One of the largest in South Carolina, Greenville Technical College’s Associate in Applied Science, Nursing, Degree program was developed in 1971 and produces graduates that are eligible to take the national registered nurse licensure examination and begin careers in the nursing profession.
Known for its emphasis on clinical proficiency in a variety of health care settings, employers express confidence in the program and in the skills new nurses bring to the job. The licensure examination passing rates for graduates are consistently at or above the national and state percentages. The Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
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WHAT TO EXPECT
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THE PROGRAM
The Nursing program is a blend of general education and nursing core courses that will prepare the graduate for licensure and entry as a member of the health care team.
Nursing knowledge in the curriculum is taught using a traditional medical model while presenting, defining, and integrating concepts to organize information.While learning content, students identify interrelated concepts, or concepts influenced by or dependent on one another.
Active learning, also called student-centered learning, is used in the Nursing program classroom.
This kind of learning:
- Promotes the analysis, synthesis and evaluation of complex material
- Inspires the critical thinking required while working in the nursing profession.
- Includes activities like case studies, journaling, classroom and online discussions, debates, presentations, role playing and simulations.
A CAREER YOU CAN COUNT ON
Greenville Technical College nursing graduates enter the workplace well prepared for success.
- According to data from the South Carolina Colleagues in Caring project, the nursing shortage is acute and is predicted to become worse in the next 10 to 15 years.
- Many health care providers require or prefer bachelor’s degree nursing graduates, so careful consideration must be given to pursuing a four-year degree.
Greenville Technical College BSN Bound students report satisfaction with the program because the first two years aren’t just spent in general education classrooms, but include hands-on, core nursing courses and labs.
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The Associate in Applied Science nursing program at Greenville Technical College located in Greenville, SC is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate in Applied Science nursing program isContinuing Accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm
Professional Licensure and Certification Requirements
Students who are considering an academic program that may allow them to pursue professional licensure in another state are strongly encouraged to check that state’s information and contact the appropriate licensing agency for additional information and guidance before beginning the program.
Greenville Technical College is accredited by theSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Collegesto award associate degrees and baccalaureate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
MISSION / OUTCOMES
The Nursing Department is committed to providing excellence in education that facilitates the development of competent, caring and professional nurses. Faculty, as both nurses and educators, believe that nurses provide patient centered care with quality and safety to improve, maintain and restore the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
The Nursing Department is dedicated to the preparation of individuals to meet the health care needs of the public. Graduate nurses will be able to use essential knowledge, attitudes, skills, and technology to meet the healthcare needs of patients, families, and communities while recognizing the need for an individualized plan of care. Faculty members strive to incorporate essential competencies for nurse educators while preparing graduates who will become the future of the nursing profession.
The Nursing Faculty strive continuously to achieve excellence in nursing education. Nursing Faculty believe that nursing education focuses on the nursing student and the practice of nursing, which centers around the nurse-client relationship and the provision of safe, quality, and evidence based nursing care to achieve desired client outcomes. Interactions between nurse educators (faculty) and learners (nursing students) focus on nursing knowledge while emphasizing the importance of the nursing profession. Nursing knowledge in the curriculum is taught using a traditional medical model while presenting, defining, and integrating concepts to organize information. Nursing students are able to link these concepts throughout the curriculum and learning is facilitated by this process. Programmatic outcomes measure competency in each domain of learning: cognitive, psychomotor, and affective. Nursing faculty believe excellence in nursing education is achieved through a combined teaching method of both the medical model and nursing concepts, based on the established Core Competencies for Nurse Educators.
The nursing student as a learner must be excited and motivated to increase learning. The learner must possess a spirit of inquiry, a desire for lifelong learning, and a commitment to a career in nursing. Emphasis is placed on student engagement in the learning process and faculty are the facilitators of learning. Students enter the program at different times in their lives and bring diversity and personal experiences that are enhanced through courses in the arts, sciences and humanities. These courses assist in building a foundation of knowledge upon which nursing concepts are added. The integration of a professional knowledge base and behaviors are the expected outcomes of nursing students.
Nursing practice is conceptualized as both an art and a science dedicated to promoting the highest level of health and wellness for a diverse population throughout the lifespan. Nursing professionals identify healthcare problems and use critical thinking skills to build a solid foundation for the direct-care practitioner. In the quest to promote health for individuals, families, and communities, nursing professionals function as advocates, educators, coordinators, and managers in addition to their traditional role as healthcare providers. These roles, combined with nursing knowledge and competence, facilitate the promotion and enhancement of the client’s optimal level of wellness.
