The Practical Nursing Program

The Practical Nursing Program is a cooperative program between York Technical College and the University of South Carolina Lancaster and is approved by the Board of Nursing for South Carolina and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission / NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA, 30326, Telephone :1-404-975-5000; Fax:  1-404-975-5020.  The Practical Nursing Program prepares men and women for the practice of nursing to provide direct client care across the lifespan. The practical nurse graduate is prepared to function in the role of provider of care and manager of care for individuals and families with common health problems. This nurse functions dependently under supervision as a health care team member in a variety of health care settings.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Computer Adaptive Testing of the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses. Graduates who successfully pass the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses are eligible to apply for licensure as a practical nurse in any of the 50 states or U.S. territories.

There are legal limitations for state licensure in South Carolina for graduates with prior convictions and/or disciplinary action. The policy from the Board of Nursing for South Carolina will be distributed to all students.

Clinical facilities may require drug screens and/or background checks before allowing students to participate in clinical rotation. Students participating in clinical may be required to have a drug screen at any time during their rotation. Students accepted to the program must be eligible to attend clinical at all facilities.


Applicants for admission to the Practical Nurse Program must meet the entrance requirements of the parent institution. Admission to the Practical Nursing Program requires the student to be a high school graduate or equivalent.


* Compass Asset
Pre-Algebra        54     Numerical                     43 &

Elementary Algebra      31

Reading               88 Reading                       46
Writing                79 Writing                         41

* SAT Score:  880 Total (480 Verbal, 400 Math) if taken after April 1, 1995; 750 Total (400 Verbal, 350 Math) if taken before April 1, 1995, or ACT: Composite 19 (Verbal 21, Math 16).


"C" or better in RDG 101, MAT 150, and ENG 100


Students must achieve a grade of "C" or better on the 1st or 2nd attempt of BIO 210 or BIO 211, or equivalent, to meet the curriculum requirement of the PN program.

To enhance potential for success in the program, the faculty recommends completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant Program and work experience as a CNA.


  • The student must meet present admission criteria to the Nursing Program.
  • The student must submit a letter from the previous school attended stating that he/she left in good standing and is eligible for readmission.
  • The student must provide the nursing department manager with a detailed course syllabus showing course and unit objectives. Courses for which transfer credit is given must meet the objectives of the comparable York Technical College/University of South Carolina Lancaster courses.
  • The student must demonstrate competencies in the course to be transferred either by exam, by previous grade and documentation or both.
  • The Nursing Evaluation Committee will review requests for transfer credit and will make a recommendation for official action to the Registrar/Admissions Officer.
  • Only those students in good standing for readmission are eligible to be considered for transfer.
  • Admission by transfer is on a space available basis.

MAJOR: Practical Nursing (41.0 Semester Credit Hours)
DIPLOMA: Health Science
    * ENG  101  English Composition I3.0
    * ENG  102  English Composition II3.0
    * PSY  201  General Pyschology3.0
Subtotal: 9.0
Clinical Skills
    * NUR  104  Nursing Care Management4.0
    * NUR  159  Nursing Care Management II6.0
    * NUR  209  Nursing Care Management III5.0
    * NUR  206  2.0
    * NUR  211  Care of the Child Bearing Family4.0
Subtotal: 21.0
Pharmacology Basics
    * BIO  210  Anatomy & Physiology I4.0
    * BIO  211  Anatomy & Physiology II4.0
    * COL  101  College Orientation1.0
    * NUR  106  2.0
Subtotal: 11.0
Total Credit Hours: 41.0

* Courses in this program which require a minimum of "C".

Practical nursing classes include campus and clinical laboratory hours. Students are required to drive to a variety of clinical agencies to complete the clinical component of the nursing courses. Students are expected to drive to either campus for classes according to the class schedule.

Students may be assigned to morning, afternoon, or evening clinical experience anywhere in the tri-county area. Clinical experience may range from 4 - 12 hours per clinical day.

Students must have a completed health form. Current Healthcare Provider CPR Certification is required. Student must have proof of health insurance. Liability insurance is also required (through York Technical College).


BIO 210BIO 211+NUR 209
COL 101+NUR 159+ENG 102
ENG 101+NUR 211 
+NUR 104PSY 201 
+NUR 205  
+NUR 105  

+ Courses in the curriculum that require a prerequisite or co-requisite.

Students successfully completing the first three semesters are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination) and for Licensure as a Practical Nurse (PN).

All NUR courses and General Education must be taken in sequence as outlined in the curriculum display. Required science courses that are more than seven years old must be repeated or the student has the option to test on the content.

To enhance potential for success in the program, the faculty recommends completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant Program (CNA) and work experience as a CNA.

For more information contact:

Sharlene Plyer

Jane Fleischer

The Admissions Department at (803) 327-8008


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