Diploma – Health Science Practical Nursing

Semester hours required for graduation: 48

Advisors: Dr. Heather Anderson, Kimberly Coles, Cyndi Koehler


The Practical Nursing program is 40 weeks in length (three consecutive semesters) and includes 48 credit hours of combined nursing and general education courses. Students receive classroom instruction, laboratory practice, and clinical nursing experience in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, geriatric and community practice settings. Through guided learning experiences, students provide nursing care to patients with basic health needs. Students work as members of the health care team under the supervision of a registered nurse. Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-PN examination. Prior to entering the program, prospective students must take the Pre-Admission TEAS Exam and score a 60 or higher.  All PNR courses require an 80% competency for program progression.


General Admission Criteria for Admission:


  1. Meet admission criteria to WTC
  2. Have a minimum placement test scores from one of the following tests SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER (college placement test). If the minimum placement test scores are not achieved as outlined by WTC, a developmental studies course sequence will be required and will not be able to progress into the practical nursing program
  3. Score an adjusted cut score of 60 or higher on the TEAS entrance exam. Students are not eligible to take TEAS until successful completion of nay developmental courses as indicated in number 2 above. The student is not eligible to take TEAS if their GPA is below a 2.0.
  4. The TEAS exam fee is the student responsibility.
  5. The student must be at least 17 years of age by August 1 of the year of acceptance and possess either a high school diploma (Official transcript), or GED (show documentation)
  6. The student must have an overall GPA 2.0 prior to being able to take TEAS
  7. The student must have applied for (show documentation) and official transcripts from all colleges and universities.
  8. General education courses may be taken with, or prior to entering the PN nursing courses.

BIO-210, and BIO-211- must be completed within 7 years of entering the 1st nursing course. Passed with a C or higher

PSY-201, MAT-101, or MAT-108 and ENG-101- must be completed within 10 years of entering the first nursing course (unless taken at WTC) with a C or better

  1. Only course less than 10 years old with a grade a C or higher may be considered for Transfer and transfer credit.
  2. Less than 10 years from old from any regionally accredited may require additional supporting documentation
  3. Once the criteria have been met, the student is placed on the qualified waiting list. The student will receive a letter from the nursing admission office with a projected future practical nursing program start date.
  4. Hold spot fee is $125.00 dollars non-refundable and non-transferable must be paid before the mandatory orientation
  5. The student must attend the mandatory orientation or they will forfeit their nursing seat



First Time Student Criteria Admission:

  1. Admitted to WTC through the admissions Department
  2. Complete ACCUPLACER SCORES test with scores
  3. All high school and college transcripts must be on file with WTC admissions Department prior to taking the TEAS Entrance EXAM


Transfer Student Criteria for Admission:

  1. Complete the application process.
  2. Be admitted to WTC and submit official transcript from transferring institution, as well as all transcripts from any university. /college and the High school the student graduated from or GED program and show documentation
  3. Provide the Dean of Health of Health Science with each nursing course syllabus including objectives and clinical evaluation.
  4. The student will begin the PNR-110 course
  5. All students including transfer students must take the TEAS examination and pass with a 60 or higher
  6. All documents will be reviewed with the Nursing admission committee. Admission by transfer is on space available basis
  7. Must be admitted to WTC within one year being in a past PN or ADN nursing program
  8. Must have a 2.0 GPA


Entrance EXAM: The test of essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The TEAS is standardized test developed by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). The TEAS provides assessment data regarding a student’s overall academic preparedness. The TEAS test is a requirement for the admission process into the Practical Nursing Program at WTC.

  1. Have to make a 60 or higher
  2. Can take the TEAS as many times as needed
  3. Register early as seating is limited on a first-come, first serve basis.
  4. Test is from 8-12
  5. Applicants for the TEAS must be admitted to the College through the Office of Admission PRIOR to applying for the TEAS. Contact wonderful Collins at 843-355-4164, collinsw@wiltech.edu
  6. The completed examination application form is non-refundable and non-transferable and the cost is $90.00 DOLLARS. This must be paid at the WTC business office (Building A lobby area).
  7. Please provide accurate contact information on the TEAS form. Make sure there is a working telephone number and an accurate email address.
  8. Space is limited and testing slots are offered on a first –come first serve basis
  9. Applicants MUST arrive at the test site no later than 7:50 on the test date. There will be no admittance to the Test site after that.
  10. Applicants must show a valid driver’s license at the site on the day of the test
  11. The test administered on a computer and will take at least 3-4 hours to complete
  12. No electronic equipment (calculators, cell phones, purses, pagers, PDA, computers etc..) or other materials will be allowed in the room. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in expulsion from the test site.
  13. Applicants to the WTC Practical Nursing Program must take TEAS test any time after AUGUST of the year you intend to enter and make an adjusted score of 60 or above to qualify.
  14. Successful completion of the TEAS does not guarantee admission to the WTC practical nursing program


Practical Nursing Program Matriculation:

  1. Attend mandatory orientation. If the student does not attend he or she will forfeit their seat
  2. Submit a physical examination health form certifying acceptable physical and mental fitness to enter the program
  3. Submit a copy of current CPR completion BLS only from American Heart Association. It must include health care provider, Infant, child, adult, 1-2-man rescue, AED training, Heimlich maneuver.
  4. Submit criminal background check to the participating healthcare facilities. They will determine if a student is eligible for entry into their respective clinical site. If the student is determined ineligible for clinical placement at any one of the facilities, then that student is dismissed from the Practical Nursing
  5. Additional acceptance/ technical standards include students who are able to independently engage in educational activities and clinical training activities in a manner that will not endanger clients/patients/residents/or other students, staff members, faculty, themselves or the public
  6. Proof of a 12-16 panel drug screen completed and documented by WTC


Academic Progression in the Nursing Program:


In order to progress in the nursing program, the student must:

  1. Earn a minimum grade of C in all general education and nursing courses
  2. Receive satisfactory ratings in all clinical evaluations
  3. Submit evidence of current CPR American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider
  4. Be covered by professional liability (included in tuition and fees)
  5. Submit a completed Physical Examination health form at the program matriculation including documentation of required vaccines, and titers
  6. Meet all program and course requirements according to the student handbook


A student earning less than a C in a nursing or general education course will not be allowed to advance to the next sequential course and is required to withdraw from the practical nursing program with eligibility for readmission. A student earning less than a C in a second nursing or general education course will be dismissed from the program with the eligibility of admission after a five-year period.


Criminal record check: All direct caregivers must obtain a criminal record check as designated by clinical agencies. Persons convicted of or pled no contest to, including but not limited to child, or adult abuse, sexual assault with a deadly weapon, neglect, or mistreatment or misappropriation of property, are not permitted to work as direct caregivers. More stringent requirements are often enforced by individual clinical agencies. Students who have convictions as described above will not be allowed.

A “positive” finding on a criminal background check including but not limited to, an arrest, conviction, or no-contest plea could automatically exclude a candidate from being admitted or progressing through the program.

Candidates with any criminal history are responsible for having their records expunged prior to the running of a background check. Failure to do so and resulting “positive” finding could exclude that candidate from final admission to the program since that candidate will be ineligible to participate in clinical rotations. Candidates may reapply the following year after their record has been expunged.

At any point in the program, a “positive” finding in a drug test that excludes a student from admission into a clinical site will lead to his or her removal from the program

Graduation times may vary according to course availability and or individual course load. Consult faculty Advisor.