The client is viewed as an individual, a family, or a community. Establishing nurse-client relationships is vital so that clients can be encouraged and motivated to acquire knowledge regarding their own level of wellness and the resources available to them. This motivation empowers the client to make autonomous choices regarding healthcare. The client is also encouraged to participate in self-care to reach an optimal state of health and wellness throughout the lifespan.
The curriculum is organized by thirty-nine concepts to introduce disease processes and promote a holistic approach to nursing care. These concepts fall within the headings derived from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing test plan categories. These headings include:
- Safe and Effective Care
- Health Promotion and Maintenance
- Psychosocial Integrity
- Physiological Integrity
Teaching conceptually helps the student link information from all aspects of the curriculum. While learning content, students identify interrelated concepts, or concepts influenced by or dependent on one another.
In addition, the curriculum uses integrated processes also derived from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing test plan. These processes serve as threads throughout all curriculum content and include the following:
- Nursing process
Nursing Department Outcomes»
PROGRAM DETAILS AND COURSES
Associate in Applied Science
This program covers all aspects of the nursing profession and is designed to integrate both theory and practical “hands-on” educational experiences. Nursing students can complete the program in two to three years as full-time students and practice as RNs upon passing the licensure exam.
Nursing program details from our current catalog »
Post RN Specialty Courses
Post RN Specialty Courses allow current RNs, other healthcare professionals, or nursing students with Instructor Permission, todevelop specialty skills necessary to meet the needs of patients with critical conditions. The courses provide basic knowledge and skills necessary for safe, competent and effective nursing practice in critical care and other specialty units. Courses may include Dysrhythmia Interpretation (NUR 260), and Physical Assessment (NUR 230). For specific current offerings, please call (864) 250-8216 or (864) 250-8547.
Specialty courses details from our current catalog»
Requirements for Nursing Program Admissions
In addition to the Greenville Technical College admissions process outlined in theseEnrollment Steps, students interested in the nursing program must also
- understand the School of Health Sciences policies
- successfully complete Career Talk within 1 year of applying to the program
- complete the TEAS Test and earn a minimum score of 65
- submit the weighted application for the program of interest
The Nursing program strictly adheres to all School of Health Sciences policies, which are detailed on theHealth Sciences admissions information page.
Career Talk provides valuable information regarding the application process, requirements, policies, procedures, and expectations of students interested in applying to the Nursing program. Completion of the online Career Talk is a requirement for submitting an application andis valid for one year. However, information is updated frequently, so check back often to be sure you do not miss important changes!
AccesstheCareer Talk presentation for Nursing »
ADN and APN program applicants are required to complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS®) prior to submitting a Weighted Admission form for program admission. Scores from the TEAS test will be used in the point calculations on the Weighted Admission form. A minimum score of 65 is required for entry into the Nursing program. Please see full details for scheduling in theTEAS Informationpage.
Nursing Weighted Admission Forms
Associate Degree Nursing Weighted Admission Form
The application submission process for GTC's Nursing program is now electronic. The electronic application will only be accessible during the application acceptance periods, March 15-May 15 or July 15-September 15. Applications are not accepted during any other timeframe.Questions related to the Weighted Admission process may be directed toNURadmissions@gvltec.edu.
- To review the form prior to submitting, pleaseview this sample form(pdf) »
This pdf will not be accepted as an official application. It is for reference only.
To submit an application, you must log in using your GTC student access.
AccesstheNursing Weighted Admission form»
Overview of the Nursing ProgramAdmissions Process
Applications are accepted twice per year. Nursing courses begin on a seven-week rotation. Therefore, seating into one of five cohorts is possible, based on the seating process outlined below.
- Submit a weighted admission form between the dates of March 15 – May 15 for potential admission into the August, October or January class. Submit a weighted admission form between the dates of July 15 – Sept. 15 for potential admission into the March or May class.
- Students with the highest scores will receive an admissions letter, letter of intent, and physical exam form with detailed written requirements.
- To complete the admission process, accepted students must submit a letter of intent, pay a $100 non-refundable deposit, complete the physical exam form, and provide proof of immunizations and current CPR training. All forms are provided with the letter of acceptance, along with the deadline for submission. Students must meet all deadlines in order to be seated as a student in the Nursing program. Continued enrollment is contingent upon a crime-free criminal background check and negative drug screen.
