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Academic Programs

The University of South Carolina Lancaster offers the following academic degrees:

    Associate in Arts
    Associate in Science
    Associate in Science degree in the following concentrations: business, technical nursing, and criminal justice

Two to three years of credit toward a baccalaureate degree offered by other institutions is also offered in many areas.

Associate’s Degree Programs

Associate in Arts and Associate in Science

The University of South Carolina Lancaster offers the Associate in Arts degree and the Associate in Science degree to those students who have earned 60 hours of credit approved by the dean of USC Lancaster. These degrees are awarded to those students who have completed the following requirements:

Associate in Arts

Required Courses
Semester Hours
ENGL 101, ENGL 102 (must earn grades of C or higher)
6

History (Two courses from HIST 101 OR HIST 102; HIST 111 OR HIST 112; HIST 104, 205, 106, 107, OR 109)
6
Numerical and Analytical Reasoning

Option 1--Mathematics*: MATH 111 or MATH 111I and next higher MATH (other than 112, 115, 221, 222, or 399)

MATH 115 and next higher MATH (other than 221, 222, or 399)

MATH 122 OR 141 and next higher MATH (other than 221, 222, and 399)

MATH 122 OR 141 and CSCE, PHIL 110, PHIL 111, STAT 110, or STAT 201

Option 2--Computer Science, Logic, Statistics: two courses in CSCE OR PHIL 110 and PHIL 111 OR STAT 110 and STAT 201

6-8
*Depending on Math placement score
Natural Science (One lab science course from ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, GEOG 201, GEOG 202, GEOL, MSCI, or PHYS)
4
Social and Behavioral Sciences (AFRO, ANTH, CRJU, ECON, GEOG [except 201 or 202], POLI, PSYC, SOCY, WOST)
6

Humanities and Fine Arts (One course from ARTE, ARTH, ARTS, MUSC, THEA [not theatre production or performance labs] AND foreign language course through 110 or a score of 2 or better on placement test** AND English literature [200 or above])

12
**If foreign language requirement is met through placement, additional humanities courses to be chosen from ARTE, ARTH, ARTS, ENGL 200 or above, FILM, foreign language, HIST, MUSC, PHIL [other than 110 and 111], RELG, THEA, SPCH
Electives (Courses sufficient ot have earned a total of 60 hours. No more than 3 hours of PEDU will be considered for degree credit.)
18-20
Total
60

Associate in Science

Required Courses
Semester Hours
ENGL 101, ENGL 102 (must earn grades of C or higher)
6
Numerical and Analytical Reasoning (Math 111 or MATH 111I* and next higher MATH other than 112, 115, 221, 222, or 399** OR MATH 115 and next higher MATH (other than 221, 222, and 399 OR MATH 122 and 141 AND CSCE 102 or higher OR STAT 110 or higher)
6-11
*Dependent upon Math placement score
**May include MATH 111/112 or MATH 115 but not both
Natural Sciences (ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, GEOL, MSCI, or PHYS)
8
Social and Behavioral Sciences (AFRO, ANTH, CRJU, ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOCY, WGST)
6
Humanities and Fine Arts (Minimum of 9 hours from ARTE, ARTH, ARTS, MUSC, THEA [not theatre production or performance labs] AND foreign language course through the 110 level or a score of 2 or better on placement test*** AND HIST [100 level])
9-12
***If foreign language requirement is met through placement, additional humanities courses to be chosen from ARTE, ARTH, ARTS, ENGL, FILM, FORL, HIST, MUSC, PHIL, RELG, THEA, SPCH
Electives (Courses sufficient ot have earned a total of 60 hours. No more than 3 hours of PEDU will be considered for degree credit.)
17-25
Total
60

In addition to the requirements stated above, students must also meet the following criteria for an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree:

1. 2.00 GPA or better (does not include course grades earned by challenge examinations);

2. final 15 semester hours earned at USC Lancaster.

Many students who enter the Associate in Arts or the Associate in Science degree programs intend to apply these credits toward a baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution. These students are advised to work closely with their academic advisors to outline a program of study for the first two years that will meet preliminary requirements of the four-year major they wish to pursue.

Other Associate’s Degrees

In addition to the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science degrees, USC Lancaster offers associate degrees in the following fields: business, technical nursing, and criminal justice. Students must also meet the following criteria:

1. 2.00 GPA or better (does not include course grades earned by challenge examinations);

2. final 15 semester hours must be earned at USC Lancaster;

3. grade of C or above in ENGL 101 and 102.

