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The last class - Part 2 of 3
ATEC's practical nursing program started more than 40 years ago
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Six hundred students have graduated from the practical nursing program at the Applied Technology Education Center (ATEC) since it opened in September 1968. The program was “designed to prepare qualified applicants to assist in the care of the sick, rehabilitation, prevention of illness and to prepare students to take the state licensing examination,” according to a 1968 Camden Chronicle article. Beginning in the 1920s, Kershaw County Memorial Hospital (KCMH) -- now KershawHealth -- directed a registered nurse program, said Sharon Clyburn, now the former director of the practical nursing program at ATEC. In the ’60s, a trend emerged across America: hospitals closed their registered nurse (RN) diploma programs and moved to associate degree LPN programs.