The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program prepares graduates to function as competent registered nurses who are caring and sensitive to diversity and use critical thinking and technology to provide care in structured settings for patients and their families/significant others. Throughout the program, the student has planned clinical experiences to complement classroom learning and to enhance skills in the application of nursing principles and associated technology. The scheduling of clinical experiences varies throughout the nursing program.

The Associate Degree Nursing program at Central Carolina Technical College at the Health Sciences Center located in Sumter, South Carolina is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the South Carolina Labor, Licensing, and Regulation Board of nursing, 110 Centerview Drive, Columbia, SC 29210, Phone (803) 896-4300, https://llr.sc.gov/nurse/To apply for RN licensing in South Carolina, a graduate must complete an application to include an Affidavit of Eligibility indicating lawful presence in the United States.

Requirements for the program are subject to change without notice in order to meet requirements of the South Carolina LLR Board of Nursing, the South Carolina Technical College System, and ACEN.

Successful completion of the ADN program does not guarantee licensure to practice as a registered nurse.

Application Deadline

The Associate Degree Nursing program has a limited competitive enrollment and students must apply with their academic advisor by the deadline.

  • Fall Admission – May 31
  • Spring Admission – August 31

NOTE: If the deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline date is the next business day.

Admission Criteria
  • Graduate from an accredited high school or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate.
  • Meet the general enrollment requirements of Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) and the requirements for Health Sciences students.
  • Submit all official transcripts (including high school and all regionally accredited institutions) to the Student Records Office no later than two weeks prior to the admission deadline. Transcripts must be received by May 15 or August 15.
  • Meet one of the following three entry options.
    1. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): 500 (Evidenced Based Reading and Writing) and 530 Math and placement into BIO 210, ENG 101, and MAT 110 or MAT 120.
    2. The American College Test (ACT): 22 composite and placement into BIO 210, ENG 101, and MAT 110 or MAT 120.
    3. The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS): “Proficient”, “Advanced” or “Exemplary” and completion of 17 credit hours (BIO 210, BIO 211, ENG 101, MAT 110 or MAT 120, and PSY 201) with a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). No grade may be lower than a “C”.

Combining test scores (SAT, ACT, or TEAS) from different dates is not allowed. Test scores older than five years are not accepted. Version 5.0 of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) may be substituted for TEAS. There may be a waiting time between repeat testing.

Admission GPA is calculated on the following prerequisite courses: BIO 210, BIO 211, ENG 101, MAT 110 or MAT 120 and PSY 201.

The general education courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Grades from all institutions are subject to this policy.

Credit awarded as “E” to a student through advanced standing will not be calculated in the admission program GPA.

The applicant will be ranked based upon scoring on the SAT, ACT or TEAS entry option.

Meeting the criteria does not guarantee admission to the program.

All NUR courses that include a laboratory/clinical practicum component may have flexible schedules. Students enrolled in NUR 221 may be required to attend a clinical preceptor practicum between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and/or 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Monday through Sunday.

Progression Standards

Failure to meet progression standards will result in suspension from the program:

  • The student will maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in general education core courses and nursing courses combined.
  • The student will successfully complete all components of a nursing program course (theory and clinical) to pass the course. Failing the clinical component results in a course grade of “F” regardless of the time in the semester, and the student is ineligible to receive a “W” or “WA”.
  • The student will sequentially complete (without interruption) the nursing program courses over 5 semesters.
  • The general education courses and nursing program courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Grades from all institutions are subject to this policy.
  • A grade less than a “C”, a withdrawal (“W”, “WA”, or “WF”), failure to complete a pre- or co-requisite course, or failure to progress in the program will be considered as one semester attempt to complete nursing program course.
  • The student may apply for readmission to repeat a NUR course based on space availability, as long as the nursing program is completed in 7 semesters. Any student unable to complete the program in 7 semesters, may apply for admission beginning with the first nursing course (NUR 101/NUR 106).
  • The student will maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Provider certification through the American Heart Association. Online certification/recertification is not accepted.
  • The student will maintain current documentation of health status according to program requirements.
Transfers or Readmissions
  • The student who has been unsuccessful (received a grade of “D”, “F”, “W”, “WA”, or “WF”) or failed to progress in the program at CCTC or any other institution must request admission/readmission to the program from the Nursing Admission and Transfer Committee based on space available. The student may request special consideration from the Nursing Admission and Transfer Committee.
  • The student will complete all course requirements within one and one-half times the length of the program (7 semesters) of the starting date of the first nursing course (NUR 101/NUR 106).
  • For readmission, the student must have a minimum 2.0 program GPA in general education courses and nursing program courses combined.
  • The student seeking transfer must meet all admission requirements and upon request submit syllabi, course outlines, and catalogs from the former institution for review. The student must request transfer from the Nursing Admission and Transfer Committee and must follow specific guidelines outlined by the committee.
  • The student must complete 25% of required courses at CCTC to be eligible to receive an associate degree.
Program Outcomes

Outcome: Associate Degree Nursing Program Graduate NCLEX-RN First-Time Passing Rate Expected Level of Achievement: Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program will pass the NCLEX-RN the first-time taken at a rate equal to or above the state and national pass rates.

