On its three campuses in Conway, Georgetown, and Myrtle Beach, Horry Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. The college was founded in 1966 to serve the residents of Horry and Georgetown counties, and now over 10,000 students enroll in the college’s for-credit courses. In addition to degree-seeking students, HGTC serves about 18,000 students in its non-credit, continuing education classes.
As a professional training school, one of HGTC’s main areas of focus is the health sciences field. It offers a variety of programs in this rapidly expanding field, including several in the field of nursing. The nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation Board of Nursing.
Practical Nursing Program
HGTC’s Practical Nursing program begins in the fall semester, and takes three consecutive semesters of full-time study to complete. Students in the program take a combination of nursing courses and general education courses, including anatomy and physiology, English composition, psychology, and math. In total, a student must earn forty-eight credits over the course of the three semesters. After successfully completing the course of study, a student will be awarded a diploma in practical nursing. After this, she is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). If she passes the exam, she will earn the title of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).
Associate Degree Nursing Program
Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program receive an associate in applied science degree. In order to earn this, a student in the ADN program must complete five semesters of full-time study. The ADN program begins three times a year, in the fall, spring, and summer. In addition to nursing classes and clinical rotations, the ADN course of study includes nine core courses (two semesters of anatomy and physiology, two semesters of English composition, college algebra or statistics, psychology, public speaking, and a humanities elective). In total, an ADN student must earn sixty-eight credits in order to graduate. Once he finishes the program, he can take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). If he passes the exam, he may begin his career as a Registered Nurse (RN).
Associate Degree Nursing Program – Advanced Placement for LPNs
An LPN has the option of applying for advanced placement standing in the ADN program, which will allow her to complete the ADN program in three or four semesters. On the basis of her practical nursing diploma, HGTC will award her thirteen credits toward the fundamental nursing courses (the nursing courses which a traditional ADN student would complete in the first two semesters). The LPN must complete the remainder of the program requirements, both upper-level nursing courses and general education courses, in order to graduate. LPNs can enter the ADN program in either the fall or the spring; summer admission is not available.
Horry Georgetown Technical College
2050 U.S. 501,
Conway, SC 29528
Horry Georgetown Technical College – Georgetown Campus
4003 South Fraser Street,
Georgetown, SC 29440
Horry Georgetown Technical College – Conway Campus
743 Hemlock Avenue,
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577