YOUR CONNECTION TO LOCAL EMPLOYERS
Some of our Clinical Affiliates and Graduate Recruiters include:
- Anmed Health
- Baptist Easley Medical Center
- Cannon Memorial Hospital
- Carolina Center for Behavioral Health
- Express Care – Pediatrics
- Greenville County School District
- Mary Black Hospital
- Mercy Health, Bon Secours St. Francis - Downtown
- Mercy Health, Bon Secours St. Francis - Eastside
- National Health Care
- Oconee Memorial Hospital
- Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital
- Piedmont Orthopedics
- Piedmont Reproductive and Endocrinology Group
- PRISMA Health System
- PRISMA Medical Group (B&J)
- PRISMA Steadman Hawkins Clinic
- Self Regional Medical Center
- Serenity Place
- Shriner's Hospital for Children
- Simpsonville Rehabilitation Center
- Spartanburg Regional Health System
TRANSFER OPTIONS TOWARD A BSN
BSN Bound means the student plans to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing after graduating from Greenville Technical College Nursing. Anderson University, Bob Jones University, Clemson University, Grand Canyon University, Lander University, MUSC, Southern New Hampshire University, Southern Wesleyan University, USC Aiken and USC Upstate all have ADN to BSN or MSN programs and have outlined a curriculum and an articulation agreement for the GTC ADN student to progress while at GTC and then further their degree at a four-year college.
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Earn your BSN online and save!
Another option after you earn your Associate Degree in Nursing is to continue your educationonlinewiththe above-accredited Universitiesto earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The associate degree and general education courses required for the BSN can be completed at Greenville Technical College, then the BSN can be earned with an additional year of online nursing study.
GTC Student Nurses Association
Greenville Technical College’s Student Nurses Association (SNA) is a pre-professional organization for nursing and pre-nursing students. Members are eligible for numerous benefits including health insurance, leadership, networking and scholarship opportunities, community involvement, and professional development. For more information, email us firstname.lastname@example.org find us on Facebook at GTC Student Nurses Association.
CONTACTS AND FACULTY
School of Health Sciences Administration
Dean, School of Health Sciences
Dr. Candice Lewis
Assistant Dean, Assessment & Curriculum, School ofHealth Sciences
Assistant Dean, External Relations,School of Health Sciences
Assistant Dean, Compliance,School of Health Sciences
Academic Program Chair, Nursing
Dr. Tracy Hudgins
Assistant Academic Program Chair, Student Liaison
Dr. Alissa Samoya
Assistant Academic Program Chair, Faculty Liaison
Advance Placement Coordinator
(Video) KCPQ News Spot - RTC Nursing Program
Dr. Tracy Hudgins
Dr. Alissa Samoya
Dr. Billy Small
Sallie Beth Todd
Please direct all admission questions toGTCNursing@gvltec.edu
Phone: (864) 250-8199
Get answers to Nursing Frequently Asked Questions»
Get answers to questions about the Nursing program.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is nursing school easy to pass? ›
Nursing school is challenging and requires balancing between school, work, and other outside responsibilities. School alone is challenging because you have both lecture and clinical hours, but factor in study time, work, and time to relax; you can see how difficult it can be to get it all done.How long is the Greenville Tech nursing program? ›
Nursing students can complete the program in two to three years as full-time students and practice as RNs upon passing the licensure exam.What can I do to increase my chances of getting into nursing school? ›
- Know why you want to be a nurse. You know why you want to be a nurse. ...
- Do your homework. ...
- Research and choose a program that fits your needs. ...
- Cast a wider net. ...
- Talk to an admissions counselor. ...
- Meet all program requirements. ...
- Volunteer your time.
- South Dakota State University.
- Illinois State University.
- Drexel University.
- Loyola University.
- University of Rhode Island.
- University of San Francisco.
- Saint Louis University.
- University of Connecticut.
Health Assessment: the hardest semester of nursing school
Health assessment will likely be one of the initial courses you'll take in nursing school, and it involves delving into the various body systems and learning how to assess patients from head to toe.