YearNumber Graduates TestedNumber of Graduates Passed First-TimeCCTC First-Time NCLEX-RN Pass RateSouth Carolina First-Time NCLEX-RN Pass RateNational First-Time NCLEX-RN Pass Rate
2014978386%87%79%
2015626097%89%82%
2016716794%87%82%
2017868397%90%90%
2018858398%92%88.3%
2019928289%83%88.2%
2020975890.72%90.45%86.58%

Source: National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Exam Statistics & Publications. Retrieved from https://www.ncsbn.org/1237.htm
South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, South Carolina Board of Nursing. Retrieved from  https://llr.sc.gov/nurse/pdf/NursingPrograms/NCLEXRNPassRate.pdf

Outcome: Associate Degree Nursing Program Graduation Rate
Expected level of Achievement: 85% of the students entering the first nursing course will graduate from the Associate Degree Nursing program at the end of one and one-half time the length (3 years) allotted for the program.  (Aggregated statistics)

Semester/Year AdmittedNumber Students AdmittedNumber Students Admitted (Transition)Semester/Year GraduatedNumber Graduates Includes TransitionGraduation Rate
Fall 20156510Spring 201748 64%
Spring 2016698Summer 20173849%
Semester/Year AdmittedNumber Students AdmittedSemester/Year GraduatedNumber Graduates (excludes transition students)Student Graduation Rate
Fall 201655Spring 20183666%
Spring 201762Summer 20183963%
Fall 201772Spring 20193447%
Spring 201866Summer 20194365%
Fall 201870Spring 20205274%
Spring 201970Summer 20203651%
Fall 201966Spring 2021
Spring 202070Summer 2021
Fall 202048Spring 2022

Expected level of Achievement: 70% of the students entering the program will graduate from the Associate Degree Nursing program at the end of one and one-half time the length (7 semesters) of the program. (Disaggregated statistics – Revision August 2017)

Outcome: Associate Degree Nursing Program of Graduate Employment Rate
Expected level of Achievement: 85% of graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program will be employed in nursing within 6 to 9 months of graduation.

Fiscal YearNumber of GraduatesEmployed in Related JobIn-SchoolIn-School and in JobUnknownPlaced in Job or SchoolTotal Percent Placed
2012-2013676434067100%
2013-2014858211028398%
2014-201569661226797%
2015-201675694717398%
2016-20178328055083100%

Source:  Central Carolina Technical College Research & I.E/Program Evaluation.
Expected Level of Achievement: 85% of graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program will be employed in nursing within 9 to 12 months of graduation.  Revision August 2017

Fiscal YearNumber of GraduatesEmployed in Related JobIn-SchoolIn-School and in jobUnknownPlaced in Job or SchoolTotal Percent Placed
2017-2018653822414095%
2018-2019734612604799%
2019-202086

Source:  Central Carolina Technical College Research & I.E/Program Evaluation.


Program Contact:

Cheryl DeGraw

Department Chair, Nursing

(803) 778-7808 ext. 408

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Developmental Courses

This program of study requires that all developmental courses be completed prior to graduation. These developmental courses may or may not be prerequisites to courses required in the program. Developmental courses are determined by placement tests taken at the time of admission into the College. The developmental courses are MAT 013 and RWR 032. These courses do not count for credit in any program of study.

Following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner: Courses from one semester need to be completed prior to advancing to the next semester.

General Education Core Courses

Course Code
Course Title
Class Hours
Lab Hours
Credit Hours

BIO 225

3

3

4

FALL ADMISSION - SEMESTER I (FALL)

Course Code
Course Title
Class Hours
Lab Hours
Credit Hours

FALL ADMISSION - SEMESTER II (SPRING)

Course Code
Course Title
Class Hours
Lab Hours
Credit Hours

FALL ADMISSION - SEMESTER III (SUMMER)

Course Code
Course Title
Class Hours
Lab Hours
Credit Hours

BIO 225

3

3

4

FALL ADMISSION - SEMESTER IV (FALL)

Course Code
Course Title
Class Hours
Lab Hours
Credit Hours

NUR 214

2.5

4.5

4

FALL ADMISSION - SEMESTER V (SPRING)

Course Code
Course Title
Class Hours
Lab Hours
Credit Hours

SPRING ADMISSION - SEMESTER I (SPRING)

Course Code
Course Title
Class Hours
Lab Hours
Credit Hours

SPRING ADMISSION - SEMESTER II (SUMMER)

Course Code
Course Title
Class Hours
Lab Hours
Credit Hours

SPRING ADMISSION - SEMESTER III (FALL)

Course Code
Course Title
Class Hours
Lab Hours
Credit Hours

BIO 225

3

3

4

SPRING ADMISSION - SEMESTER IV (SPRING)

Course Code
Course Title
Class Hours
Lab Hours
Credit Hours

NUR 214

2.5

4.5

4

SPRING ADMISSION - SEMESTER V (SUMMER)

Course Code
Course Title
Class Hours
Lab Hours
Credit Hours