Central Carolina Technical College Nursing Program Review


Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC), originally named Sumter Area Technical Education Center, was founded in 1962 in order to offer technical training to residents of Sumter, Clarendon, Kershaw, and Lee Counties. The college offers associate degrees, certificates, and diplomas, as well as non-credit and continuing education classes. From Central Carolina Technical College, students can go directly into careers, or they may transfer into four-year schools.

As part of its Health Sciences Division, Central Carolina Technical College prepares students for direct entry into the nursing field. The college offers two nursing programs, both of which have accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLCAC) and approval from the South Carolina Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation (LLR) Board of Nursing.

Practical Nursing Diploma in Applied Science Program (Major in Nursing (PN)(NDIP))

Central Carolina Technical College awards a diploma in applied science to graduates of the practical nursing program. In order to complete the program, a student must earn a total of forty-eight credits. This includes both general education classes as well as nursing courses. Most of the general education classes must be completed before entering the three-semester nursing sequence; students may take these during any semester. The nursing classes, however, only begin in the fall. Students in the LPN program graduate the following summer. The practical nursing program prepares graduates for careers as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), after they have passed the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses (NLCEX-PN).

Associate Degree in Applied Science Major in Nursing

A student who wishes to enter the nursing field as a Registered Nurse (RN) should complete the Associate Degree in Applied Science Major in Nursing (ADN) program. This requires sixty-eight credit hours in total. Before beginning the nursing courses, a student must take anatomy and physiology, English composition, and a math course; these can be taken during any semester. Once he has completed these, he is ready to start the five-semester course sequence for the ADN program. He can start the course sequence in the fall or the spring. The five semesters include additional general education classes, as well as nursing classes and clinical rotations. After earning the necessary sixty-eight credits, an ADN student may take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Associate Degree in Applied Science Major in Nursing – LPN to ADN

Central Carolina Technical College offers a special track for LPNs who wish to become RNs. They can complete the LPN to ADN bridge program. The LPN to ADN program begins in both the fall and the spring. Before applying, however, an LPN must fulfill the prerequisite requirements. These include anatomy and physiology, beginning algebra or probability and statistics, English composition, introduction to computers, and psychology. Once these are complete, she may take an online, three-credit course called Transition Nursing. If she is successful in this course, she will receive eighteen advanced placement credits toward the lower-level nursing courses. Including these eighteen credits and the prerequisite credits, she must earn sixty-eight credits total in order to receive the associate in applied science degree. This should take three semesters (including one summer semester) if she begins in the fall and four semesters (including one summer semester) if she begins in the spring.

Contact:
Central Carolina Technical College
506 N. Guignard Drive,
Sumter, SC 29150

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