General Information

The Marion County School of Practical Nursing is located at the Academy for Careers and Technology in Marion, South Carolina. The program is approved by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Board of Nursing. It is provided support by the South Carolina State Department of Education, Office of Health Science Technology.  It is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN),  (3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000). Program objectives are achievable in an eighteen month course of study, consisting of two nine month segments (Phase I and Phase II) that correspond with the public school calendar. Classes begin annually in August and end in May. Phase I students attend classes from 8:30 until 11:10 each day. Phase II students have a full-time schedule, attending classes from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm three days a week. Clinical is scheduled two days a week from 7:30 am until 2:30 pm.

The program consists of a total of 1,496 clock hours, of which 447 are clinical and/or lab hours. There are no college credit hours given for any of the courses. However, since 2001 a model was approved in South Carolina that awards 15 hours of nursing credits to graduates of practical nursing programs towards articulation with an approved registered nursing program in the state.

The purpose of the Marion County School of Practical Nursing is to provide quality nursing education, incorporating professional work ethics, to meet the changing needs of healthcare. One hundred percent of graduates find jobs and historically work in long term care facilities, hospitals and physicians' offices. Other career opportunities are available and many graduates continue their nursing education.

The philosophy of the nursing program is congruent with the philosophy of the Academy for Careers and Technology. Additionally, the nursing program subscribes to additional beliefs about the practice of nursing. These beliefs serve as the program's conceptual framework, and the curriculum and objectives flow from this. These objectives support the PEW  Health Professions Commission's Competencies for 2005 and the 21 Competencies for the Twenty-first Century. Upon completion of the program, the graduate of the Marion County School of Practical Nursing should be able to:

1. use critical thinking to assist with assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of all persons across the lifespan.

2. demonstrate the ability to communicate and interact effectively and appropriately.

3. demonstrate ethical and professional behaviors as evidenced by his/her life as a nurse.

4. utilize the knowledge and skills necessary to make decisions regarding the management of nursing care.

5. participate in life-long learning, as evidenced by pursuit of informal and/or formal education, etc.

6. provide evidenced-based, clinically competent, culturally sensitive nursing care for all persons across the lifespan.

7. promote and assist with the maintenance of the health of all persons across the lifespan or assist a person to a peaceful death.

8. participate as an integral member of the healthcare team, recognizing the contributions of all members.

9. become licensed to practice nursing and practice within the legal boundaries as a licensed practical nurse.

Reasonable accommodations may be made that allow disabled students to be successful. Accommodations may be provided for those students who submit appropriate documentation by an outside/independent professional evaluator or agency. For information, contact the Associate Director/Guidance Counselor at the Academy for Careers and Technology.