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

  • If you need to take any of the courses requirements listed in the Overview, you can start those now.  Visit our Health Science and Nursing Prep page for more information.
  • 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.

Health Information Program

Note:To receive an application for this program, you must first complete a Health Information Program (HIP).

  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • The HIP session requires applicants’ undivided attention. Please do not schedule any other work/activities during the HIP session.
Date TimeRegistration
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
12:00 p.m.
Private Meeting Registration Link
Monday, June 14, 202110:00 a.m.
Private Meeting Registration Link
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
2:00 p.m.
Private Meeting Registration Link
Thursday, July 8, 2021
6:00 p.m.
Private Meeting Registration Link
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
10:00 a.m.
Private Meeting Registration Link
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
4:00 p.m.
Private Meeting Registration Link


Online HIP sessions are also available.  Use this link to access session:  Online Health Information Program

Degrees Available

Special Requirements

Career Outlook

FAQs & Additional Information

Quick Facts

Flex Program
OCtech's PN program has a FLEX option if you need a less traditional way to get your diploma. See Special Requirements.


Nursing Accrediting agency (ACEN) logo

The Practical  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.

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.


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: mstoll@acenursing.org

All written comments should be received by ACEN by August 31, 2019

Program Coordinator

Susan Chavis
Flex Nursing Program Coordinator

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."

— Cerrissa Hugie, Practical Nursing Class of 2014