if minimum placement test scores are not achieved;
  • 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:  
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
Humanities**   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

**Any University Transfer Humanities course.
***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.