Practical Nursing Diploma
About the Diploma
Learn basic health science and the technical skills necessary to care for patients with common medical conditions. Work under the guidance of a registered nurse or physician in a variety of healthcare settings. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) in order to be designated as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Please see our special admissions requirements.
Special Admissions Requirements
- Due to the limited availability of slots in these programs, admission is competitive.
- OCtech seeks to identify students who can achieve at an appropriate level in the curriculum and diversity among its student population.
Please review carefully: PN Admissions Overview
Health Information Program
To receive an application for this program, you must first complete a Health Information Program (HIP).
Note: Campus-based HIP sessions are temporarily suspended at this time due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please use the link below to take advantage of our online session to receive your application package.
Online HIP Session
This program requires the use of a laptop computer.
Students may purchase one from the OCtech Bookstore or provide their own device. A laptop may be purchased using financial aid or scholarship funds. Students are also encouraged to purchase a support package, extended warranties and/or accidental coverage for their device.
If you have your own laptop, it must
• have a USB port
• be capable of adding a second browser, such as Chrome, Edge or Firefox
• be capable of downloading a free Office 365 license provided by OCtech
• be capable of playing and recording audio and video
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The Practical Nursing Diploma program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; 404.975.5000; www.acenursing.org.
|Academic Year||Graduation Rate||First Time PN Board Pass Rate||Program Completion Rate||SBTCE Job Placement Rate (includes students pursuing higher education)||ACEN Job Placement Rate (excludes students pursuing higher education)|
|15-16||77.05%||90.57%||77.05%||100% (reported in |
|16-17||60.94%||100%||60.94%||96.23% (reported in 17-18)||89%|
|17-18||73.85%||91.66%||73.85%||100% (reported in |
To review accreditation status, please visit the OCtech Program Accreditation/Approval page.
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College will host a site visit for continuing accreditation of its Practical Nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
You are invited to meet with the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled:
September 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
3250 St. Matthews Road
Orangeburg, SC 29118
Building C, Room 118.
Written comments are welcome and should be submitted directly to:
Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All written comments should be received by ACEN by August 31, 2019
Meet a Graduate
"This program is stellar, and I definitely feel like it prepared me for my next steps. Schools like OCtech provide an opportunity for people who may not be able to get an education otherwise. All of my instructors were instrumental in shaping who I am as a nurse today."