|State||eNLC?||Time Frame for License|
|South Carolina||Yes||Temp: 1 day Perm: 10-14 business days|
|South Dakota||Yes||Temp: 2-3 business days Perm: 4-6 weeks|
|Tennessee||Yes||Temp: Unavailable Perm: 6 weeks|
|Texas||Yes||Temp: 2 weeks Perm: 2 weeks|
To obtain licensure in South Carolina, you must graduate nursing school with an ADN or a BSN degree, pass the NCLEX-RN exam, submit verification of your identity and eligibility to work in the U.S., and pass a criminal background check.Is Greenville Tech free? ›
All academic programs are included*. No course load minimums! Take one class or take a full load – it's tuition-free! The funding for $0 tuition will automatically be applied to students enrolled in a qualifying program after applying all other scholarships and grants.Why is nursing so hard to get into? ›
The main reason many programs are not easy to get into is because they lack the capacity to teach the number of applicants they receive. There is a shortage of nurses with master's degrees or doctorates that are willing to teach. There is also a shortage of clinical sites and classroom space.What is so hard about nursing school? ›
Nursing school should be hard. Good programs take a rigorous, immersive approach to preparing you for patient care. There are pressing deadlines to meet, lab skills to master, and challenging exams to take. You may have moments of feeling exhausted, burned out, or defeated.
Is it hard to get into nursing? ›
Getting into the nursing course is super competitive
A lot of people again say that it's a lot easier to get into uni than other courses, but it's actually probably one of the hardest to apply to and get into.
- Maine: 1-2 weeks.
- Maryland: 2-3 days.
- Missouri: 2 weeks.
- Nevada: 1-2 weeks.
- North Carolina: 1-2 weeks.
- North Dakota: 1-2 weeks.
- Texas: 2 weeks.
- Vermont: 3-5 business days.
GPA requirements vary from school to school, and some early admission nursing programs require an even higher GPA of at least 3.8 or higher (weighted or unweighted). In general, you can expect that any highly competitive nursing program will have a high GPA requirement for applicants.How much do nurses make? ›
|Nursing Career||2019 Mean Salary|
|Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN)||$48,500|
|Registered Nurse (RN)||$77,460|
|Nurse Practitioners (NP)||$111,840|
|Nurse Midwife (CNM)||$108,810|
Without question, the most difficult semester for me was the last semester of my junior year in nursing school. I attended a 4-year BSN program, and that particular semester included three classes that were very content-heavy, as well as the corresponding clinical hours for those classes.Is first year of nursing the hardest? ›
Apr 25, 2022 | 11 min read. If you become a nurse, your first year on the job is often the hardest. Being in a new environment, suddenly having to use new skills, and the new responsibility of being a nurse hit you all at once. It can be overwhelming.Can you fail the NCLEX? ›
NCLEX-RN candidates can fail the NCLEX and retest up to eight times each year in most states. Some states limit the number of times a candidate may retest before a refresher course is required. If you failed the NCLEX, it is best to contact your state Board of Nursing to verify guidelines for repeat testing.What kind of math do you need for nursing? ›
Math. Nursing in the "real world" generally requires very basic math skills, but almost all programs require at least one college-level math class — usually algebra. Some nursing schools may require a basic statistics course as well, so if you know what schools you're applying to, be sure to check for this requirement.Is nursing math hard? ›
The math is not terribly difficult, but you do need to know basic algebra. If you are not good at it, practice so you will be good at it. Giving correct doses and knowing how to do calculations is of the utmost importance in patient safety and in nursing in general.How many times can you take the NCLEX in SC? ›
An applicant who does not pass the licensure examination on the first attempt may retake the examination once every forty-five days for up to one year from the first attempt. You may not take more frequently.
What charges can stop you from being a nurse in South Carolina? ›
- engaging in an inappropriate relationship with your patient;
- making a medication error that results in dangerous and/or deadly consequences for the patient;
- failing to properly document patient data;
- sexual misconduct;
- patient abuse;
|RN Examination without Temporary License||$90|
|RN Examination with Temporary License||$100|
|LPN Examination without Temporary License||$70|
|LPN Examination with Temporary License||$80|
R. Registered Nurse (RN) A nurse who has completed a registered nurse educational program and is licensed by the state to provide patient care within a scope of practice defined by that state's board of nursing.What can I expect as a nursing major? ›
Nursing emphasizes critical thinking, clinical judgment and service to others. Students in a nursing major can expect to explore the crossover between theoretical and practical learning. Students spend time in the classroom, studying the sciences, humanities, and the fundamentals of nursing and health care delivery.What states accept SC nursing license? ›
South Carolina has joined Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming as a member of the eNLC. Gov. Henry McMaster signed the bill May 11, 2017.Are technical colleges free in South Carolina? ›
All college-eligible students who enroll at SCC with a minimum of six credit hours (typically two courses) are eligible for SCC's free tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year.Can you do Greenville Tech Online? ›
Greenville Technical College offers a variety of online and hybrid options - view the online schedule to search for classes that work for you. Face-to-Face: Face-to-face courses are traditional courses with regularly scheduled on-campus or approved offsite class meetings with no more than 24% online instruction time.Does Greenville Technical College have dorms? ›
Dorms. A student residential community located on the Barton Campus of Greenville Technical College.Is nursing the hardest degree? ›
"According to the Guinness Book of World Records, a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing is the toughest degree to receive, and with good reason. The program is full of impossibly hard exams, countless clinical hours, and being covered in things that must not be named.What is the lowest GPA to get into nursing school? ›
Most programs require at least a 2.5 GPA or higher. Some set their limit at a 3.0 GPA. This is important to find out during the research phase of your accelerated nursing program search.
