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Practical Nursing

Be the difference in someone's life.


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Be the ultimate

Nurses have never been more important than they are today. Whether it's the latest health crisis or the realities of an aging population, the reasons we need them are many. Nurses are vital.

Nursing will offer you a lot of career options and you can usually take your pick. You may choose to work in a doctor's office or step up to meet the challenges of a busy emergency room.

From checking patient vitals for physicals to giving immunizations and dressing a sutured wound, the skills practical nurses bring to the table make them vital members of the healthcare team. Put your basic nursing and medical care skills to work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics and other healthcare facilities.

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Program Models
Become a healthcare hero.

Choose the traditional model if you're new to healthcare. The FLEX model offers more flexibility if you have already completed some course work and have experience in the medical field.

This program has special admissions requirements. Read the information below and get started today!

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Program Cost*

Paying for college is not as hard as you may think. Many of our students attend for little to no tuition cost.

Practical Nursing Diploma

$2,925 per semester

Practical Nursing/FLEX

$1,820 per semester

The cost of books, supplies, and fees may vary. Please see the appropriate Special Admissions Overview for more information.

*Based on 2021-22 full-time / in-county tuition


Please use the links below to access the Admissions Overview information for the program you want to apply to. These sheets contain vital information concerning required courses, detailed costs and rating sheets that will benefit you throughout the application process.

If you would like to better prepare for the special admissions process for one of these programs, our Health Science and Nursing Preparation Programs are a good place to start.


You must attend a Health Information Program (HIP) prior to receiving an application.

HIP sessions are currently available virtually via Zoom. You may attend an Online HIP Session if you can not attend a Zoom Session. Live Zoom sessions are highly recommended.

Please register for a Zoom session below. You will receive a confirmation email after registering. Once you have successfully attended a session, an application packet for your program will be emailed to you.

NOTE: 2023 HIP Sessions will be posted here when available. If you would like to be notified when sessions will begin, click the button below.

Susan Chavis

Susan Chavis

Nursing Program Coordinator


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The Associate Degree Nursing program at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College located in Orangeburg, SC is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.
Next Reaffirmation Spring 2027.

PN Student Outcomes

Academic YearGraduation RateFirst Time PN Board Pass RateProgram Completion RateSBTCE Job Placement Rate (includes students pursuing higher education)ACEN Job Placement Rate (excludes students pursuing higher education)
16-1760.94% 100%60.94%96.23% (reported in 17-18)89%
17-1873.85% 91.67%73.85%100% (reported in
18-1993.33%93.55%93.33%93.33% (reported in 19-20)75%

To review accreditation status, please visit the OCtech Program Accreditation/Approval page.