Business Curriculum

The Associate in Science in Business degree seeks to provide educational opportunities that will prepare students for careers in business and industry as well as meet many of the preliminary requirements for four-year majors in the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management.

The associate degree business program is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. 

Required Courses

General Education (24)
Semester Hours
ENGL 101 (must earn a grade of C or higher)
3
ENGL 102 (must earn a grade of C or higher)
3
HIST 111, 112, POLI 201, POLI 341, POLI 370, or fine arts course*
3
PSYC OR SOCY
3
SPCH 140
3
ECON 221, ECON 222, ECON 224, FINA 301, or FINA 364
3
Foreign langauge through the 110 level or a score of 2 or better on placement test (Spanish recommended)**
3
*Fine arts to be chosen from ARTE, ARTH, MUSC, THEA (not theatre production or performance labs)
**If foreign language requirement met through placement, additional humanities courses to be chosen from ARTE, ARTH, ARTS, ENGL, FILM, foreign language, HIST, MUSC, PHIL, RELG, THEA, SPCH
B. Math and Science (7-8)
One lab science course from ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, GEOG 201, GEOG 202, GEOL, MSCI, or PHYS
4
One course from MATH 122 or 141, CSCE 102, PHIL 110, STAT 110, STAT 201
3-4

Related Area Courses (12)

ACCT 225 or RETL 261
3
TSTM 240 or ACCT 324
3
FINA 369 or PHIL 311 or PHIL 318
3
MGMT 371
3

Professional Concentration Courses

TSTM 143
3
TSTM 164
3
TSTM 270
3
TSTM 342 or ENGL 463
3
MGSC 290 or TSTM 264
3

Electives

Courses sufficient to have earned a total of 60 hours. No more than 3 hours of PEDU will be considered for degree credit.
1-3
Total
60

In addition to the requirements stated above, students must also meet the following criteria for an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree:

1. 2.00 GPA or better (does not include course grades earned by challenge examinations);

2. final 15 semester hours earned at USC Lancaster.

Associate Degree Nursing Program

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is a cooperative program between York Technical College and the University of South Carolina Lancaster and is fully approved by the Board of Nursing for South Carolina and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares men and women for the practice of registered nursing to provide direct client care across the life span. The practice of the associate degree nurse is primarily directed toward clients who have health needs and require assistance to maintain or restore their optimum state of health or support to die with dignity. The associate degree nurse is prepared to address acute and chronic health care needs and common well-defined health care problems in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and certain community health agencies.

The graduate of an associate degree nursing program functions in three basic roles within the health care delivery system: provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Computer Adaptive Testing of the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses. Graduates who successfully pass the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses are eligible to apply for licensure to practice as a registered nurse in any of the 50 states or U.S. territories.

There are legal limitations for state licensure in South Carolina for graduates with prior convictions and/or disciplinary action. The policy from the Board of Nursing for South Carolina will be distributed to all applicants by Student Services/Office of Admissions. The policy is also in the Nursing Student Manual, which is distributed the first day of class. Clinical facilities may require drug screens and/or background checks before allowing students to participate in clinical rotations. Students participating in clinicals may be required to have a drug screen at any time during their rotation. Students accepted to the program must be eligible to attend clinicals at all facilities.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program must meet the entrance requirements of the parent institution.* Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program requires the student to be a high-school graduate or equivalent. Students must complete one course of high-school, college-preparatory general chemistry with a minimum grade of C or complete one college chemistry course with a minimum grade of C prior to acceptance into the nursing program.

And one of the following:

1. SAT score of 920 (480 verbal, 440 math) if taken after April 1, 1995, or 800 (400 verbal, 400 math) if taken before April 1, 1995, or ACT score of 20 (21 verbal, 19 math)

OR

2. Completion of all approved general education courses (below) with a GPA of 2.50 or higher.

BIOL 243 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 243L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
BIOL 244 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 244L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
PSYC 101 General Psychology
BIOL 250 Microbiology
BIOL 250L Microbiology Laboratory
MATH 111 College Algebra
ENGL 101 Composition
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature
Minimum of 3 approved electives (one elective must be chosen from humanities)

All biophysical science courses must have been completed within seven years prior to admission to this nursing program.

*Students are expected to graduate from the school where the initial nursing course is taken.