Is nursing school harder than medical school? ›
As someone who is about to complete medical school, and who went through nursing school for a BSN, the knowledge gap between the two is exponential. In light of recent arguments made by militant nurses who argue that the required nursing courses to complete an associates degree or BSN is just as good as medical school.How do you pass a nursing school exam? ›
- Budget Plenty of Study Time. Studying for nursing tests takes time. ...
- Find Some Example Nursing Questions. ...
- Use A Study Group. ...
- Study With Your Learning Style. ...
- Put Facts On Repeat. ...
- Create Mnemonic Devices.
Nope. In fact, nursing school has to be challenging because life as a nurse is challenging (but rewarding). There's a lot you have to know, and to really know something takes a lot of work, study, and practice.How do I know if nursing is not for me? ›
IF THIS IS YOU, NURSING IS NOT FOR YOU - YouTubeWhy are nursing students dropping out? ›
Two core themes were identified: 'ending up in a downward spiral of physical, psychological and social problems' and 'experiencing an increasing mismatch between expectations and reality'. Reasons for late dropout from nursing education are diverse and interlinked.What qualifications do I need to study nursing? ›
- A four-year bachelor degree in nursing.
- A three-year diploma.
- A one-year higher certificate in auxiliary nursing.
- One-year postgraduate advanced diploma in nursing and midwifery on top of your degree or diploma.
High demand for nursing education, Waitlists
Due to this short supply of faculty, the demand for nursing education is not being met. Why is nursing school in such high demand? Because nurses are in high demand, and it is a highly sought-after career.
Nursing requires more dedication than many other careers. However, it's one of the most rewarding jobs you can have. Nursing school is notoriously difficult—and it's not for everyone.Is nursing difficult to study? ›
There's a lot to learn, the exams are challenging, the schedules are complicated, and the assignments keep piling up. All of these factors can make life difficult for you as a student. Nursing is a highly competitive field from the moment you begin the application process until you receive your degree.Is nursing school harder than medical school? ›
As someone who is about to complete medical school, and who went through nursing school for a BSN, the knowledge gap between the two is exponential. In light of recent arguments made by militant nurses who argue that the required nursing courses to complete an associates degree or BSN is just as good as medical school.
What is the easiest nursing school? ›
University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY
With an acceptance rate of 96%, the university ranks as one of the easiest nursing schools to get into. Applicants should complete the online application for admission to the University and list pre-Nursing as the major of choice.
- Budget Plenty of Study Time. Studying for nursing tests takes time. ...
- Find Some Example Nursing Questions. ...
- Use A Study Group. ...
- Study With Your Learning Style. ...
- Put Facts On Repeat. ...
- Create Mnemonic Devices.
"According to the Guinness Book of World Records, a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing is the toughest degree to receive, and with good reason. The program is full of impossibly hard exams, countless clinical hours, and being covered in things that must not be named.Do you have to be smart to be a nurse? ›
Nope. In fact, nursing school has to be challenging because life as a nurse is challenging (but rewarding). There's a lot you have to know, and to really know something takes a lot of work, study, and practice.How many hours should a nursing student study? ›
Everyone is different, but in general, it is recommended that nursing school students study anywhere from 2-4 hours a day. Committing class material to memory is essential to becoming a registered nurse, so the more time studying, the better!What should a first year nursing student expect? ›
You will have lectures and seminars to attend but you will also be expected to complete background reading and other self-directed work. As an independent learner you need to get in to the habit of searching for evidence to guide your clinical practice from day one of the course.What are the easiest courses in college? ›
- Film History. If you're imagining that you'll be sitting in a theatre and watching films all the time, then you're only somewhat wrong. ...
- Creative Writing. There are infinite ways to tell a story. ...
- Physical Education. ...
- Psychology. ...
- Public Speaking. ...
- Anthropology. ...
- Art History. ...