Photo: TCL nursing Instructor Lynda Buss (right) assists a student in a simulation exercise using “Sim-Man,” a life-like manikin housed in TCL’s on-campus laboratory that simulates medical conditions ranging from allergic reactions to heart attacks, helping nursing students learn using real-life scenarios.
The Technical College of the Lowcountry is accepting applications until September 3, 2013, for spring 2014 entry into its associate degree in nursing (ADN) program. Classes start in January.
“Prospective students don’t have to wait until next fall to start pursuing their dreams of becoming a nurse,” health sciences dean Marge Sapp said. “The sooner students start the program, the sooner they’ll finish and be able to enter a high-paying nursing career.”
TCL’s two-year ADN program prepares graduates to practice as registered nurses. Students experience on-campus learning using high-tech simulation equipment and receive additional hands-on practice at clinical sites located throughout Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties.
“The TCL nursing program in particular is rigorous but produces extremely qualified and successful graduates, giving them the confidence they need to walk proudly into the nursing field,” nursing program director Sharon Beasley said.
TCL has campuses in Beaufort, Bluffton and Hampton. And with S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance, South Carolina residents can pay around $850 a semester for full-time tuition, regardless of need or income.
In addition, TCL offers in-state tuition to military members and their spouses who are stationed in Beaufort and to residents of Chatham and Effingham counties in Georgia.
For more information, please call 843.525.8267 or visit www.tcl.edu/health.
THE CAREER AT A GLANCE:
- The career outlook for registered nurses is exceptional – employment is expected to grow much faster than the average at 26 percent from 2010 to 2020.
- Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives.
- In 2012, the annual mean wage for registered nurses in South Carolina was $58,940
*According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.