To enhance potential for success in the program, the faculty recommends completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program and work experience as a CNA.

Admission by Transfer

Transfer credit may be granted for courses taken in another associate or baccalaureate degree nursing program to a student meeting the following criteria:

1. The student must meet present admission criteria to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

2. The student must submit a letter from the previous school attended stating that he/she left in good standing and is eligible for readmission.

3. The student must provide the nursing department manager with a detailed course syllabus showing course and unit objectives and a clinical evaluation tool indicating criteria met in the clinical component of the courses. Courses for which transfer credit is given must meet the objectives of the comparable York Technical College/University of South Carolina Lancaster courses.

4. The student must demonstrate competencies in the course to be transferred either by exam, by previous grade and documentation, or both.

5. The Nursing Evaluation Committee will review requests for transfer credit and will make a recommendation for official action to the registrar/admissions officer.

6. The York Technical College/University of South Carolina Lancaster Cooperative Nursing Program is considered by the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina to be one nursing program administered jointly by York Technical College and the University of South Carolina Lancaster. Only those students in good standing who are eligible for readmission will be considered for transfer.

7. Admission by transfer is on a space-available basis.

LPN Advanced Placement

Students will be admitted based on the South Carolina Statewide Articulation Model.

Direct Transfer:

A minimum of 15 semester hours of nursing credit will be awarded without educational mobility testing or validation if the applicant meets the following criteria:

  • graduate from an NLNAC-accredited school of nursing
  • has a current, active LPN license
  • meets admission and progression requirements of York Technical College and the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

Individual Validation:

Individual validation of credit awarded will be determined by the receiving institution through exemption testing if the applicant is a:

  • graduate from a non-NLNAC-accredited program
  • graduate from a non-credit bearing program.

A minimum of 15 semester hours of nursing credit will be awarded upon completion of validation if the applicant meets the following criteria:

  • has a current, active license
  • meets admission requirements of York Technical College and the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

Other requirements:

1. must have completed health form

2. current healthcare provider CPR certification

3. proof of health insurance

4. proof of liability insurance (through York Technical College)

5. criminal background check required for clinical rotation

6. LPN's admitted to the ADN program are required to enroll in LANU L299 Transition Nursing and complete the course with a grade of C or better. Candidates may take LANU L299 before the first nursing course or simultaneously with the first nursing courses taken.

Program of Study

In order to receive an Associate in Science degree in technical nursing, students must complete 68 semester hours of study.

Freshman Year
Fall
Spring
ENGL 101*, 102*
3
3
*BIOL 243,243L, 244, 244L
4
4
*LANU 104
4
0
*LANU 106
2
0
*LANU 206
2
0
*LANU 159
0
6
*LANU 211
0
4
PSYC 101
3
0
Summer
Summer I
*LANU 209
5
Sophomore Year
Fall
Spring
*LANU 229
6
0
*LANU 214
0
4
*LANU 219
0
4
*BIOL 250, 250L
4
0
*MATH 111
3
3
Elective (one elective must be chosen from humanities)
3
5
Total
68

*Courses that require a minimum grade of C

Nursing classes include campus and clinical laboratory hours. Students are required to drive to a variety of clinical agencies to complete the clinical component of the nursing courses. Students are expected to drive to either campus for classes according to the class schedule.

Students may be assigned to a morning, afternoon, or evening clinical anywhere in the tri-county area. Clinicals may range from four to twelve hours per clinical day.

Practical Nurse (PN) Exit option--Students successfully completing the first three semesters are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) and for licensure as a PN.

ADN Progression--Students may apply for NCLEX-PN after three semesters and continue on in the program to complete the last two semesters. Students successfully completing all semesters are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and for NCLEX-RN.

Retention and Promotion Policy

For retention and promotion in the nursing program, the student must, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of health, conduct, and scholastic achievement. In addition to meeting the established criteria of the parent institutions, the student:

1. must schedule all courses to meet the requirements for this course of study in a course sequence as outlined in the curriculum display in the University of South Carolina Lancaster catalog;

2. must achieve a cumulative 2.00 grade point average on all courses that count toward graduation in the program;

3. must make a grade of C or better in theory in each nursing course attempted and receive a clinical evaluation of "Satisfactory";

4. who receives a D, F, or W in any required nursing course may repeat that course one time only. A maximum of one nursing course may be repeated. In order to repeat a nursing course, the student must follow the readmission policy for the nursing program, found in the current Nursing Student Manual. Readmission will depend on space available in the course to be repeated.

