Nursing Program

One of the largest in South Carolina, Greenville Technical College’s Associate Degree Nursing 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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A career you can count on

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. That means tremendous opportunities as Greenville Technical College nursing graduates enter the workplace well prepared for success. 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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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.

The nursing courses are organized by concepts which are principles formed by combining characteristics. 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.

The nursing faculty believes that an active classroom will stimulate the nursing student to learn the complex material needed to promote the critical thinking required while working in the nursing profession. Active learning, also called student centered learning, is a process where the student engages in activities such as reading, writing, discussion, and problem solving to promote analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the content. Case studies, journaling, classroom and online discussions, debates, presentations, role playing and simulations are examples of activities that the student can expect in the active learning process.

Transfer options toward a BSN

BSN Bound means Bachelor of Science in Nursing after graduating from Greenville Technical College Nursing. Clemson and USC Upstate both have ADN to BSN programs and have outlined a curriculum for the ADN student to progress while at GTC and then further their degree at a 4 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 education online with USC Upstate to 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 through our partnership with USC Upstate.


South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, State Board of Nursing for South Carolina
Synergy Business Park, Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr., Suite 202
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 896-4550

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000 
Accreditation status: Continuing Accreditation

Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.

Program details and courses

Nursing (RN)
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.

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Post RN Specialty Courses

Post RN Specialty Courses allow current RNs to develop 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 Oncology Nursing, Management of High Risk Pregnancy and Critical Care, and many others. For specific current offerings, please call (864) 250-8216.

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Advanced Placement Nursing

Many times health care professionals in other areas decide to pursue a career as a registered nurse. Respiratory therapists, emergency medical technicians and licensed practical nurses all qualify to enter our Advanced Placement Nursing Program. Students who choose this path must still meet all of the college and Nursing program admissions requirements; they will receive credit for their prior education and will be placed in the program at a level appropriate to their transfer credits.

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Nursing Program Requirements

In addition to Greenville Technical College admissions process, outlined in these Enrollment Steps, students interested in a program in the Health and Wellness Division must also successfully complete the following:

Career Talk

Participating in a Career Talk session for your program is a requirement for all Health and Wellness Division students. The Career Talk presentation for Nursing is conducted online. Click the link below to view the presentation.

Career Talk presentation for Nursing

Please note: ALL Advanced Nursing Program students must still participate in mandatory face-to-face career talk in addition to the online presentation for nursing.  See the full Career Talk schedule for dates and times. 

Division Policies

The Nursing program strictly adheres to all the Health and Wellness Division policies, which are detailed on the division admissions information page.

Supplemental Admissions Process  

Students are admitted Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Seating Process:
Submit a weighted admission form between the dates of Mar. 15 – May 15 for potential admission into one of the fall classes. Submit a weighted admission form between the dates of July 15 – Sept. 15 for potential admission into one of the spring/summer classes.

  • Students with the highest scores will receive an admissions letter, letter of intent, criminal background information sheet and physical exam with detailed written requirements.
  • To reserve a seat, accepted students must pay $100 non-refundable deposit, complete the physical exam form (physical may not be more than 12 months prior to beginning NUR courses), and complete criminal background information sheet by due date set in admission letter. Continued enrollment is contingent upon a crime-free criminal background check and negative drug screening. 

 Associate Degree Nursing Admissions Form (pdf)
 Advanced Placement Admissions Form (pdf) 

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. Please see full details in the TEAS Information Sheet (pdf).

Transfer from another Nursing Program

Students desiring transfer from another nursing program must meet all admission criteria and be eligible to progress into the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) program.   

  • A letter from the Dean or Program Director is required to document progression eligibility, good standing, and ACEN status.  
  • All general education courses must be complete and the nursing courses to be transferred must be current within 2 years.
  • Theory and clinical knowledge must be validated through exams and skills competencies.

Nursing Clinical Transfer Advisor: Lydia Dunaway, Assistant Dean, Nursing/Science Building (117, Office 132), (864) 250-8542 or

Student Organization

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 at or find us on Facebook at GTC Student Nurses Association.


The Nursing Program 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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (pdf)

Program Outcomes Presentation (pdf)