5. must achieve a grade of C or above in ENGL 101, 102, MATH 111 and all science courses.

6. will be eligible for academic forgiveness five years after the last nursing course attempted and may apply for readmission to the first nursing course. Required science courses that are more than seven years old must be repeated.

Criminal Justice Curriculum

The criminal justice curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in law enforcement, investigation, corrections, law enforcement management, probation and parole, the court system, jail administration, juvenile rehabilitation, insurance investigations, and community service.

In order to receive an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice, students must complete 60 semester hours of required courses as outlined in the criminal justice curriculum.

Curriculum

Required Courses
General Education (ENGL 101 [grade of C or better], ENGL 102 [grade of C or better], SPCH 140, ACCT 324 or TSTM 240 OR MGMT 371)
12
Natural Science (One lab science course from ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, GEOG 201, GEOG 202, GEOL, MSCI, or PHYS) CHEM 107 or BIOL 120 recommended
4
History and political science (two courses from HIST or POLI)
6
Numerical and Analytical Reasoning

Option 1--Mathematics*: MATH 111 or MATH 111I and next higher MATH (other than 112, 115, 221, 222, or 399)

MATH 115 and next higher MATH (other than 221, 222, or 399)

MATH 122 OR 141 and next higher MATH (other than 221, 222, and 399)

MATH 122 OR 141 and CSCE, PHIL 110, PHIL 111, STAT 110, or STAT 201

Option 2--Computer Science, Logic, Statistics: two courses in CSCE OR PHIL 110 and PHIL 111 OR STAT 110 and STAT 201

6-8
*Depending on Math placement score
Social and Behavioral Sciences (Two courses from AFRO, ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOCY, or WGST)
6
Foreign language (Foreign language course through 110 or a score of 2 or better on placement test (Spanish recommended)
0-6
Criminal Justice (Five courses from CRJU or LCRJ)
15
Electives (Courses sufficient to have earned a total of 60 hours. No more than 3 hours of PEDU will be considered for degree credit.)
6
Total
60

In addition to the requirements stated above, students must also meet the following criteria for an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree:

1. 2.00 GPA or better (does not include course grades earned by challenge examinations);

2. final 15 semester hours earned at USC Lancaster.

Transfer of Credits to the B.L.S. Degree

Credits earned at USC Lancaster in courses designed especially for programs leading to associate’s degrees may be transferable toward a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (B.L.S.) degree. The B.L.S. is the initial degree offered within USC;s Palmetto Programs and is designed to provide access to a baccalaureate degree for students on USC’s regional campuses. Courses offered by Palmetto Programs are delivered via face-to-face interaction and through televised, Web-based, and live instruction primarily by faculties on the regional campuses to students who currently have limited options for obtaining four-year degrees. For additional information on the BLS degree, contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs or visit the Palmetto Programs Web page at http://pp.sc.edu.

Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Many students who enter the Associate in Arts or the Associate in Science degree programs intend to apply these credits toward a baccalaureate degree awarded by another institution. These students are advised to work closely with their advisor to outline a program of study for the first two years that will meet preliminary requirements of the four-year major they wish to pursue.

These students are also strongly advised to obtain and use a copy of the bulletin for the Columbia campus when determining specific degree requirements. Preliminary course work toward the following USC baccalaureate degree programs may be completed at USC Lancaster:

Arts and Sciences
Aerospace Studies
African American Studies
Anthropology
Art
Biological Sciences
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Classics
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Economics
English
European Studies
Film and Media Studies
Foreign Languages
French
German
Italian
Russian
Spanish
Geography
Geological Sciences
History
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Studies
Latin American Studies
Marine Science
Mathematics
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religious Studies
Sociology
Speech
Statistics
Theatre and Dance
Women’s and Gender Studies
Business Administration
Accounting
Business Economics
Finance
Insurance and Risk Management
Management
Management Science
Marketing
Real Estate
Education
Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
Middle Level Education
Physical Education
For other areas of study, see "Arts and Sciences," above
Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management
Technology Support and Training Management
Interdisciplinary Studies
Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management
Retailing
Sport and Entertainment Management
Journalism and Mass Communications
Advertising
Journalism
Print Journalism
Public Relations

Music

Nursing

Pharmacy

Public Health
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Exercise Science
Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
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